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Four to be Inducted into Hall of Fame
Alfred State College will induct four new members into the athletic department Hall of Fame this Friday evening. Jody Alvarez (women’s soccer), Kirt Zimniewicz (baseball), Alison Brotherton (softball), and Gaffel Hippolyte (track & field) will be inducted at 6 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center auditorium.
Alvarez was an offensive leader for two seasons for the Alfred State College women’s soccer teams. She became the first NJCAA soccer All-American after her sophomore season in 2003. In her All-American sophomore season, Alvarez scored 40 goals and passed out nine assists. During that season she recorded eight hat tricks and scored six goals in three different games. Her 89 points on the season was tops in Division III of the NJCAA and led to her earning 1st team All-American honors and 1st team All-Region and All-WNYAC honors. She was also named the ASC senior female athlete of the year in 2004. This followed a freshman season in which she scored 18 goals and passed out eight assists on her way to being named All-Region and All-WNYAC.
Currently, Alvarez is still the only Lady Pioneer to earn NJCAA All-American honors. She also is only the second Lady Pioneer in the athletic hall of fame who has played soccer. Following her career at Alfred State, Alvarez transferred to the University of Northern Colorado.
Zimniewicz is one of the top two-way baseball players to have ever worn the Alfred State blue & gold. During his two years the Pioneers had an 86-43 record and he helped the team to the Region III Championship, the NY State Division I Championship, and the WNYAC Championship.
Zimniewicz carved his name all over the Alfred State baseball record book. He is the all-time leader during the spring season in at bats (173), RBI (58), and home runs (10). In the total year record book, he is the leader in games played (66), at bats (238), hits (91), RBIs (78), and total bases (155). In the career record book he is tops in games played (129) and at bats (440) while he is second in hits (166), RBIs (130), and total bases (262). His 16 career home runs rank him 3rd. On the mound he was 6-2 for his career. He was the winning pitcher in the 2001 Regional Championship game as he tossed a complete game victory over Monroe CC.
Zimniewicz was a two-time All-Region and two-time All-WNYAC selection. He was named the ASC Most Valuable Position Player twice and was named the ASC Freshman Athlete of the Year in 2001. After finishing at Alfred State College, he went on to SUNY Albany. Zimniewicz also spent time playing professional baseball with the Chillicothe Paints and the Elmira Pioneers.
Brotherton was a two-year member of the Alfred State College softball team. She was an All-American selection as she helped the Lady Pioneers to the NJCAA Division III World Series in 1997. Brotherton was the sparkplug, clean-up hitter, and every day left fielder during her All-American season in 1997. She finished the season hitting .552 with 18 RBIs. She was named 1st team All-Region, 1st team All-WNYAC, and 1st team All-American. She helped the Lady Pioneers to an 8th place finish at the World Series and a 19-3 overall record.
She became the first 1st team NJCAA All-American in Alfred State softball history. That same year she was joined on the All-American selections by teammate Toni Darling, a 2nd team selection. She is one of three Lady Pioneers to have earned All-American honors in the program history.
Hippolyte was one of the top sprinters as the Alfred State College indoor and outdoor track and field teams won back-to-back Region III Championships in 1994 and 1995. Hippolyte holds the Alfred State records in the 200 m (21.51) and the 400 m (47.81) during the outdoor season and holds the indoor record in the 400 m (48.65). He was also part of the record- holding indoor distance medley relay team. His time in the 200 m and the 400 m were also Region III records. His 400 m time is still the best time in Region III history; the Region III record book goes back to 1962. At the Indoor NJCAA National Championships he finished 6th in the nation. He was also selected MVP of both the indoor and outdoor track teams.
Hippolyte went on to continue his collegiate career at Eastern Kentucky University. While competing at EKU, he provisionally qualified for the NCAA National Championships.
The quartet joins the 52 current members of the Athletic Hall of Fame. The quartet will be inducted in front of friends, families, and current Alfred State College athletes in the auditorium and then a dinner reception will follow for the inductees in the Allegany Room.