Wednesday, October 11, 2017

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: McAllister earns Rookie of the Week honors at University of Saint Joseph

McAllister (USJ athletics)
Emily McAllister had a great week for the University of Saint Joseph women's tennis team, and she earned a top rookie honor for her efforts.
McAllister helped the Blue Jays to a 2-1 record, and she was nearly perfect in her own matches. She went 5-1 overall, with the only loss coming in doubles. McAllister was 3-0 in singles, 2-1 in doubles.
McAllister had two wins in a 9-0 victory at Becker. She won 8-0 in doubles, then swept her singles opponent 6-0, 6-0. In an 7-2 victory over Albertus Magnus, she was part of an 8-1 victory at doubles, then won 6-0, 6-0 in singles. 
On Saturday, McAllister lost the first set of her singles match 2-6. She rallied to win the second set 6-3, then claimed the third set 6-4 to earn the victory.
McAllister is now 11-9 overall this season. She is 5-4 in singles, 6-5 in doubles. McAllister is a graduate of Bristol Central High School.



Weaver (Anna Maria athletics)
Trai Weaver, Anna Maria College football
The AMCATS (0-5) are having a rough season overall, but the senior and former Holy Cross standout has been putting up solid numbers.
Weaver has 26 receptions for 412 yards and five touchdowns in five games. He averages 82.4 receiving yards per contest, and he has a top gain of 41 yards. Weaver is averaging 15.8 yards per catch. 
In a one-sided loss to Gallaudet on Saturday, Weaver caught eight passes for 177 yards and a touchdown, including the season-long gain of 41 yards. 
Weaver's previous season highs were six receptions and 84 yards against Nichols on Sept. 8. He also had his highest amount of touchdown catches in the Nichols game with two. Weaver has already surpassed his career-high for receptions, which was 24 in 2015. He is not far off of his career-high for yards, which was 536 in 2015.


Bryan Ballenilla, Western Connecticut State University football
Ballenilla (WCSU athletics)

When it comes to getting pressure on the quarterback, this senior from Wilby has been the top man for the Colonials.
Ballenilla, listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, leads WCSU with 2.5 sacks in the first five games. His 2.5 sacks have totaled 14 yards in lost real estate for opposing quarterbacks.
Ballenilla has 13 total tackles, including 5.5 for a loss. Opponents have lost 21 yards on those 5.5 tackles.
Ballenilla averages 2.6 tackles per game, and he was forced one fumble this season. His best game this season for tackles is six against Salve Regina on Sept. 23. Ballenilla had a sack each in games against Hartwick on Sept. 2 and UMass-Dartmouth on Sept. 30. He had a half-sack against Plymouth State on Sept. 16



Lebel (Curry athletics)
Philip Lebel, Curry College football
The junior from Wolcott had a big touchdown catch in his team's season-opening 33-30 win over Fitchburg State on Sept. 1.
With Curry leading by just three points, 20-17, quarterback Alex Corvese found Lebel for a 10-yard touchdown pass at the 11:35 mark of the fourth quarter. A Marc Mrozek extra point put the Colonels ahead 27-17. Fitchburg State kept the pressure up, but Curry held on for the victory.
Lebel has appeared in five games this season and recorded four catches for 25 yards. He is in his first season with the Colonels after transferring from Western New England University. He played in seven games last season with the Golden Bears. WNEU and Curry both play in the New England Football Conference.


Josh Unkrich, Roger Williams University golf
Unkrich (RWU athletics)

The former Bristol Eastern standout helped the Hawks qualify for the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship.
Unkrich, a senior at RWU, shot a 7-over-par 79 to tie for 11th overall at the CCC Qualifier. The Hawks finished in third place and earned their berth in the CCC Championship. Endicott won the qualifier while Western New England University and Nichols College also made the cut for the championship tournament, which will be played in the spring.
RWU finished ninth at Tuesday's Blazers Fall Invitational, the final event of the fall season. Unkrich shot a two-day score of 155, which tied him with teammate Derek Deveraux for 18th place overall.
The season began on Sept. 14 with the MCLA Invitational at the Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield, Mass. Unkrich came in third place at that event with a 1-over-par 73.


Statistics and information compiled from the team website of each athlete.



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