HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Mallory chosen as Division II All-American

Mike Mallory, Southern Connecticut State University basketball

Mallory (SCSU athletics)

The former Holy Cross and Marianapolis Prep star was named an All-American by the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association.
Mallory was chosen to play in the Reece’s Division II College all-star game, which will take place on Friday. The game is in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Mallory was the only player in the region to average at least 23 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1 steal per game. Mallory’s individual accomplishments are amazing — the Northeast-10 Conference’s all-time leading scorer and holder of 11 SCSU records. He was also part of four straight NCAA qualifiers. Mallory was a key cog in the winningest class in the history of SCSU men’s basketball.
In 2014, Mallory helped get the Owls to the Elite Eight of NCAA’s Division II while having success as a freshman. The success continued for Mallory throughout his career, and he had a great run with the Owls.

Gioielli (CCSU athletics)

Joe Gioielli, Central Connecticut State University track and field
The senior from Wolcott earned not one but two postseason honors in his final indoor track and field season.
Gioielli was NEC Indoor Men’s All-Conference Second Team in two individual events, the only athlete to do it. Gioielli earned the honor in the 800 meters and the mile. He had a time of 1:52.20 in the 800 and 4:13.29 in the mile.
Gioielli finished second in both the 800 and the mile at the Northeast Conference Championships.

Gioielli is now focused on the outdoor track and field season. That season begins on April 1 with the CCSU Blue Devil Invite. Gioielli is the returning NEC outdoor champion in the 1500 meters. He was also a member of the winning 4×800 relay last season.

Plasczynski (WCSU athletics)

Charline Plasczynski, Western Connecticut State University softball
The freshman shortstop sure knows how to make a first impression.
All the former Bristol Eastern star did was bat .364 in her first eight games with one home run, two triples and a double. She had eight runs batted in and five runs scored. Plasczynski put up an impressive .727 slugging percentage during that span.
For her efforts, Plasczynski earned Little East Conference Softball Rookie of the Week honors. She was also solid on defense, compiling a .923 fielding percentage. Plasczynski made two errors in 26 chances.
Plasczynski picked up her first hit in a doubleheader against Rochester Institute on March 4. The home run was against St. Mary’s of Indiana on March 12.
Western Connecticut State was in Florida through March 16, then went on a break. The first home games are slated to be March 26, a doubleheader against New England College.

Logan Marchi, Temple University football

Marchi (Temple athletics)

Temple football posted a spring update video on Tuesday, and the former St. Paul star Marchi was one of the players interviewed.
“Everybody brings something to the table, and we’ve got a good group of guys,” Marchi said about himself and his fellow quarterbacks.
Marchi is one of five quarterbacks competing for the job vacated by standout Phillip Walker, who graduated. Marchi brings a little flair to the position, though he said he’s also trying to improve his mechanics and work within the offense that the Owls run. 
Marchi said that Walker’s shoes will be big ones to fill. Walker was a four-year starter.
Geoff Collins is now the Temple head coach, and the new offensive coordinator is Dave Patenaude. Patenaude prefers a higher-tempo offense, which Marchi played in while at St. Paul. College is obviously a higher level, but Marchi is working to get his chance.
Marchi did get some playing time behind Walker last season. He appeared in five games and completed two of six pass attempts for 29 yards.

Tariq Harris, Albertus Magnus College baseball

Harris (Albertus Magnus athletics)

The Wilby standout has been all over the basepaths for the Falcons so far this season.
Harris has played in eight of Albertus Magnus’ nine games, and he is one of the top hitters with a .357 batting average. Harris has 10 hits and 11 runs scored in 28 at bats. Besides the 10 hits, Harris has drawn seven walks, which is why he has a .472 on-base percentage. He has a double and a stolen base to go along with his five RBI.
Harris has been a key cog at the top of the Falcon batting order. He has had two hits or more in three games, including three in a loss to Emory & Henry on March 14. Harris has two or more runs scored in four games, including three in a March 15 loss to Lancaster Bible.