Athletics Update – March 4

Rogers Named to AMCC 2nd Team All-Conference

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference released their 2015-16 women’s basketball post-season honors lists this week and Hilbert College’s Shannon Rogers earned her first honor of her collegiate career.

Shannon Rogers earned a spot on the 2nd Team after she helped guide the Hawks in a turn-around year.   She collected 19 double-doubles and will finish as one of the top ranked players in Division III after sitting at the top as the #1 player for several weeks during the season.

Rogers averaged 15.1 points and 11.8 rebounds per game and ranked 6th in the league in scoring and 1st in rebounds per game.   She posted 20 games with 20+ points and only one-time failed to reach double-digits on the score board.

The third-year college student grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds against Medaille College and added 19 rebounds in the January contest.  Rogers led the team in minutes per game (33.6) and was second-best in steals and blocked shots.

Rogers, after two seasons of competition, is already ranked in 10 different categories for the women’s basketball career Top 10 records.  The Arcade (Pioneer/Niagara U) native’s highest rank is 6th in Field Goal %, Free Throws attempted, Offensive rebounds and Defensive rebounds.  She has scored 689 points and earned 554 rebounds in her career which both put her in 7th place overall.

The 2015-16 women’s basketball team, under the guidance of first-year head coach Melissa Graham, tied the program’s most wins in a season (11-14) and, at 7-11, won the most AMCC games since the college joined the AMCC league in 2004.

Click (here) for the complete 2015-16 AMCC Women’s Basketball post-season awards.


Owens, Smith and Weisansal Named AMCC All-Conference

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference released their 2015-16 men’s basketball post season honors lists this week, and for the fourth season in a row, senior Jerame Owens headlines the awards.

Owens along with fellow senior Sean Weisansal and sophomore Jalen Smith were named to an All-Conference team while Owens was named the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year.

The three Hilbert honorees were a large part of the equation which guided the Hawks to their second regular season AMCC title in four seasons.  All three posted double-digit scoring averages and they each added something special to the mix.

Jerame Owens led the way with 16 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.  He was second in the league in field goal percentage but led the AMCC in steals, which is an impressive feat by itself, but unusual for a 6-6 forward to do so.  He collected 11 double-doubles and twice eclipsed the 20-rebounds mark.  His 2.3 steals paired with his 2.4 assists in 30 minutes per game made him a tough player for opposing coaches to defend.  Owens earned a spot on the 2016 AMCC Championship All-Tournament team on his final day of competition.

The Spencerport native closed his Hilbert career as the Hawks’ All Time leader in Field Goals, FG%, Rebounds, Rebound Average, Blocked shots, Steals and Steals average.  He is the only player to score over 1,500 points and grab over 1,000 rebounds (1,647 points/1,116 reb).  He has been named to the 1st Team All-Conference since his sophomore season.  He was named the Newcomer of the Year and grabbed a spot on 3rd Team in 2012-13.

Sean Weisansal chipped in 14.1 points per game along with a team best 4.4 assists per game.  The shooting guard knocked in 52.2% of his shots from the field and got to the foul line the second-most amount on the team, hitting 82%.  Weisansal grabbed 4.7 rebounds and was second-best in blocks with 18 as he led the Hawks with 31.6 minutes of action each night.

The 6-3 swingman earned his only double-doubles of his career this season with a pair against Mt. Aloysius and Pitt-Bradford.  But it was the 16 assists he dished against Franciscan University that elevated him to a new Hilbert single-game record on January 30.

The Cheektowaga (Maryvale) native concluded his career with 953 points and 250 assists in really three  seasons as his missed most of his freshman year due to an injury.  He grabbed 314 rebounds and shot 49.6% from the field.  Weisansal is ranked in 10 different categories in the program’s Top 10 list with his highest rank of 3rd: FT%, Blocked shots, Blocked shot average.

Second-year Jalen Smith returned to the Hawks this year and was an immediate impact player.  His ability to knock down a shoot beyond the arc created problems for opponents and added additional offensive options for his coaching staff. He was second in the league with 69-made 3-point shots and 10th best in 3-pt FG percentage.  Smith averaged 14.3 points per game hitting double-digits all but six games.

The Batavia native is already in the Hawks’ Top 10 career list with 122 made 3-point FG.  He wrapped up his season averaging 21 points in the AMCC Championship weekend and earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.

Click (here) for the complete 2015-16 AMCC Men’s Basketball post-season awards.