Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Determined To Set A Path


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Determined To Set A Path

Sebastian DeSimone
by Susan Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Sebastian DeSimone was born with “a little bit of autism,” as he tells it.

The 20-year-old, who wants to become a teacher’s assistant, enrolled at Gwynedd Mercy University, a small, private Catholic school in Montgomery County (Pa.). As part of his collegiate experience, he was determined to run for the Division III school — and this fall he completed his first season on the cross-country team, where he placed third of six on the team at the Atlantic East Conference Championship — not bad for a freshman.

But DeSimone, who is from West Orange, N.J., might not have had the chance to compete if it hadn’t been for his determination and that of his mother, Joanne. NCAA rules generally require athletes to be full-time students in degree-bearing programs. DeSimone is enrolled in Gwynedd Mercy’s Integrated Studies program for students with intellectual disabilities; they earn certificates, not degrees."

>> Situational Awareness: "Under what’s known as a “previously approved waiver,” students with intellectual disabilities will be eligible as long as their programs are approved by the U.S. Department of Education. The programs need to require students to make academic progress toward a goal or outcome and have them enrolled full time. They also need to allow students to participate in clubs and events on campus, according to the new rule."

>> Worth Noting: "The new NCAA rule for integrated studies’ students only applies to Division III schools. Among those in Pennsylvania with programs, other than Gwynedd Mercy, are Arcadia and Widener."

>> Why it Matters: "DeSimone said he began running for sport when he was in seventh grade and wanted to make friends outside of his self-contained special education classroom. “He said, ‘I want to be with everybody,’” his mother recalled. He improved his time in the 5K by six minutes from freshman to senior year, when he ran it in 18 minutes, 9 seconds. “It was beautiful as a parent to watch,” she said. “You see your child struggling academically, and even when they are making gains, it’s not like big kind of gains that they can appreciate themselves. In running, it’s very easy to see. It’s all numbers.”

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2.  Captain, My Captains At No. 1

Ian Anderson

For the first time in program history, Christopher Newport is the top-ranked team in men's basketball, according to the latest D3hoops.com rankings released late Monday.

  1. Christopher Newport (15), 7-0
  2. Mount Union (5), 5-0
  3. St. Joseph's, Conn. (1), 4-0
  4. UW-La Crosse (3), 6-0
  5. Williams, 5-0
  6. WPI, 5-0
  7. Johns Hopkins, 5-1
  8. Randolph-Macon (1), 4-1
  9. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 2-1
  10. Rochester, 5-1

>> Unbeatens: There are still 38 unbeaten teams according to NCAA stats.

>> Games We're Watching: No. 19 RPI at No. 5 Williams (Tues.); No. 17 Calvin at No. 21 Wheaton, Ill. (Sat.); No. 13 Middlebury at No. 10 Rochester (Sun.)

>> Complete Poll

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3.  Flying Dutch On Top

Savannah Feenstra drives to the hoop for a layup
photo by Lynne Powe

Some things just don't change, as in the top-ranked team in women's basketball, according to the latest D3hoops.com rankings released late Monday.

  1. Hope (21), 5-0
  2. New York U. (3), 5-0
  3. Transylvania (1), 4-0
  4. Trinity, Texas, 7-0
  5. Christopher Newport, 6-0
  6. Smith, 5-0
  7. Amherst, 3-0
  8. Scranton, 5-0
  9. UW-Whitewater, 5-1
  10. Baldwin Wallace, 5-0

>> Unbeatens: There are still 43 unbeaten teams according to NCAA stats.

>> Games We're Watching: No. 14 Ithaca at No. 8 Scranton (Tues.); No. 1 Hope at No. 15 Calvin (Wed.); No. 15 Calvin at No. 20 Trine (Sat.)

>> Complete Poll

4. Gusties to No. 1

The Hobart men remained atop the latest USCHO.com DIII ice hockey rankings this week, but Gustavus Adolphus rose to the top spot in the women's rankings following Middlebury's loss, ending the Panthers' 31-game win streak.

  1. Hobart (20), 8-0
  2. Augsburg, 5-1-1
  3. Utica, 7-2-1
  4. Adrian, 5-2-1
  5. St. Norbert, 5-2-1
  6. Babson, 7-2-1
  7. Oswego State, 7-2
  8. Geneseo, 6-3-2
  9. Plattsburgh, 7-1-2
  10. Norwich, 6-2
>> Complete Poll

  1. Gustavus Adolphus (9), 8-0
  2. UW-River Falls (6), 8-1
  3. Middlebury (5), 4-1
  4. Plattsburgh State, 8-1
  5. Adrian, 9-0
  6. Norwich, 4-1
  7. Elmira, 7-2
  8. Colby, 3-0
  9. UW-Eau Claire, 6-2
  10. Nazareth, 7-1
>> Complete Poll

5.  Lightning Round 


  • Our condolences to the family of Salve Regina softball player Drew Ceppetelli, her friends and the entire Salve Regina community. May her memory be a blessing.
  • Babson athletics unveiled a comprehensive strategic plan for that includes a new mission statement, six guiding principles and five strategic priorities.
  Happy Birthday
  • Cake and candles for Jeremy Shepherd, assistant AD, McDaniel; Chuck Emrich, alum, Denison; Patrick O'Driscoll, soccer coach, Penn State Behrend; and Laura Gingrich, SWA, Alvernia.

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