HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Ray Snyder IV begins his coaching career

Like father, like son for Ray Snyder IV.

Snyder IV (Alfred athletics)

The former Sacred Heart swimming and diving standout is ready to focus his efforts on leading athletes from the pool deck as a coach. Snyder IV is a graduate assistant on the men’s swimming and diving team at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. 
Snyder IV was already thinking about coaching while attending Sacred Heart and swimming under his father, Ray Snyder III.
“At Sacred Heart High School, being a student-athlete allowed me to develop leadership skills and instilled in me a passion for success!” Snyder IV said in a testimonial posted on the school website. “Balancing a rigorous academic workload with an equally demanding sport was made possible because of the support from caring teachers and dedicated coaches. Because of this great education I received, I know I will succeed as a collegiate coach.”
Snyder IV brings a solid pedigree with him to Alfred University. He was a star swimmer with the Hearts, then became a multi-time champion in the Northeast-10 Conference while attending Southern Connecticut State University. Snyder IV was a captain and record holder while with the Owls. He earned a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science with a concentration on Human Performance from SCSU.
Snyder IV is pursuing his Master’s in College Student Development at Alfred.

Parks (SCSU athletics)

Eli Parks, Southern Connecticut State University football
The junior back from St. Paul made the Northeast-10 Conference football honor roll after a strong effort in his team’s 52-35 loss to LIU-Post.
Parks carried the ball only 12 times, but made the most of it with 143 yards rushing. He had a touchdown and averaged 11.9 yards per carry. Parks also had an 18-yard reception. 
Parks pulled SCSU even at 7-7 — after a Jose Conde extra point — with a 25-yard touchdown run at the 7:43 mark of the first quarter. He also had a rush of 21 yards later in the first half.
In the third quarter, Parks erupted for a 73-yard run down to the LIU-Post 2. SCSU scored two plays later and cut its deficit to 35-21. The Owls got to within 35-28 after three quarters, but the Pioneers pulled away in the final 15 minutes.

Emily McAllister, University of Saint Joseph tennis

McAllister (USJ athletics)

A week after earning top rookie honors in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, the Bristol Central graduate made the honor roll.
McAllister didn’t lose a single set — in fact, she dropped one game — in four matches (two singles, two doubles). Her 6-0, 6-0 win in singles was part of a team victory that USJ used to clinch a GNAC postseason berth of the fifth straight year. She also teamed with Domonique Carnot for a 9-0 win in doubles in the same match.
In the second match of the week, McAllister was again victorious in singles and doubles. She won 6-0, 6-0 again in singles. In doubles, McAllister combined with Carnot for an 8-1 doubles victory. That match was the regular season finale.
McAllister went 7-4 in singles in the regular season. In doubles, she was 7-3 with Carnot and 1-2 with Alivia Castle for a total record of 8-5.

Kochin (CCSU athletics)

Lexi Kochin, Central Connecticut State University soccer
The former Bristol Central standout couldn’t have picked a better time to score her first goal of the season.
Kochin scored off a Danielle Pearse assisted following a free kick at the 87:33 mark of the match to put CCSU ahead 1-0 against Robert Morris on Sunday. The Blue Devils were able to hold onto the lead in the final minutes and claim victory.
Kochin was hunting for a goal all match. At the 35:42 mark, she blasted a shot off of the crossbar. She was second on the team with three shots in the match.
Kochin’s goal accumulated her first two points of the season. She has played in 13 of CCSU’s 14 matches, coming off the bench in each contest.

Sullivan (SCSU athletics)

Alizabeth Sullivan, Southern Connecticut State University 
swimming and diving
The sophomore from Sacred Heart got her season off to a good start in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Sullivan helped her relay — which also included Avery Fornaciari, Emily Waehler and Shannon Blakeslee — finish third with a time of 4:06.80. 
At Sacred Heart, Sullivan served as a captain in her senior season. She was part of a very successful Hearts swimming program under head coach Butch Savage.
Sullivan plans to major in elementary education and special education, according to her bio on the team’s website.

Statistics and information compiled from the team website of each athlete.