Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Live From The Press Box

On a brisk fall evening at McCooey field, Geneva Calder '16 stands in the booth perched above the action as the first round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship gets under way.

A student-athlete herself, Calder is used to being around sports. On this particular evening, however, her usual role of participating on the field as a member of the women's lacrosse team is reversed as she prepares to call the action as a color commentator for the WHWS 105.7FM broadcast team.

Geneva Calder

"This has been a dream come true for me," says Calder, who is majoring in public policy and international relations with a minor in political science. I've always thought that working around sports would be cool and regardless of whether or not it is something I pursue as a career, this experience has been great."

Calder discovered this opportunity while she was working as a statistical assistant at a Hobart hockey game. Knowledgeable in the sport, it was soon recognized that she would fit in well in her role as a color commentator.

"I grew up listening to hockey broadcasts, so when I was told that as a student worker I could do stuff like this on campus I was excited."

Splitting her time between field hockey and ice hockey, Calder has provided color commentary for seven games since she decided to delve into the adventures of radio broadcast. Additionally, Calder is a member of the women's club ice hockey team, the student athlete advisory council and the Americans for Informed Democracy club.

"For me, HWS has been an experience above and beyond what I ever expected," she explains. "I think because of the smaller size of the school you really get to know the professors and they truly care about your interests."

Calder's father, James Calder '79, P'16, was an economics major and a member of the lacrosse team. Despite having the same name as the town her father attended college, Calder notes that her name actually came from her mother's side, although her father certainly approved.

"Having the name Geneva might have had a little bit of weight on why I chose the school," she says with a smile.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Hobart Football Advances To Meet St. John Fisher

Our sister station WEOS will broadcast the Hobart-St. John Fisher This Saturday at Noon.  Tune into 89.5 or 90.3 FM or online at www.weos.org

GENEVA, N.Y.—Running back Steven Webb rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns as Hobart College defeated Gallaudet University 34-7 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship at Boswell Field today. The senior broke the Statesmen season rushing touchdown record with his 20th score of the year on a 58-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.

Webb averaged 9.5 yards per carry on his way to his 15th career 100-yard rushing game. He also moved into a tie with Keith Brandon '01 for second place on the single season rushing list, upping his total to 1,369 yards. The Hobart season record belongs to Don Aleksiewicz '73 (1,616 in 1971). The previous season mark for rushing TDs was 19 shared by Aleksiewicz and Bobby Dougherty '13.

The Hobart defense contained the nation's No. 4 rushing attack, limiting the Bison (9-2) to 276 yards rushing, nearly 41 yards below their season average. The Statesmen (10-0) came up with a pair of takeaways. The first was a fumble forced by junior defensive end Tyre Coleman that senior linebacker Devin Worthington scooped up and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown. The second was a third quarter interception by first-year free safety Michael Harper, the first of his collegiate career, on one of only three passes attempted by GU, which relies on the triple option.

Coleman rang up a game-high 10 tackles, including 3.5 for loss. One week after Worthington broke the Hobart career tackles for loss record, Coleman surpassed his teammate. The junior now owns the mark with 63, while the senior is in second with 61.5. Sophomore defensive end Mark Guarino-Hyde matched his career-high with nine tackles and junior linebacker Jacob Price added eight stops.

Sophomore fullback BJ Flores ran for a career-high 176 yards and a TD for Gallaudet. Ryan Bonheyo added 63 yards on 10 carries. The Bison defense was led by senior free safety Nicholas Elstad, junior linebacker Gregg McConville, and sophomore nose tackle Chris Richardson, who produced nine tackles apiece.

Coleman and senior linebacker Cory Davis set the tone for the day, dropping sophomore running back Braxton Baker for an 8-yard loss on the first play from scrimmage. GU went three-and-out on that drive and got off a 32-yard punt into a strong wind.

Hobart took over at its own 46 and engineered a 14-play, 54-yard march that ended with a 2-yard plunge by Webb for a 7-0 lead. Gallaudet moved the chains on its ensuing possession, but stalled out just short of the red zone. The Bison elected to go for it on fourth-and-3 from the 22, but sophomore tackle Tucker Gumkowski stopped the run 1 yard short.

The Statesmen were forced to punt on their next drive, but Coleman and Worthington teamed up to get Hobart points anyway. The two-time Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year, Coleman met sophomore quarterback Quentin Williams 5 yards into the backfield and punched the ball out of his right hand. Worthington pounced on the loose ball and logged his second career scoop-and-score. The extra point was wide right, leaving the Statesmen a 13-0 lead with 12:49 remaining in the second quarter.

On their next drive, facing a fourth-and-1 at their own 31, the Bison again opted to go for it. This time Guarino-Hyde stuffed the run for no gain, giving the offense the ball with a short field. Three straight handoffs to Webb resulted in 3 yards, 27 yards, and 1 yard and another TD that put the home team in front 20-0.

Hobart logged its third TD of the second quarter on its next drive with another 14-play march. This time, the Statesmen covered 72 yards and ended with a 1-yard pass from junior quarterback Kyle Bayly to junior tight end Mike Berkowitz 34 seconds before halftime. Hobart carried a 27-0 lead into the break.

Webb broke the season rushing TD record on the very first play from scrimmage in the second half for a 34-0 lead and took the rest of the game off. Sophomore running back Justin Burke carried the ball nine times down the stretch, gaining a career-high 47 yards.

Gallaudet finally cracked the scoring column with a 16-play, 93-yard drive that used 6:23 off the game clock, spanning the third and fourth quarters. Flores finished the drive with a 1-yard dive to make it 34-7. The Bison had one more shot at the end zone with under four minutes remaining, but on fourth-and-goal from the 3, first-year defensive end James Hedger and senior tackle Cory Einbeck stopped Flores 2 yards short of the goal line.

Hobart advances to the second round where it will meet St. John Fisher College, a 25-16 winner at John Carroll. The game will kickoff at noon on Saturday, Nov. 30.

WHWS To Bring You NCAA Tournament Action

WHWS is making plans to travel to Toyota Field in Austin, TX to broadcast the William Smith Herons - Capital Semi-final soccer game on Friday December 6th. Check back for details!

By Paige Mullin
GENEVA, N.Y.—The No. 3 William Smith College soccer team defeated No. 7 Ithaca 1-0 in an NCAA Division III Women's Soccer sectional championship match played on Boswell Field this afternoon, earning a spot in the national semifinals in San Antonio. The Herons (21-1-0) extended their win-streak to 21 matches and set a new William Smith record for wins in a season.
The previous record for wins in a season stood at 20 and came in the 2011 season. The Herons also tied the program record for shutouts in a season, registering their 19th against the Bombers. William Smith earned its ninth appearance in the national semifinals this afternoon after having the game delayed and moved to a new location due to snow.

Junior Dineo Mmutla drilled a hard shot from about 25 yards out into the back of the net to give the Herons a 1-0 advantage in the 65th minute. William Smith had earned a free kick moments early and the Bombers were trying to clear the ball out of the zone, but Mmutla was able to halt the clear, settle the ball and fire home her third goal this year.

Senior goalie Chelsea Dunay made five saves to earn her 16th shutout this year, which is a new William Smith record for shutouts in season. Dunay surpassed the mark set by Nikki Dudley in 2005. It was the Herons' 14th straight shutout.

The Bombers finished the year with a 19-3-0 overall record. Ithaca's best scoring chance came in the 40th minute. Anna Gray blasted a free kick on goal from about 30 yards out, but Dunay stepped up to make the save.

Beth Coppolecchia played all 90 minutes in goal for Ithaca and finished with four saves. Each team finished with 10 total shots. The Herons held a 6-2 advantage in corners.

William Smith will take on Capital (19-4-1) in a national semifinal match on Dec. 6, at noon in San Antonio, Texas. The Crusaders battled to a 1-1 tie with top-ranked Washington (Mo.), and advanced 3-2 on penalty kicks.
Copyright © 2013 Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

All Sports Weekend on WHWS and WEOS

WHWS and WEOS plan a big weekend of Hobart and William Smith Sports coverage starting Friday night.    A total of 7 different contests will be broadcast.  Here's the schedule.  Go Herons and Statesmen!

Friday –     7pm Hobart Basketball with updates from Hobart Hockey

Saturday–   11am -William Smith – College of NJ Soccer
                    Noon- Hobart Football (WEOS)
                    1:30pm Ithaca- Messiah Soccer
                    5pm- Hobart Hockey
                    7pm-William Smith Basketball after the game.

Sunday -      1:30 pm - Soccer NCAA Winners of Saturday's games.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

RatDog Hits The Road Again!

Bob Weir will reunite RatDog in 2014 for the first full tour since 2009. The band has played sporadically throughout the last four years, including most recently at the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA this August.

The 23-show jaunt across the country will start with a pair of two-night runs in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC before the band settles in with multiple stops through the Northeast as well as the Midwest.

Ratdog last played Geneva at the Smith Opera House in Geneva, NY on October 30th, 2006. Listen to the show here.

On this tour, Weir will be joined once again by original members Rob Wasserman (who left RatDog in 2002 and reunited with the group during a three show run in 2010) and Jay Lane along with longtime keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, guitarist Steve Kimock and bassist Robin Sylvester (who joined the group in 2003 and will share duties with Wasserman).

Bob Weir and RatDog Tour Dates:
February 14 Philadelphia, PA—Tower Theater
February 15 Philadelphia, PA—Tower Theater
February 17 Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre
February 18 Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre
February 20 Montclair, NJ—Wellmont Theater
February 21 Westbury, NY—Westbury Music Fair
February 22 Westbury, NY—Westbury Music Fair
February 24 Boston, MA—House of Blues
February 25 Boston, MA—House of Blues
February 26 Portland, ME—State Theater
March 1 Port Chester, NY—Capitol Theater
March 2 Port Chester, NY—Capitol Theater
March 4 Buffalo, NY—Shea’s Auditorium
March 5 Detroit, MI—Fillmore State Theater
March 7 Chicago, IL—Chicago Theater
March 8 Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater
March 10 St. Louis, MO—The Pageant
March 11 Indianapolis, IN—Murat Theater
March 12 Louisville, KY—Palace Theater
March 14 Knoxville, TN—Tennessee Theater
March 15 Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
March 16 Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

William Smith NCAA Championship Field Hockey On WHWS 105.7fm

 William Smith College will host SUNY New Paltz in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship. The Herons and Hawks will square off at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 on McCooey Field.  The game will be broadcast live on WHWS-FM (105.7 in Geneva).

Ticket prices are $5 for general admission, $3 for students, senior citizens, and military personnel with a valid ID, and children ages 3-12. Children under 3 are admitted free of charge.

William Smith received one of six at-large bids into the 24-team tournament. The Herons posted a 15-4 overall record and finished second in the Liberty League regular season and tournament standings. It will be William Smith's third consecutive and 21st overall NCAA tournament appearance. The Herons are 32-17 in their previous 20 NCAA tournaments, winning the national championship in 1992, 1997, and 2000.

First team All-Liberty League senior forward Taylor Cappello leads the team with 14 goals, eight assists, and 36 points. Classmate Julia Simmons is second with 11 goals and 23 points. The all-conference trio of seniors Melanie O'Connor and Margaret McConnell and first-year Alessandra Patrizio are tied for third with 21 points apiece. First-year goalie Amy Feda has started 16 matches and boasts an 11-4 record, a 1.67 goals against average and a .716 save percentage.

William Smith is 10-0 at home this season and 42-8 on McCooey Field since the current seniors arrived on campus.

William Smith has played four teams in this year's tournament field, posting a 2-3 record. The Herons hold victories over Commonwealth Conference champion Messiah (4-3 in overtime) and Centennial Conference champion Ursinus (2-1). William Smith was on the short end of one-goal decisions against Liberty League champion Skidmore (3-2 and 4-3) and New Jersey Athletic Conference champion Montclair State (1-0). All three loses were on the road.

New Paltz earned an automatic bid into its second NCAA tournament field, defeating SUNY Cortland 5-4 (2 OT, 4-3 shootout). The Hawks are 13-8 overall, including a 7-4 mark away from their home turf. New Paltz lost to Bowdoin 6-1 in last year's first round in the program's only other NCAA appearance.

Danielle Conklin leads the team with 23 goals, 13 assists, and 59 points. Dani Ackerman is second in goals (18) and points (43). Senior goalie Antonija Pjetri has started 18 matches in goal, producing a 10-7 record, a 2.39 goals against average and a .732 save percentage.

New Paltz played two teams during the regular season that made this year's tournament field, Montclair State and Skidmore. The Hawks dropped a 3-1 decision at home to the Red Hawks and lost 5-4 to the Thoroughbreds, also in New Paltz, N.Y.

Fans can also follow the action online at NCAA.com.