MVCC student-athletes recognized for achievements

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Remsen graduate Megan O’Brien, a sophomore on the Mohawk Valley Community College softball team, has received the school’s Theodore F. Moore Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award as female athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average. She was one of nine Hawks to receive athletic awards for the school year.

O’Brien is an outfielder who has a 4.0 GPA in general studies. The male athlete receiving the award is Robert Kunzmann, a member of the baseball team. Majoring in air conditioning tech-refrigeration, the outfielder maintained a 3.91 GPA through his two years at Mohawk Valley.

The Robert R. Jorgensen Award, presented for outstanding leadership and achievement in athletics, was given to Justin Steed and Lyrik’ Jackson.

Steed is a sophomore on the basketball team who averaged 16.1 points and 3.1 assists per game this season while shooting 40% from three-point range on the year, and was an asset in helping the Hawks reach the NJCAA Division III National Championship game. He broke the school record earlier this season as he made 11 three-point baskets in a game against Schenectady. Jackson, also a sophomore, was named an NJCAA Division III second team All-American. Jackson helped lead the Lady Hawks make it so the semi-finals of the NJCAA Region III Tournament. Jackson was also named the 2019-2020 Region III Player of the Year. In her only season as a Hawk, Jackson averaged 26.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game.

The Kiwanis Award is presented by the Utica Kiwanis Club to those who best demonstrates outstanding accomplishment in athletics, academics and leadership. It was given to Jordanny Cuevas-Marte and Macy Vitale.

Cuevas-Marte was named an NJCAA Division III first team All-American. The sophomore guard averaged 20.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Cuevas-Marte was recognized as the Region III Player of the Year, MVP of the Regional Final Four, and named to the NJCAA Division III National Championship All-Tournament team.

Vitale is a two-year captain for the soccer team. She finished this season with 10 goals and led the team with 21 assists.  

The Alumni Award, presented to those who might receive little acclaim but show dedication to the welfare of the team and a persistent effort in the pursuit to excellence, went to Michael Decrescenzo and Katie Otis.

Decrescenzo is a sophomore on the baseball team.

Otis is a sophomore member of the volleyball team. She finished the season with 200 kills, 117 digs, 36 assists and 70 aces.

The George L. Scala Award is presented to the student athlete who displays outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication to the physical education profession. This award went to Jordan Baucom, a freshman member of the men’s basketball team and physical education major.

He played in 20 games for the Hawks this season and shot 50% from the field and 44.4% from three-point range on the year while maintaining a 3.82 GPA.

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