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Owl Notebook

by Stuart Kaufman

Keene State Pitcher Drafted by Red Sox

Photo Courtesy Corey Vogt

Corey Vogt pitched for the Red Sox staff at Fenway Park during a pre-draft workout on May 31. He threw about 30 pitches and met Theo Epstein, the Sox's general manager.

On June 8, Corey Vogt '11 became the first-ever Keene State College baseball player selected in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft. A right-handed pitcher from Suffield, Conn., he was chosen in the 39th round by the Boston Red Sox. Vogt was a dominant closer in the Little East Conference, earning All-Conference honors as a junior and senior at KSC. He had four saves, a 2.82 ERA, and 30 strikeouts in 22-1/3 innings for Keene State this past season. Vogt signed a contract with the Red Sox and reported to the organization's extended spring training program in Fort Myers, Florida. He will be assigned to one of three minor league affiliates on the East Coast.

Commissioner's Cup – Again!

Keene State continued to hold a firm grip on the Little East Commissioner's Cup, the top athletic program award in the conference, bringing home an unprecedented 11th consecutive trophy at the end of the 2010-11 academic year. Keene State captured six Little East championship titles and finished either first or second in the final regular-season standings in nine of its 17 varsity sports to average 7.931 points. UMass-Dartmouth (6.709) edged Eastern Connecticut State University (6.690) for second place, while Western Connecticut State University finished in fourth (6.565)."Keene State continues to set the pace for athletic excellence in the Little East Conference," said Commissioner Jonathan C. Harper. "By winning the award every year the Commissioner's Cup has been offered, the Owls solidify themselves as a regional and national power in Division III."

Senior Athletes Honored at Awards Dinner

Bobby Doyon, Katie Bradford, Sammy Datti, and Bryan Kolacz photo

Bobby Doyon, Katie Bradford, Sammy Datti, and Bryan Kolacz were honored for their athletic and academic achievements at the senior awards dinner.

Four Keene State athletes were honored at the 2010-11 Senior Athletic Awards Dinner on May 1. Katie Bradford (Lebanon, N.H.) was named female athlete of the year, and Bryan Kolacz (Brentwood, N.H.) and Bobby Doyon (Keene, N.H.) were selected male athletes of the year. Samantha "Sammy" Datti (Durham, N.H.) was the recipient of the senior scholar-athlete award. The women's soccer team and men's cross country squad were presented with the Don Carle Award for having the highest cumulative GPA among Owl teams.

Bradford completed her four-year soccer career as the Owls all-time leader in goals (67) and points (164) and holder of the season assists (16) mark. Recognized for her play as a three-time All-New England and All-Little East team member, Bradford capped her career by earning LEC and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. Bradford, a nutrition major, was also recognized for her work in the classroom, receiving District Academic All-America honors this past fall. A two-sport athlete who also played on the KSC softball team, Bradford help lead the Owl soccer team to back-to-back ECAC titles the past two years.

Kolacz, the most honored field athlete in the school's history, put the finishing touches on his sensational Keene State track career in 2011. As a sophomore, he won a national D-III championship with his first-place finish in the hammer throw, and went on to earn All-America honors in the event as a junior. During the indoor season, Kolacz has captured All-America honors the past two years in the weight-throw event. A two-time U.S. Track and Field and New England Field Athlete of the Year, Kolacz had been a dominating performer at the regional and conference level. Last winter, he posted the second longest weight-throw toss (20.04 meters) in Division III history. At the NCAA outdoor championships this spring, he finished a strong second in the hammer throw with a personal-best toss of 209 feet 6 inches. A physical education major, Kolacz also earned district and national Academic All-America honors the last two years. He balanced student-teaching assignments with his rigorous workout schedule, and was described by his professors as an inquisitive and appreciative student.

Bobby Doyon rewrote the Owl baseball record book, setting marks for home runs (37), RBIs (211), hits (275), doubles (61), and stolen bases (59). The first two-time All-American and Little East Player of the Year in the program's history, Doyon was also the recipient of numerous LEC, ECAC, and All-New England honors. As a junior, he was the only active player to be named to the All-Decade team. During Doyon's tenure, Keene State made two trips to the NCAA tournament and captured its first-ever LEC championship. The safety studies major is planning to play in baseball's independent league, hoping to take his considerable talent to the next level.

Known as the "Little General" on the Owl women's volleyball team, Sammy Datti displayed excellence on the court and in the classroom at Keene State. The environmental science major developed into one of the team's top defensive players. This past season, the dedicated defensive specialist/libero finished third on the team in digs (352), while also being a highly effective server. A four-time member of the Little East All-Academic team, Datti, a two-year captain, led the Owls to the program's first ECAC championship last fall. Datti explained how she prioritized athletics and academics: "I put my class work first and then I get to go out on the court and play." She graduated magna cum laude.

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