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Becker College Announces 2015 Hall Of Fame Class

Becker College Announces 2015 Hall Of Fame Class

Cindy Plantinga Hart `89
Becker Junior College Basketball

After becoming the first girl’s basketball player at Whitinsville Christian School to score 1,000 career points, Cindy made her way to Becker College Junior College.

During her freshman year, Cindy led the team in scoring and rebounding. She also became the first freshman in program history to record at least 400 points in a single season.  In an early season tournament her freshman year, Plantinga was named the Most Valuable Player after scoring 25 points  in a 68-67 win over Lackawana Junior College of Pennsylvania .

Plantinga’s freshman season ended at the NJCAA New England Regional Tournament in Warwick, R.I. She tallied 20 points in a win over the Community College of Rhode Island, before scoring 25 points in title game loss to Mitchell College. Her efforts earned her a spot on the All-Tournament team.

Plantinga had an impressive sophomore season as well, averaging 18 points, 8.4 rebounds, dished out 80 assists, had 43 blocks and shot .513 from the field.  In what would be her final game at Becker Junior College, she scored a career-best 34 points on 11 of 22 from the field and 12 of 14 from the free-throw line.

Plantinga was at her best in tournament competition averaging 22 points per game in nine tournament games over a two year span. Plantinga played a key role in 37 victories during her two seasons at Becker Junior College.

Career Notes:

  • 1987-1988 – All New England Team
  • 1988-1989 – All New England Team
  • 1988-1989 – Colonial States Conference Team
  • 1988-1989 – NJCAA All Tournament Team
  • 1988-1989 – Becker Tournament Team
  • 1988-1989 – Kodak Women’s All District Team

Heidi Fiske Hill `94
Becker College Field Hockey

 

Heidi Fiske attended Becker College from 1992-1994 where she was part of back-to-back New England & NJCAA Championships. During her time at Becker College, the field hockey team amassed a record of 31-1-2.

 

During her freshman year, Fiske set the Becker College record with 29 assists. She is currently third all-time with 45 career assists. Fiske was also named to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team.

 

In her sophomore season at Becker College, Fiske earned NJCAA All-American, All-New England and was named the VanBuskirk Award recipient as the top female athlete at Becker College. Lastly, she earned her second consecutive selection to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team.

 

Fiske was also the leading scorer on the women’s basketball team her sophomore year, averaging 17.5 points per game.

 

Career Notes:

 
  • 1992 – Set Becker College record with 29 assists
  • 1992 -  NJCAA All-Tournament Team
  • 1993 – NJCAA All-American
  • 1993 – All-New England
  • 1993 -  NJCAA All-Tournament Team
  • 1993 – VanBuskirk Award Winner

Gary W. Clark Jr. `09
Becker College Football

Gary Clark is the first football player to be inducted into the Becker College Hall of Fame. Clark attended Becker College from 2005-2009 where he help lay the foundation for the football program.

Prior to his arrival at Becker College, Gary served the United States Army from 2002-2005. He was deployed to Iraq from April 2003 through May 2004. While overseas, Gary was awarded the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

Gary was a captain for the football team for all four years. Gary was also named the team Sportsmanship Award and Most Valuable Player twice. During his senior year, Gary earned the Gene R. Alley award at the Senior Awards Ceremony for his dedication to the betterment of the Becker College Athletic Department.  Gary’s commitment to the college also earned him the 2009 President’s Award.

Gary is eighth all-time at Becker College with 125 tackles, with 14.5 of those coming for a loss of yards.

Career Notes:

  • 2005 - Becker College Football Sportsmanship Award
  • 2006 - Becker College Football Sportsmanship Award
  • 2007 - Becker College Football Most Valuable Player
  • 2007 - National Student-Athlete by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports
  • 2007 – Member of the NCAA National Leadership Conference
  • 2008 – Becker College Football Most Valuable Player
  • 2009 – Gene R. Alley Sportsmanship Award
  • 2009 – President’s Award
 

Beth Pion `09
Becker College Women’s Basketball

Beth Pion is the first NCAA women’s basketball player to be inducted into the Becker College Hall of Fame. Pion attended Becker College from 2005-2009 where she became the all-time leading scorer with 1,625 points.

Pion also finished her career as the all-time blocks leader with 306. She is second all-time in rebounds with 923 and fourth all-time in steals with 202.

During Pion’s junior year she helped guide the women’s basketball team to Becker College’s first NCAA Tournament appearance. Her efforts in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament earned her tournament Most Valuable Player honors.

Career Notes:

  • 2005-2006 – ECAC Player of the Week
  • 2006-2007 – ECAC Player of the Week
  • 2006-2007 – All North Atlantic Conference
  • 2006-2007 – Team Most Valuable Player
  • 2007-2008 – All North Atlantic Conference
  • 2007-2008 – North Atlantic Conference Tournament MVP
  • 2007-2008 – Team Most Valuable Player
  • 2008-2009 – All New England Collegiate Conference
  • 2008-2009 – Team Most Valuable Player
  • 2008-2009 – Most Outstanding Female Athlete

Frank Vaccaro `09
Becker College Baseball

 

Frank Vaccaro was arguably the most feared hitters to have ever played at Becker College. Despite battling through injuries for the first two years of his career, Vaccaro still left his mark in the Becker record book.

 

In 2009, Vaccaro played a key role in the Hawks winning the inaugural New England Collegiate Conference Championship, earning the program’s first ever ECAC New England Tournament appearance. In postseason play, Vaccaro batted .429 with ten runs batted in, including three homeruns.

 

During the 2009 season, Vaccaro batted .350 with a slugging percentage of .590, while driving in 30 runs and belting ten doubles and four homeruns.

 

Vaccaro’s efforts during the 2009 season garnered him First Team All-New England Collegiate Conference honors. He also became the first player in program history to earn a spot on the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-New England Team.  

 

Career Notes:

 
  • 2009 – First Team All New England Collegiate Conference Designated Hitter
  • 2009 - New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-New England
  • 2009 - New England Collegiate Conference Champion
  • 2009 – First team in program history to earn an ECAC Tournament appearance