Region III Title On The Line

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 210-4161

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 9, 2002

At 11 a.m. on Friday, Hudson Valley Community College's top-seeded softball team will play fourth-seeded Alfred State College in the NJCAA Division III Region III tournament. Hudson Valley advanced to the "Final Four" of the tourney by defeating No. 8 seed Schenectady County Community College, 9-3, in a sub-regional game on Tuesday. Alfred beat fifth-seeded Mohawk Valley Community College, 6-5, in extra innings.

With four teams eliminated from the tourney on Tuesday by sub-regional games, the Region III tourney is now a double-elimination event. The seedings are as follows:

  1. Hudson Valley Community College
  2. Monroe Community College
  3. Adirondack Community College
  4. Alfred State College

This next and final round of games will be played in Corning, N.Y. The championship game will be played at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and the winner advances to the NJCAA Division III national championship. Hudson Valley (29-7 overall and ranked No. 5 in the nation among Division III junior colleges) swept a regular-season doubleheader against each of the other three remaining tournament teams.

In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.