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Hudson Valley Honors the Year's Top Student-Athletes

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Columbia's Erin Fagan Named Most Outstanding Female Athlete Daniel Barbero Garners Top Male Athlete Award

Sophomore bowler and volleyball player Erin Fagan (East Greenbush/Columbia High School) and sophomore baseball player Daniel Barbero (Bronx/Lehman High School)were named Hudson Valley Community College's most outstanding female and male athletes of the year at its annual athletic banquet that was held today in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

Fagan was presented with the Lester Higbee Memorial Award-given each year to Hudson Valley's top female athlete-for her outstanding play on the Hudson Valley Volleyball and bowling teams during the 2002-03 school year. An NJCAA All-American bowler, Fagan combined with freshman Katie Duncan (Voorheesville/Voorheesville High School)to win the 2003 NJCAA women's doubles title. Fagan won the national singles title in 2002. She also was the top performer on the Hudson Valley volleyball team, registering 2.52 kills per game.

Barbero was presented the Thomas Cahill Memorial Award-given each year to Hudson Valley's top male athlete-after leading the Hudson Valley baseball team with a .503 batting average this spring. He set school single season records in batting average, hits (78), home runs (9), Triples (11) and RBI (50). Barbero was named the NJCAA Region III Division III Player of the Year after leading the Vikings to a 27-17 record.

Hudson Valley head women's basketball and cross country coach Colleen Ferris was presented with the Paul F. Bishop Coach of the Year Award, which is given to the Hudson Valley 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.

Ferris directed the women's basketball team to a 20-10 record in 2002-03 and has now guided the Lady Vikings to three straight 20-win seasons.

Sophomores Anthony Martinez (Colonie/Colonie High School) of the football team, Tanya DeLaMater (Troy/Tamarac High School) of the women's basketball team, and Barrett Heacock (Holland Patent/Holland Patent High School)of the men's soccer teamwere presented with the Otto Guenther Memorial Award, which is given to the individuals who "demonstrate the best combination of academic and athletic success."

The President's Award, which is 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," was extended to sophomores Carolyn Keeler (Cohoes/Cohoes High School) of the women's basketball team and Joseph Davis (Ballston Spa/Ballston Spa High School)of the men's soccer team.

Hudson Valley athletic teams combined to win 53.8 percent of its games in the 2002-03 school year. Seven of its 14 athletic teams qualified for the Region III tournament and three of Hudson Valley's student-athletes earned NJCAA All-American status.