Men's Basketball

Vikings Earn Post-Season Hoop Honors

Hudson Valley Community College's men's basketball tri-captains and head coach Vince Medici have all earned post-season honors. And the Vikings, who came up just one win shy of heading to the national tournament, were ranked 10th in the nation among NJCAA Division III schools in the final 1999-2000 poll.

Medici, a Malta resident, was named Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year. The fifth-year coach also earned Second Team Region III coaching honors.

Lansingburgh graduate Chris Jura, whose 24 points in the second half against FMCC on February 27 kept the Vikings in the game until the waning seconds, was named to the NJCAA Region III Division III All-Tournament squad. The 5-foot-10 point guard, a sophomore who is being scouted by SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Oswego and Nazareth College of Rochester, averaged 19.0 points and 4.3 assists during the three-game tournament. He also came up with 16 steals.

Dave Walden of Albany High was a First Team All-Conference selection and Second Team Region III pick. The 6-foot-4 sophomore led the Vikings in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 17.4 points and 8.2 boards per game. A forward, Walden also topped Hudson Valley with 84 steals and averaged 4.4 assists per game. Walden is expected to play at Potsdam, Nazareth College of Rochester or Utica Tech next year.

La Salle Institute's Dennis Pitaniello earned First Team Region III and Second Team All-Conference honors. The 6-foot-3 sophomore led Hudson Valley with 84 three-point field goals this season, shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the three-point line despite facing double- and man-to-man coverage all season. Pitaniello, a guard, averaged 15.8 points, 4.0 points and 2.7 assists per game this season. He is considering playing at Le Moyne College, Eckerd College and all of the Division III SUNY schools next year.

During the last two seasons, Jura, Walden and Pitaniello helped Hudson Valley post a 48-15 record.

This season, the Vikings checked in with the sixth-best defense in the country, allowing just 66.8 points per game. The Vikings finished the 1999-2000 campaign with a 24-6 record.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley Community College has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.