Vikings Name Football Captains

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, August 23, 2001

Image of Severino Sangro, Gary Smith,  Shawn Miller and Casey BardinHead coach Bob Jojo recently named the captains of Hudson Valley Community College's 2001 football team. They are (pictured from left to right): Severino Sangro (Montrose); Gary Smith (Claymont, DE); Shawn Miller (Troy) and Casey Bardin (Corinth).

  • CASEY BARDIN, outside linebacker
            5-11, 189, Corinth, NY
            Physical Education

Casey Bardin brings impressive credentials to Hudson Valley – he was twice named Athlete of the Year at Corinth Central High before graduating in 2000. He played four years of varsity football and baseball, and was a member of the varsity wrestling team for six years. Bardin is Hudson Valley's most experienced returning outside linebacker. He had a solid 2000 campaign for the Vikings, recording 24 tackles, one sack and an interception.

  • SHAWN MILLER, wide receiver
            6-1, 183, Troy, NY
            Individual Studies

An all-around athlete, Shawn Miller had an electrifying freshman campaign that resulted in him earning Honorable Mention All-American status and attracting the attention of DI schools. He made his debut against Lackawanna Junior College, racking up 177 receiving yards, just three shy of Hudson Valley's single-game record. Against Navy Prep, he tallied 11 receptions for 172 yards, establishing a new school best for catches in a game. On the season, he had 33 receptions for 649 yards and seven touchdowns. Miller played four seasons of varsity football, basketball and baseball at Troy High, helping the Trojans win two state football titles and a Section II baseball crown. As a senior, he was a First Team All-New York State wide receiver. He ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash in training camp this year and was named a preseason First Team All-American.

  • SEVERINO SANGRO, left tackle
            6-5, 294, Montrose, NY
            Individual Studies

A 2000 graduate of Hendrick Hudson High, Severino Sangro is a highly recruited DI prospect. After starting for Hudson Valley all of last season and earning Second Team All-Northeast Football Conference status, he hit the gym and put on 10 pounds of muscle. In helping Hendrick Hudson to a B-North championship, he recorded 18 tackles in a 1999 playoff game against Rye High. Sangro was a 1999 Honorable Mention All-State player for Hendrick Hudson. His cousin, Bill Lane, played for the NFL's Denver Broncos from 1983 to 1986.

  • GARY SMITH, inside linebacker
            5-11, 218, Claymont, DE
            Individual Studies

Hudson Valley's third-leading tackler in 2000 (he recorded 57 tackles), Gary Smith was honored with Second Team All-Northeast Football Conference status. He also recorded two quarterback sacks, three quarterback pressures and broke up a pair of passes. Smith was a four-year starter for Concord High's varsity football and baseball teams before graduating in 2000.  He is a Dean's List student at Hudson Valley.

Hudson Valley's season begins on the road against Lackawanna College (Pennsylvania) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 1. The Vikings, ranked 25th in the nation among junior colleges, are currently practicing twice a day. Hudson Valley's Media Day is scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m. at the McDonough Complex gym on Friday, August 24.

Hudson Valley's football program was established in 1969. At the time, Hudson Valley was one of only two junior colleges in New York to field a varsity football team. Since then, nearly 300 Hudson Valley football players have earned scholarships to four-year schools and 15 have gone on to play professionally. The Vikings competed in the Coca Cola Bowl in Iowa in 1980. In 1996, Hudson Valley posted an 8-0 record, part of dominant stretch that included 15 straight victories.