Ott on a tear with Utica College ice hockey team

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Donovan Ott has played in all 19 games for the Utica College men’s hockey team, but the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior right wing has really been on a tear of late.

Ott, from Lebanon who played junior hockey with the Muskegon Lumberjacks and the Johnstown Tomahawks, has scored at least one point in the last five games for the Utica, New York-based Pioneers who are 15-2-2 overall and in third place in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference with a 9-2-1 record.

Ott had three assists in a 10-0 victory over King’s and a goal and an assist in a 5-3 triumph over Manhattanville during the streak. On the season, he has nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points with a pair of game winners.

“Donovan is a gamer,” coach Gary Heenan said. “He makes big plays at big-time moments. He is willing to block shots when needed and he fits into our top lines very well.”

Prior to Utica, Ott spent two seasons at Division I Rensselaer Poly of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. He played in 37 games and had five goals and three assists.

Kaitlyn Brightbill (Annville-Cleona)

The 5-foot-4 freshman forward is a key performer for the Franklin Pierce women’s hockey team, the Ravens 17-9 overall and 10-6 in the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance after a 3-2 league loss to Sacred Heart last Saturday in Shelton, Conn. Brightbill had an assist in the game. She has played in all 26 contests and has eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points with a game winner. In 16 league games, she has four goals and 11 assists for 15 points.

Adam Loehr (Cedar Crest)

The Alvernia sophomore finished fourth in the heptathlon at Bucknell’s Bison Open and Multi indoor track meet last weekend in Lewisburg. He was the only non-Division I athlete competing in the event and he posted a personal best 4007 total. Prior to that, Loehr posted personal bests when he finished fourth in the high jump (5 feet, 9 ¼ inches) and was eighth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.93) at The College of New Jersey Invitational on Jan. 11 at The Armory in New York City.

Allison Hresko (Cedar Crest)

The junior helped the 10th-ranked Duquesne women’s bowling team capture the American Heartland Conference IV and V tourneys on Jan. 25-26 in Pittsburgh. Hresko averaged 192.20 with a high game of 216 that helped the Dukes post a tourney high 1061 team score in the second game on Jan. 25 and came back with a 180.75 average on Jan. 26. The competition included nine traditional games and seven with the Baker scoring format.

Karly Bruce (Palmyra)

The sophomore competed in just one individual race, but she finished first to help the Malone women’s swim team turn back Penn State Behrend 124-58 last Saturday in Erie. Bruce touched the wall first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.62. Up next is the Great Midwest Conference Championship Feb. 12-15 in Canton, OH. Bruce was a member of the 800 free relay which captured the title at last year’s G-MAC championship. She also finished 17th in the 200 freestyle in 2:00.59.

Megan Brandt (Northern Lebanon)

The 5-foot-9 junior forward is starting for the Bloomsburg women’s basketball team, the Huskies 9-10 overall and 6-9 in PSAC East play after a 75-63 league victory at Millersville last Saturday. Brandt is third on the team in scoring with a 9.4 average. She’s also averaging 4.1 rebounds and has 34 assists, 25 steals and nine blocked shots. She had her best game in a 62-57 league loss to East Stroudsburg on Jan. 8 when she scored a team-high 22 points with eight rebounds and three steals.

Adam Fox (Annville-Cleona)

The senior along with freshman Austin Durand (Palmyra) figure to score points in a number of events for the Shippensburg men’s swim team at the PSAC Championships Feb. 19-22 at the Graham Aquatic Center in York. Fox competes in the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke and the 100 breaststroke. Durand does his work in the 1650 freestyle, the 100 butterfly and the 200 IM. Fox is a seven-time PSAC place-winner.

Matt Mood (Palmyra)

The Chatham men’s hockey team is just 3-16 on the season (2-10 in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference), but the 5-foot-10 freshman forward is having a solid first year with the Cougars. He has five goals on the season and had the second goal in a 3-2 victory over King’s last Saturday in Pittston. Mood collected his first collegiate points when he had a pair of goals in a 6-3 loss to Manhattanville on Nov. 23. He also had a goal in a 4-3 victory over SUNY-Fredonia on Dec. 14.

Tyler Sheaffer (Palmyra)

The 6-foot-3 freshman is off to a great with the Penn State Altoona men’s volleyball team, which is 2-4 on the season after a 3-0 victory over Misericordia last Thursday. He had 17 assists, 12 digs and seven kills in the match. He has 104 assists, 39 kills, 38 digs, eight total blocks and six service aces. He’s scored 51.0 points. Scheaffer had his best match of the season when he had 28 assists, 10 kills, eight digs, three total blocks and two service aces in a 3-2 non-league victory over Hiram on Jan. 24.

Nate Shutter (Cedar Crest)

The freshman finished seventh in the 800 meter run for the Kutztown men’s indoor track team at Bucknell’s Bison Open and Multi last weekend in Lewisburg. His time was 2:02.36. Shutter had his best time of the season in the 800 when he finished 14th at the New York City Gotham Cup on Jan. 17 at the Ocean Breeze Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. with a 2:00.95 effort. He also ran a leg on the Kutztown 4×800 relay which finished second with a time of 8:10.79 in the NYC meet.

Jannae Bonds (Palmyra)

The sophomore competed in three events for the East Stroudsburg women’s indoor track team in the college’s DeSchriver Invitational last Saturday in East Stroudsburg and she posted personal bests in all three of them. Bonds finished eighth in the long jump (15 feet, 5 ½ inches), eighth in the 55 meter hurdles (9.59) and 12th in the 800 meter run (2:57.18). In the Gulden Invitational on Jan. 25 in Lewisburg, she had personal bests in the 200 meter dash (29.73) and the high jump (5 feet, 1 inch).