5.8.2013 | Womens Softball
Burlington County College softball team advances to National Championship for the first time
Pemberton, NJ— For the first time in Burlington County College’s women’s softball history, the team will advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Softball National Championship in Clinton, Mississippi, May 14-18. The lady barons won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIX Division II Women's Softball Tournament this past weekend to earn a spot in the championship tournament.
“We came into the tournament at the bottom seed and defeated three talented teams,” said women’s softball head coach Kirk Peterson. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our student athletes. They are going to the world series of softball for junior colleges. It is very exciting and we look forward to the challenge.”
On Saturday, May 4 the Lady Barons defeated number one seed, Del Tech Owens 5-0 and lost to number three seed, Mercer County Community College 4-5. On Sunday, May 5 they defeated number two seed, County College of Morris 10-4. They also made a comeback against Mercer County Community College that day by defeating the team in two games 3-2 and 6-0 to take home the Region XIX tournament title.
Key highlights of the games included a two inning pitching relief by Krystal Pearson in Game 3 against the County College of Morris to position the team for a championship series. Krystine Rice and Melissa Rustemeyer hit two home runs each in the final games against Mercer County Community College, Game 4 and Game 5, respectively. Team members Emilia Paciotti, Gina Grynuik, Lisa Kosteleski, Devon Welsh, Morgan Neilson, Taylor Hamilton and Victoria Bryd all had score saving defensive stops throughout the tournament.
“The complete team effort enabled the Lady Barons to become Regional Champions,” said head coach Peterson.
Pitcher Carolyn Griffin of Marlton was named the tournament MVP. “Griffin pitched all three final games on Sunday. She was amazing,” said head coach Peterson. Griffin also recently received a Scholar-Athlete award at BCC’s Intercollegiate Athletics Award Ceremony. This award is presented to all student-athletes who have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher after the fall 2012 semester.
The women’s softball team enters the national championship with a 38-15 record.
Photo: Kneeling (Left to Right): Gina Gryniuk (Marlton), Lisa Kosteleski (Cherry Hill), Devon Welsh (Maple Shade), Emilia Paciotti (Bordentown), and Victoria Bryd (Lumberton). Standing (Left to Right): Krystal Pearson (Sayersville), Krystine Rice (Marlton), Morgan Neilson (Atco), Melissa Rustemeyer (Colonia), Carolyn Griffin (Marlton), and Taylor Hamliton (Willingboro). Rear (Left to Right): Head Coach Kirk Peterson, Assistant Coach Robert Holliday, and Volunteer Assistant Coach Maurice Wood. Not Pictured: Shannon Rautzahn and Assistant Coach Fred Balentine
3.13.2013 | Womens Softball
BCC Softball Team with Dot Richardson, Two Time Olympic Gold Champion
Dot Richardson, two time Olympic gold medalist, and best defensive player of the 80's for softball, met with the BCC Softball Team during spring training in Clermont, Florida.
3.13.2013 | Womens Basketball
Lady Barons Members Named All Region, ALL GSAC Teams and Player of the Year
Burlington County College’s (BCC) Office of Athletics is pleased to announce that two men and three women from the College’s basketball teams have been named to the All Region and All Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Teams and one Lady Baron, Mama Traore has earned the distinction as Player of the Year.
Power forward Jacob Ogenyi was named to First-Team in the 2013 Division II Men’s Basketball All-Region Team and 2013 Division II Men’s Basketball All-GSAC Team. He is ranked 20th in the nation for defensive rebounds. Chris Thompson, shooting guard, made Second-Team in both the All-Region and GSAC teams.
Mama Traore, a sophomore center and second-year team captain, came to BCC as a walk-on from Mali, Africa. At 6'1 Mama dominates post play but can hit the outside jumper as well. She made First-Team in the 2013 Division II Women’s Basketball All-Region Team and 2013 Division II Women’s Basketball All-GSAC Team and was named the Player of the Year for both the All-Region and All-GSAC teams. She ranks 12th in the nation for number of points scored per game and 7th in offensive rebounds. Two other Lady Barons, guards Tyniqwa Bender and Bonicia Terry made Second-Team in the 2013 Division II Women’s Basketball All-Region Team and First-Team in the 2013 Division II Women’s Basketball All-GSAC Team.
The Lady Barons secured the Garden State Athletic Championships and ended their season after an upset in the Region XIX Division II tournament. The men ended the regular season with a four-game winning streak, to earn them their first Region berth in five years. Number two seed college, Mercer County Community College, defeated the men in the tournament.
2.20.2013 | Womens Basketball
BCC Barons Participage in Play4Kay
On Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 5 pm the Burlington County College (BCC) women’s basketball team hosted the Play4Kay game in an effort to help raise awareness and money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers. Donations were collected at the game against ASA College.
Student-athletes from both colleges wore pink socks and shoelaces and the official game ball was pink instead of the traditional orange. The event also featured a special half time game with two local youth girls basketball teams from a Pemberton Recreation league.
The Play4Kay initiative is a nationwide effort of coaches, student-athletes, and colleges to raise cancer awareness on the court, and across campuses.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund mission is threefold: being committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.
If you will missed the game, and would like to support the cause, please visit the Kay Yow website at: www.kayyow.com
2.11.2013 | Womens Basketball
Burlington County College Barons Hosted their Sophomore Day
The Burlington County College Barons hosted their Sophomore Day on Saturday, February 2 in the Phsyical Education buidling on BCC's Pemberton campus. Sophomore Day is a special day at BCC because it is a day to celebrate and show appreciation to our sophomore student-athletes. This year, the women’s program featured six basketball players and the men had two sophomore basketball players. We recognize these players as student-athletes with great will and determination.
Tyniqwa “I’ll take you to the hole” Bender
Ty is a 2-year Lady Baron from Richmond, Virginia. She is also a 2-year team captain who as a freshman made the All-Region Academic Team and 2nd Team Garden State Athletic Conference. Ty plays with conviction and doesn’t know the words “I can’t”.
Christine “I’ll block your shot” Caruso
Chrissy is also a 2-year Lady Baron. She is a graduate of Riverside High School; a NJ STARS student; and a first-year captain for the Lady Barons. She was also named to the All-Region Academic team as a freshman. Chrissy’s intellect demands that things make sense. She is always inquisitive and quite determined on and off the basketball court.
Jameka “I am faster than the Flash” Parsons
Jameka graduated from Hillside High School in northern New Jersey and now a 3-year Lady Baron. She has a propensity to shoot first and ask questions later. After experiencing a hardship her first year at BCC, Jameka suffered another injury that resulted in her getting to a late start this season. Jameka, however, is on track to graduate with her degree this spring.
Shannon “I’m tougher than I look” Rossi
Shannon is a 2-year Lady Baron who is also a graduate of Riverside High School. She is recognized as "a player coach" because she knows every play and every player’s position. Shannon is an observant learner and when she gets involved, she makes things happen.
Mama “Basketball in English or French it’s all the same to me” Traore
Mama is a 2-year Lady Baron from Mali, Africa and has been a 2-year team captain. Mama made the All-Region Academic Team; 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-Garden State Athletic Team as a freshman. Mama lets her game speak for itself. Her talents will lead her to continue her studies and game at Temple University.
Bonicia “It’s raining 3’s” Terry
Bo is a first-year Lady Baron from Richmond, VA. She graduated from Thomas Dale High School and transferred to BCC this season. Bo always has a smile on her face and plays with passion. To borrow a commercial phrase, "Bo knows basketball!"
Chris “its good” Thompson
Chris is a first-year Baron transfer. He graduated from Life Center Academy and transferred to BCC this season. Chris is the co-captain of the team and leads the team in points. Chris never turns down a shot and ‘its gooood!”
Jacob “Jake” Ogenyi
Jake is a 2-year Baron from Lagos, Nigeria, and co-captain of the team. Jake made the 1st Team All- Region and 1st Team All-Garden State Athletic Team as a freshman and set a team record with 12 blocks in one game. He currently is 9th in Region XIX in blocks this season with average of 3 blocks a game.
1.11.2013 | Womens Basketball
The BCC Womens Basketball Team Finished the Fall Semester Ranked #1 in their Division after NYC Tournament
The BCC Women's Basketball team visited Rockefeller Center on December 21, 2012. The team was in New York City for a tournament hosted by ASA College. The Barons finished the fall semester with an 8-3 record, ranked #1 in NJCAA Region XIX Division II Women's Basketball.
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