Rhinebeck’s Rebecca Borquist of the SUNY New Paltz women’s volleyball team was awarded the Carol Eckman Award, given to SUNY New Paltz’s outstanding female athlete of the year. Borquist was named SUNY Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was a third-team All-American and was SUNYAC Tournament MVP. She led the SUNYAC and was third in NCAA Division III in kills per set with 3.76.
Marlboro’s Emily McDonough played in all 39 games for the St. Bonaventure softball team, batting .391 with 15 RBI and 29 stolen bases in 31 attempts, along with 33 runs scored. Teammate Carly Bilchak, of Highland, pitched in 11 games, starting seven for the Bonnies, with two wins, two complete games and a save.
Roy C. Ketcham graduate Brad Thomas was named the Mid-American Conference’s Men’s Swimming Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Misericordia swimmer from Wappingers Falls finished second in the conference in the 100-yard backstroke and 100 freestyle, and maintains a 3.65 GPA.
Poughquag’s JD Colarusso of Albany’s men’s lacrosse team, served as the reserve goalie for the Great Danes as they advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. Colarusso played in eight games in relief for Albany.
Arlington graduate Matt Graham of the Saint Rose lacrosse team was named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie team. Graham had 16 goals and five assists, as well as 20 groundballs. Graham made seven starts.
LaGrangeville’s JD LeMay of the Mitchell men’s lacrosse team, a John Jay graduate, was named New England Collegiate Conference Goalkeeper of the Year for a second consecutive season. LeMay was 3-0 in league play and won six games overall.
Hyde Park’s Jessica Mushel, a Franklin D. Roosevelt graduate, was named Skyline Conference Coach of the Year, leading the Mount Saint Mary softball team to a berth in the conference finals with a 12-2 league mark. Two members of her Blue Knights team with local ties, Beacon’s Chelsea Dexter and Fishkill’s Courtney Barbara made the All-Skyline Conference first team. Dexter had a .590 slugging percentage and .529 on-base percentage in 19 games, while Barbara led the team with a .403 batting average.
Poughkeepsie’s Andrew Conn, an Our Lady of Lourdes graduate who plays for Mount Saint Mary, was named to the All-Skyline Conference second team for baseball. Conn led the Blue Knights with a .394 batting average, .455 slugging percentage and .474 on-base percentage in league games.
Roy C. Ketcham Roberto Valdes and Steven Lennox of the Dutchess baseball team were named to Region XV’s All-Mid-Hudson Conference second team. Dutchess is coached by former Arlington and Millbrook coach Al Hammell, a former professional ballplayer who graduated from Lourdes.
Hopewell Junction’s Allie Elmes of Misericordia’s women’s lacrosse team was named to the All-Freedom Conference second team. The John Jay graduate had a team-best 76 ground balls this season.
Poughkeepsie’s Tyre Coleman won Hobart’s Bob Toner Defensive MVP award for football for a third straight year. In 46 career games, Coleman had 224 tackles, 94.5 tackles for loss, 51 sacks, 16 pass breakups and 13 forced fumbles. Coleman was also co-winner of the Francis L. “Babe” Kraus Memorial Award as Hobart’s most outstanding senior athlete.
Highland graduate Matthew Brennie was named the Athletic Director and Assistant Dean for Student Services at Ulster. Brennie, who has been an assistant baseball coach at Marist and Delaware State, as well as an assistant softball coach at Ulster and New Paltz, played baseball and football at Wake Forest.
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