Cougars Baseball Signs two to National Letters of Intent

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Johnathan Warne (center) with GCC Head Coach Skip Sherman (right) and Assistant Coach Gary Mannella (left)

BATAVIA, NY (02/04/2014)(readMedia)-- The Genesee Community College baseball program recently signed two area student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Connor Barleben (Albion, NY) and Johnathan Warne (Albion, NY) have committed to join the program beginning in the fall.

Warne, a catcher, is entering his senior season at Albion High School playing for Bruce Blanchard. A first team All-League selection last year, Warne held a .450 batting average and threw out 90-percent of potential base-stealers. Warne is a National Honor Society and High Honor Roll student and plans on majoring in Civil Engineering at GCC.

Barleben, also entering his senior campaign at Albion High School for Coach Blanchard, will join in the GCC mix as a pitcher/outfielder. A dominating pitcher at AHS, Barleben sported a sub one-run earned run average and was a first team All-League selection last season. He is a National Honor Society student and plans to major in Physical Therapy at Genesee.

Genesee Community College athletics program endeavors to provide a quality and competitive intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA) philosophy and the overall educational mission of Genesee Community College. Participation in collegiate athletics should be an extension of the total educational experience for the student athlete. The inherent philosophy emphasizes the athletic setting as a classroom used to teach character, commitment, work ethic, respect for differences, and the importance of sacrifice, teamwork, and cooperation.

For further information and pictures go to Genesee's Athletic webpage, which is updated regularly with game results, team rosters, photographs and information about Genesee's overall athletic program.