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CLASS OF 2014 COMPLETE COMMITMENT LIST
(UPDATED 05/27/14 CLICK HERE)




Selfie of the Day

Wildcats in DC Hanging with Honest Abe!!
[L-R: Ali Hillson, McKayla Roberts, McKenna Brooks, Natalie Nardella, Quincey Zimmerman]



UCATS-MANNION FINISH SEASON IN STYLE
WIN POOL AND ADVANCE TO PLAYOFF BRACKET SEMIFINALS
QUARTERFINAL QUINTUPLE OVERTIME WIN VS YORK THUNDER HIGHLIGHTED ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE SHOWING BY THE WILDCATS
 
Syracuse, New York (07/28/14) - The Unity Wildcats-Mannion returned home from their travels to our nation's capitol with a 6-1 record (5-0 in Pool Play), falling in the playoff semifinals to the Illinois Pizazz 59-57 following a spirited rally from 15 points down with less than 7:00 minutes left in the game.

After a dominating run through Pool Play (+66 victory margin out of a possible +75), the UCats moved on to the USJN playoff brackets to face the York Thunder in an evenly matched quarter-final tilt. The UCats jumped out to an early 13-2 lead but the Thunder were just warming up. As the game played out, the Thunder quickly erased that deficit and pulled ahead in the second half by as many as 7 before the Wildcats began a comeback of their own. The 'Cats clawed their way back in and sent the game into overtime at 44-44 as Maria Lapertosa's (Whitesboro) driving baseline layup teetered on the rim and fell through. Through five overtimes, Lapertosa won 5 consecutive tips to give the UCats an advantage to start each extra session. In fact, the 'Cats scored first in every overtime but could not put the pesky Thunder away through four OTs. With the score tied and time running down in the third OT, Annie Giannone (Auburn) scored a driving layup, was fouled and completed a three point play with 2.8 seconds remaining. The game appeared to be over. It was not. The Thunder inbounded and threw up a perfectly arced "three" from behind the half court line that could not have been more true, forcing yet another overtime. In the end, the Wildcats prevailed 55-54 to move on to face the Illinois Pizazz in the semifinals.

The Pizazz were as near a carbon copy of the Wildcats-Mannion as they'd encountered all year. The key to the Pizazz' success was all in their ball movement  -- much like the UCats, they repeatedly made the extra pass to acquire open looks. As the game wore on, the Wildcats looked listless and tired coming off of their quintuple overtime win. But the 'Cats are nothing if not resilient. With just under 7:00 minutes remaining in the game, the UCats commenced a wild comeback spearheaded by McKayla Roberts (CNS) and McKenna Brooks (Oswego) that saw them cut the lead to 59-57 with :26 seconds remaining and possession in the hands of the Wildcats. Alas, the hole was slightly too deep for the Wildcats to dig out from. Unable to successfully inbound after a timeout, the UCats turned the ball over to the Pizazz and could not gain possession again. Not to be left without commendation and praise were the performances of Jordan Vaught (Bishop Grimes), Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles), Natalie Nardella (CBA-Syracuse), Quincey Zimmerman (So Jefferson) and Ali Hillson (Mansfield-PA). All made critical and significant contributions throughout the tournament and especially in the playoff contests.

The Wildcats now take five weeks of hiatus before playing an abbreviated Fall schedule in September. Congratulations to all Wildcats players!!! Another incredible season is now part of the continuing lore of Unity Wildcats Basketball.

The Wildcats-Mannion finished the 2014 Spring-Summer season with a 34-15 record (19-4 in National tournaments with an overal .700 win percentage) against top competition throughout the country.

UCats Mannion Results for the USJN Junior Nationals (DC) are posted below.

Practice info is posted under each team's "Team Notes".



UPCOMING TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
16 MannionSeptember 6-7, 2014Future Stars Fall Invitational
New Rochelle, New York  
16 MannionSeptember 27-28, 2014BlueChip Fall Ball Classic
Manheim, Pennsylvania

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TEAM NOTES & GAME SCHEDULES

16-17N MANNION NOTES:

16-17N Practice Schedule:
2014 Spring-Summer Season Complete



16-17N MANNION SCHEDULE FOR USJN JUNIOR NATIONALS
    July 22 - July 25, 2014  Washington, DC
16-17N MANNION ROSTER/SCHEDULE
#2 - Quincey Zimmerman /  #3 - Jordan Vaught / #4 - McKayla Roberts
#10 - Anna Giannone #14 - Elizabeth Lane / #15 - Maria Lapertosa
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32 -Natalie Nardella  / #33 - Ali Hillson/ #42 - McKenna Brooks
Tuesday July 22, 2014
1:00pm Unity Wildcats vs. CT Cobras     W  61-55  Hall C - Court #20
 
Wednesday July 23, 2014
8:00am Unity Wildcats vs NJ Panthers Blue     W  47-23 Hall B - Court #11
11:30am Unity Wildcats vs PA Jaguars     W  62-12 Hall B - Court #18
 
Thursday July 24, 2014
1:00pm  Unity Wildcats vs. PA Renegades     W  50-23  Hall B - Court #3
9:00pm Unity Wildcats vs. MD Baltimore Starz     W  54-38 Hall B - Court #7
  
 Friday July 25, 2014
1:00pm Unity Wildcats vs. York Thunder     W  55-54 (5 OT) Hall B - Court #10
4:00pm Unity Wildcast vs. Illinois Pizazz     L   59-57 Hall B - Court #1
 
  Info: Playoff Brackets Schedule -- Pool CC - Team CC#  -- Convention Center Parking


15 COOPER/SANGSTER NOTES:

15 Practice Schedule:
2014 Spring-Fall Season Complete




GREAT PICTURES OF
UNITY WILDCATS vs ROCHESTER WARRIORS

May 10, 2014 at NBC Showdown, Syracuse, New York

Courtesy of John J. Miller (Thank you, John!)
Past Highlights and general Wildcats Club news can be found on the News page.

UPDATES:





Class of 2014 Basketball/Athletic Commitments
(through May 27, 2014)

Anna Ross - University of Pennsylvania Quakers (Division I)
Joanna Dobrovosky - Lemoyne Dolphins (Division II)
Austin Stevens - Lemoyne Dolphins (Division II)
Melissa Fumano - Queens College Knights (Division II)
Elizabeth Miles - Daemon College Wildcats (Division II)
Lauren Getman - Hamilton College Continentals (Division III)
Madison Beck - Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers (Division III)
Samantha Roberts - Onondaga Community College Lazers (JC)
Samantha Peebles - Nazareth College Golden Flyers (Division III)
Tina Hoag - SUNY Cortland Red Dragons (Division III)
Elizabeth Cavic - Cornell University (2014's Resident Genius)

Congratulations to the Class of 2014, the most accomplished group in the history of the Unity Wildcats!! You have made us all exceedingly proud. All are encouraged throughout their careers to return and assist younger UCats in their pursuit of their college dreams!



CONGRATULATIONS TO ANNA ROSS (WESTHILL)!!


Anna Ross has signed her letter of commitment to play for the Division I University of Pennsylvania Quakers after a storied AAU and High School career.  Ms. Ross garnered double digit scholarship offers at the Division I level and was pursued by schools in major and mid-major conferences including the ACC, Big East, AAC, Big Ten, Colonial, Atlantic 10, MAAC, MAC, America East and NorthEast Conference, among others. In the end, Ms. Ross' focus was always on academics and the education she could receive while playing basketball. She chose UPenn over finalists Lehigh and Colgate after thorough  consideration and deliberation. Coach Mannion said of Ms. Ross: "I love all my players but Anna Ross was special both on and off the court. She is the epitomy of what we work to achieve with our players: character, class, intelligence and, of course, exceptional talent. Anna Ross was simply the most talented player ever to wear a Wildcats' uniform. She will do great things at UPenn AND in life."

Good luck, Anna, though you will be missed, we cannot wait to see you play at the next level!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO FUTURE LEMOYNE DOLPHINS JOANNA DOBROVOSKY (SKAN) AND AUSTIN STEVENS (SO JEFF)!!



One is good but two is better! The LeMoyne Women's Basketball staff understood that very well when they offered and received commitments from not one, but two Unity Wildcats this year: Joanna Dobrovosky (Skaneateles) and Austin Stevens (South Jefferson). Besides obvious talents, both players bring something that college coaches want more than anything else -- a winning attitude and tradition. Ms. Dobrovosky was a four year starter for Skaneateles and helped transform them from perennial also-rans into Class B Sectional contenders for four consecutive years. On the AAU circuit, Ms. Dobrovosky proved herself one of the top true post players in the Northeast outplaying the very best competition from Richmond to Maine!-- Similarly, Ms. Stevens has done nothing but win in her four years with legendary Coach Pat Bassett and the South Jefferson Spartans. Joining the Unity Wildcats for the first time this past season, Ms. Stevens quickly showed why she is one of the top players in all of Section 3. Talented, tough, smart and hardworking, Ms. Stevens' abilities and attitude will translate into great things for LeMoyne Women's Basketball over the next four years!

Joanna and Austin join two former Unity Wildcats on the LeMoyne roster next year, Tessa Pucello and Maggie Brown. Good luck to all and we look forward to getting to all your home games to watch the rise of LeMoyne to National Championship caliber.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MELISSA FUMANO (WEST GENESEE)!!

Melissa Fumano will take her talents to the Big Apple (NYC) for the next four years having signed a Letter of Intent to play for Coach Bet Namovsky and the Queens College Knights. Ms. Fumano was pursued by both Division I and Division II colleges. Having visited and experienced numerous college campuses, Ms. Fumano knew immediately following her visit to QC that it was the place for her. "I loved the players, I loved the coaches and I loved the campus. After my visit was complete, I knew where I wanted to go and it was easy to make my final decision." Ms. Fumano tops off a Unity Wildcats class that includes three D-I/D-II players as well as a number of top Division 3 players.

Good luck, Mel!! You will always have a special place in the hearts of all Unity Wildcats who coached you and who played with you. No one could ever ask for a more talented player and incredible teammate.



COLLEGE SELECTION STORIES ON ALL OUR ATHLETES WILL BE POSTED SOON!!






ALL-TIME SCHOLARSHIP WILDCATS

Over the past ten years, the Unity Wildcats have helped develop and send more players to Division I-II schools than any program in Central New York:

2014 -
Anna Ross - University of Pennsylvania (D-I)
2014 - 
Joanna Dobrovosky - Lemoyne College (D-II)
2014 -
Austin Stevens - Lemoyne College (D-II)
2014 - Melissa Fumano - Queens College Knights (D-II)
2013 - Zakiya Saunders - University of Albany (D-1)
2013 - Abbey Timpano - Marist Red Foxes (D-1)
2012 - Molly Hourigan - College of the Holy Cross (D-1)
2012 - Maggie Brown - Lemoyne College (D-II)
2011 - Ashley Stec - Manhattan College (D-I)
2011 - Kelsey Mattice - Bentley University (D-II)/University of Maine (D-I)
2011 - Ashley Cianfriglia - Roberts Wesleyan (D-II)
2011 -
Tessa Pucello - Lemoyne College (D-II)
2009 - Mary Beth Egan - Lehigh University (D-I)
2009 - Alyssa Sutherland - Loyola Maryland (D-I)
2009 - Kiley Evans - Sacred Heart (D-I)
2009 - Carissa Reed - University of New Hampshire (D-I)
2009 - Carly Cooper - Siena College (D-I)
2009 - Betsy Gadziala - Monmouth College (D-I)
2009 - Irene Hudson - Goldey Beacom College (D-II)
2008 - Nikki Carroll - University of New Haven (D-II)
2008 - Lindsay Niles - St. Bonaventure (D-I)/Eckerd College (D-II)
2008 - Katie Hart - Canisius College (D-I) /Lemoyne College (D-II)
2006 - Carlee Cassidy - University of Maryland Baltimore County (D-I)
2005 - Maureen Mannion - University of Pennsylvania (D-I)
2005 - Stephanie Roy - Stonehill College (D-II)
2005 - Amanda Cavo - Canisius College (D-I)
2005 - Lela Niemetz - Daemon College (D-II)





WE ARE INTERESTED IN SCRIMMAGES FOR ALL WILDCATS' TEAMS. IF YOU HAVE OR KNOW OF A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL TEAM THAT MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN SCRIMMAGING, PLEASE CONTACT COACH MANNION BY PHONE OR EMAIL. We are willing to travel reasonable distances for scrimmages. We are happy to arrange for and/or split the cost of referees. Our three teams can play at various different levels and we can offer a competitive matchup versus almost every age level team.


TOURNAMENT MAPS & DIRECTIONS: PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON OUR "MAPS" PAGE BEFORE ASKING COACHES FOR DIRECTIONS TO TOURNAMENT LOCATIONS.



FOR ALL GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TEAMS, ANSWERS TO "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS" AND REGISTRATION FORMS GO TO OUR  "INFO" PAGE.


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Club Director:

Terence A. J. Mannion
345 Scott Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13224
Phone: 315-382-5950 (cell / voicemail)
Email: tajm@unitywildcats.org


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