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Hudson Valley Community College Announces 2009-2010 Athletic Awards Photo Gallery Available

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518)629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, May 20, 2010

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Hudson Valley Community College has named sophomores Ramel Alexander (Berkshire, Albany), and Devan Hodlik (Watervliet, Watervliet) as outstanding male and female athletes for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Alexander, who this week officially signed his national letter of intent to continue his college basketball career at Division II Bloomfield College on a full-athletic scholarship and is Hudson Valley's third all-time leading scorer, received the Thomas Cahill Award. A two-year starter, he is one of the best basketball players to ever play at the college, with two-year totals at 1,087 points, 503 rebounds, 157 steals and 187 assists.

Hodlik, who received the Lester Higbee Award, is the first women's bowler at Hudson Valley to finish first in All-Events in the Mountain Valley Conference, Region III and the NJCAA National Championship. Her 229 average is the highest women's bowling average in conference history and she is the most decorated women's bowler ever at the college.

The two received the awards at the college's annual athletic awards ceremony Monday, May 17 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Hudson Valley campus.

Head hockey coach, Matt Alvey, received the Paul Bishop Award as the 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 Alvey's eighth season as coach, the hockey team finished fourth in the NJCAA poll to make it to the NJCAA National Tournament. They ended the season with a 15-9 record. During his career here, Alvey has produced nine All-Region players, eight All-American players and two All-Rookie players, and has been named All-Region Coach of the Year.

Baseball assistant coach, Scott Mastroianni, was announced as the first recipient of the newly established Phil Brown Award in recognition of "an athletic department employee for continued dedication and commitment to the student athletes, the department and the college."

During Mastroianni's nine baseball seasons at Hudson Valley, the Vikings had 251 wins and only 112 losses.

This award is named in honor of Physical Education Department Chair Phil Brown, former coach, assistant athletic director and supervisor of athletics, who is the only person in Hudson Valley Community College history with 41 years of continuous service to the college.

Sophomore Dennis Forward (New Lebanon, New Lebanon) and freshman Nicole Sheldon (Columbia, East Greenbush) were honored with the Otto Guenther Memorial Award as outstanding male and female athletes for demonstrating the best combination of athletic and academic success.

Sheldon has a 3.73 GPA in Individual Studies and finished third in the National Singles Competition. She helped the team win the NJCAA Women's Bowling National Title this year. Forward, a two-year starter on the soccer team, has a 3.81 GPA overall. As a center midfielder, he was one of the more skilled players in the conference. He plans to enter RPI or the University of Michigan this fall.

Sarah Carciobolo (Colonie, Colonie), women's basketball, and Alan Hiltz (LaSalle, Wynantskill), lacrosse, received the President's Award, presented annually to "the male and female student-athlete whose hard work, determination, hustle and attitude have enabled them to make valuable contributions to their team, the athletic department and the college."

This season, 10 of Hudson Valley's 16 sports teams competed in post-season play with three teams in regional finals. Women's bowling captured the NJCAA national championship. Nine student athletes were selected as All-Americans, 12 were All-Region III selections and 32 were named to the All-Mountain Valley Conference team. Four coaches were named Coach of the Year in their respective conferences and/or region.

Men's cross-country was started up again for the 2009-2010 season and women's golf began competition this spring.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate's degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and also sponsors an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.