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March 01. 2014 12:30AM

NH College Notebook: Wheaton's Little excels in indoor hurdles

Wheaton College women's track and field senior Ashante Little of Seabrook and Winnacunnet High School has been named ECAC Division III New England Women's Track & Field Co-Athlete of the Week.

Little shares the award with Peyton Dostie of the University of Southern Maine.

A nine-time All-American and reigning 400-meter outdoor national champion in the 60-meter hurdles, Little tied her career best of 8.71 seconds to win the event and post the top-ranked time in the country.

Little has now been named the ECAC Division III New England Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Week for second consecutive week after she clocked two of the fastest times in NCAA Division III history, finishing eighth overall in the 200-meter dash (24.80) and second overall in the 400-meter run (54.82) for the Lyons at the Scarlet and White Invitational at Boston University Feb. 15.

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University of New Hampshire field hockey coach Robin Balducci has announced that Katie Lawson of Bow and Brittany Marshall of Hopkinton will join the program for the 2014 season.

Lawson is a 5-foot, 2-inch midfielder from Bow High School who was a Division II All-State First Team selection as a senior.

Marshall, a 5-foot-9 midfield/forward, was an All-State First Team selection as a sophomore, junior and senior at Hopkinton Middle High School, where she also lettered in basketball and track & field.

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The Northeast-10 basketball and ice hockey honors were announced Friday and New Hampshire programs were well-represented.

Southern New Hampshire University sophomore Joe Collins has been named the 2014 Northeast-10 Conference Ice Hockey Player of the Year.

Collins was tied for the conference lead in goals (17), assists (21) and points (38) through 25 games entering Saturday's Northeast-10 Championship contest against St. Michael's College. Collins also garnered a Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team selection.

SNHU head coach Ken Hutchins was voted the league's Coach of the Year by his peers after leading his team to a 16-8-1 overall record and 7-4 mark in the conference. His Penmen, who were ranked fifth in the annual coaches' preseason poll, upset St. Anselm last weekend on the road to earn a spot in the 2014 Northeast-10 Championship game.

St. Anselm College sophomore Mike McCahey, senior Dino Mallios and juniors Roy Mabrey and Chris Santo were honored with Northeast-10 All-Conference accolades in men's basketball.

McCahey, the reigning Rookie of the Year and a Second Team selection from a year ago, was chosen for the First Team after leading the Hawks in both scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 rpg), while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor, including 39.8 percent from beyond the arc, and 77.9 percent at the line.

Mallios, who was a Third Teamer last season, earned a spot on the Second Team. Mallios started all 25 regular-season games and averaged 10.7 points, 8.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from behind the arc and 74.3 percent from the stripe.

Mabrey was selected to the Third Team after being a First Team member last season. The 2012 Rookie of the Year averaged 15.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 25 starts, while shooting 42.8 percent from the field, including 33.8 percent from downtown, and 77.9 percent at the line.

Santo was named an Honorable Mention. He started all 25 contests and averaged 15.5 points and 6.7 boards per game, while hitting at a 57-percent clip from the floor, including 37.9 percent from 3, and 70 percent from the stripe.

Another Hawk, St Anselm College senior Greg Merrill of the hockey team, was named the Northeast-10 Defender of the Year after totaling 16 points on four goals and 12 assists this season.

Merrill claims the conference honor for the second straight year, and was also a First Team choice, as the Hawks allowed just eight goals in their five NE-10 games this winter.

A trio of Franklin Pierce University men's basketball standouts, led by senior forward Ellis Cooper, garnered all-conference accolades from the Northeast-10.

Cooper earned All-NE-10 First-Team honors for the second time in three seasons, while junior forward Ryen Vilmont landed on the second-team and freshman guard Donte Gittens was placed on the all-rookie team.

Cooper has started 20 of 21 games played in this season, and despite battling an injury midway through the campaign, still ranks fourth in the league in scoring at 18.5 points per game.

Vilmont averaged 16 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 46.7 percent from both the field and from 3-point range.

Gittens earned the nod to this year's all-rookie team for his play at both ends of the court. He averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while also ranking third in the league with 44 blocks.

From Southern New Hampshire University, Junior Elijah Bonsignore and sophomore Rodney Sanders were named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Team.

Bonsignore was a Third Team selection, while Sanders was an Honorable Mention selection. Bonsignore, a 6-foot-6 swingman, ranks second on the Penmen in scoring at 13.4 points per game while his 5.5 rebounds are tops on the team. Sanders, a 6-foot-3 guard, leads the Penmen in scoring (14.0 ppg).

"College Notebook" is compiled by the New Hampshire Union Leader staff and published weekly in the New Hampshire Sunday News. Email submissions to sports@unionleader.com and include "College Notebook" in the subject field.


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