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Three Jaspers Win Silver Medals at Empire State Games

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 07/26/2010
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - The 2010 Empire State Games were held last weekend in Buffalo, and six Manhattan College athletes represented their hometowns at New York's Olympic-style amateur sports festival.  Three athletes-softball player Melissa Donnelly (Long Beach, N.Y.), men's basketball player Liam McCabe-Moran (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and pole vaulter Melissa Yap (Buffalo, N.Y.) took home silver medals, while long jumper Jamie Spataro (Middle Village, N.Y.) while Nick Walsh (Bronx, N.Y.) of the men's basketball team and former Manhattan softball player Kiera Fox (Class of 2006) also participated in this year's Games.

In the softball competition, Donnelly was a part of the Long Island team that finished with a 4-2 record and won the silver medal.  Long Island went 4-1 in round robin play before dropping a 3-0 decision to Western in the gold medal game.  Fox was the starting catcher for the Hudson Valley squad that finished fourth.  She hit .429 (9-for-21) in the tournament with three RBIs and four runs scored.  Hudson Valley finished round robin play with a 2-3 record, then fell to Adirondack, 10-2, for the bronze.

The men's basketball competition was held at a venue familiar to the two Jaspers, Canisius College's Koessler Athletic Center.  McCabe-Moran was a member of the Hudson Valley team that went a perfect 3-0 in pool play, but settled for the silver after an 86-81 loss to Western in the gold medal game.  McCabe-Moran played in three of the four games, averaging three points.  He tallied five points in the gold medal game.  Walsh was one of the stars for the New York City squad, averaging 11.3 points in three games.  He had 20 points, including six three-pointers, in an 87-76 loss to Long Island.

Competing in her hometown, Yap claimed the silver medal in the women's pole vault for Western.  She cleared 3.19 meters (10 feet, 5½ inches) to place second in the competition.  Spataro, representing New York City, finished fifth in the men's long jump with a leap of 6.41 meters (21 feet, ¼ inch).

First held in 1978, the Empire State Games are the oldest and most successful multi-sport State Games in the nation.  Athletes are eligible to compete in one of three divisions-scholastic, open or masters, and represent one of the state's six regions (Adirondack, Central, Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City, Western).

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