Utica College football team loads up on local talent


UTICA, N.Y. - The Utica College football program will welcome 46 first-year student-athletes who played Section III high school football last season to campus this fall for its 2009 campaign. The Section III recruits include student-athletes from 29 different school districts in the Central New York region. Eight of the 46 student-athletes were members of Central New York or Mohawk Valley All-Region Teams last fall.

Nate Stewart (Bishop Ludden) was a Syracuse Post Standard All-Central New York First Team linebacker last season and he will be joined by All-CNY Second Team selections Steve Cavedine (West Genesee) and David Hildman (West Genesee). Tight end Brandon Miles (Oneida) was an Observer Dispatch All-Mohawk Valley First Team selection and a Syracuse Post Standard All-CNY Third Teamer, while Joey Rivers (Homer) was also an All-CNY Third Team selection. Kicker TJ Losowski (Westmoreland) was an All-Mohawk Valley First Team selection along with Luke Manolescu (Notre Dame) and Neal Baron (Westmoreland).

The Pioneers opened training camp on Saturday and a program-record 152 first year players are expected to report within the next two weeks.

Below is a list of the 46 student-athletes from Section III that are expected to report to camp:

Cody Adams (Adirondack)
Jacob Meyers (Adirondack)
Michael Miskell (Auburn)
Joseph Cavedine (Baldwinsville)
Dan Lang (Baldwinsville)
Nate Stewart (Bishop Ludden)
Christopher O’Leary (Camden)
Andrew Bonomo (Camden)
Michael Hall (Central Square)
Nicholas Spier (Central Square)
Andy Moth (Chittenango)
Sean Pease (Cicero North Syracuse)
Ronald Gatto (Frankfort – Schuyler)
Frank Bianchi (Frankfort – Schuyler)
Vincent Martinez (Fulton)
Joey Rivers (Homer)
Jarrod Peck (Indian River)
Joe Kissinger (Mt. Markham)
Chris Cashman (New Hartford)
Alex Castilla (Notre Dame)
Philip DiPerna (Notre Dame)
Caden Romeo (Notre Dame)
Rich Lange (Notre Dame)
Brendan Murphy (Notre Dame)
Luke Manolescu (Notre Dame)
Dwight Hicks (Nottingham)
Brandon Miles (Oneida)
Genaro Scampone (Proctor)
Franco DiMarco (Rome Free Academy)
Mark Capponi (Rome Free Academy)
Ryan Cornish (Rome Catholic)
James Primarolo (Sauquoit)
Phil Price (Sherburne Earlville)
Joshua Tracy (Skaneateles)
Samuel Lima (Solvay)
Robert Borst (Vernon Verona Sherrill)
Derek Chmielewski (Vernon Verona Sherrill)
Stefan Cavedine (West Genesee)
David Hildman (West Genesee)
Craig Simmons (West Genesee)
Ben Johnson (Westhill)
TJ Losowski (Westmoreland)
Neal Baron (Westmoreland)
Cody Passalacqua (Whitesboro)
Matthew Tutino (Whitesboro)
Sean Wlock (Whitesboro)

Utica closed out its 2008 season with a 3-7 record, good for fourth place in the conference. The Pioneers lost eight seniors to graduation, six of whom were starters.


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