Tony Vails Named Second-Team CUNYAC All-Star; Vanessa Rivera Wins Burt Beagle Sportsmanship Award

York College junior guard Tony Vails has been named to the 2012 CUNY Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball All-Star team, earning a second-team selection. In addition, senior women’s basketball player Vanessa Rivera was honored with the Burt Beagle Sportsmanship Award. The awards were announced Thursday afternoon during the CUNY Athletic Conference Basketball Press Luncheon.

Vails, a first-year player for York and a former community college Player of the Year at Borough of Manhattan Community College, stepped right in and became York’s top player during the 2011-12 season.  Vails led the team and ranked sixth in the conference in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game, all while dealing with a number of nagging injuries throughout a good portion of the season.  He also grabbed 4.3 boards and handed out 2.3 assists per game.

Rivera was honored with the prestigious Burt Beagle Sportsmanship Award, which is given to the player that best exhibits sportsmanship during the season.  The award was voted on by the nine CUNY Athletic Conference coaches.

Rivera was a key contributor and team leader for the Cardinals this season.  She started 13 games this season, averaging 3.6 points and 1.3 assists per game.

“No matter what is asked of her, she is ready and willing to do it,” said head coach Winnifred Brown.  She has such a positive influence on the team.”

Winston Douglas of Medgar Evers College and Jessica Duleba of Baruch College were named men’s and women’s basketball Player of the Year respectively.  Javon Cox and Nikki Fabozzi of the College of Staten Island were named men’s and women’s Rookie of the Year.  Alex Lang was named the women’s Coach of the Year, while Tony Petosa was awarded the men’s Coach of the Year honors.

Both Cardinal teams will be hoping to pull an upset in this weekend’s quarterfinal round of the CUNYAC/ Con Edison Basketball Championships.  The seventh-seeded men will visit #2 Brooklyn College on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The women, seeded eighth, will also travel to Brooklyn to take on the top-seeded Bulldogs.  Tip-off for their game is Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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