Hall of Fame

1995 Inductees

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Rachel Audi
Graduated: 1986
Basketball, Cross Country, Softball

Rachel Audi was a three-sport standout at Hudson Valley, excelling in basketball, softball and cross country. A floor general with a good outside shot, Audi scored 676 points in her career and averaged 17.7 points per game. She was named to the All-Region III team in 1985. Audi was an infielder on the softball team and was one of the top five cross country runners in the Mountain Valley Conference.

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Edward Barber
Graduated: 1971

Captain of the Hudson Valley wrestling team in 1970-71, Edward Barber established an individual dual-meet career record with a 35-5 mark. He twice placed at the Region III tournament, taking home a second- and third-place finish. Barber was a two-time Collar City Classic Tournament champion and was voted Hudson Valley’s Most Outstanding Athlete as a senior. An outstanding student as well, Barber graduated with a 3.5 GPA and was a member of the 1969-70 wrestling team that was named National Academic Co-Champions.

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Pamela Barth-Cunningham
Graduated: 1987
Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

A three-sport athlete at Hudson Valley, Pamela Barth-Cunningham excelled at basketball, softball and volleyball. Without the assistance of the three-point arc, Barth-Cunningham is among the school’s all-time leading scorers with 868 points. She twice earned All-Region III honors and in 1986-87, averaged 23.3 points per game. In addition to basketball, Barth-Cunningham was the setter on the 1986 volleyball team that won the Mountain Valley Conference with a perfect 7-0 conference record. On the softball team, Barth-Cunningham played third base and was known for great quickness and a good bat.

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James Bowles
Graduated: 1975
Cross Country, Track and Field

One of the greatest distance runners in Hudson Valley history, James Bowles captained the cross country team and track and field team. He led the 1974 cross country team to the Region III championship, earning All-Region III and NJCAA All-American accolades. He also garnered All-Region honors in track and field and established a new 10K and marathon record at Hudson Valley. He finished third in the marathon at the NJCAA national championship. Bowles was named an Academic All-American in 1975 and won the 1975 President’s Award for Hustle.

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Philip Brown

Philip Brown coached up to three sports per year for 17 years. He guided the Hudson Valley softball team to a Region III co-championship in 1974. His cross country team was a Region III powerhouse from 1974 to 1977, never finishing lower than third in the region. Five of his runners earned All-Region honors. Brown coached the women’s bowling team in 1978 and reactivated the men’s bowling team in 1980. His bowling teams were Mountain Valley Conference champs from 1982 to 1987 and won the Region III championship in 1986. That team went on to finish second in the nation, and three of the six bowlers were named All-Americans. Brown also served as assistant athletic director and as chairperson for the college’s Physical Education degree program.

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Russell Hilton
Graduated: 1985

Russell Hilton earned All-American honors in 1984 and 1985 for lacrosse. He was named the NJCAA Player of the Year in 1985 and won the 1985 Eugene Devine Award, given by the National Lacrosse Coaches Association. Hilton established a new NJCAA career record with 235 points, and the school record for most goals in a game with 10 against Onondaga Community College. After graduation, Hilton earned a lacrosse scholarship to Saint John’s University where he garnered NCAA Honorable Mention All-American accolades following the 1989 season. He also was selected to play in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association North-South game.

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William “Ducey” Hughes
Graduated: 1979

William “Ducey” Hughes earned All-Region III honors and was named an NJCAA All-American after averaging 27 points per game for the men’s basketball team in 1979. He also averaged 22 points per game in the 1977-78 season. Hughes earned a basketball scholarship to Manhattan College after graduating from Hudson Valley.

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Christina Kelly
Graduated: 1990
Basketball, Volleyball

A two-sport star at Hudson Valley, Christina Kelly excelled in basketball and volleyball. In basketball, she finished her career with 502 points and 540 rebounds. Kelly could play any position in volleyball. She earned All-Region III volleyball honors in 1988. A standout student as well, Kelly graduated with a 3.28 GPA and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

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George Mardigan
Graduated: 1963
Basketball, Soccer, Tennis

George Mardigan was a two-year captain of the basketball and soccer teams. He led the Vikings to a Region III soccer championship in 1962. Mardigan was named to the All-Conference and All-Region III teams for basketball and was a Region III Tournament All Star and the team’s Most Valuable Player. He was given the Thomas Cahill Award in 1963 as the college’s most outstanding male athlete. As a basketball player, he averaged 15 points and nine assists per game; established a school record with 21 free throws in one game; and shot 88 percent from the free throw line.

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Joseph Purello
Worked: 1967-1986, 1992

Joseph Purello coached football, baseball and golf at Hudson Valley and was the college’s athletic director from 1972 to 1984. He was the first football coach at Hudson Valley after starting the program in 1969. He guided the baseball team to Region III championships and NJCAA World Series berths in 1968 and 1982. Purello led the Vikings to Region III titles in 1975, 1979 and 1983. He also served as a professor in Hudson Valley’s Physical Education department.

1988-1989 Women’s Basketball Team

The 1988-1989 women’s basketball team compiled a 25-3 record. The Vikings won the Mountain Valley Conference with a 12-0 mark. Hudson Valley finished first in the region and fourth in the country in team defense, allowing only 49 points per game. Five players finished the year on the all-time single season scoring list and rebounding list. Four players earned All-Region III honors.

Members: Jenifer Baldrey; Kathryn Broom; Danielle Christian; Mary Conway; Shelly Hug; Christina Kelly; Darcy LaGoy; Lisa Muscatello; Kristen Randall; Patty Vogt; head coach Paul Bishop; assistant coach Carole Selner.

1988-1989 Women's Basketball Team