Ashley Steele and Kaetlyn Tedesco Garner All-Region III Honors

CONTACT: Athletic Department (518) 629-7328
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, May 23, 2008

TROY, NY – The Hudson Valley Community College Softball team placed two players on the NJCAA All-Region III Team, the league office announced recently.

Freshman outfielder Ashley Steele (Ballston Lake, NY/Shenendehowa) and freshman designated player Kaetlyn Tedesco (Rotterdam, NY/Mohonasen) were named to the second team.

Steele appeared in 35 games for the Vikings in 2008, batting .409, with five doubles, 15 RBI and 20 stolen bases. She led the team in batting average, runs scored (38), hits (50) and stolen bases (20).

In 20 games, Tedesco batted .350, with five home runs and 21 runs batted in. She led the team in home runs and was tied for fourth on the team in RBI.

The Lady Vikings finished the 2008 season with a 20-17 record, including an 11-1 mark in Mountain Valley Conference play, earning a share of the conference championship with Mohawk Valley. Hudson Valley earned a berth in the Region III Softball Tournament for the 22nd consecutive year, the longest-active streak in Region III.

In the 2007-08 academic year, Hudson Valley’s athletic teams combined to win 62 percent of their contests. The women’s and men’s bowling teams traveled to Buffalo for the national championship tournament and finished second and fourth in the country, respectively, while the baseball team reached the JUCO World Series for the first team in seven years. Men’s lacrosse coach Roger Manion was named Region III Coach of the Year for the fourth time after leading his squad to the best finish (14-5) in the 32-year history of the program, and Dave Hennessey (Baseball) led his squad to a 32-10 record and a Mountain Valley Conference championship, earning MVC Coach of the Year honors.

Rich Guillod (Baseball) and Justin Gallo (Men’s Basketball) were named Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Years after leading their respective teams to 32 and 30-win seasons. In addition, Guillod also earned Region III Player of the Year and first-team all-American honors, while Mike Williams (Football) and Gallo earned second team and third team All-American status, respectively.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 64,000 alumni.