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Hartwick to Induct Six Into Athletic Hall of Fame

September 23, 2013

The 2013 Class of the Hartwick College Athletic Hall of Fame will include former stars Tony Elia '71, Nicole Fish '00, Sheri Kelleher '04, Sheri Johnson '04, Tyler Hemming '07, and Lindy Crea '07.

The ceremony will take place in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on campus on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. during True Blue Weekend. The cost of the dinner is $60 per person. Advance registration for the event is required. 

With the addition of this year's class, Hartwick will have inducted 131 former student-athletes, coaches, teams, and supporters into its Athletic Hall of Fame. It honors those who have made outstanding contributions to Hartwick's intercollegiate athletics programs. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those who have brought distinction, honor, and excellence to Hartwick through their athletic accomplishments.

Bios on the six inductees can be found below:

Tony Elia '71 is considered to be one of the premier players to ever compete for Hartwick men's soccer. He is one of only 11 players in the storied history of the program to earn All-America honors more than once, and one of a select few players in the history of collegiate soccer to be named All-America four years in a row. Elia transferred from Mitchell Junior College, where he was named to the NJCAA All-American Second Team in 1967 and First Team in 1968. At Hartwick, Elia helped the program to a two-year record of 24-3-1, which included 106 goals for, 22 against, and 16 shutouts. In addition, the team had a pair of deep runs into the NCAA tournament. In 1969, the Hawthorne, NJ midfielder scored five goals and led the team in assists with 10 as the Warriors went 10-2-1 and advanced to the NCAA Third Round. He tallied a total of four assists in Hartwick's two tournament wins over Rensselaer (5-3) and New York University (4-3). Later that season, he was selected to the All-Region and All-America First Teams. In 1970, he helped the Warriors to a 14-0 start to the season. He scored goals in the NCAA Tournament wins over Columbia (6-1) and Harvard (4-3), with his tally against the Crimson serving as the game winner to send Hartwick to its first Final Four appearance. He, once again, earned All-Region honors and was named to the All-America Second Team for his efforts. At the time of his induction, Elia's 10 assists with the team still stood as 8th-highest single-season total in the Hartwick record books, 44 years after it happened.

Nicole Fish '00 played a major role for Hartwick field hockey in three NCAA Tournament appearances, four New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association berths, two state titles, and 65 victories from 1996-1999. In her first season, Fish tallied nine goals and two assists, helping the Hawks to 20 wins, an NYSWCAA Championship, and a historic run to the NCAA Division III Tournament title game. In 1998, she would contribute eight goals and six assists in a season in which 'Wick won its second state crown in three years and made a return trip to the national tournament. She would earn NYSWCAA First Team and National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region First Team honors for her efforts. Fish would continue to accumulate accolades in her senior season after a 12-goal, 25-point season which was highlighted by yet another NCAA Tournament appearance. She was again a First Team All-State and All-Region selection and she added NFHCA Third Team All-America honors to her list of accomplishments. A three-time NFHCA All-Academic Squad recipient and an NYSWCAA Scholar Athlete Award winner, Fish graduated ranked fifth in both career points (86) and career goals scored (37). At the time of her induction, she still ranked seventh in goals and eighth in points in the esteemed history of Hartwick field hockey.

Sheri Kelleher '04 is the first runner at Hartwick to earn All-America honors and is arguably the most impressive sprinter ever to don a Hawk uniform. Originally hailing from South New Berlin, NY, Kelleher, who competed from 2000 to 2004 for the Hawks, is a five-time All-American who won 21 New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) Championships and broke 20 Hartwick indoor and outdoor track records combined. She swept all 16 indoor and outdoor conference crowns in the 200 meter and 400 meter events over the course of her four seasons and combined for five titles in the 4 x 400 event. Kelleher competed at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in the 400 meters in 2002 (4th), 2003 (6th), and 2004 (4th), earning All-America accolades in each appearance. She also took 8th in 2002 and 5th in 2003 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in two more All-America finishes. Kelleher was also a four-year standout in soccer for the Hawks. She finished her career with 15 goals and six assists, twice earned Empire 8 Conference Second Team honors, and helped the Hawks to the 2003 NYSWCAA Championship. She was tabbed the 2001 Hartwick College Freshman Athlete of the Year, the 2003 Female Athlete of the Year, and the 2004 Empire 8 Conference Female Athlete of the Year. At the time of her induction, she still owned New York State Indoor and Outdoor records in the 200 meters, 400 meters, and 4 x 400 relay.

Sheri Johnson '04 was the second player in the history of the Hartwick water polo program to earn All-America honors. Suiting up for the Hawks from 2001-2004, Johnson ended her career as the program leader in points (355), goals (264), steals (231), was second in assists (91), while helping the team to a record of 103-43 and four Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championships. In her junior season, she posted 73 points on 55 goals and 18 assists en route to earning Northern Division Player of the Year and American Water Polo Coaches Association (AWPCA) honorable mention All-America accolades. The following season, Johnson tallied 85 goals and 18 assists for 103 points, helping the Hawks to a College record 33 wins, the program's first CWPA Eastern title, and its first NCAA Tournament appearance. For her efforts, she was tabbed the Eastern Championships Most Valuable Player and a Third Team All-American. At the time of her induction, Johnson still ranked second in career goals, third in steals, and fourth in points in the Hartwick record books.

Tyler Hemming '07 was a stalwart men's soccer player from the years of 2003-2006, helping the Hawks to a 49-21-7 record over his four-year career. The London, Ontario native was named the Atlantic Soccer Conference Most Valuable Player in both 2005 and 2006 as well as to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America / Adidas All-Region First Team. Hemming helped Hartwick to an NCAA Tournament appearance in his junior campaign and led the team in goals (10) and points (21) in his senior season. He closed his career with a total of 16 goals and four assists in 57 games played, while seeing a majority of time on the field on the back line. Hemming was drafted by Toronto FC as the 40th pick in the 2007 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft and made seven appearances for the club. He made a pair of appearances for the Canadian National Team, debuting on May 30, 2009 in a friendly match in Cyprus. Hemming has suited up in Europe for Tampere United in Finland's top league, Veikkausliiga, as well as stints with the United Soccer Leagues' Charleston Battery, Austin Aztex, and the USSF D2 Pro League's Montreal Impact. At the time of his induction, Hemming was a member of Forest City London Football Club of the USL Premier Development League.

Lindy Crea '07, a Binghamton, NY native, is one of the most decorated Hartwick football players in the long history of the program. Crea, a running back and kick returner for the Hawks from 2003-2007, was a three-time Football Gazette First Team All-America, as well as a three-time All-Region and three-time Empire 8 Conference honoree. In both the 2005 and 2006 seasons, Crea led the country in all-purpose yards per game, finishing as Division III statistical champion in the category. In his final season with the Hawks, he helped the team to an 8-3 year, which was tied for 2nd all-time in season victories. That same season, 'Wick also won its first Empire 8 Conference title and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Crea finished his career with 7,478 all-purpose yards, which is a Hartwick record. He ranks in the top three in rushing yards (3,409), rushing touchdowns (38), kickoff return yards (1,843), and kickoff return yards for touchdown (3) in the Hartwick record books. At the time of induction, Crea still ranked 8th in NCAA Division III history in both career all-purpose yards and all-purpose yards per game (196.8). Crea was the 4th collegiate player in the history of the NCAA to rush for more than 2,000 yards and receive for over 2,000 yards. The three previous players to accomplish the feat, Darrin Nelson, Brian Westbrook, and Mewelde Moore, all had long careers in the National Football League.

For more information about the Induction, visit the Hartwick Hall of Fame registration page or contact Athletic Department Secretary Jamie Dalton at 607-431-4530 or daltonj@hartwick.edu.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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