HERKIMER, NY – Herkimer Generals sophomore Jonathan Feiler, St. James, NY, was named first-team All-American by the NJCAA last week for his play in division III.
Feiler, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major at Herkimer College, accumulated some impressive numbers during the 2013-2014 season, most notably scoring 791 points, the most in the nation.
Those points helped the Generals win their second consecutive Region III Championship, but also got Herkimer in the national tournament in back-to-back seasons as well.
Offense wasn’t Feiler’s only contribution to the team though. The forward averaged 10.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game, amassing 365 total rebounds and 92 blocks in 35 games, fourth best in the country in each category respectively.
Feiler’s head coach for the last two seasons has been Matt Lee. Lee couldn’t say enough good things about his senior stating, “Jon came into this season with the determination to help his team in any way that he could. Not only did his offense improve from last season, but his defense did as well, consistently giving opponents a lot to handle on both ends of the floor. I’m proud of his achievement and look for his success to continue in the future, both on and off the court.”
-Giorgio Varlaro; Athletic Website Manager
EIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS SIGN LETTERS OF INTENT TO PLAY BASEBALL AT HERKIMER
Courtesy coach Jason Rathbun
We have some big names out there that we are still working hard on to join our family but we are excited about the group we already have coming in,” stated Head Coach Jason Rathbun
Right handed pitcher Nick Kuzia from Seymour High School out of Connecticut is a tall lanky pitcher who already sits at 83-85 mph and has a strong projection for the future. His brother Joe Kuzia was a starting pitcher for the Generals the past two seasons where he made great strides on the mound.
Joe is currently leading the St. John’s Red Storm pitching staff with a standout season. “Nick already has abetter understanding of how to pitch with a better fastball at his age then when we got Joe. I think Nick’s ceiling is very high,” added Rathbun.
Jake Rouse is out of Jonathan Law High School in Connecticut. Jake is one of the best hitters in the state and can swing the bat from both sides of the plate with power. Jake is a corner infielder that could also move to a corner outfield spot in college. “We know the type of impact Jake will have in our lineup. We are really excited to get his bat in the middle of our lineup next year,” added Rathbun.
Joseph Gagliano is a 6’8 right handed pitcher out of PCTI in New Jersey. “We are really excited to get Joe in a work with him. I think he size is something that can really be a factor on the mound,” stated Rathbun.
Adam Nell is a 6’4 corner infielder from VVS high school here in New York. Adam is a strong athlete who could also see time in a corner outfield spot but will work his way into the lineup somehow with his incredible power at the plate. “Adam is a great student athlete and we are really impressed by his power at the plate. We think he can have a huge impact as a freshman next year.”
Baylee Hall is from Fonda Fultonville High School in New York. Baylee is a versatile infielder with a good swing at the plate. He is also the cousin of former All Region player Tyler Hall who was a former General. “Baylee is a little bigger than Tyler and we think he has good hands and will help us next year.”
TJ Carola is a Right Handed Pitcher from Hicksville High school in Long Island. TJ is already 1-0 with a shutout in his first appearance this spring. “TJ has a great motion on the mound and really gets after it. We think he can really be an impact arm for us next year.”
Petar Rumora is a LHP/Infielder who will try to be a dual player for the Generals next year. Rumora is a big 6’5 240 player with big upside. “Petar is a strong athlete that we really look forward to developing next year. He will have a big impact in our program.”
Stephen Cardiello is a right handed pitcher from Long Island who competed for Anthony Passalaqua’s Long Island Force this past summer. He will add much need depth on the mound.
“This is a great start to our recruiting class next year. We are excited to work with all these student athletes and welcome them to our baseball family.”