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October 2017 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Tuesday, November 07, 2017










      Article on Yaniv Kovalski - From the Grapevine


                 Yaniv Kovalski, Stonehill College

When college football season begins this fall, there will be plenty of freshmen hoping to get their chance on the field. Yaniv Kovalski is one of them. The bearded, big and burly 23-year-old seems like a typical player. He's 6-foot-3, weighs 285 pounds and is hoping to achieve greatness.

But one thing separates him from his teammates. Kovalski is the first Israeli-born player to earn a college football scholarship in America.

So how did he get here? Let's trace his journey.

(See the rest of this excellent article at this link.)   



        Gilad Berman, Georgia Gwinnett College

National Doubles Champion: Berman-Konfederak Win ITA Oracle Cup Men's Tennis Title 

Georgia Gwinnett College senior men's tennis players Gilad Berman and Kevin Konfederak capped off a successful week at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Oracle Cup with a straight-set victory to capture the NAIA doubles championship.

The Grizzlies defeated a team from Keiser University (Fla.) 6-2, 6-3 Saturday afternoon. The Berman-Konfederak tandem now represents the NAIA in the Super Bowl of the Oracle Cup – facing titlists from NCAA Division II, III, NAIA and junior college divisions. The Super Bowl winner advanced to the ITA Fall Championships in Indian Wells, Calif., from Nov. 1-5.

GGC got out to a fast start, winning the first four games. The duo then got a break of service to clinch the match.

The doubles national championship is the ninth NAIA title for Konfederak in his collegiate career, while Berman collected his first championship trophy. Overall, Georgia Gwinnett College tennis has amassed 18 national championships between individual or team seasons.

"Gilad served on a different level throughout this tournament. We came out ready to go from the first game," said Konfederak, who had captured the men's singles national title earlier Saturday.

"I knew that I had to bring the energy because Kevin had played a match earlier in the day. It was a good, competitive match," said Berman.

Iowa Central Women's Cross Country Team

(Adva Cohen, standing, 3rd from left)

Oct 29, 2017 

FORT DODGE, Iowa - The Region XI Cross Country Championships took place on Sunday at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course. The men ran first at 11:00 a.m. With temperatures at just under 40 degrees, three Iowa Central runners, Karim Achengli, Ezekiel Kipchirchir and Jhordan Ccope and NIACC's Brian Jacques separated themselves from the rest.

Following the men's race, the women took off at noon as rain began to spit down on the field. Adva Cohen (Jerusalem, ISRAEL) established an early lead and did not look back. Cohen set a Region XI Championship record with a time of 17:22.1 and finished one minute and 12 seconds before her teammate Marion Bartilol (18:34.9). Abeba Sullivan and Agnes Mansaray crossed the line .3 seconds apart in third and fourth place at the 18:50 mark.

The Triton women would finish in all top 7 spots as well as 10 of the top 12 finishers.  Marta Lukijaniuk placed fifth with a time of 18:57.8, Aaliyah Regg Wajid was sixth at 18:59.0, Katy Pfile finished seventh at 19:04.6, Sierra Stucky was the ninth runner to cross the finish line at 19:35.5 with Naomi Alvarez right behind her at 19:50.9.  Abby Gawthorp crossed the line 12th at 20:11.9. 

Adva Cohen's regional record was the second fastest in course history, just behind the 2016 winner, former Triton Leanne Pompeani who ran a 17:21.6 back in 2015.  

The Triton Women finished with a perfect score of 15.  Iowa Western came in second with 65 points, Hawkeye third with 91 points, NIACC fourth with 109, and Indian Hills rounding at the top 5 at 116. 

With their dominating 2017 performances, Cohen and Achengli took home 2017 ICCAC Men & Women Athlete of the Year award for cross country while Triton head coach Dee Brown hoisted both the ICCAC Men & Women Coach of the Year awards, as voted by the coaches.







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