Women's Basketball

Vikings Announce 2001-02 Hoop Recruits

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Hudson Valley Community College women's basketball coach Colleen Ferris recently announced her recruits for the 2001-02 season. The following student-athletes have verbally committed to Hudson Valley: Casey Brinkman (Troy); Tanya De La Mater (Tamarac); Shaye Hiens (Ichabod Crane); Carolyn Keeler (Cohoes); Kate Miron (Cohoes); Christine Parker (Laurens); Ashleigh Tessier (Cohoes); Amy Trowbridge (Chatham); Jill Valachovic (Schalmont); and Angela vonWergers (Bishop Gibbons).

Ferris has been at the helm for Hudson Valley for two seasons. She led the Vikings to a No. 1 national ranking and a 24-3 record in 2000-01, garnering NJCAA Division III Region III Coach of the Year honors.

Hudson Valley loses just three players from last year's team to graduation, including former captain Kara Sheehan (Catholic Central), the squad's MVP for two consecutive seasons. Sheehan, an Individual Studies major who averaged 14.3 points per game while carrying a 3.69 grade point average in 2000-01, earned a full athletic/academic scholarship to Molloy College.

Meghan Hampton (James O'Neill) and Valerie Boyce (Schuylerville) also graduated. Hampton will attend Cortland State and Boyce transferred to the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising.

On the upside, the Vikings return NJCAA Division III Region III Player of the Year Lindsey Bradt (Bishop Maginn). The guard/forward, who also was named Hudson Valley's Female Athlete of the Year, averaged 18.3 points and seven rebounds per game.

Brinkman is a 5-foot-5 guard who received Troy High's Charles Boland Award, which is presented for athletic leadership. She suffered a knee injury her senior year, and averaged four points and two assists per game. She's also an All-Star softball player.

The MVP of Tamarac High's basketball team as a senior, De La Mater is a 5-foot-6 point guard. She also earned Tamarac's "Lady Vol" defensive award.

Hiens is a 1999 graduate of Ichabod Crane High. A 5-foot-8 guard/forward, she has spent the last year serving in the National Guard.

Keeler averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior at Cohoes High. The 5-foot-8 forward earned Second Team All-Colonial Council status and was named Student-Athlete of the Year at Cohoes. She also served as senior class president.

Miron, also a Cohoes High graduate, is another 5-foot-9 forward. A First Team All-Colonial Council volleyball player, she was named MVP of the women's basketball team as a senior at Cohoes. She played in the Exceptional Seniors basketball game.

Parker put up some impressive numbers as a senior at Laurens High, which is located near Oneonta. A 5-foot-9 forward, she averaged 10.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, four steals and two blocks per game. She was the school's Female Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years and earned MVP status for the women's basketball, soccer and track teams in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Tessier, a 5-foot-7 guard, was a three-year starter at Cohoes High. She averaged eight points, six assists and six steals per game, and played in the 2001 Exceptional Seniors game.

Trowbridge scored 985 points in her career at Chatham High. A 5-foot-8 forward, she averaged 11 points, 2.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. She also made 40 percent of her field goal attempts. Trowbridge earned First Team All-Patroon Conference status as a basketball and soccer player. She set the school record for most shutouts in a season as a soccer goalie, and she holds Chatham's record in the pentathlon (track).

A 5-foot-5 guard, Valachovic played soccer and basketball at Schalmont. She averaged nine points, four assists and three steals per game as a basketball player.

A 5-foot-9 forward from Bishop Gibbons, vonWergers was named her basketball team's Most Outstanding Player as a senior. The team's captain, she averaged 13 points, five rebounds and three steals per game.

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.