Women's Basketball

Bradt Signs Letter Of Intent After Hudson Valley Retires Her Jersey

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Image of  (L to R) Lindsey's mother, Sue Pelersi, Athletics 
 Director Drew Marrochello, Lindsey Bradt, 
 Basketball Coach Colleen Ferris and 
 Lindsey's father, Dennis Bradt.The night kept getting better for the best female athlete ever to grace Hudson Valley Community College's playing fields. While Lindsey Bradt (Bishop Maginn H.S.), who will graduate from Hudson Valley on Saturday, knew she would sign a national letter of intent to play basketball at St. Michael's of Colchester, Vt., at the evening's end, she had no idea what else was in store.

At the college's annual athletics awards banquet on Tuesday, Bradt was honored as Most Valuable Player of the women's basketball team. Then, for the second year in a row, the two-sport athlete was presented with the Lester Higbee Award, which is given each year to Hudson Valley's most outstanding female athlete.

Finally, when it seemed like an evening of accolades was over (Bradt also was given plaques for the many basketball and softball all-star teams she was named to this year), Hudson Valley Athletics Director Drew Marrochello pulled out a framed No. 25 basketball jersey, the same jersey Bradt wore during her two-year Hudson Valley career.

Marrochello handed Bradt the framed jersey, indicating that no other female basketball player ever will wear No. 25 at Hudson Valley. No other player has ever had a number retired.

"Retiring a jersey number is the highest honor we can give a student-athlete," Marrochello said as Bradt spilled tears. "And it's an honor that Lindsey has certainly earned. A group of people were having a discussion in the athletic department the other day, trying to figure out who Hudson Valley's toughest athlete is. The names of some football players and some hockey players came up, and I said, ‘Enough. It's Lindsey. Easily.'"

Bradt earned that reputation by sacrificing her body on the basketball court for two years, diving for loose balls whether the Lady Vikings were up big or trailing by a dozen points. She scored 1,164 career points, becoming the first Lady Viking to score more than 1,000 points, and she led Hudson Valley to the 2002 national championship tournament. Bradt then enhanced her rugged reputation by batting .390 and fearlessly holding down the shortstop position for the college's softball team, leading Hudson Valley to the softball national championship tournament for the first time in the college's history.

"This is awesome," Bradt said after handing the jersey to her parents. "I was stunned by the announcement, but it was very beautiful. I couldn't believe it."

The two-time All-American basketball player, who also earned Most Valuable Player status at the recent National Junior College Athletic Association Region III softball tournament, then sat down and, surrounded by her parents as well as Marrochello and Hudson Valley basketball coach Colleen Ferris, signed a letter of intent, committing to St. Michael's, an NCAA Division II school.

At St. Michael's, the 5-foot-8 forward will compete in the Northeast-10 Conference while pursuing an education degree.

"I liked the coaching staff, the campus, the area and the academic programs offered," Bradt said.

"St. Michael's got the complete package in Lindsey," said Ferris, whose team posted a 50-11 record during Bradt's reign. "She's a terrific player and a terrific person. We'll miss her immensely."