Vikings Name Football Captains
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, August 23, 2001
Head coach Bob Jojo recently named the captains
of Hudson Valley Community College's 2001 football team. They are (pictured from left to right): Severino Sangro (Montrose); Gary Smith (Claymont, DE); Shawn Miller (Troy) and
189, Corinth, NY
CASEY BARDIN, outside linebacker
Bardin brings impressive credentials to Hudson Valley – he was twice named
Athlete of the Year at Corinth Central High before graduating in 2000.
He played four years of varsity football and baseball, and was a member
of the varsity wrestling team for six years. Bardin is Hudson Valley's
most experienced returning outside linebacker. He had a solid 2000 campaign
for the Vikings, recording 24 tackles, one sack and an interception.
183, Troy, NY
SHAWN MILLER, wide receiver
all-around athlete, Shawn Miller had an electrifying freshman campaign
that resulted in him earning Honorable Mention All-American status and
attracting the attention of DI schools. He made his debut against Lackawanna
Junior College, racking up 177 receiving yards, just three shy of Hudson
Valley's single-game record. Against Navy Prep, he tallied 11 receptions
for 172 yards, establishing a new school best for catches in a game. On
the season, he had 33 receptions for 649 yards and seven touchdowns. Miller
played four seasons of varsity football, basketball and baseball at Troy
High, helping the Trojans win two state football titles and a Section II
baseball crown. As a senior, he was a First Team All-New York State wide
receiver. He ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash in training camp this year
and was named a preseason First Team All-American.
294, Montrose, NY
SEVERINO SANGRO, left tackle
A 2000 graduate
of Hendrick Hudson High, Severino Sangro is a highly recruited DI prospect.
After starting for Hudson Valley all of last season and earning Second
Team All-Northeast Football Conference status, he hit the gym and put on
10 pounds of muscle. In helping Hendrick Hudson to a B-North championship,
he recorded 18 tackles in a 1999 playoff game against Rye High. Sangro
was a 1999 Honorable Mention All-State player for Hendrick Hudson. His
cousin, Bill Lane, played for the NFL's Denver Broncos from 1983 to 1986.
218, Claymont, DE
GARY SMITH, inside linebacker
Valley's third-leading tackler in 2000 (he recorded 57 tackles), Gary Smith
was honored with Second Team All-Northeast Football Conference status.
He also recorded two quarterback sacks, three quarterback pressures and
broke up a pair of passes. Smith was a four-year starter for Concord High's
varsity football and baseball teams before graduating in 2000. He
is a Dean's List student at Hudson Valley.
Hudson Valley's season begins on the road against
Lackawanna College (Pennsylvania) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 1.
The Vikings, ranked 25th in the nation among junior colleges, are currently
practicing twice a day. Hudson Valley's Media Day is scheduled for 2 to
3 p.m. at the McDonough Complex gym on Friday, August 24.
Hudson Valley's football program was established
in 1969. At the time, Hudson Valley was one of only two junior colleges
in New York to field a varsity football team. Since then, nearly 300 Hudson
Valley football players have earned scholarships to four-year schools and
15 have gone on to play professionally. The Vikings competed in the Coca
Cola Bowl in Iowa in 1980. In 1996, Hudson Valley posted an 8-0 record,
part of dominant stretch that included 15 straight victories.