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2016-17 Athletics Award Winners

The following individual awards were given at our annual Athletics Awards Ceremony on May 3, 2017.

2016-17 Major Award Winners

Willie A. Hammett Award for Excellence in Student Services- recognizes a member of the campus community in recognition of dedicated and tireless service to our student-athletes.
Willie A. Hammet Award- Ingrid Blydenburgh
Willie A. Hammett Award for Excellence in Student Services– Ms. Ingrid Blydenburgh
A 1987 graduate of Hudson Valley Community College, Ingrid began working at Hudson Valley in 2001. Prior to working at Hudson Valley she worked with Albany Medical Center, Sleepy Hollow Family Health, and Family Health Care center in Schodack, to name a few. From the onset, the campus community benefited from her clinical experience and knowledge. This knowledge allowed her to serve our athletes faithfully with great care and compassion. Ingrid has worked collaboratively with the college physician and the Keith Thomas, our head athletic trainer, in fostering a team approach to support student athletes, the athletic department and the campus community at large. Ingrid remains ever vigilant of the student’s health and safety, always insuring that students are fit to play. Recently she was instrumental in planning the institutional traumatic brain injury procedure in keeping with the CDC best practice standards. Ingrid has an intuitive understanding of athletics and goes above and beyond during the academic year, and even into summer to meet the needs of the student-athletes.

Paul Bishop Coach of the Year Award- Presented to the coach who exhibits the highest level of sportsmanship, leadership, professionalism and ethics, and who demonstrates the highest level of commitment to his/her sport, the athletic department and, most importantly, to the student-athletes.
 Paul Bishop Award- Matthew Johnson Paul Bishop Coach of the Year– Matthew Johnson

Coach Johnson has built a competitive program after going 1-9 in his first two seasons as head coach. The Vikings finished 6-5 this season, falling in the Regional Tournament to Tompkins-Cortland Community College in double overtime. Coach Johnson guided his team to a Top-10 ranking early in the season, the first time since the 2012 season when they ended the season ranked No. 10.

Otto Guenther Memorial Award- Presented to a male and female student-athlete who demonstrates the best combination of academic and athletic success.
Otto Guenther Award- Emily Wilk Female Otto Guenther Memorial Award– Emily Wilk

Emily is a sophomore from Gansevoort, NY, led the women’s cross country team in all races she competed in this season. Her best finish came at the Herkimer Invitational where she placed 3rd, with a 5k time of 23:12. Emily also has been an outstanding student during her time at Hudson Valley, earning the Who’s Who Among Students Award in American Universities and Colleges award and is a two-time President’s list honoree.
Otto Guenther Award- Anthony DeGregorio Male Otto Guenther Memorial Award– Anthony DeGregorio

Anthony is a sophomore construction technology major from Queensbury, NY. He served as a team captain on the defense and started in all 21 games over the past two years. With his leadership, he motivated his teammates to attend regular study hall sessions and the team achieved 100% eligibility this season. Anthony has exhibited continued academic excellence, and his accomplishments include earning the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and named to the President’s List.

Lester Higbee Award- Presented to the most outstanding female athlete.
Lester Higbee Award- Elisabeth Morehouse Lester Higbee Award– Elisabeth Morehouse

Elisabeth, a sophomore from Coxsackie, is one of the most prolific players that has ever come through our women’s soccer program. Elisabeth scored 26 goals this season, the most in program history since 2003, when stats were tracked. In her rookie campaign, Elisabeth scored 23 goals, giving her 49 total goals over her two-year career, in just 34 games. She finished 5th in the Nation in goals last year and 6th in the Nation this year. She also was the 8th in the Nation with 56 points, including four game-winning goals, in a season where she earned All-Conference and All-Region honors.

Thomas Cahill Award- Presented to the most outstanding male athlete.
Thomas Cahill Award- Kyle Constanty
Thomas Cahill Award- Kyle Constanty
A forward from Plattsburgh, Kyle earned Region 3 Athlete of the Week honors in January, when the team defeated Broome and Middlebury, where he recorded five goals and five assists. His offense provided a big spark for the team, earning them the No. 3 seed in the National Tournament. Kyle finished tied for second in the Nation with 22 goals, only one behind the leader. He also led the team with 34 total points this season, earning him 1st Team All-Region and 1st-Team All-American honors.

President's Award- Presented to the student whose hard work, determination, hustle and attitude have enabled them to make valuable contributions to their team, the athletic department and the college.
President's Award- Danielle Sloan
Female President's Award– Danielle Sloan
Danielle is a second-year student-athlete from Charlton, where she was a key member of the women’s soccer program. In two seasons, Danielle led the team with 10 assists and scored 13 goals, earning her All-Conference honors in 2015 and 2016. But her on-field accomplishments pale in comparison to what she has done off the field. An honors student in Humanities and Social Sciences and a recipient of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award, Danielle has found time to not only balance athletics and academics, but also to give back to the community. She has volunteered her time for the following: Vacation Bible School Crew Leader, serving dinner at the Schenectady City Mission, Pumpkin Palooza, “Trunk or Treat”, the Latham Regional Food Bank, and is an active member in the HonorScholar Program at Hudson Valley Community College.
President's Award- Daniel Kusky
Male President's Award– Daniel Kusky

Dan is the epitome of a team leader both on and off the course, helping his teammates thrive and grow. In his first season running cross country, he put in tremendous effort with great enthusiasm, finishing as a solid scorer in the meets. Majoring in Engineering Science, Dan maintained the highest grade point average on the team, and also found time to tutor members of the team and work in the math tutoring center in-between classes. Dan was an active member of the campus community as well, serving on the board of the Faculty Student Association, the Capital District Regional Community College Council, and as an Executive Officer of the Student Senate. He was recently named to the All New York State Academic Team and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

 2016 - 17 Team MVPs
  Men's Soccer MVP- Scott Joyal
Men’s Soccer MVP- Scott Joyal
Scott is a midfielder, from Ballston Spa. Scott started all 17 games this past season. He was one of the more skilled players in the league. His technical ability on the ball and the ability to keep possession. Scott was also a good scorer and was the team’s playmaker. He ended the season with 3 goals and 6 assists this year.
Women’s Soccer MVP– Samantha Casale

Sophomore Samantha, is a physical education major from Brunswick. Samantha played in 16 games this season, and played in every minute of every game. She earned All-Conference accolades after anchoring the defense and helping the team to five shut-out wins. Samantha is the type of player that every coach hopes to have on their team because of her energy, positive attitude and willingness to step up when situations got tough. She will be sorely missed next season.
 Football MVP- Jon Miller
Football MVP– Jon Miller

A sophomore product of Pelham Memorial, Jon earned Honorable Mention All-American Defensive honors. Jon led the team with 19.5 tackles for loss, including nine sacks. He also averaged 6.3 tackles per game and finished the season with 57 total tackles. Jon will be missed next year, as he joins the Lions of Southeastern Louisiana University.
Volleyball MVP – Danielle Pardo
Volleyball MVP– Danielle Pardo

Danielle is an all-around great volleyball player. You can put her anywhere on the court and she will succeed. She played in 84 sets this season and recorded 88 kills, 218 assists, 90 digs, 37 serving aces and 3 solo blocks. Danielle is a leader on and off the court and thrives to be the best she can be.
Men’s Cross Country MVP - Connor Terrell
Men’s Cross Country MVP- Connor Terrell

Connor is a sophomore from Waterford, NY. Connor has always exceeded expectations as a student athlete. While maintaining a high GPA in business administration, he continuously finished first on the men’s team. His determination carried from practice to the race course. At the end of one race, Connor was sprinting to the finish line next to a runner from a different team, and in a last ditch effort he dove to the finish line, just beating the opposing runner! Connor will certainly be missed, as he has brought the team such great memories. He deserves to be recognized for his performances as he was able to break 30 minutes for the 5 mile race.
Women’s Cross Country MVP - Sarah Carter
Women’s Cross Country MVP- Sarah Carter

Sarah is a sophomore from Cohoes, NY. She was a truly positive asset to the women’s cross country team. She consistently improved during the season and always encouraged the team each day. Sarah competed in four races during the season with her best finish of fourth place at the Herkimer Invitational. We wish Sarah good luck next year as she pursues her career in physical education.
 Women's Tennis MVP- Madeline Gibbons
Women’s Tennis MVP– Madeline Gibbons

Madeline is a freshman business administration major from Averill Park High School. In her first year with the program, she ended the regular season with four wins in the #1 Singles position. We look forward to her returning to our tennis program next season!
Men’s Bowling MVP - Clifford Miller
Men’s Bowling MVP- Clifford Miller

Clifford is an engineering science major from Ballston Spa. He finished second in the Conference with a 193 average. Clifford was the most consistent bowler on the team and his leadership helped other members of the team throughout the season.
Women’s Bowling MVP – Kaitlyn Goodermote
Women’s Bowling MVP– Kaitlyn Goodermote

Kaitlyn showed great determination and always strived to improve her game. She was an excellent team player. No matter how the team was doing, Kaitlyn always exhibited a positive attitude. She earned Conference MVP honors with a high average of 194. Kaitlyn followed up her regular season, finished 2nd in doubles at the Region 3 Championships and just missed winning All-American honors by eight pins at the National Tournament.
Men’s Basketball MVP – Kevin Lenehan
Men’s Basketball MVP– Kevin Lenehan

Kevin provided the team with what you don’t see very often at the junior college level, a legitimate big man. With his size and length, he was a presence in the low post who could score as well as defend. Kevin’s value to the team’s performance was probably somewhat reflected in the numbers. In games where Kevin scored in double figures the team went 15-3. He had six double-doubles this season, with an off the charts game against Schenectady, scoring 44 points (a new Viking record), 20 rebounds, and seven blocked shots.
Women’s Basketball MVP – Chelsea Stevens
Women’s Basketball MVP– Chelsea Stevens

Chelsea played in 24 games for the Vikings this season, leading the team in three-pointers and scoring 237 total points. Chelsea led by example and was a steady, reliable performer for the team this season.
Ice Hockey MVP – Nathan Muller
Ice Hockey MVP– Nathan Muller

An architectural technology major from Highgate, VT, Nate finished the season ranked 2nd in the nation with a .919 Save Percentage. Nate ended up earning All-Tournament honors for his play at Nationals, on top of his All-American, All-Region honors.
Lacrosse MVP – Jahn Ligon
Lacrosse MVP– Jahn Ligon

John, a business administration major, started all 11 games this year for the Vikings, earning Region 3 athlete of the week honors in late March. He ranked 3rd in the Region in goals against and 4th in save percentage. Jahn will be missed next year and as he pursues his bachelor’s degree.
Women’s Golf MVP – Trisha Thomas
Women’s Golf MVP– Trisha Thomas

Trisha, a physical education major, followed up her first year with an even more impressive second year. Her hard work over the past two seasons reflected in her scores as she shot a personal best of 46 at Adirondack.
Softball MVP- Kaitlin DelSignore
Softball MVP– Kaitlin DelSignore

An individual studies major from Brunswick, NY, Kaitlin is batting a .370 at the plate and leads the team with 11 RBIs. We wish her and the rest of the softball team luck in the rest of their season.
Baseball MVP – Alex Koshgarian
Baseball MVP– Alex Koshgarian

Alex has helped lead the Vikings to a 20 win season. At the plate he has been as consistent as consistent hitters in the nation, batting a .458 with five doubles, four triples and four homeruns. In the outfield, he's been perfect, not making an error on the season. He's been a catalyst on the bases with an on base percentage over .500 and leading the team with 28 runs scored. Koshgarian is not only a great ball player but he is wise beyond his years, he has a great baseball IQ, but he is a great leader as well.