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05/12/2004
Hudson Valley Honors the Year's Top Student-Athletes Photos Available

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 12, 2004

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Lansingburgh's Stephanie Goodspeed Named Outstanding Female Athlete
Emmanuel Marc Garners Top Male Athlete Award

Sophomore Stephanie Goodspeed (Lansingburgh/Lansingburgh High School) and sophomore Emmanuel Marc (Spring Valley/Spring Valley High School) have been named Hudson Valley Community College's most outstanding female and male athletes of the year for the 2003-04 academic year.

Goodspeed received with the Lester Higbee Memorial Award - given each year to Hudson Valley's top female athlete - for her outstanding play on the Hudson Valley softball team during the 2003-04 school year. A First Team All-Region III selection, Goodspeed led the Lady Vikings with a .453 batting average. As a pitcher, Goodspeed was 14-6 with a 1.86 ERA and struck out 122 batters in 124 innings. The softball team was the runner-up in Region III with a 25-10-1 record.

Marc received the Thomas Cahill Memorial Award - given each year to Hudson Valley's top male athlete - after leading the Hudson Valley football team to an 8-2 record and a spot in The Graphic Edge Bowl. Marc, who was named the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year, set a school record with 2,038 rushing yards 18 touchdowns.

Goodspeed and Marc were honored at the college's annual athletic awards banquet, which was held Tuesday in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center. The following awards also were presented at the event:

Hudson Valley Football Coach Bob Jojo 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."

In his sixth season, Jojo directed the Vikings to only its second bowl game in school history. His all-time record stands at 34-18.

Sophomores Morgan Vittengl (Saratoga Springs/Saratoga Springs High School), an offensive tackle on the football team, and Samantha Zotto (Troy/Troy High School), a pitcher on 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."

The President's Award, which is presented to the student "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 Alex Monteleone (Palisades Park, NJ/Palisades Park High School), an offensive guard on the football team, and Lindsay Frament (Waterford/Catholic Central High School), who competed in basketball, softball and tennis.

Hudson Valley athletic teams combined to win 63 percent of their games in the 2003-04 school year. Twelve of Hudson Valley's 14 athletic teams qualified for the postseason and three of Hudson Valley's student-athletes earned NJCAA All-American status.