HAMBURG, NY – On Thursday, April 29 the Athletics Department at Hilbert College recognized members of its 11 NCAA Division III athletics program, two Sports Hall of Fame inductees, as well as the out-going athletic director at the college’s annual Athletic Awards Banquet held in the Hafner Recreation Center.
The evening consisted of a buffet dinner followed by a series of presentations profiling academic achievements, senior athlete awards, coaches’ presentation of team awards, the announcement of the McGrath Award recipients and the induction of the 2010 Sports Hall of Fame class. The celebration concluded with the acknowledgement and well-wishes to Hilbert’s out-going athletics director as he transitions to a new role within the college campus community.
The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference honors student-athletes each year who maintain a 3.2 overall cumulative grade point average after the competition of the fall semester. The 2010 AMCC Academic All-Conference team consisted of 56 Hilbert athletes (22 freshman, 13 sophomores, 8 juniors, and 13 seniors) which is the largest number of athletes in the college’s six-year membership in the AMCC. (click here to see the complete list).
Special recognition for Hilbert’s 2010 edition of the Chi Alpha Sigma New York Theta Chapter followed. The National College Athlete Honor Society honors junior and senior student-athletes carrying a grade point average of 3.4 or higher who exhibit good moral character. The six newest members (David Cunningham, Sr; Eric Davies, Jr; Carole Jones, Jr; Erica Page, Jr; Emily Schilling, Jr; and Richard Sykora, Jr) were awarded pins and a certificate. Earning a medal intended to be worn during graduation ceremonies signifying great academic achievement as a repeat honorees, were eight seniors (Matthew Begeal, Destyn Brown, Sarah Collins, Courtney DeVille, Maggie Fage, Greg Lake, Carrie Sisson and Amanda Trickey).
Seventeen senior student-athletes were also recognized for their leadership and contribution to the athletics program during their four-year career. (click here to see the complete list).
Once the bulk of the evening presentations were distributed, the McGrath Award winners were announced. Soccer players Greg Lake (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) and Maggie Fage (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem) took home this year’s honors. The McGrath Awards are given out on behalf of Francis and Marie McGrath; the two generous benefactors of Hilbert College stipulated that an award be given to one male and one female student-athlete with the highest grade point average. Lake is a criminal justice major having carried a 3.71 cumulative gpa through his three years at Hilbert. Fage (3.91) is graduating with a degree in human services with plans to attend graduate school this fall.
The 2010 Sports Hall of Fame inductees were fellow 2005 graduates, Sam Gioia and Jessica Macri. Gioia’s athletic achievements were spot-lighted by his time on the hardwood and much as the diamond. His 1,212 points (6th overall), 365 assists (2nd overall), and 412 rebounds (7th overall) propelled him as a three-time All Conference and three-time team most valuable player for the Hawks basketball program. Wearing the royal and long white baseball pants, Gioia was recognized as the 2004 NEAC Player of the Year, team most valuable player, as well as a two-time All Conference player. Macri’s play making talents were highlighted on the soccer field especially in the “assist” category where her name is still listed in the Division III NCAA national records books. Her 19 goals/50 assists/88 points ranks her second in total points in the Hilbert record book, but she owns sole possession of first place with her 50 assists. Her efforts during the 2001-2004 seasons secured her the NCAA national (2010) 10th ranking for assists per game (.71) and 20th ranking for assists (50). Macri was a four-time All Conference, two-time most valuable player, a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-Region Academic selection. Macri was also a member in Hilbert's very successful Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) club.
The final acknowledgement was reserved for Richard L. Walsh as he just completed hosting his 12th Athletic Awards Banquet at Hilbert and will be transitioning out of his athletic director role. Effective June 1, Walsh will be serving in a new capacity for the College and will become the major gifts officer along with continually managing the popular and successful boys and girls summer basketball camps. His passion for the 130 athletes and dedication to the athletic department will truly be missed. (click here for The Sun news paper press release)