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Benefit Raises More Than $8,000 For Lauren Nicoll Of Troy

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, June 5, 2000

Vince Medici, head coach of Hudson Valley Community College's men's basketball team, recently announced the winner's of the Lauren Nicoll Hoop Shoot benefit. The event raised more than $8,000 for Lauren Nicoll's family. Lauren, a 1-year-old from Troy, recently had a brain tumor removed; Lauren's father, Gary, is an area basketball official.

All the money raised will help the Nicolls with medical and travel expenses.

The benefit, which was run by Hudson Valley's hoop team, featured a free-throw-shooting competition. Prizes were awarded to the top three male and female shooters in each age category. Each shooter took 25 free throws.

In the 8- to 9-year-old division, Nolan Hart (Albany) placed first among boys, hitting 22 free throws. Nick Reily (Castleton) finished second and Matt Conners (Troy) was third. For girls, Erica Derby (Troy) was the top shooter. She made 16 shots. Krista Pilla (Loudonville) followed her. Jenna Juron (Burnt Hills) and Sara McGaughnea (Albany) tied for third place.

In the 10- to 12-year-old division, Dan Quirk (Clifton Park) finished first among boys with 20 made free throws. Greg Barshied (Averill Park) was second and Bob Smith (Rensselaer) was third. Jenna Hughes (Troy) and Alexis Osborne (Watervliet) led the girls by each connecting on 16 free throws. Erica Miller (Troy) placed third.

In the 13- to 14-year-old division, John Carelli (Bethlehem) was the top free-throw shooter among boys, hitting an event-best 24 free throws. Willy Kerrigan (Bethlehem) was second and Joe Gilchrist (Watervliet) was third. For the girls, Julia Paska (Fort Edward), Steph Herschleb (Queensbury) and Elise Testo (Troy) each made 16 free throws.

Brian Monahan (Kinderhook), Brennan Bayly (Niskayuna) and Dominic Foglia (Watervliet) all tied for first among 15- to 18-year-old boys, each hitting 23 free throws. Ashli Fragomeni (Watervliet) topped the girls by making 15 shots. Amy Collins (Troy) was second and Erica Leathem (Troy) finished third.

"This thing was a huge success," said Medici, who led Hudson Valley to its third consecutive 20-win campaign in 2000-01. "It was a great example of the community coming together to help someone in need. On behalf of the Nicoll family, I want to thank everyone who participated. It means a lot to me, to my players and to the Nicolls."

A number of area businesses, groups and basketball camps supported Medici's event, including: Islander Pools; Rose & Kiernan Insurance; Chase Manhattan Bank; Anaconda Sports; Arcadia Supply; 333 Café; Hoyts Cinema; Leckonby's Auto; Soccer Unlimited; Reebok; Great Escape; Albany City Rocks; IAABO Board #36 officials; Rybek Assoc.; Fagan Enterprises; Converse Hoop Camp; Greg Koubek Hoop Camps; Hudson Valley Community College Hoop Camp; Fast Break Foundation; Low Five Hoop Camp; La Salle Hoop Camps; Mardigan Hoop Camp; Siena Hoop Camp; St. Rose Camps; NALC Branch #29; Dagostino Building Block; and Troy Elks.