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Fifteen RCC Athletes Earn Academic All-Conference Honors in Fall Season

a dozen also named All-Region honorees

Rockland Community College student athletes are continuing a tradition of achievement away from the playing field. Fifteen Hawks performed well enough in the classroom this past fall to be named Academic All-Conference by the Mid-Hudson Conference.

Twelve of those same RCC student athletes gained additional recognition, earning Academic All-Region honors from NJCAA Region XV.

RCC’s volleyball team enjoyed a fine season last fall, going 12-10 and reaching the Region XV tournament. The Hawks had equally impressive results in the classroom, with seven players—more than two-thirds of the team—gaining academic recognition.

Five volleyball players picked up both All-Region and All-Conference academic honors. Melissa McDonnell, a graduate of Monroe-Woodbury HS, led the way by registering a perfect 4.0 GPA.

McDonnell, who transferred to the State University at Buffalo following the fall semester, said playing at RCC was a great experience. “I really enjoy volleyball and I feel like it kept me positive and in a good mood to do my schoolwork as well. I feel very proud of myself.

“I am so glad I played volleyball on the RCC Hawks team,” McDonnell added.

Shannon Thomas, a North Rockland HS graduate, added All-Region academic recognition to her accolades for her on-court performance. Thomas was MVP of the Mid-Hudson Conference and an All-Region first team selection.

Of her academic honors, Thomas said, “It’s always flattering to receive recognition for anything that hard work was put into. I learned from a young age to put school first.” Thomas, a freshman, will return to RCC next season, with plans to later attend a four-year college and eventually medical school.

Sara Hayward, from Suffern HS, gained Academic All-Region recognition to add to All-Conference first team and All-Region honorable mention honors for her play last fall. International student Sayaka Watanabe of Japan and North Rockland HS alumna Nicole Polanco also exceeded the 3.25 GPA necessary for All-Region academic recognition.

Kayla Roper, from Tappan Zee HS, and Zeanetta Rogers, a Clarkstown North HS graduate, picked up Academic All-Conference honors by posting a GPA of 3.0 or better.

The RCC men’s soccer team, which reached the semifinals of the Region XV tournament and finished 6-6 overall, had eight players claim Academic All-Conference status. Seven of those student athletes met the higher standard to also be named All-Region.

Team co-captain Arhin Asamoah posted the highest GPA among the Hawks, followed closely by Steffen Bonneau, out of Spring Valley HS, and Niko Barbetto, from Clarkstown North HS. All three gained All-Region status.

Also earning All-Region honors: Kevin Maloney, a Clarkstown South HS graduate; Dylan Allum, an alumnus of Clarkstown North HS; Mark Babcock, from North Rockland HS; and Jose Robles Lopez, an international student from Colombia.  Justin Gordon of Brooklyn gained All-Conference recognition.

With the spring sports season getting underway, athletes from RCC’s baseball, golf and men’s tennis teams will aim to further the Hawk tradition of success both on and off the field. Last spring, those teams combined to earn 16 Academic All-Conference awards, with 13 athletes also earning All-Region honors.

March, 17, 2017


Martinez’s Scoring Exploits Reap Top National Ranking


In a season of multiple challenges for the RCC men’s basketball team, Kevin Martinez provided a constant source of highlight-reel material. Although the Hawks endured a difficult campaign, with a final record of 5 wins and 23 losses, Martinez lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 26.2 points per game, which ranked No. 4 in the country among NCAA Division III junior colleges. Even more impressive, his totals of 733 points and 216 successful free throws finished tops in the nation, and his field goal total of 245 ranked No. 2.

Martinez finished his season with a flourish, pouring in 46 points in a narrow 89-87 loss to Dutchess CC on February 11, and netting 39 points in a season-ending 121-82 defeat by Nassau CC on February 14.

Martinez, a 6-foot-2, 190-lb. guard/small forward, scored more than one-third of the team’s points this year and also averaged a strong 7.3 rebounds per game. Due to a variety of factors, the Hawks finished the season with only six healthy players, and the lack of bench strength translated to a draining 40-minute workload for most of the unit, testing their stamina and resolve. Health issues also beset the coaching staff, compounding the squad’s misfortune.

Throughout a campaign of adversity, however, Martinez offered a glimmer of brilliance. “Personally, it was a good season for me. I played every minute like it was the last time I will play in a uniform,” said Martinez, a second-year student who is unsure whether he will play competitively after RCC. “It was a rough season for our team, and we had some tough losses, but you try to learn from the experience.”

After graduating from Clarkstown South in 2014, Martinez spent a year at the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY, before transferring to RCC. An outstanding student, he holds a 3.93 GPA while majoring in Finance and expects to graduate in May with an AS in Business Administration. He hopes to pursue a bachelor’s in Finance at either NYU or Baruch College, CUNY, and plans on a career as an investment banker or financial advisor.

“RCC was definitely the right choice for me,” he said. “It gave me the opportunity to develop more as a player and as a student. Everything fell into place when I came to RCC.”

March 1, 2017

Martinez, Miccio Off to Hot Start for RCC Hoops

Kevin Martinez and Will Miccio have launched their seasons with strong performances in the early going for the RCC Men’s Basketball team. Martinez, a sophomore shooting guard out of Clarkstown South HS, stands No. 4 in the NJCAA Division III national rankings in scoring, averaging 25.8 points per game through eight games. Martinez, a transfer student from the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY, also ranks second in Region 15 in scoring while contributing 7.5 rebounds per game.

Miccio, a sophomore forward out of Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, NY, leads Region 15 in rebounding and ranks fourth nationally with 14.1 rebounds per game, and stands No. 2 in the nation in defensive rebounds with 11.4 per game. Miccio, who made the All-Tournament team last season in Region 15, has chipped in 11.5 points per game and 3.6 assists per game.

Starting point guard Oliver Levy, a freshman from Clarkstown North HS, ranks fifth in Region 15 in assists per game with an average of 4.5. Sophomore forward Tyler Richards, out of Clarkstown North HS, has played well in the frontcourt, while freshman guards Malique and Marques Vaval-Paris have added speed and scoring punch to the backcourt, averaging 7.4 and 7.0 points per game, respectively. Malique Vaval-Paris attended Middletown HS in Orange County, while his twin brother attended Mount Anthony Union in Bennington, Vt.

The Hawks have won three of their first nine games, scoring victories over Hudson Valley CC, Ulster CC and Bergen CC. In their most recent competition, RCC dropped a pair of games in the Raritan Valley tournament, bowing to Howard CC of Maryland, 89-79 on Nov. 18 and to Community College of Rhode Island, 79-68, on Nov. 19.

Last year the Hawks advanced to the championship game of the Region 15 tournament before succumbing to Nassau CC in the finals. They had upset Sullivan CC and Borough of Manhattan CC in the quarterfinals and semifinals. This year’s squad needs to finish in the top eight of the region in the regular season to qualify for the Region 15 playoffs. The winner of the Region 15 tournament receives an automatic bid to the NJCAA Div. III championship tournament.

November 23, 2016