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Memories, and memorials, highlighted the Hall of Fame inductions at the annual Friends of Skidmore Athletics banquet. This year’s guest speaker was Skidmore dad Sal Paolantonio of ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Jennifer Collins ’00 in 1999 captained the field-hockey team as it went 6-0 in the UCAA, won
the NYSWCAA championships, and battled to the quarterfinals in Division III nationals. An ace defender who also scored 42 career goals, she won numerous league and regional awards and was twice named a national Academic All-American.
Michael Porter ’96 was a national Rookie of the Year and his senior year captained the golf
team to ten first-place and three second-place finishes in 14 tournaments. That 1996 team was ranked number-one nationally and hosted the NCAA Division III championships, where it took second place. In 54 career tournaments, Porter earned 12 first-place finishes and was among the top ten 38 times. He was an All-America Scholar-Athlete in 1996.
Joanna Morgan ’95, playing soccer, basketball, and softball, participated in 12 Skidmore sports seasons and made postseason playoffs eight times. She played in 274 varsity contests and captained all three of her teams at one time or another. A two-sport MVP, she helped bring the T’breds soccer squad to the nationals in 1994 and 1995.
Richard Hiller ’92 lives on in the hearts and record books of a whole generation. He holds Skidmore’s all-time ice-hockey record for rookie goals (39) and career goals (88). He won league and regional honors and led the T’breds to the ECAC playoffs in 1991 and 1992. Each year hockey alumni gather to honor him and Andy First ’85 by playing the Hiller-First Memorial Alumni Hockey Game in jerseys bearing their numbers.
Steven Cornell ’81, the year he joined the hockey team, was named MVP and sparked the squad’s first winning season. Within two years he’d helped lead the team from club to varsity status. As a senior he coached Skidmore’s new women’s ice-hockey team, and in 1982 he became assistant coach for men’s lacrosse. In 1994 Cornell supported the building of the city ice rink where the T’breds now play, and in 2003 he led the rally to save hockey from the budget ax.
Joanna Davenport ’54 was a nationally ranked tennis player as a sophomore. The phys-ed major became the women’s athletics director and a professor of health and human performance at Auburn University. As an expert on sports history and women in sports, she was US chief of mission for a session of the National Olympic Committee, a US delegate to the Olympic Academy
of Taiwan, and a special lecturer at the International Olympic Academy in Greece. She died in 2004.
Nancy Davis, a professor from 1948 to 1987, inspired generations of Skidmore students to a high standard of professionalism and shaped the PE curriculum to include liberal-arts pedagogy as well as coaching and sports theory. Davis also instructed tennis, archery, and racquetball and developed Skidmore’s popular intramural program. She held leadership positions in several professional associations.
The 1976–77 women’s basketball team had a 9-5 season record that placed the team in the vanguard of a new era for female athletes at Skidmore and beyond. The team even traveled to West Point to play the first women’s intercollegiate basketball game in the academy’s 174-year history. The roster: coach Sue Molstad and players Kim Alger-Norton ’80, Laura Burke ’79, Carolyn Crump ’78, Kathy Gill ’79, Fiona Harris ’80, Marti Hinchey ’79, Roberta Kety ’80, Sheila Killeen ’79, Hillary Landers ’79, Robin Miller ’80, Barb Quinn ’78. —MM, SR