Billy Skorupski Named All-ECAC

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA), senior center for the Amherst College men's basketball team, was named a 1997-98 ECAC/Amerisuites New England Division III Men's Basketball All-Star as a member of the Second Team Frontcourt. This is Skorupski's first appearance on the All-ECAC team.

Skorupski concluded his career as the Jeffs' leading rebounder (8.4 rpg) and third leading scorer (13.6 ppg). Highlighting his season was a career-high 27-point performance to rally the Jeffs from a 13-point deficit to NESCAC-rival Middlebury toward a 71-68 victory for Amherst's 13th straight victory to jumpstart the season. The tri-captain also pulled down a career-best 20 boards as Amherst claimed its first regular-season victory over Colby since 1989, though the Jeffs had knocked the White Mules out of three post-season appearances since 1994.

Amherst men's basketball finished its 1997-98 campaign with a 20-5 record in the semifinals of the ECAC Championship. The Jeffs had jumped out to their best start ever, boasting a 13-0 mark as the top team in New England and 5th best in the nation before dropping their first game. Skorupski and the Class of 1998 will graduate with an 80-25 career record with four post-season appearances, including an NCAA bid in 1997 and back-to-back ECAC titles in 1995 and 1996.

1997-98 ECAC/Amerisuites New England Division III Men's Basketball All-Stars


First Team Frontcourt
Khris Silveria		Sr.		Salem State	Gloucester, MA
John Patriltis		Sr.		Anna Maria	Worcester, MA
Michael Nogelo	 	Sr.		Williams	Sudbury, MA

First Team Backcourt
Donta Johnson		 Sr.		Springfield	Tuckahoe, NY
Adam DeChristopher	 Jr.		Plymouth State	Brockton, MA

Second Team Frontcourt
Billy Skorupski		Sr.		Amherst		North Hatfield, MA
Zach Smith		Jr.		Conn College	Mt. Kisco, NY
Mike Fennessy		Jr.		Southern Maine	Lewiston, ME

Second Team Backcourt
Jason Antonio		Jr.		UMass Dartmouth	Mattapoisett, MA
Brian Skerry		Sr.		Tufts		Medford, MA

Third Team Frontcourt
Brian Wilder		Jr.		Colby-Sawyer	Waltham, MA
Greg Cardello		Sr.		Salem State	Wilmington, MA
John Mulfinger		Jr.		Trinity		Franklin Lakes, NJ

Third Team Backcourt
Matt George		Sr.		Colby-Sawyer	Barre, VT
Al Rue			Sr.		UMass Boston	Roxbury, MA

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