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All-time scoring record within reach of Kindzia
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Fredonia State senior Cheryl Kindzia (Williamsville/Williamsville South) is on the brink of the school career scoring mark heading into weekend competition.
Kindzia needs 14 points to put her name at the top of the scoring list, which has been compiled since the 1986-87 season. She has 1,238 points -- 292 of them this season -- and trails only Shelly Giardini, who scored 1,251 points from 1991-95.
The Blue Devils (6-10, 1-7 SUNYAC) are at home twice this weekend against conference opponents -- Friday vs. Brockport (14-3, 7-1 SUNYAC), and Saturday vs. Geneseo (7-10, 5-3 SUNYAC). Both games begin at 6 p.m. Men's games will follow at 8 p.m. each night.
Meanwhile, the men's hockey team visits Potsdam and Plattsburgh on consecutive days, while the track and field team will compete Friday at Rochester Institute of Technology's Black and Orange Invitational.
Should Kindzia be successful this weekend, she would be the fourth former Blue Devil she will have passed this season. The others are Kim Guenther (1,026 points; 1999-03), Clare Crowley (1,133; 2000-03), Debbie Pike (1,209; 1986-90), and Sarah Adkins (1,227; 1995-99). In addition, Kindzia has been working her way up the all-time rebounding list. Up three spots since the start of the season, she's No. 2 all-time with 772 rebounds. Giardini also leads that category with 836.
"Cheryl is a great young lady and player," head coach Donna Wise said. "We are all so proud and happy for her upcoming stellar accomplishment."
Another Blue Devil senior, guard Maria Scaffidi (Buffalo/Holy Angels), has undertaken statistical climbs of her own this season. Heading into weekend play, Scaffidi has moved up to No. 3 in career three-pointers (83), No. 5 in assists (236), and No. 12 in steals (140).
Here is a look at the other Blue Devil weekend action:
MEN'S BASKETBALL -- The Blue Devils (6-11, 3-5 SUNYAC) will be looking to end a four-game losing skid and get their quest for a post-season game headed back in the right direction. They enter the weekend tied with Buffalo State for the final playoff spot from the SUNYAC West Division. Brockport (11-6, 7-1 SUNYAC) and Geneseo (11-6, 4-4 SUNYAC) are this weekend's opponents.
MEN'S HOCKEY -- The annual trip to North Country has the Blue Devils (10-7-3, 6-3-2 SUNYAC) clinging to third place in the SUNYAC standings. Six points separate the Blue Devils from eighth-place Brockport, with five conference games remaining for each team. "Each game," head coach Jeff Meredith said, "really does hold true playoff implications." Friday's foe, the Potsdam Bears (7-9-4, 4-4-3 SUNYAC), have two wins -- including one over No. 4 Manhattanville -- and a tie in their last five games. The Bears and Blue Devils played to a 3-3 tie Nov. 9 at Fredonia. The trip concludes Saturday with a visit to Plattsburgh to face the No. 3 Cardinals (18-2-0, 11-0-0 SUNYAC).
Meredith said that while his team's goal Friday will be to make improvements on special teams, the focus Saturday shifts to trying to keep the Cardinals from getting on an early roll. "They are so explosive ...," he said. "They also have the top goaltender in the league, who has been winning games for them. We will need to get pucks to the net and hang around looking for rebounds. Obviously, our goaltending will need to be on for us to have a good weekend on both nights." Plattsburgh goaltender Bryan Hince has been SUNYAC Goaltender of the Week six times this season, including the last four weeks. The Cardinals won an earlier meeting this season, 3-0.
TRACK & FIELD -- The goals vary this weekend for the Blue Devils entered at Rochester Institute of Technology. Some will be looking to post SUNYAC or NYSCTC qualifying times in their specialties, while others will look to qualify in alternate events. Others will be preparing for the New Balance Invitational next weekend at the New York City Armory. Still others will sit this one out entirely in order to rest for the Armory meet.
Tom Williams (Queensbury) and Chris Walters (Tonawanda/Sweet Home) are entered in the 5,000 meters. Geoffrey Lesch-Wragge (Fredonia) will run the 400 and a leg in the 4-by-400 relay with his sights on the 800 next Saturday in New York. On the women's side, Julia Hopson (Pougkeepsie/Arlington) will return to the 20-pound weight throw -- an event in which she's currently No. 1 in the nation -- after sitting out the event last weekend at Denison. Nicole C. Smith (Amherst), entered in the 200 meters and the 4-by-400 relay, will be trying to sharpen her speed for the 200 and the 400 in New York. Distance runners Jessica Bennett (Rochester/West Irondequoit) and Samantha Ellwood (Hamburg) will be idle.