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Sage student-athletes honored at Athletic Department Banquet

Sage student-athletes honored at Athletic Department Banquet


Albany, NY—The Sage Colleges' department of athletics gathered to recognize and honor the outstanding performances of the 2018-2019 year with the naming of the athletic award winners for the 17 varsity athletic teams. In addition to awarding the Gator Award, for the Most Outstanding Player, the department also named the 2018-2019 Female and Male Rookies of the Year as well as the 2018-2019 Female and Male Athletes of the Year. Sage also selected the Dean Sharon Robinson Senior Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, which is given to the senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average, as well as the Aggie Stillman Perseverance Award.

In her nearly forty year career at Sage, Aggie was a friend, mentor, professor, class advisor, and the Gators' biggest fan.  She radiated pride and enthusiasm in everything she did, while embodying the Sage spirit of patience and perseverance against any and all odds. In her honor, Sage bestows The Aggie Stillman Perseverance Award to the person affiliated with Sage Athletics that best exemplifies those traits which made Aggie so special. Aggie waged a personal battle with cancer for over 20 years finally succumbing to the disease on May 13, 2008. 

Sage selected senior men's basketball player Chris Kidd (Troy, NY/Beacon) as the Male Athlete of the Year, while senior women's basketball player Emily Parslow (Fonda, NY/Fond Fultonville) and senior women's soccer player Samantha Trimblett (Monroe, NY/Monroe Woodbury) shared Female Athlete of the Year honors.

New this year, Sage added a Female and Male Rookie Athlete of the Year. The first honorees recognized were women's cross country and track and field performer Kerry Flower (Schenectady, NY/Schalmont) and men's lacrosse midfielder David Baraniuk (Budd Lake, NJ/Mount Olive).

Senior women's basketball student-athlete Danielle Stannard (Valley Falls, NY/Hoosic Valley Central) and men's soccer captain Ryan Fairweather (Middletown, NY/Minisink Valley) were named the Dean Sharon Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award recipients.

Men's soccer player Anthony Williamson (Beacon, NY/Beacon) was selected as the recipient of the Aggie Stillman Perseverance Award for overcoming a serious injury while playing and returning from what should have been a season ending injury.

Additionally Sage selected the Fan of the Year, which was bestowed to Sage faculty member, Dr. Kim Frederick for her passion to support Sage's athletic department and the student-athletes.

Sage also awarded the Gator of the Year to members of the varsity teams, often awarded to the team's most valuable player, the Gators of the Year status was bestowed to the following individuals in these sports:

Men's Golf, sophomore Blake Pritchard (Malone, NY/Franklin Academy)

Men's Cross Country, senior Jarryd Wick (Ayers, MA/E.F. Parker School)

Women's Cross Country, senior Victoria Opalka (Fort Johnson, NY/Broadalbin-Perth)

Women's Soccer, senior Samantha Trimblett (Monroe, NY/Cornwall, NY/Cornwall Central)

Field Hockey, freshman Brooke Perry (Hampton, NY/Granville)

Women's Tennis, junior Rebecca Jackson (Saugerties, NY/John A. Coleman)

Women's Volleyball, freshman Emma Parkington (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional)

Men's Soccer, freshman Christian Vaalstuen (Lillestrom, Norway/Lambertseter Athletic)

Women's Basketball, senior Danielle Stannard (Valley Falls, NY/Hoosic Valley Central)

Men's Basketball, junior Darius Denmark (Orlando, FL/Evans)

Men's Volleyball, senior Zackery Karl (West Monroe, NY/Central Square)

Women's Lacrosse, junior Anne Risler (Albany, NY/Academy of the Holy Names)

Men's Lacrosse, freshman David Baraniuk (Budd Lake, NJ/Mount Olive)

Men's Tennis, junior Tyler Schnaible (Ballston Lake, NY/Shenendehowa)

Softball, senior Lindsey Decker (Ballston Lake, NY/Shenendehowa)

Men's Outdoor Track and Field, sophomore Ellis Richardson (Hudson, NY/Hudson)

Women's Outdoor Track and Field, freshman Kerry Flower (Schenectady, NY/Schalmont)

The Sage College's Intercollegiate Athletic Honor Society recognizes junior, senior, or graduate level student-athletes, who have maintained a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.3 or better and have participated as a member of a varsity team for at least two seasons.

Below is a list of the 35 individuals named to the Honor Society at this year's banquet:

Eduardo Angel

Emma Augustine

Allison Bardwell*      

Brittany Brooks

Alberto Cannistraci

Louis Cox

Lindsey Decker

Kiersten Duncan*      

Sadie Dunne  

Ryan Fairweather*

Giovanni Fichera                   

James Fitzpatrick*

Megan Flynn  

Brittany Gage

Rebecca Jackson        

Amanda Jones

Sagan Leggett*                      

Ariannah Logan*       

Miranda Nethaway

Emily Parslow*

 Gessica Patregnani   

Keeley Paull*

Victoria Opalka

Anne Risler

Tyler Schnaible

River Seybolt

Kristen Silk

Madison Spohr*        

Danielle Stannard

Joanna Tavolaro

Amelia Taylor*

Samantha Trimblett*

Skylar Van Alstyne

Maegan Villa

Anthony Williamson*                                                            *Indicates Previous Inductee


The department also honored their senior student-athletes at a separate event awarding each performer a Sage blanket and a stole to be worn at their graduation on May 11. This year Sage was blessed to add 39 student-athletes to the list of graduates.

Name                                      Sport (s)         

Ryan Adamczak                      Men's Lacrosse

Jared Almy                              Men's Golf, Volleyball

Emma Augustine                    Women's Soccer

Allison Bardwell                     Women's Volleyball

Nicole Bauer                           Women's Soccer

Tashariff Carr                         Women's Lacrosse

Michael Chiaravalloti             Men's Soccer

Jenna Cislak                            Women's Lacrosse

Lauren Cross                           Women's Basketball

Lindsey Decker                       Softball

Kiersten Duncan                     Softball

Ryan Fairweather                   Men's Soccer

James Fitzpatrick                    Men's Soccer

Henry Golden                         Men's Tennis

Liam Hayes                             Men's Soccer

Macie Holmes                        Women's Basketball

Zachery Karl                            Men's Volleyball

Lisa Kentris+                           Softball

Christopher Kidd                    Men's Basketball

James Lagunas                        Men's Soccer

Frane Larose+                         Men's Basketball, Men's Track & Field

Austin Laverty                                    Men's Golf, Men's Volleyball

Sagan Leggett                         Women's Cross Country, Women's Track & Field

Ariannah Logan                      Women's Soccer

Jordyn Logan                          Women's Soccer

Joleen Marfone                      Women's Soccer

Miranda Nethaway                Women's Volleyball

Victoria Opalka                       Women's Cross Country, Women's Track & Field

Emily Parslow                         Women's Basketball

Keeley Paull                            Women's Soccer

Dominique Puglisi                  Women's Soccer

Kevin Contreras Sanchez       Men's Soccer

River Seybolt                          Men's Soccer

Madison Spohr                       Women's Soccer

Danielle Stannard                  Women's Basketball

Amelia Taylor                         Women's Volleyball

Samantha Trimblett               Women's Soccer

Jarryd Wick                             Men's Cross Country, Men's Track & Field

Anthony Williamson+                        Men's Soccer, Men's Track & Field


+Indicates Sage graduate student


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