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Hudson Valley Honors the Year’s Top Student-Athletes

Burnt Hills’ Kim Wintergerst Named Most Outstanding Female Athlete
Jonal Saint-Dic Garners Top Male Athlete Award

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Freshman Kim Wintergerst (Burnt Hills/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School) and sophomore Jonal Saint-Dic (Elizabeth, NJ/Elizabeth 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.

Wintergerst was presented with the Lester Higbee Memorial Award - given each year to Hudson Valley’s top female athlete - for her outstanding play on Hudson Valley’s tennis and softball teams during the 2004-05 school year. She was the runner-up at No. 1 singles at the 2004 NJCAA Region III tennis championships, helping the Lady Vikings to a third place finish. As a pitcher on the softball team, Wintergerst was named the Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year after leading Hudson Valley to its fourth consecutive conference title. She led the NJCAA with a 0.46 earned run average.

Saint-Dic was presented the Thomas Cahill Memorial Award, which is given each year to Hudson Valley’s top male athlete. He was named the Northeast Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a Second Team All-American after leading the conference with 11.5 sacks and six forced fumbles. He helped Hudson Valley to its second consecutive conference title and third championship in the last four years, and leaves the college as its all-time leading pass rusher with 21 sacks. Saint-Dic has accepted a scholarship offer to play football at Michigan State University.

Hudson Valley Baseball Coach Tom Reinisch received 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.

Reinisch directed the baseball team to a 34-15 record in 2005 and has now guided the Vikings to nine consecutive Region III final four appearances. In his last two seasons, Reinisch has coached the team to an astounding 76-25 record, which are the most wins over a two-year period than any team in the baseball program’s history. His all-time record stands at 283-167-2 in 11 seasons at the college.

Sophomores Terrence Bynum (Brooklyn/Abraham Lincoln High School) of the football team and Reality Price (Nassau/Columbia High School) of the softball team were presented with the Otto Guenther Memorial Award, which is given to the individuals who demonstrate the best combination of academic and athletic success.

Bynum was a First Team JC-Gridwire Academic All-American and a First Team All-Conference selection as an offensive lineman for the Vikings in 2004. He is a recipient of the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award. Bynum will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute next year.

Price was an All-Mountain Valley Conference selection in 2004, helping the Lady Vikings to two consecutive conference championships. She also is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

The President’s Award, which is presented to the student-athlete 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 Candra Scott (Stillwater/Catholic Central High School) of the women’s soccer and basketball teams and Don Govel (Guilderland/Guilderland High School) of the men’s soccer and bowling teams.

Despite battling several injuries, Scott proved to be a leader for both the basketball and soccer teams. She’s been described by her coaches as “tenacious, dependable, loyal, and the toughest player on the field or court.” Scott will attend Sage College of Albany in the fall.

Govel has served as the treasurer of the Student Senate and is one of two student representatives on the Faculty Student Association Board. He was a starting defenseman for the men’s soccer team and helped the men’s bowling team to a fifth place finish at the NJCAA championship tournament. He also received SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award. Govel will attend RPI in the fall.

Hudson Valley athletic teams combined to win 60.4 percent of its games in the 2004-05 school year. Ten of its 14 athletic teams participated in postseason play.