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Area athletes among those honored by Sage

Miranda Nethaway

ALBANY — The Sage Colleges’ department of athletics recently announced the recipients of the department’s annual awards. In addition to several honors bestowed for athletic and academic excellence, Sage also selected the Gator of the Year Award for the department’s 17 varsity sports for the 2019-20 year.

The department selected the 2019-2020 Female and Male Rookies of the Year as well as the 2019-2020 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 40-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 tapped sophomore men’s basketball player Jalon Borders (Bartow, Fla./Bartow) as the Male Athlete of the Year, while women’s basketball performer, graduate student Megan Flynn (Hoosick/Hoosick Falls Central) earned Female Athlete of the Year honors.

Added last year, Sage established a Female and Male Rookie Athlete of the Year recognition. Selected for the award this year on the women’s side are softball short stop Katelyn Rice (Albany/Colonie Central) and women’s soccer player, Natalie Ricci (Cohoes/Cohoes). Men’s basketball sophomore Charles Davis (Bronx/Fannie Lou Hamer) was tapped after he just completed his first season as a member of the Gator men’s basketball team.

Joshua Gonzalez

Senior women’s and men’s basketball student-athletes Flynn and Joshua Gonzalez (Albany/Canajoharie) were named the Dean Sharon Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award recipients.

Men’s basketball player Fethener Aime (Palm Coast, Fla./Flagler Palm Coast) was selected as the recipient of the Aggie Stillman Perseverance Award for overcoming the passing of his father at the start of the school year.

In addition to Gonzalez, three other area athletes were honored by Sage. Broadalbin-Perth graduates Joanna Tavolaro and Griffin Goodemote, as well as Fonda-Fultonville graduate Miranda Nethaway all earned awards. Tavolaro, a senior, was named the Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Gator of the Year, Goodemote, a junior, was named Men’s Soccer Gator of the Year and Nethaway, a graduate student, was named Women’s Volleyball Gator of the Year.

Additionally, Sage selected the Fan of the Year, which was bestowed to Sage’s Vice President of Student Life, Trish Cellemme 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:

Joanna Tavolaro

2019-20 Gators of the Year

Women’s Cross Country — senior Amanda Jones (West Sand Lake/Columbia)

Men’s Cross Country — junior Holden Maynard (Schenectady/Mohonasen)

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field — junior Noah Vice (Schenectady/Mohonasen)

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field — senior Joanna Tavolaro (Broadalbin/Broadalbin Perth)

Griffin Goodemote

Men’s Lacrosse — sophomore Shea Obado (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood)

Men’s Basketball — senior Anthony Mitchell (Bronx/Salesian)

Men’s Golf — junior Blake Pritchard (Malone/Franklin Academy)

Women’s Basketball — senior Gessica Patregnani (Troy/Lansingburgh)

Women’s Volleyball — graduate player Miranda Nethaway (Fonda/Fonda-Fultonville)

Field Hockey — sophomore Cortney Conley (Stanfordville/Pine Plains)

Women’s Soccer — senior Maegan Villa (Marlboro/Washingtonville)

Men’s Soccer — junior Griffin Goodemote (Broadalbin/Broadalbin Perth)

Women’s Lacrosse — senior Brittany Gage ((Pine Bush/Pine Bush)

Softball — senior Alicia Swavely (Rome/Rome Free Academy)

Men’s Volleyball — senior Jarod Martel (Albany/Colonie Central)

Women’s Tennis — senior Abbey Clobridge (West Sand Lake/Averill Park)

Men’s Tennis — junior Mitesh Joshi (Lake George/Lake George)

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