College Sports Spotlight: Abington Heights grad leads Central Connecticut men’s golf team

By Bill Arsenault - Contributing columnist | April 26th, 2016 3:20 pm - updated: 3:36 pm.

Anthony Sebastianelli led the Central Connecticut men’s golf team at last Saturday’s Yale Spring Invitational in New Haven, Connecticut. Sophomore Sebastianelli (Abington Heights) opened with an 80 in the first round in the morning, but followed that up with a 74 in the second round in the afternoon to finish tied for 32nd with a 36-hole total of 154.The Blue Devils finished 13th in the team standing with a 633 score.

Prior to that tourney, Sebastianelli finished tied for 13th in the Lehigh Valley Invitational in Hellertown with rounds of 79 and 73 for a 152 total.

“Anthony’s potential in the game of golf is endless,” coach Kyle Gallo said. “He displays the ability and confidence that it takes to win and compete week in and week out.”

Gallo has been Sebastienelli’s coach for the past eight months and he can see the progress being made since early September.

“What strikes me the most about Anthony is his pure enjoyment of playing the game,” Gallo said. “He is willing to put in the time with practice and his commitment to the process towards success is second to none.”

The coach can also picture Sebastianelli taking his game to the next level.

“There are a lot of young adults that are winning PGA Tour events right now who are Anthony’s age,” Gallo said. “By no means am I saying that he is at that level yet, but with his drive and commitment and pure love of the game, he may certainly get there.”

Right now, Sebastianelli is concentrating on the Northeast Conference Championship set for this Friday and Saturday in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Big weekend for McMinn

Messiah freshman Alyssa McMinn competed in three events in the recent Greyhound Invitational in Bethlehem and set career marks in all of them.

McMinn (Abington Heights) finished seventh in the shot put (38-9 ½) and seventh in the discus (121-9 ¼). She also finished 35th in the hammer throw (88-5 ¼).

A week earlier, McMinn captured the discus at the Messiah Invitational that was held on Friday but cancelled the rest of the weekend.

Her sister Abby finished first in the long jump (16-7 ¾) and second in the triple jump (32-6 ¼) in the abbreviated Messiah meet.

Lundin runnng well

Freshman Mary Lundin of Clark Summit (Scranton Prep) is a middle distance runner with the Hamilton women’s outdoor track team.

Lundin opened the season by winning the 800 meter run at the Hamilton Invitational in Clinton, New York, Her time was 2:23.22. She followed that up by finishing second in the 400 meter dash (1:02.51) at Union’s Quad meet in Schenectady, New York. Last weekend, she finished second in the 800 (2:24.45) at the Upstate Track Classic in Troy, New York And, at Hamilton’s Midweek Meet in Clinton, she finished second in the 800 in 2:21.85.

Up next for the Continentals will be the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championships this Saturday in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Solid weekend for Ellsworth

Ashland senior Lauren Ellsworth (Lackawanna Trail) competed in three events at the Northeast Ohio Quad meet on April 16 in Akron and came away with three NCAA Division II provisional efforts. She was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s track Athlete of the Week for her performance.

The Shippensburg transfer captured the 100 meter dash in 11.71 and the 200 meter dash in 24.31 and was part of the 4x100 relay that finished third in a time of 46.76.

At Shippensburg, Ellsworth set a record in the 100 (12.10 in 2014) and was a member of the record-breaking 4x100 (47.10 in 2013). Both marks still stand.

Big game for Gilmore

Rachel Gilmore has been used as a pinch hitter this season with the New Haven softball team, but the 5-foot-2 freshman came up big to help the Chargers defeat Southern Connecticut State on April 6.

With the score 5-5 in the top of the 12th inning, Gilmore plated the go-ahead run with a single. The Chargers scored an insurance run on an error later in the winning and held on for a 7-5 victory. She had another RBI single that put New Haven on top 5-4 in the top of the 10th only to have the game tied again in the bottom of the 10th.

Gilmore is hitting .500 (5-for-10) for the Chargers, 22-12 overall and 11-10 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Manasek doing the job

Freshman Zach Manasek continues to be effective pitching for the Arcadia baseball team. Manasek (Abington Heights) is 4-1 with a save for the Knights, who are 19-11-1 overall and 10-5 in MAC Commonwealth play.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound left-hander has a 3.29 earned run average and has worked 27.1 innings and has given up 27 hits and 13 runs, 10 earned with 18 walks and 13 strikeouts. He picked up his save in a 5-2 victory over Messiah on April 5 and got credit with an 18-10 victory over Stevenson last Saturday pitching four innings in relief.

Lesneski improving

Alvernia junior Alicia Lesneski opened the outdoor track season by finishing 38th in the 800 meter run at the Crusader Invitational recently in Reading. Her time was 2:42.87.

Lesneski (Abington Heights) followed up that effort by finishing 50th out of 75 runners in the 800 at the Greyhound Invitational (April 15-15) with a time of 2:34.43, which is more than eight seconds faster than the time she posted in her opening meet. And, in a field loaded with Division I and II runners, she was the 16th Division III runner to cross the finish line.

At the Middle Atlantic Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 27 in Allentown, Lesneski ran the leadoff leg on the 4x800 relay that finish seventh with a school record time of 13:59.56.

Anthony Sebastianelli led the Central Connecticut men’s golf team at last Saturday’s Yale Spring Invitational in New Haven, Connecticut. Sebastianelli led the Central Connecticut men’s golf team at last Saturday’s Yale Spring Invitational in New Haven, Connecticut. Submitted photo

By Bill Arsenault

Contributing columnist

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