AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Michael Nogelo, a senior forward for Williams College, was named the NABC Division III District I (Northeast) Player of the Year for the third straight year as he led the Ephs to their second Final Four in as many years. Nogelo is one of the top 10 men's basketball players in the Northeast, as voted by the coaches.
As Player of the Year, Nogelo also earns his third First Team All-America honors. Kris Silveria of Salem State College makes an appearance on the All-America Second Team after garnering the second-most number of votes in New England. Silveria was also a 1997 All-District member.
Donta Johnson of Springfield College, John Paratis of Anna Maria College and Adam DeChristopher of Plymouth State College are also members of the 1998 All-District First Team. All three were on the 1997 All-District Second Team, while Paratis was also a member of the 1996 Second Team.
Junior Zach Smith of Connecticut College leads the 1998 NABC All-District I Second Team as the Camels made their first-ever NCAA appearance behind New England Coach of the Year Glenn Miller. Brian Skerry of Tufts University, Jason Antonio of the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, Matt George of ECAC New England Champion Colby-Sawyer, and Billy Skorupski of Amherst College round out the Second Team.
1997-98 NABC Northeast All-District I (Northeast) Team
First Team **Michael Nogelo Williams College *Kris Silveria Salem State College *Donta Johnson Springfield College **John Paratis Anna Maria College *Adam De Christopher Plymouth State College Second Team Zach Smith Connecticut College Brian Skerry Tufts University Jason Antonio UMass-Dartmouth Matt George Colby-Sawyer College Billy Skorupski Amherst College Each * denotes previous appearance on All-District I Team. Player of the Year: Michael Nogelo, Williams Coach of the Year: Glenn Miller, Connecticut College # # # 3/28/98
AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA), a senior center on the Amherst College men's basketball team, was named to the NABC All-Northeast Second Team and the Columbus Multimedia All-Northeast Second Team. The senior is joined by sophomore Pat Mulvey (Rye, NH) and fellow tri-captain John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) in receiving Columbus Multimedia honors, as the latter two earned Honorable Mention All-Northeast recognition.
Skorupski closed out his career as the team's leading rebounder (8.4 rpg) and third leading scorer (13.6). The center registered 11 double-doubles in his senior season, including a 20-point, 20-rebound performance against NESCAC rival Colby College. Skorupski tallied a career-high 27 points at Middlebury as he rallied the team from a 13-point deficit toward a 71-68 victory, the Jeffs' 13th straight to kick off its best start ever. The tri-captain jumpstarted his season by being named the MVP of the Ramapo Tournament, and he was named to both the All-NESCAC and All-ECAC Second Teams.
Mulvey led the Jeffs offensively as the sophomore averaged 14.4 points per game. The guard posted a career-high 31 points and seven rebounds against Wesleyan as he helped the Jeffs repeat as Little III Co-Champs. In his first year as a starter, Mulvey tallied 361 points, including 50 shots from behind the arc to lead the team in 3-point field goals in 1998.
Pavelski concluded his career as Amherst's 6th all-time leading scorer with 1,399 points, and second on the career 3-point field goal list, sinking 190 in four years. The forward was second in both scoring (14.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.4 rpg) in his senior season despite being hampered by a severely sprained ankle midway through the year. The tri-captain also was named to the Ramapo All-Tournament team, and to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District team for the second straight year.
Amherst men's basketball finished its 1997-98 campaign with a 20-5 record in the ECAC Championship. The Jeffs had jumped out to a 13-0 start, its best-ever in the history of the program. Despite the graduation of three players, the team will return 12, including its starting backcourt.
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