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05/24/2006
Hudson Valley Honors the Year's Top Student-Athletes
Mohonasen's Colleen Horan Named Most Outstanding Female Athlete
Dane Samuels Garners Top Male Athlete Award

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Sophomores Colleen Horan (Rotterdam/Mohonasen High School) and Dane Samuels (New City/Clarkstown North High School) were named Hudson Valley Community College's most outstanding female and male athletes of the year at its annual athletic banquet that was held today in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

Horan was presented with the Lester Higbee Memorial Award-given each year to Hudson Valley's top female athlete-for her outstanding play on Hudson Valley's volleyball and women's basketball teams during the 2005-06 school year. She was an All-Region performer in volleyball, leading the Lady Vikings to their second consecutive trip to the Region III tournament. She also averaged 12.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in basketball.

Samuels was presented the Thomas Cahill Memorial Award-given each year to Hudson Valley's top male athlete. He leaves the Hudson Valley football team as its second all-time leading rusher with 1,763 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was an integral part of Hudson Valley's back-to-back Region III championships. Samuels also joined the men's basketball team in January and averaged 12.8 points and 3.4 assists in 18 games.

Hudson Valley's men's and women's bowling coach Joe Prest was presented with 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."

He directed each team to Region III and Mountain Valley Conference titles in 2006.

Sophomore Mike Devoid (Berwick, ME/Noble High School) of the ice hockey team and freshman Tia-Marie Stevens (Averill Park/Averill Park High School) of the women's bowling 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 Horan and sophomore Patrick Emmanuel (Boston, MA/Brockton High School) of the football team.

Three new awards were presented at this year's banquet. Head coach Sandy Wimmer and the women's tennis team were presented the Dr. Marco J. Silvestri Award for having the highest team grade point average. Director of Financial Aid Lisa Van Wie was awarded the Willie A. Hammett Award for Excellence in Student Service, and Doug Baldrey, who has worked at Hudson Valley since 1962, was presented the John L. Buono Award for Citizenship for his commitment to the college and its student-athletes.

Hudson Valley captured Region III championships in football, men's bowling and women's bowling in the 2005-06 season. Ten of Hudson Valley's 14 teams competed in postseason play.