Wednesday, December 6, 2017

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Wright has delivered points in five different ways for Temple this season

Wright (Temple athletics)
Temple sophomore Isaiah Wright has done something this season that just five other Football Bowl Subdivision athletes have accomplished in the last 10 years.
Wright, a Waterbury native and standout at both Holy Cross and Kingswood Oxford, has scored points for the Owls in five different ways. He has rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown, returned a kickoff for a touchdown, run back a punt for a touchdown, and thrown for a two-point conversion., thrown for one, returned a kickoff for a score, and run back a punt for another.
Wright has caught three touchdowns and run for a touchdown. He has one kickoff return for a score and a punt return for another. Wright has also thrown for a two-point conversion. 
Wright was named special teams player of the week after the 35-24 win over Cincinnati. He ran back a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, then threw a two-point conversion pass to quarterback Frank Nutile on the next play. Wright finished the Cincinnati game with 154 all-purpose yards.
Wright and Temple will play Florida International University in the Gasparilla Bowl on Dec. 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Booker (Dean athletics)
Jordan Booker, Dean College basketball
Look up the leading scorer for the Bulldogs, and you will find this former Crosby Bulldog at the top of the list.
Booker, a sophomore, is averaging 16.1 points per game. His highest total was 29 in an 81-73 win at Bridgewater State on Saturday. Booker has hit double digits in points on five occasions, with the other totals being 19, 19, 18 and 13.
Booker is shooting 41.2 percent from the field, including a solid 41.9 percent at the three-point line. He is also hitting on 78.1 percent of his foul shots. Booker is 35-of-85 from the field and 18 of 43 on 3-pointers. He has made 25 of his 32 free throws.
Booker averages 31.4 minutes per game for Dean, which is 4-3 entering Thursday's game at Eastern Nazarene.

Miguel Rivera, Newbury College basketball
Rivera (Newbury athletics)

Speaking of Crosby, this freshman is off to a good start in his first season with the Nighthawks.
Rivera was named the New England Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week. During the week ending Dec. 3, he averaged 16 points, two rebounds and six assists. Rivera had a then career-high 20 points in an 86-70 win at Rivier College on Nov. 28. He then scored 12 in an 84-71 loss to Tufts on Nov. 30.
As if Rivera hadn't done enough with his ROW honor, he tallied 30 points on Tuesday night in a 115-108 loss at Mount Ida College.
Rivera is averaging 16.1 points per game in 39.4 minutes. He is 29-of-67 from the field for 43.3 percent and a perfect 14-of-14 at the foul line.

Elder (SNHU athletics)
Ashley Elder, Southern New Hampshire University
indoor track and field

The junior from Bristol Central earned a spot on the Northeast-10 Conference honor roll after a solid performance in the season-opening meet.
Elder won two events at the Smith Winter Classic. She finished first in the weight throw, where she set a personal record of 14.48 meters, or 47.5 feet. Elder also took first in the shot put with another personal record of 12.80 meters, or 42 feet. Her effort in the shot put has already qualified her for the NEICAAA Championships.

Matt Finke, Mitchell College basketball
Finke (Mitchell athletics)

The sophomore from Wolcott played valuable minutes in a 97-94 loss at home against Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday.
Finke played 20 minutes and scored eight points. He was 2-of-3 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 at the foul line. Finke dished out five assists to just two turnovers and also grabbed two rebounds.
Finke has played in five of six games this season and is averaging 16 minutes per contest. He is a solid 9-of-11, or 81.8 percent, from the free throw line.

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

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