At SUNY Orange, we believe that athletics and competition are an extension of your education. Hard work, leadership, teamwork and interpersonal communication skills are developed through participation in competitive athletics, and become the foundation upon which future successes are built.
- SUNY Orange has all the academic and athletic resources a student-athlete will need to be successful.
- SUNY Orange teams and athletes have excelled at the conference, regional and national levels.
- Every year some of the best high school athletes in Orange County choose to attend SUNY Orange and compete for Orange athletics.
- Four of our sports: men's basketball, baseball, women's basketball and softball, compete at the NJCAA Division II level, which allows us to grant athletic scholarships.
- SUNY Orange athletes have gone on to play and succeed at NCAA Division I, II and III programs.
- SUNY Orange student-athletes get to practice and complete at the College's quality, well-maintained facilities.
Orange Athletics Works with Wreaths Across America
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Highland Falls, NY - Wreaths Across America is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to REMEMBER our fallen heroes, HONOR their memory, and TEACH our young. One way the organization does this is by placing wreaths on the graves of fallen veterans. Over 7,000 wreaths were placed on every grave at the West Point Cemetery this past holiday season as a part of the groups efforts. Similar ceremonies were carried out at cemetery's across the country. On Sunday, January 31, SUNY Orange softball and baseball players volunteered their time to this cause by helping with the clean-up of the wreaths at the United States Military Academy. The opportunity to contribute to such a special cause was not lost on Orange’s student athletes. Just being on such hallowed grounds where many great American heroes are at rest left an indelible mark. Being able to contribute to this cause was certainly humbling for Orange's student athletes. This is a project SUNY Orange athletes will be participating in for years to come.
SUNY Orange Student Athletes Excelling in Classroom
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
Middletown, NY- Members of SUNY Orange's seven athletic teams stepped up their games in the academic arena for the Fall 2015 semester. It is no easy feat balancing a full time course load while being dedicated to an inter-collegiate sport and often working a job on top of all that. To do so and excel is a tremendous accomplishment. The SUNY Orange Athletic Department is proud to congratulate all of our student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 QPA (Quality Point Average) or higher for the Fall '15 semester. Many of these student-athletes also had a QPA of 3.33 or higher to qualify for the Dean's List. One of our student-athletes also had a perfect 4.0 QPA while being an All-Region athlete selection. The list of SUNY Orange's student athletes with a 3.0 QPA or higher is as follows: Grace Almanzar, Sydney Hendershot, Sierra Hernandez, Brittany Tenorio, Kayla Holterman, Juan Garcia, Jonathon Jalon, Thomas Pedrosa, Dorothy Tighe, Jillian Artrip, Rececca Rose, Courtney Jones, Erin Dunn, Josh Begany, Jarod Bulson, Nick Fini, Sam Fontenez, Jonathon Lindau, Nick Pacifico, Shawn Talmadge, Ricky Van Gelder, Dan Pavlu, Marcus Cigna, and Franklin Smith.
Cooper Garners Region XV Award
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
Middletown, NY - Sophomore Tyvon Cooper has been named the Region XV male Athlete of the Month for the month of November. Cooper, a guard on the men;s basketball team, has lead the Colts to their best start in years. Orange is currently 8-2 while scoring over 82 points per game. Tyvon leads the team in both scoring (21.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg). Orange has two more road games this semester. They are at Johnson College in Scranton on Thursday night and are at Rockland for a key Mid Hudson Conference game on Dec 22. The official announcement for Tyvon's player of the week award can be read at; (copy and paste link into your browser)
Orange Volleyball qualifies for Post Season;Two Players Garner Post Season Honors
Monday, October 26th, 2015
Middletown, NY - The Region XV volleyball committee and coaches met Sunday morning to hash out which teams had qualified for playoffs and what seeds those teams would be. SUNY Orange, this year's Mid Hudson Conference Champion, qualified for the Region XV Volleyball Tournament and enters as the sixth seed. Orange will travel to third seeded Queensborough on Thursday night for a quarter-final matchup.
Two Orange women were also recognized for their contributions to the team this year. Kayla Holterman, a sophomore who graduated from S.S. Seward High School, was named to the Region XV first team. Holterman, an outside hitter, was a force for Orange this year and a catalyst for helping the team win the Mid Hudson Conference and qualifying for the playoffs. Holterman was among the region leaders in kills per set with an average of 2.28. Kayla was also one of the best servers in the region. She was third in aces at almost one a game. Kayla also showed that she was an all around player by amassing 121 digs on the year. The other Orange player recognized by the region this year was Valley Central grad Paige Van Pelt. Paige, a sophomore, was a Region XV Sportsman's Award recipient. Kayla was a front line force for the Colts who was a top player in the region with over 2 kills per game and also lead the team in blocks. As a duo, the pair helped Orange to be the second best team in the region in kills and third in digs.
Baseball Colts Earn Post Season Awards
Thursday, June 4th, 2015
Members of the 2015 SUNY Orange Baseball Team were recognized for their accomplishment at both the Regional and Conference levels. First baseman David Leiter (Valley Central) and catcher Jonathan Lindau (Pine Bush) were voted second team All-Region XV. Leiter was also named the Region XV Defensive player of the year. The 2015 All Mid-Hudson Conference team included Leiter on the first team and SS Schuyler Martire (Pine Bush) on the second. Congratulations to all!
SUNY Golfers Qualify for National Tournament
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Two SUNY Orange golfers qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament by finishing third and fourth at the Region XV tournament. Marcus Cigna (John Jay) shot a 168 and Dan Pavlu (Monroe-Woodbury) shot a 171 at the Regional Tournament hosted by Rotella Golf Club. Cigna was named the 2015 Mid Hudson Conference Golf MVP and Pavlu was named to the 2015 MHC first team. The national tournament will be held at the Chautauqua Golf Club, Jamestown, NY from June 1 to June 5, 2015.
Orange Softball Dominates Region Awards
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Middletown, NY - The SUNY Orange softball team dominated the Region XV awards for 2015. The team has the Player of the Year, the Coach of the Year, and was the Region XV Champion. In addition to Player of the Year, Orange placed 4 other team members on the All Region Team. The future is bright for Orange as 4 of the 5 student athletes honored this season are freshmen and will be back with the Colts next year.
The 2015 Player of the Year is Erin Dunn, a freshman out of Chester High School. Erin did it all for the Colts this year. Erin was the ace of the staff on the mound and a fixture in the heart of the Colts lineup. Erin amassed 11 wins this season and had 93 strike outs. Her earned run average was an impressive 3.56. In the field, Erin was flawless; she had zero errors in 124 chances for a fielding percentage of 1.000. Erin was also a threat at the plate. The lefty hitter batted .381 and was the co-leader on the team in home runs.
Joining Dunn on the All Region Team are four outstanding players. Taylor Brummell, a Newburgh Free Academy graduate, played short stop and was the anchor of the lineup. Taylor was eighth in the nation in batting average and was the NJCAA Player of the Week in week 3. Brummell batted .526 with 31 rbi this season. She also had 15 extra base hits including 11 doubles. She was a co-leader on the team in home runs. Malory Porada is the lone sophomore on the All Region team for Orange. Malory, who played for John S, B urke H.S., played third base for Orange this year. Porada batted a hearty .414 with 24 runs scored. Courtney Jones also played at Newburgh Free Academy, and was Orange's stalwart catcher this year. She played in every game for the Colts. Jones had 30 hits for the Colts and batted .390. The fourth player on the All Region team is Valley Central graduate, Rebecca Wentink. Rebecca was Orange's leadoff hitter this year. Rebecca lead the team in extra base hits on her way to batting .412. Her great hitting, 6 stolen bases, and team leading 14 walks set the table for her to score a team leading 26 runs this season.
SUNY Orange Congratulates all of our All Region selections and the entire team and coaching staff on a good season!
Bartolone Named MHC Athlete of Week
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Freshman Mike Bartolone, a Cornwall H.S. grad, was named the Mid Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week for the week of April 12. Bartolone is a 6'4" slick fielding third baseman who bats third in the lineup for the SUNY Orange Baseball team. Bartolone batted .550 for the week going 11 for 20 at the plate. He also tallied 7 walks, scored 11 runs and had 5 RBI's. Mike's strong play helped Orange to their first MHC series win of the season. Orange took 3 of 4 from Rockland County Community College to climb into a tie for second place in the wins column in the conference standings.
Colts Three Game Win Streak Leads To Series Win
Monday, April 20th, 2015
Middletown, NY - The SUNY Orange Baseball team has been looking for its breakout moment of the 2015 season. They may have found it by taking the final 3 games of their Mid-Hudson Conference series with the Rockland Community College Hawks. Orange's 3 game winning streak moves the Colts to .500 in Mid-Hudson Conference play and keeps them in the hunt for a top seed heading into the Region 15 Division 2 tournament at Cantine Field in Saugerties, NY.
Orange's offense started the ball rolling on Friday afternoon. The Colts exploded for 20 runs in a 20-13 victory. Orange picked up a huge spark from Gunnar Barr who was thrust into the lead off and short stop roles for the first time this season after an injury to stalwart Schuyler Martire. Barr had 4 hits from the lead-off spot and scored 4 runs. Third baseman Mike Bartolone also had a monster day picking up 4 hits, scoring 4 runs and driving in 3. Jonathon Lindau, Peter Fuentes, and Tom Brusca had 3 hits apiece for the hot swinging Colts. Brusca also tallied 3 stolen bases on the day. On the mound, a trio of pitchers were able to keep Orange in control. Will Ortiz, Josh Rivera, and Dave Sicina all contributed to the winning effort.
Orange's series with Rockland concluded with a double header sweep on Sunday. Kevin Crawford pitched a gem in the opener. Crawford scattered 6 hits over 5 innings and gave up only 2 runs as Orange won the first game 7-2. Aaron Costello came in for the final 5 outs and slammed the door shut on the Hawks. Orange was led at the plate by their two catchers. Jonathon Lindau and James Daidone, who DH'd this game, are both having great seasons for the Colts. They each drove in 2 runs and Lindau also picked up 2 hits and a walk. The day's second game ended in drama as Orange had to wait until the bottom of the 8th and a walk off ground rule double by David Leiter to get the win. Orange was trailing 7-3 entering the bottom of the seventh inning. Orange scraped across one run and then had the bases loaded for Orange catcher James Daidone. Daidone smashed a line drive to left field that went to the fence. The hit cleared the bases and tied the game. Daidone was thrown out at third trying to stretch his double to a triple, but the game was tied. Even after his head first slide into third, Daidone's always impressive head of hair was still perfect. In the bottom of the eighth Orange once again had the bases loaded with Veteran first baseman David Leiter at the plate. Leiter hit a bomb to left field that bounced once and popped over the fence. Orange won the game 9-7 off of a walk off ground rule double. Nick Pacifico pitched well for Orange scattering 4 runs over 5 innings. Dan McNamara picked up the win for the Colts.
Orange plays a non league game at County College of Morris on Tuesday then continues conference play with their penultimate series of the season against Sullivan. Orange is home at 3:30 on Thursday and Friday and travels to Sullivan for a double header on Saturday.
Orange Dominates Dutchess, Wentink Earns First Win
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
SUNY Orange jumped out to an early lead on Dutchess and captured a 14-2 victory on Wednesday.
Twelve runs in the first three innings allowed the Colts to put the game away early. A hit by pitch, an RBI single by Erin Dunn, an RBI single by Emily Cox, and a two-run double by Cassandra Oquendo during the first inning and an RBI double by Courtney Jones, a two-run single by Cox, a walk by Oquendo, , and a two-run double by Rebecca Wentink in the second inning fueled the offense early. Wentink had a busy day at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits. Six hitters combined for 11 hits, 13 RBIs and 11 runs scored.
Erin Dunn's had 6 strikeouts and allowed two earned runs on two hits and no walks over five innings.
In game two, the Colts jumped out to an early lead on Dutchess and captured a 13-4 victory. A solo home run by Taylor Brummell in the first inning and an RBI single by Brittney House and a two-run triple by Rebecca Wentink during the second inning fueled SUNY Orange Colts' offense early. Brummell had three extra-base hits for SUNY Orange Colts.
Rebecca Wentink recorded the win for SUNY Orange allowing four runs over five innings while striking out one and giving up three walks. Colts continue play tomorrow at Lackawanna, PA at 3pm
Orange Splits Day with Mercyhurst NE
Saturday, April 11th, 2015
Cassandra Oquendo went 3-3 at the plate, sparking SUNY Orange Colts to a 6-3 victory in seven innings over Mercyhurst NE on Saturday in Game two. The colts fell to Mercyhurst NE 5-3 in game one.
Erin Dunn was a workhorse on the rubber while earning the win. Dunn pitched seven innings and allowed three earned runs, six hits and one walk while striking out five.
The top of the first saw SUNY Orange Colts take an early lead, 3-0. Courtney Jones got things going with a single, Taylor Brummell singled, plating Rebecca Wentink and Jones. The scoreboard lit up again when Brummell scored on a sacrifice fly by Malory Porada. Mercyhurst NE survived SUNY Orange Colts' surge and put up three runs of its own in the first.
The scoring continued into the second, as Orange scored one run on a groundout by Jones. SUNY Orange brought home one run in the fourth inning, and matched that run total in the seventh. In the fourth, Orange scored on an RBI single by Jones, scoring Oquendo.
Orange is now 6-3 overall, (2-1 region) and continues play tomorrow in Erie, PA against Mercyhurst NE and Onondaga CC.
Orange Sweep Forces Split with Dutchess
Sunday, April 5th, 2015
After dropping the first two games of their Mid-Hudson Conference series against the Dutchess Falcons, the SUNY Orange Colts rebounded strongly on Saturday to win both games of a wind-blown double header. Orange won the first game 2-1 in 9 innings and the nightcap, which was rescheduled from the previous day, 11-6 in 7 innings.
Orange was able to force the series split with very strong performances from a quartet of freshmen hurlers on the mound Saturday. In the opener Nick Pacifico (Wallkill H.S) gave up just 1 run in 8 innings. Pacifico struck out 7 and gave the bullpen a much needed rest. Dan Mcnamara (Pine Bush H.S.) entered the 1-1 game in the ninth and recorded a scoreless inning to pick up the win. In the series finale, Dave Sicina (Port Jervis H.S.) went 4 2/3 innings. Sicina was in command of his pitches and gave up no walks. Aaron Costello (Middletown H.S.) was dominant in relief giving up no hits in 2 1/3 inning of relief.
While Orange's stingy defense led the way in the first game, it did receive some timely hitting. David Leiter (Valley Central H.S.) had a hit and scored the game winning run while James Daidone (Valley Central H.S.) had a run scored and picked up the game winning rbi. In the second game the Colts offense came alive. The team picked up 11 runs on 12 base hits. Orange had two players pick up multiple hits, rbi, and runs scored. Leiter was again key in the second game. He had a hit, 3 rbi, 2 runs scored and 3 stolen bases. Brian Guzman (Pine Bush H.S.) was 3 for 5 with 2 rbi and 2 runs scored. He also had a stolen base. Orange tallied 8 stolen bases in the night cap. Orange also received excellent contributions from Mike Bartolone (Cornwall H.S.) with 3 hits, 2 rbi and a run scored and Jonathon Lindau with 2 hits, 1 rbi, and 2 runs scored. Shawn Talmadge's (Minisink Valley H.S.) flying leap to catch a line drive hit in the gap in left center to end the 6th inning was the defensive highlight of the day. Shawn's teammates all met him by third base as he was coming off the field to let him know what a great play it was.
Orange moves to 4-7 on the season. They resume play Tuesday, April 7, with a game against Sussex CC at Skylands Park in Augusta NJ. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Orange continues Mid Hudson Conference play with a key series against Westchester starting Thursday at Westchester.
House Leads Colts in Game 2 Splits with Nassau CC
Saturday, April 4th, 2015
After a loss in game one, an exceptional effort by Brittney House spurred SUNY Orange to a 19-11 win in six innings over Nassau CC on Wednesday. House lead with two home runs, going 2-4 in the game with three RBIs and two runs scored. The Colts beat Nassau CC thanks to 22 hits, including 11 extra base hits. Erin Dunn got the win allowing three runs over six innings. She struck out four, walked none and surrendered six hits.
Orange Continues play on Tuesday, April 7th at Home against Monroe College at 3pm.
Orange Musters Out Regional Win in Bitter Cold
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
The colts held on for a 21-19 victory over Monroe College in New Rochelle. Temperatures below freezing, along with pouring rain made it difficult for pitchers on either side to grip the ball, allotting for several walks. Orange's Erin Dunn stayed focused and collected 14 strikeouts on the day. Dunn helped her cause going 3-3 on the day with 2 walks of her own and scoring 4 times. Cassandra Oquendo had three hits of her own and 5 RBI's. The Colts (4-1 overall) will be on the road again tomorrow, April 1st 2015 at Nassau CC for a double header.
Orange Offense is Key in Outlasting Hagerstown and Corning
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
SUNY Orange Colts outlasted Hagerstown CC on Sunday after five lead changes, squeaking out a 9-7 win at Hagerstown, Maryland. Jessica Whitney had three extra-base hits for Orange. She doubled in the second inning, tripled in the fifth inning, and homered in the seventh inning. Erin Dunn recorded the win even though she allowed seven runs over seven innings. Dunn struck out three, walked three and gave up nine hits. Cassandra Oquendo, Whitney, Emily Cox and Courtney Jones combined for 10 hits and five RBIs.
The bats were busy at Hagerstown, Maryland on Sunday, and when the dust cleared the Colts had a 9-8 win over Corning in seven innings. The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to six lead changes in the game. Brittney House racked up two RBIs on three hits for SUNY Orange Colts. She singled in the second, sixth, and seventh innings. Erin Dunn recorded the win. She struck out six, walked three and surrendered 11 hits. Taylor Brummell Drove home Brittney House in the bottom of the 7th Inning for the Win!
Next up for the Colts is Monroe College on Tuesday, March 31st.
Colts Split on Opening Day
Sunday, March 29th, 2015
An eight-run explosion in the sixth inning led the SUNY Orange Colts to a 15-2 win in six innings over Corning at Hagerstown, MD on Saturday. The Colts scored in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Taylor Brummell, an RBI single by Emily Cox, a two-run home run by Erin Dunn, an RBI single by Courtney Jones, a two-run single by Brummell, and an RBI single by Cox.
Brummell racked up five RBIs on four hits for Orange. On the mound Dunn struck out eight, paving the way for an Orange win. Dunn allowed two earned runs, five hits and four walks over six innings. SUNY Orange never trailed after scoring four runs in the first on an RBI double by Jessica Whitney, a two-run home run by Brummell, and a sacrifice fly by Malory Porada. SUNY Orange increased its lead with three runs in the fifth. Porada singled, scoring Brummell to start the inning. That was followed up by Cassandra Oquendo's double, scoring Porada and Dunn
In the second game, SUNY Orange lost 15-5 to Mercyhurst NE Saturday at Hagerstown, Maryland. Taylor Brummell's three-hit day at the dish highlighted Orange's effort. Brummell had a busy day at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits. She tripled in the first inning, singled in the third inning, and doubled in the fifth inning. Courtney Jones went 3-4 at the plate while teammate Malory Porada went 2-3 with three RBI's.
Colts continue play tomorrow at 9:30am against Hagerstown CC.
Colts More Than Ready to Start the 2015 Season
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
After a long winter, the SUNY Orange Colts baseball team is set to open their season this weekend on their annual spring trip to North Carolina. The Colts play a challenging schedule including many teams that are traditional powers. The 2015 Colts look to continue their successes of recent years by competing for a Conference and Regional Championship. Last year, the Colts finished second in the region to NJCAA World Series participant, Westchester CC. The Colts return eleven players from last years squad and welcome a strong freshman recruiting class. Coach Wayne Smith is optimistic about the season, and can't wait for the weather to cooperate. "We have a very good everyday line up with good bench depth. We have more speed than the last couple of years, and I like the way this team competes. Pitching-wise, I believe that we have a solid, competitive staff with pretty defined roles. The biggest strengths of this group will be their consistent everyday effort and how well they work as a team. I really look forward to this spring." The Colts open Sunday with a Doubleheader vs. Craven CC.
Orange Men Face Big Week
Monday, February 9th, 2015
The SUNY Orange men's basketball team's playoff hopes hinge on three key home games this week. Hopefully the third time will be the charm as the Colts' game with Kingsborough has been snowed out twice already. Orange will play Kingsborough on Wednesday evening, February 11, at 7:00 PM. Orange follows that up by playing Thursday against Mid Hudson Conference foe Rockland at 7:00 PM. Orange finishes its week against Suffolk Community College on Saturday at 2:00 PM. All of the Colts remaining games are home in the Edward A. Diana Physical Education Center. Come out and support the team as it makes a push for the Region 19 Playoffs!
Soccer Advances to Regional Tournament
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
The SUNY Orange Soccer team advanced to the Region XV Tournament as a #7 seed. The Colts lost 7-2 to nationally ranked Suffolk CC in the opening round.
Volleyball Prepares for Regional Tournament
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
The SUNY Orange volleyball team will be the #8 seed for the Region XV Tournament beginning this week. The 11-12 Colts will travel to Suffolk to play the #1 seeded Clippers on Thursday 10/30, with the winner advancing to the Semifinals on Saturday, 11/1 at Nassau. This past weekend FR Kayla Holterman and SO Alexis Pascal were named to the All Region XV VB second team and honorable mention teams, respectively. SO Angelia Cirigliano was named to the Regional All Sportsmanship team.
Second Half Surge Takes Colts to Title Game
Monday, May 5th, 2014
Middletown, NY - Every year the SUNY Orange Colts Baseball team starts its season down south. While Orange is playing their first games of the year, their opponents are in mid-season form with having well over 20 games under their belts. In the short term this usually leads to a frustrating start to the Orange season. Playing these experienced, battle tested teams can however, pay off down the road. The Colts 1-8 start was no way indicative of how competitive the team would be once they returned north for conference play.
In Region XV play Orange split their first two series with Dutchess and Westchester. A tough series with Rockland left the Colts at 5-7 in the Region and needing a spark. Orange then caught fire and swept Sullivan Community College in their next series 4-0. Orange finished conference play splitting with Ulster in a rain shortened two game stand. Orange had clinched the 3 seed and dropped their first game of the Region tournament to 2 seed Westchester. Orange then came back from an 8 run deficit to beat Rockland 12-11. That victory knocked Rockland, the one seed and defending champion, out of the tournament. Orange then defeated Sullivan in the loser's bracket final to advance to the championship game against Westchester. Orange could not sustain their hot streak and dropped the final 5-2.
Orange had a potent offensive attack this season. Four Colt regulars batted over .300 on the season. Dillon Merola led the way batting .349 with 8 extra base hits, 9 stolen bases, and scoring 26 runs. Schuyler Martire batted .331 with 10 stolen bases and scored 25 runs. Nick Gurda hit .301 with 10 extra base hits and 10 stolen bases. Adrian Castillo also had a great year at the plate hitting .301 and driving in 21 runs. Freshman outfielder Brian Guzman had 28 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
The Colts pitching staff went 10 players deep this season. Leading the way was sophomore south paw Rob Berger. Rob Pitched 46 innings for the Colts and had an impressive 3.86 ERA. Berger was one of 6 Colts to have 2 or more wins on the season. Another lefty, Kevin Crawford also had a strong season from the mound with 2 wins and leading the team with 18 strikeouts. David Gizzarelli ably filled the closer role. He won two and closed out 4 games for Orange out of the bullpen this season.
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