Wednesday, May 17, 2017

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Smith puts the STUDENT in student-athlete at WCSU

Karissa Smith, Western Connecticut State University senior
Smith (WCSU athletics)

This former Bristol Eastern star is impressive on the volleyball court and off of it.
If you need proof, take a look at what happened on May 9. For the second straight year, Smith was named Female Scholar-Athlete at WCSU. All Smith did in her time at WCSU is earn a 4.0 grade point average, meaning she had an A in every course that she took. Smith was a four-year member of the Honors Program and was named Valedictorian for the organization.
Smith's success on the court is well-known. She made the Little East Conference First Team in all four of her seasons and was the first player in program history to record over 1,500 kills and 1,500 digs. Smith was part of a successful program as on outside hitter.
She was also a tremendous student, and she showed what it means to be a student-athlete.

Eason Jr. (Lyndon St. athletics)
Andre Eason Jr., Lyndon State College baseball
The former Wilby standout was one of a pair of Hornets to be named First Team All-North Atlantic Conference.
The senior led Lyndon with 26 RBI and hit .349 for the season. He had a .412 on-base percentage, 45 hits, 19 runs, two doubles, one triple and 13 stolen bases. Eason Jr. also showed patience at the plate, finishing second on the team in walks with 16. His 45 hits were also second on the team. Eason Jr. had 13 multi-hit games, including a high of four in a 10-2 win at Daniel Webster on April 28.
Eason Jr. wasn't just a spark on offense. He also contributed to the Lyndon defensive effort from his position in center field. Eason Jr. strung together 80 putouts and four assists without making a single error.


Cy McIntosh, Southern Connecticut State University track and field
McIntosh (SCSU athletics)
The senior from Bristol Central was part of a large number of postseason honorees for the Owls.
McIntosh was one of 27 All-Region selections, which gave SCSU the highest total of All-Region selections in all of the NCAA's Division II. That's according to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. McIntosh earned the honor in the javelin, the fourth straight year he has done so.
McIntosh competed at the NEICAAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend, and he finished fourth in the javelin with a throw of 200 feet. It was McIntosh's best throw since a toss of 202 feet, 10 inches in the 2015 Northeast-10 championships.
The fourth place finish at the NEICAAA meet was McIntosh's highest since placing third in 2015.
McIntosh was a standout athlete for head coach Tamara Stafford-Kirk at Bristol Central.


Mitch Guilmette, Central Connecticut State University baseball
Guilmette (CCSU athletics)

The junior had five hits, two runs scored, two walks and a run batted in during a Sunday doubleheader split at Wagner.
The former Bristol Central standout was 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in the first game, a 7-4 CCSU victory. Guilmette scored what turned out to be the game-winning run in the top of the third inning when the Blue Devils claimed a 5-0 lead.
In the second game, Guilmette was 2-for-3 with a run batted in, run scored and two walks. CCSU lost the game 5-4 in 11 innings. Guilmette's RBI single in the top of the third tied the game at 2. Guilmette later scored the go-ahead run on a Chris Kanios single.
For the season, Guilmette is hitting .353 with a solid .449 on-base percentage. Guilmette is slugging at a .466 clip in 38 games. He has 41 hits, including five doubles, one triple and two home runs. Guilmette has 22 RBI, good for fourth on the team.


Jamie Butler, Westfield State University baseball
Butler (Westfield St. athletics)

The former Sacred Heart standout just completed his sophomore season with the Owls, where he pitched in relief most of the time.
Butler made eight appearances, including two starts, and pitched 13.2 innings. He had a record of 0-0 with a 4.61 ERA. Butler recorded two saves and held batters to a .229 average. He gave up 10 runs (7 earned) and 11 hits, struck out 10 and walked eight. One department Butler struggled in was hit batters, where he had seven.
At the plate, Butler was 2-for-3 with a run batted in and a run scored. 
Butler picked up his first save on April 28 against Mass Maritime. He added his second save on April 30 against Williams College.


Statistics compiled from the websites of each player's team.

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