Middletown’s Hasahn French and Saint Louis are on the road to another berth in NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament.
French posted his 11th double-double stat line (12 points, 14 rebounds) of the season as the Billikens earned their 21st win, 72-62 over Rhode Island on Sunday. The 6-foot-7 junior is averaging 12.4 points and 10.4 rebounds for Saint Louis, who was tied for fourth in the Atlantic-10 Conference entering Tuesday’s play.
One of 10 finalists for the Karl Malone Award as the nation’s top power forward, French is tied for 20th in the nation for rebounds and his 2.5 blocks per game rank 20th. French is Saint Louis’ all-time blocked shots leader (194) and stands fifth in rebounds (820).
Mason Memmelaar (Pine Bush) has helped drive RPI to its first NCAA Div. III tournament berth since 2009. Memmelaar, a sophomore, is second on the team in scoring (13.2) and third in rebounding (5.4). The 6-foot-6 forward leads the team with 21 blocks.
Freshman Will Fredericks (Cornwall) has appeared in nine games, scoring 13 points for the Engineers.
RPI (23-4), which received an at-large bid, plays New England College in the first round at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Tufts University.
Maggie Malone (Cornwall) and SUNY Cortland are headed to the NCAA Div. III tournament, receiving an at-large bid. Malone, a freshman forward and three-time Varsity 845 first-team pick, has played in 25 games for the Red Dragons, averaging 2.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. Cortland (21-6) will play host Western New England in a first-round game at 7 p.m. Friday in Springfield, Mass.
RPI freshman Aleksey Makarov earned Liberty League rookie of the meet honors, winning the conference's 200-yard individual medley (1:52.89). Makarov was third in the 100 breaststroke (57.43) and 200 breaststroke (2:07.86) for the five-time Liberty League champion Engineers.
East Stroudsburg (Pa.) redshirt senior 174-pounder Mike Raccioppi (Minisink Valley) qualified for his second NCAA Div. II championships with a second-place finish at the Super Region I tournament in Erie, Pa., on Saturday. Raccioppi (22-1), who has been ranked No. 1 in the country, suffered his first loss of the season in the final, 8-3 to Pitt-Johnstown’s Brock Biddle.
Joining Raccioppi at nationals on March 13-14 in Sioux Falls, S.D., will be Section 9 alum Noah Curreri (Eldred). The Queens University (N.C.) junior 174-pounder (19-6) earned his first trip with a second-place finish at the Super Region tournament in Pembroke, N.C., on Saturday.
Johnson & Wales senior 149-pound Da’mani Burns (Newburgh Free Academy) captured the NCAA Div. III Northeast Region 149-pound title, defeating New England College’s Evan Fidelibus, the nation’s eighth-ranked wrestler, 10-9 on Saturday in Providence, R.I. Burns will return to the D3 nationals on March 13-14 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Coast Guard senior 174-pounder A.J. Aeberli (Minisink Valley) qualified for his third consecutive NCAA D3 nationas with a second-place finish in the Northeast Region in Providence, R.I., on Saturday. Aeberli earned all-American honors with a sixth-place nationals finish last season.
Rochester Institute of Technology senior 285-pounder Sam Weinger (Washingtonville) is headed to the NCAA D3 nationals following a third-place effort in the Mideast Region in Ithaca on Saturday.
Saint Bonaventure junior outfielder Tyler Kelder (Kingston) has hit seven home runs in his first 23 at-bats through five games. He is batting .478 with 13 RBI for the Bonnies.