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College Athletics Report: Hilbert adds Sportsmanship honor to already big season

The 2012-13 Hilbert men\'s basketball team
Hilbert College and coach Rob deGrandpre were selected as the recipient of the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association’s (CBOA) Sam Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award for the 2012-13 season.

This award was voted on by the collegiate basketball officials in Upstate New York, and is given to the school, coach, and players who best exemplify the highest degree of sportsmanship, character, and ethics, which are all characteristics of Sam Schoenfeld who was a founding father of CBOA. The award was presented by Kevin Ferguson (area rep), and Benjy Bluman (past president CBOA).

Hilbert (14-4) shared the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s regular season league title and hosted the AMCC championship weekend as the league’s number one-seeded team. The Hawks earned the program’s first 20-win season (20-6) and garnered two 1st Team-All Conference selections (Dan McFarland, Anthony Hodge) as well as the Newcomer of the Year and 3rd Team-All Conference (Jerame Owens) and Coach of the Year for deGrandpre.

Hall named First Team Academic All-American

As both a field hockey player and a student at the University of Rochester, Shelby Hall achieved a great deal of success. Now, the Hamburg native has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large First Team after voting by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.

In the fall, 2012 semester, Rochester finished with an 18-6 record, broke into the Top 20 poll of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, and competed in the NCAA Division III National Championships for the first time in school history, defeating 12th-ranked Rowan University, 2-0, at home, then toppled fourth-ranked Salisbury University, 3-2, before losing to second-ranked Montclair State University, 2-0, in the quarterfinals.

Hall finished with 17 goals and nine assists for 43 points in 22 games. She was a unanimous selection for First Team All-Liberty League honors. She earned Second Team All-Region acclaim from the NFHCA. She was selected to compete in the NFHCA’s Senior All-Star Game at the Final Four.

She finished her career with 93 points (fourth all-time), 11 game-winning goals (also fourth), 37 goals (fifth), 19 assists (sixth). In 2011-12, she was named to the Provost’s Circle (top junior student-athletes). In 2012-13, she was elected to Keidaeans, the University’s Senior Honor Society. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa.

In the Fall, 2012 semester, she received a Garnish Scholar Award, presented to the University’s top 10 senior student-athletes. At Rochester’s spring athletic awards banquet, she was named as the Female Senior Scholar-Athlete. The Hamburg High School graduate carried a 3.93 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale.

Evans nominated for NCAA Woman of Year

SUNY Cortland women’s swimmer Jessica Evans of Hamburg is one of 455 student-athletes, including only 151 from Division III schools, to be nominated for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Evans was selected to represent the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will determine the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year to be announced at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 20.

Evans is a physical education major who entered the spring with a 3.89 cumulative grade point average. This past winter, she earned second-team All-SUNYAC honors with a runner-up finish in the 100-yard butterfly at the SUNYAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Evans also swam on a 200-yard freestyle relay team that won the SUNYAC title and earned honorable mention All-America honors with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships.

Evans served as co-president of Cortland’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and represented student-athletes on the Cortland Intercollegiate Athletic Board. She helped spearhead Cortland’s National Student-Athlete Day Event in early April and helped organize the Bridges for Kids Toy Collection program for the local YWCA that Cortland Athletics held last fall.

In addition, she represented Cortland at the SUNYAC SAAC Conference and initiated Cortland’s partnership with the Syracuse Chapter of the Special Olympics, and was involved with Leaf Raking Day and Thanksgiving Food Drive projects last year.

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