Scholastic Roundup: She’s a thief – and the best in the nation.

May 13, 2022 Andy Furman
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Brooklyn College junior guard Gianna Gotti finished her first campaign as the Division III Women’s Basketball steals-per-game champion averaging 4.57 steals-per-contest. She also finished second nationally in total steals with 105.

On the other side of the ball, Gotti finished 11th in the nation in assists-per-game, with a 5.7 per-game average.

Helping the Bulldogs to their second-straight CUNYAC title and first win in the NCAA Tournament, Gotti had a season-high nine steals in a non-conference win at Farmingdale, Nov. 11th. She was named First Team CUNYAC All-Star, D3Hoops.com, All-Region, and Second Team All-ECAC.

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Stella Witkowski, a freshman pitcher for Brooklyn College’s softball team was named a CUNYAC All-Star.

Playing her second season of collegiate softball, Witkowski established herself as one of the best in the conference leading the Bulldogs with a .403 batting average with two home runs, three triples and four doubles. She finished second in the conference in stolen bases and third in walks.

Danielle Guzzardi, also a CUNY All-Star, started and pitched in every inning leading the conference in innings pitched with 142. Her 155 strikeouts also led the league. She pitched a no-hitter April 5th against Yeshiva, and finished second on the ballclub with a .323 batting average.

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Xaverian High pushed their record to 7-1 and into first place in the Brooklyn-Queens CHSAA division with their recent win over Archbishop Molloy.

Jakob Anderson pitched three and a third innings yielding a run, and Gabe Nocera kept the Stanners scoreless the rest of the way.

Pratt Institute’s men’s tennis team fell in the first round of the C2C Championship, 5-0 to Salisbury University, yet they ended their season with six wins – the most since 2015.

Pratt’s men’s and women’s track and field teams finished its season at the C2C Championships hosted by Christopher Newport University last weekend. The women’s team finished in sixth place.

Siena Sujitono finished fourth in the 100-meter dash (12.94). She also ran a 27.59 in the 200-mete good for ninth place.

In the 1500-meter, Christina Sancho-Spore placed eighth in 5:12.73.

On the men’s side, the Cannoneers also placed sixth.

Thomas Perrone ran a 10:23.33 good for fifth place in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Asa Brandyberry placed fifth in the discuss with a distance of 35.64 meters. He also placed ninth in the shot put with a distance of 10.76 meters.

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The men’s and women’s track and field teams at St. Francis College closed out their Northeast Conference Championships last weekend, finishing ninth and tenth overall, respectively.

The Terriers copped a silver and two bronze medals.

Junior Janee Patterson won a bronze in the Women’s 400-meter hurdles (1:03.92).

Makhi Theosmy, a junior, ran a 48.43 in the Men’s 400-meter final, and placed third.

In the Men’s and Women’s Triple Jump competitions, Terriers’ Malachi Aiken and Beyonce Blake both placed sixth.  After qualifying for the Women’s 200-meter final on Day One, Armani Dunkley placed seventh overall in the event (25.44). The freshman also finished fifth in the High Jump (1.59m).

Brian Strachn finished fifth and seventh in the Men’s 100 and 200-meters, respectively.

The Men’s 4×400 relay – second place finishers in the Penn Relays for silver medal – was just 10-seconds off the outdoor school record (3:14.45). The Women’s 4×400 team took sixth place (3:58.73).

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St. Joseph’s University concluded their most successful softball season since joining the Skyline Conference, claiming third-place in the championships. They were eliminated by No.2-seeded Manhattanville College last weekend.

The No. 5-seeded Bears finished with an overall record of 24-14 and their first two Skyline playoff wins in program history.

Senior Ashleigh Hartwig concluded her career as the all-time leader in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, doubles and total bases.

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Jennifer J. Raab, President, Hunter College and the Hunter College Wrestling Committee will honor Dr. Charles R. Brown, Hunter’s Wrestling Coach and Athletic Director (1970-89) to benefit Hunter College Wrestling.

A ribbon cutting in honor of the Hunter College Wrestling Room dedication to Dr. Brown is set for Tuesday, May 17th 6 pm.

Dinner and keynote speaker Brandon Slay Olympic Gold Medalist is set to follow the dedication.

Andy Furman is a Fox Sports Radio national talk show host. Previously, he was a scholastic sports columnist for the Brooklyn Eagle. He may be reached at: [email protected] Twitter: @AndyFurmanFSR


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