Vikings Cruise To 9-1 First-Half Mark
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, December 27, 2000
Hudson Valley's Men's Basketball Team Ranked
Fifth In The Nation Thanks To Total Team Effort
The Hudson Valley Community College men's basketball
team is on a well-deserved winter break, having posted a 9-1 record during
the first portion of the 2000-01 season. Led by sixth-year head coach Vince
Medici, the Vikings are ranked fifth in the nation among National Junior
College Athletic Association (NJCAA) teams.
Hudson Valley is ranked first in the most recent
weekly NJCAA Division III Region III coach's poll.
Before this season began, the Vikings lost
last season's tri-captains to graduation. Chris Jura (Lansingburgh),
David Walden (Albany) and Dennis Pitaniello (La Salle Institute)
combined to average 43.5 points per game in 1999-2000, carrying Hudson
Valley to the Region III title game.
While the trio has been missed, their absence
has not affected Hudson Valley's ability to win. The Vikings' only loss
this season came at the hands of Division II foe Sage JCA, by just three
Earlier in the year, Medici said: "I expect
my seniors to step up and assume that role of responsibility, just like
Chris Jura, David Walden and Dennis Pitaniello did last year. I expect
them to pick up their points, rebounds, assists, and to be good leaders
for the freshman."
The second-year student-athletes – Kurt
Bush (Newcomb-Minerva), Kerey Johnson (Schenectady), R.J.
Mann (Canajoharie), Kyle Miller (Columbia), Thomas Perren
(Brotmanville, NJ) and Adam Vooris (Columbia) – have all played
well. The freshmen – Joseph Bell (Albany), Paul Bowe (Hudson
Falls), Billy Etue (Heatly), Bryan Gaudio (Schalmont),
Todd Haver (Shenendehowa), Dustin Manny (Catholic Central),
Jason McKinney (South Glens Falls) and Jeremy Schneible (Greenwich)
– also have contributed.
This is the highest national ranking the Vikings
have obtained during Medici's reign. Medici led Hudson Valley to a number
10 ranking last year. He also led the Vikings to the NJCAA Division III
championship tournament in 1998-99, establishing his team as one of the
eight best in the nation. The Vikings have qualified for the NJCAA Division
III Region III tournament during each of Medici's first five seasons, and
he has twice been named Mountain Valley Coach of the Year. Medici has a
lifetime record of 106-51.
The last time Hudson Valley's men's basketball
team was ranked as high as fifth in the nation was 1992-93.
Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy,
offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions;
Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and
Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of more than 30 community colleges in the
State University of New York system, Hudson Valley Community College has
an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a
leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.