Basketball, Cross Country, Softball
Rachel Audi was a three-sport standout at Hudson Valley, excelling
in basketball, softball and cross country. A floor general
with a good outside shot, Audi scored 676 points in her career
and averaged 17.7 points per game. She was named to the All-Region
III team in 1985. Audi was an infielder on the softball team
and was one of the top five cross country runners in the Mountain
Captain of the Hudson Valley wrestling team in 1970-71, Edward
Barber established an individual dual-meet career record with
a 35-5 mark. He twice placed at the Region III tournament,
taking home a second- and third-place finish. Barber was a
two-time Collar City Classic Tournament champion and was voted
Hudson Valley’s Most Outstanding Athlete as a senior.
An outstanding student as well, Barber graduated with a 3.5
GPA and was a member of the 1969-70 wrestling team that was
named National Academic Co-Champions.
Basketball, Softball, Volleyball
A three-sport athlete at Hudson Valley, Pamela Barth-Cunningham
excelled at basketball, softball and volleyball. Without the
assistance of the three-point arc, Barth-Cunningham is among
the school’s all-time leading scorers with 868 points.
She twice earned All-Region III honors and in 1986-87, averaged
23.3 points per game. In addition to basketball, Barth-Cunningham
was the setter on the 1986 volleyball team that won the Mountain
Valley Conference with a perfect 7-0 conference record. On
the softball team, Barth-Cunningham played third base and was
known for great quickness and a good bat.
Cross Country, Track and Field
One of the greatest distance runners in Hudson Valley history,
James Bowles captained the cross country team and track and
field team. He led the 1974 cross country team to the Region
III championship, earning All-Region III and NJCAA All-American
accolades. He also garnered All-Region honors in track and
field and established a new 10K and marathon record at Hudson
Valley. He finished third in the marathon at the NJCAA national
championship. Bowles was named an Academic All-American in
1975 and won the 1975 President’s Award for Hustle.
Philip Brown coached up to three sports per year for 17 years.
He guided the Hudson Valley softball team to a Region III co-championship
in 1974. His cross country team was a Region III powerhouse
from 1974 to 1977, never finishing lower than third in the
region. Five of his runners earned All-Region honors. Brown
coached the women’s bowling team in 1978 and reactivated
the men’s bowling team in 1980. His bowling teams were
Mountain Valley Conference champs from 1982 to 1987 and won
the Region III championship in 1986. That team went on to finish
second in the nation, and three of the six bowlers were named
All-Americans. Brown also served as assistant athletic director
and as chairperson for the college’s Physical Education
Russell Hilton earned All-American honors in 1984 and 1985
for lacrosse. He was named the NJCAA Player of the Year in
1985 and won the 1985 Eugene Devine Award, given by the National
Lacrosse Coaches Association. Hilton established a new NJCAA
career record with 235 points, and the school record for most
goals in a game with 10 against Onondaga Community College.
After graduation, Hilton earned a lacrosse scholarship to Saint
John’s University where he garnered NCAA Honorable Mention
All-American accolades following the 1989 season. He also was
selected to play in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse
Association North-South game.
William “Ducey” Hughes
William “Ducey” Hughes earned All-Region III honors
and was named an NJCAA All-American after averaging 27 points
per game for the men’s basketball team in 1979. He also
averaged 22 points per game in the 1977-78 season. Hughes earned
a basketball scholarship to Manhattan College after graduating
from Hudson Valley.
A two-sport star at Hudson Valley, Christina Kelly excelled
in basketball and volleyball. In basketball, she finished her
career with 502 points and 540 rebounds. Kelly could play any
position in volleyball. She earned All-Region III volleyball
honors in 1988. A standout student as well, Kelly graduated
with a 3.28 GPA and was named to Who’s Who Among Students
in American Junior Colleges.
Basketball, Soccer, Tennis
George Mardigan was a two-year captain of the basketball and
soccer teams. He led the Vikings to a Region III soccer championship
in 1962. Mardigan was named to the All-Conference and All-Region
III teams for basketball and was a Region III Tournament All
Star and the team’s Most Valuable Player. He was given
the Thomas Cahill Award in 1963 as the college’s most
outstanding male athlete. As a basketball player, he averaged
15 points and nine assists per game; established a school record
with 21 free throws in one game; and shot 88 percent from the
free throw line.
Worked: 1967-1986, 1992
Joseph Purello coached football, baseball and golf at Hudson
Valley and was the college’s athletic director from 1972
to 1984. He was the first football coach at Hudson Valley after
starting the program in 1969. He guided the baseball team to
Region III championships and NJCAA World Series berths in 1968
and 1982. Purello led the Vikings to Region III titles in 1975,
1979 and 1983. He also served as a professor in Hudson Valley’s
Physical Education department.
1988-1989 Women’s Basketball
The 1988-1989 women’s basketball team compiled a 25-3
record. The Vikings won the Mountain Valley Conference with
a 12-0 mark. Hudson Valley finished first in the region and
fourth in the country in team defense, allowing only 49 points
per game. Five players finished the year on the all-time single
season scoring list and rebounding list. Four players earned
All-Region III honors.
Members: Jenifer Baldrey; Kathryn Broom; Danielle Christian;
Mary Conway; Shelly Hug; Christina Kelly; Darcy LaGoy; Lisa
Muscatello; Kristen Randall; Patty Vogt; head coach Paul Bishop;
assistant coach Carole Selner.