11:12 am - Sun, May 5, 2013
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Schmidt Brushes Recruiting Woes Aside

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By Ryan Lazo, Editor in Chief, @RMLazo13

Rewind to March 11, 2012 and St. Bonaventure University fans and alumni immediately picture the previously unimaginable — the Bonnies jumping up and down in jubilation after earning the program’s first Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship.

The victory sent Bona into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2000, a 12-year gap made even worse by a devastating scandal, and brought added attention to the smallest university in the country to send both its men’s and women’s basketball teams to the tournament.

However, instead of capitalizing on its recent success and the added attention of having a No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, Bona coach Mark Schmidt and his staff oversaw a Fall recruiting period that came and went with no National Letter of Intents entering their hands. In fact, St. Bonaventure was the only Atlantic 10 member to not have a recruit signed during the Fall period.

Now turn to the present and Bona fans can sing a different tune as Schmidt wrapped up the Spring signing period by inking five players, three freshmen and two Junior College transfers. Xavier Smith, Chris Dees, Denzel Gregg, Andell Cumberbatch and Jalen Adams all add up to the most talented class, on paper, Schmidt and his staff have compiled in his six plus years at the helm.

Assistant head coach Steve Curran said it comes down to using all the resources available to them in order to decipher which players can help the program win.

“We go to a ton of exposure camps in the summer where all the best players are and we formulate a list,” Curran said. “A lot of it is contacts we’ve made over the years, phone calls and going out in the field.”

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3:18 pm - Fri, May 3, 2013

This Day In Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

This Day in Bonaventure History

May 3, 1991

Groundbreaking for the Quick Arts Center took place in March 1992. The new arts center was built to serve the visual and performing arts, and to serve both the community and St. Bonaventure University.

The building was made possible by a $2 million commitment from Regina and Leslie C. Quick Jr., the parents of Bonaventure 1975 graduate Leslie Quick III.

It was on this day that the Quick’s commitment to the new building was announced at a gala reception attended by Bonaventure students, faculty, staff and Olean community members.

“My parents’ gift is an acknowledgement of their belief that this Franciscan institution is strengthening its students educationally and as people who will go out and make the world a better place through whatever career they choose,” said Leslie Quick III, a member of the university’s board of trustees and vice chair of St. Bonaventure’s Capital Campaign. “It also is an acknowledgement of the affection, caring, and dedication I have for St. Bonaventure University; it makes me feel great.”

6:59 pm - Wed, May 1, 2013

This Day In Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

This Day in Bonaventure History

May 1, 1998

Rev. Anthony M.Carrozzo, O.F.M., has been a Franciscan friar for 49 years; 43 of which have been spent as a priest. He has served at Holy Name Province, St. Francis Retreat Center in Rye Beach, N.H., Provincial of Holy Name Province and St. Bonaventure University.

Additionally, he served as a Bonaventure trustee from 1987 until 1996.

But it was on this day that Fr. Anthony was named dean of the school of Franciscan studies at Bonaventure, a post he held until he left Bonaventure to become a spiritual director of St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City in 2004.

Fr. Anthony also received an honorary doctorate from Bonaventure.

2:07 pm - Mon, Apr 29, 2013

This Day In Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

This Day in Bonaventure History

April 29, 2010

While this year and last year may have tarnished the tradition of spring concerts at St. Bonaventure University, the 2010 concert was one of the most successful.

Rap and pop recording artist Sean Kingston performed on this day in a packed Reilly Center. Kingston, born in Miami but raised in Jamaica, has had multiple singles top the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. and international markets. He overcame a troubled childhood in 2007 when he was signed by a company.

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10:54 am - Thu, Apr 25, 2013

This Day In Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

This Day in Bonaventure History

April 25, 1859

It was on this day that Fr. Pamfilo da Magliano, O.S.F., marked the beginning of a new Congregation of Franciscan Sisters in the United States by giving to Mary Jane Todd the habit of the Third Order of St. Francis and the name Sister Mary Joseph.

The reception was also the first congregation in the ten-year-old Buffalo Diocese.

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10:33 am

Sudbrook Continues To Lead Bonnies’ Baseball In Right Direction

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By Ryan Lazo, Editor in Chief, @RMLazo13

St. Bonaventure University pitcher Billy Urban stood tall on the mound with runners on first and third with one out. His team had just taken the lead in the top half of the ninth inning, putting head coach Larry Sudbrook just two outs away from a career milestone.

Urban, the team’s starting third baseman with all of 39 appearances on the mound under his belt, struck out the first Saint Joseph’s University batter on a high fastball and recorded a fielder’s choice to close out the game, sending the Bonnies to their third win in four games and handing Sudbrook his 600th career win.

It’s a feat that is even more special when realizing Sudbrook, in his 28th season at the helm of St. Bonaventure, has done it with a shoe-string budget and a no-nonsense approach.

But while 600 wins is a mark that no other St. Bonaventure head coach has come close within earshot of, Sudbrook has not yet taken the time to appreciate what he has accomplished.

“We’re in the midst of a season that we had high hopes for and we are not playing well,” Sudbrook said as he focused on the team’s next opponent. “Maybe in the Fall when I’m sitting in a tree bow-hunting, I’ll get around to thinking about how neat it was.”

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4:40 pm - Wed, Apr 24, 2013
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This Day In Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

This Day in Bonaventure History

April 24, 1949

In 1627 Fr. Joseph de la Roche D’Aillon, a missionary, became the first Franciscan from Europe to discover oil in North America. The location was in present-day Cuba, N.Y., a short 20 miles from St. Bonaventure University.

So when the new arts and sciences building was built in 1934, Fr. Irenaeus Herscher had it named after de la Roche.

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