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.

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SUNY Orange competes in the following NJCAA sports:
Men's Women's
Basketball Basketball
Baseball Cross Country
Cross Country Softball
Golf Volleyball
Soccer  



Highlights

  • 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.

Headlines

Cross Country Wraps up Successful Season

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The SUNY Orange cross country program made its second consecutive appearance at the NJCAA Division III National Championships, hosted by Holyoke Community College at Stanley Park (Westfield, MA).

The lone competitor for the SUNY Orange women, freshman Kylee Kresge (Valley Central), turned in the highest individual finish on the day for the Colts, placing 28th overall in a season best 21:12 over 5 kilometers.

The SUNY Orange men recorded the program's first team-scored finish at Nationals, placing 17th in a field of over 200 athletes. Sophomore Jordan Medina (Middletown), making his second Nationals appearance, led the way in a season best effort of 28:38 over 8 kilometers. Fellow sophomores James Feeney (North Rockland) and Nick Paradies (Middletown) provided a tight 2-3 compression, clocking 29:44 and 29:54, respectively. Fourth runner Jack Kimelman (Valley Central) recorded the fastest effort by a first-year Colt at Nationals, in 31:17. Fellow freshman Camerin Figueroa (Pine Bush) capped a fantastic team performance, completing the scoring with a strong finish of 35:30.

Each of the six SUNY Orange competitors achieved a personal best performance of at least 30 seconds, with the men’s trio of Paradies, Kimelman and Figueroa combining for over six minutes of improvement upon their previous personal records.

For the season, Jordan Medina, was the Mid-Hudson Conference MVP while James Feeney, Nick Pardies, and Jack Kimelman were all named All-Conference. On the women's side, Kyle Kresge was also the Mid-Hudson Conference MVP and Renita Johnson was All-Conference.


Colt HOF to induct Class of 2017

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

This Saturday 11/4, the Colt Athletic Hall of Fame will induct the six member class of 2017. The ceremony will be held at Kuhl's Highland House, Middletown. For details and to see the Class of 2017 biographies, click the link below.

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2017 Colts Volleyball Team Exceeded Expectations

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Middletown, NY - With only two returning players from last season's conference winning team, the conventional wisdom regarding this season’s team was that it might struggle this year. That thinking was wrong, as the team jelled quickly into a cohesive unit that overachieved night in and night out. All of the team's losses were to the top four teams in Region XV and Division II Ulster and the team posted its second highest win total in 6 years. Orange qualified for the Mid-Hudson Conference Tournament as the third seed and upended second seeded Ulster in the semi-finals. In the Region 15 Tournament Orange was the fifth seed and dropped a hard fought match at #4 Manhattan.

Orange had three players make the All Mid-Hudson Conference Team. Cassidy Smith was a first team selection, while Johannie Rodriguez and Samantha Madden were chosen to the second team. In Region 15, Cassidy was also a first team All-Region selection while Johannie was a third team selection and Samantha Madden was chosen for the All-Sportsmanship Team. On a national level, middle hitter, Cassidy Smith lead the nation in two statistical categories. Her kills per set and points per set were tops while she was also in the top 20 for every player in the country in total kills, service aces, and points.

This young team has set the bar high for next year. Both the Mid-Hudson Conference and Region 15 titles will be the goal for this exciting group of players.


Young Soccer Squad Makes Strides

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Middletown, NY -- Coach Victor Tobar fielded a soccer team this season that battled every second they were on the field. The record does not show how hard and competitive this young team was. An early season 1-0 victory over always formidable, Division 1 Ulster, set the tone for the effort the team would put forth for the entire season. The Colt's determination was not unnoticed by the other teams in the Mid-Hudson Conference or Region 15. Orange placed five players on the Mid-Hudson Conference All Conference Team. Making the team were; Patrick Frascello, Zachary Mcvey, Richard Rosales, Andre Marin, and Guieseppe Vanoni. Patrick Frascello's great play this season was also rewarded with his being named All Region 15. Joining Patrick as an All Region 15 honoree was teammate Aslinller Herrera. Orange's roster this season featured 19 freshmen. With hard work in the classroom and in the training room, this is an Orange team that should be tough to reckon with next season.


NJCAA Division III Player of the Week

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Cassidy Smith was named as the NJCAA Division III National Player of the Week (Oct 16-22).

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NJCAA Region 15 All-Region Teams

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Congratulations to Cassidy Smith on making First Team All-Region 15, Johannie Rodriguez for Honorable Mention, and Samantha Madden for the Sportsmanship Award.


Mid-Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Orange’s Cassidy Smith Named Athlete Of The Week
Cassidy Smith, Orange Volleyball
October 17, 2017 Posted in Athlete Of The Week, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Cassidy Smith of the Orange County Community College’s Volleyball team has been named the Mid-Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week. This is her second Athlete of the Week honor.

Smith finished the week with 72 Kills, 37 Digs,and 19 Aces in four matches.

Smith is a Freshman Middle Hitter out of Minisink Valley High School.

Athlete of the Week:

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Mid-Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Orange’s Cassidy Smith Named Athlete Of The Week0
Cassidy Smith, Orange Volleyball
October 3, 2017 Posted in Athlete Of The Week, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Cassidy Smith of the Orange County Community College’s Volleyball team has been named the Mid-Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week.

Smith finished the week with 44 Kills, 38 Digs, 2 Blocks, and 8 Aces in wins over Bronx,Dutchess and Westchester.

Smith is a Freshman Middle Hitter out of Minisink Valley High School.

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Student/Athletes Named to Athletic Department Honor Roll

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Middletown, NY - As successful as the Colts were on the courts and playing fields this year, they were even more successful in the classroom. The SUNY Orange Athletic Department has named its Spring 2017 Honor Roll and every sport is represented. The men's soccer team leads the way with seven honor roll awardees. Next were the women's basketball and softball team's with 5 recipients. In all, 31 student-athletes were recognized on the honor roll. To qualify, each student-athlete had to achieve a GPA for the semester of at least 3.0. To balance school, an inter-collegiate sport, and often times a part time job, takes a special commitment by these impressive young people. Congratulations to these recipients. SUNY Orange Athletics is proud to have you represent us!

Spring 2017 Athletic Department Honor Roll: (Men's Basketball) Robert Olsen, Scott Reisert (Women's Basketball) Callia Cropp, Kelsie Doller, Genevieve Merrigan, Nyasia Harris, Sally Santiago (Baseball) Nick Fini, Brad Nowak, Mike Carmody, Kyle O'Brien, Steve Ionnolo (Softball) Rebecca Rose, Kaylee Weinberg, Stephanie Manley, Emma Byrne, Alexandra Martens (Golf) Frank Smith, Chris Dimieri (Volleyball) Alexis Suarez (Soccer) Feras Almasaeid , Ramiro Cuacuas, Manolo Isaza, Andre Marin, Guiseppe Vanoni, John Bolanos, Brendan Siegel (Cross Country) Jennifer Lindstrom, Anakary Merino, Renita Johnson, Haley Maerz


Orange Athlete Receives Prestigious Award

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Middletown, NY - Orange baseball player Jonathon Lindau was recently named as a recipient of the prestigious Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award. Lindau was an outstanding student and catcher in his time at Orange. Jonathon was an All-Region player who was also the Defensive Player of the Year in Region 15. The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, honors State University of New York students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts. After Orange, Jon transferred to Castleton State where he is a key member of their championship baseball team.


Coach Paul Rickard Made Mark On and Off the Court

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Coach Paul Rickard. Coach Rickard was a proud employee of SUNY Orange for over 30 years and impacted countless students and players. A basketball and golf coach, he was well respected by staff, students and peers alike. Coach Rickard was a leader known for his integrity and humility. He will be greatly missed by all of those that knew him. Condolences and blessings to his friends and family. Below is a link to an article from the April 3rd Times Herald Record, written by Kevin Gleason.


http://www.sunyorange.edu/news/articles/pr2017-019.shtml


Orange Men's Basketball: Year in Review - A Championship Season

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Middletown, NY - The SUNY Orange men's basketball team made history this past season. The team won the first ever NJCAA Region 15 Division II Championship. Since 2004, Orange had been the only Division II team in Region 15 and was forced to bounce between Region's 19 and 21. With the addition of Ulster as a Division II team, the Colts home region would finally crown a champion. Orange won the inaugural title with an 89-80 victory in the championship game played at Dutchess CC. While last year's playoff qualifying team relied on All-American Tyvon Cooper and his 24 points per game, this year's Colts featured a more balanced attack.

Eight players averaged between 14.9 and 7.4 ppg this year. Three Colts; Kierre Davis, Scott Reisert, and Mike Felix, were named to both the Mid-Hudson Conference All Conference Team as well as the All Region 15 Division II first team. Davis, a freshman, played point guard for the team this season. He averaged 12.2 ppg and dished out 5.3 assists per game which ranked him 22nd in the nation. Reisert played inside and out. He averaged a double double with 10.8 ppg and 10.0 rebound per game. Scott was 13th in the country in total rebounds. Orange's third All MHC/Region 15 selection was forward Mike Felix. Mike was one of the glue guys that makes everyone else better. He always guarded the other team's best inside player. Mike averaged 8.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg. Josh Mitchell joined the team at the end of the first semester. Josh stepped right in to help the team. He averaged 14.9 ppg and shot an outstanding 47.4% from behind the three-point line. It took Eric Block awhile to get used to the college game. When he did, however, he had a huge impact for the Colts. Blocks 9.1 ppg are only a small part of his story. In the last weeks of the season Block came up big time after time. He scored 28 points in a double overtime win over nationally ranked Sullivan, then added to that by scoring 20 in the Region Championship game. In the team's final game, Block was once again the leading scorer with 19 against Lackawanna. Freshmen Scott Kingly and Bobby Olsen both return next year and should be major contributors. Kingly averaged 7.4 ppg and 7.0 rpg while Olsen tallied 7.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg.

Orange returns a solid nucleus of players next season. With Davis, Mitchell, and Block all being first year players, the entire back court should be back next season. In the front court Olsen and Kingly, along with much improved Xavier Hunter, give the Colts a few seasoned veterans to rely on. If things break the right way, the Colts could make another run at the Region title and a trip deep into the District tournament is a distinct possibility.


16-17 Women's Basketball Year in Review

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Middletown, NY - The SUNY Orange women had a successful 2016-17 campaign. The team finished the season 15-10 and had their most wins since 2013-14. The team placed second in the Mid-Hudson Conference and reached the semifinals of the NJCAA District N/O Tournament.

This year's team featured a balanced approach. This was evident as three team members were named to the All-Conference Mid-Hudson Women's Basketball team. Garnering first team honors this season were sophomore Nyasia Harris and freshmen Anne Marie Chiappone and Casey Waldron. Harris was an inside force for the Colts. She averaged 12.6 points per game (ppg) and was 10th in the nation with 12.2 rebounds per game (rpg). Chiappone was the team leader at 13.4 ppg. Her mid-range jump shot gave opponents fits all season long. Casey Waldron was another inside presence whose game matured greatly throughout the season. Casey averaged 8.8 ppg and 8.2 rpg for Orange. Sophomore Calia Cropp missed some time this season due to injury. Her missed games likely kept her from also making a post season all-conference team. Calia, the team leader in assists at 4.3 per game, was also the second leading scorer at 12.8 ppg. Sheila Burns was another freshman who earned a starting spot. Her athleticism and defensive contributions were outstanding throughout the season.

Orange returns a solid nucleus of players next season. With a couple of key additions the Colts should once again be in position to contend for a conference title. If things break the right way a trip to Harrison, AK for the NJCAA Division 2 National Championship is not out of the question.


Fall 2016 Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll Announced

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Middletown, NY - The Fall 2016 Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll has been released today. "The hard work and dedication our student athletes put into their performance in the classroom makes me very proud", said SUNY Orange athletic director Wayne Smith. "The support our athletes receive from their coaches, faculty, administration and staff at SUNY Orange is second to none." Congratulations to the 21 student-athletes, representing seven sports, who achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the Fall 2016 semester.

Cross Country; Renita Johnson, Haley Maerz

Soccer; John Dalanos, Andre Marin, Guiseppe Vanoni

Volleyball; Diana Restrepo, Casey Schnoor

Men's Basketball; Mike Felix, Bobby Olsen

Women's Basketball: Sheila Burns, Callia Cropp, Kelsie Doller, Nyasia Harris, Sally Santiago

Baseball; Nick Fini, Steve Iannolo, Brad Nowak, Kyle O'Brien

Softball; Stephanie Manley, Rebecca Rose, Kaylee Weinberg


Orange Women Finish Strong Season at Nationals

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Middletown, NY - It is not hyperbole to state that the SUNY Orange women's cross country team had its best season ever. In their first season of competition the team exceeded every expectation. The team, which fielded a full contingent of runners, was nationally ranked for much of the season. The team won the Mid-Hudson Conference title and had the Region 15 Champion. Haley Maerz won the Mid-Hudson Conference race and finished 22nd in a time of 22:14 at the NJCAA National Championship. Also qualifying for the nationals, were Region XV Champion Jennifer Lindstrom who finished in 31st and Renita Johnson who finished 34th. These outstanding performances by our student-athletes give high hopes for the team in 2017.


Medina Competes at National Tournament

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

SUNY Orange freshman Jordan Medina competed this past weekend in the NJCAA Nationals. Jordan finished 54th with a time of 31:46. Jordan had a great freshman year, finishing 5th in the Regionals and 1st at the Mid Hudson Conference meet.


Orange To Celebrate Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Hall of Fame Weekend kicks off on Friday, Nov 12 with a cocktail reception in Morrison Hall. On Saturday morning the 5th annual Hall of Fame Induction and Reunion will be held at Kuhl's Highland House in Middletown. This year's inductees span seven decades of SUNY Orange history. This year's honorees are Jack McMahon '53, Frank Carrozza '67, Matt Dillon '87, Dana O'Neill '88, and over 30 year tennis coach Sam Markovits. The five new members represent seven sports and all gave a lot to SUNY Orange in their time here.

For more information and to register your attendance at the cocktail social, Hall of Fame Breakfast, or both, please go to sunyorange.edu/go/reunion. We hope to see many of you there!


Orange Athletics Works with Wreaths Across America

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016