April 30, 2018-Boston, MA- On Sunday night, Fisher College and the Fisher College Athletics department held the annual Hall of Fame and Athletics Banquet in Alumni Hall on the College's campus. The evening centered on food, fun and celebration honoring the best of Falcon Athletics. The evening began with a lively reception for students, staff and alumni who intermingled with tales and pictures of past and current athletes gracing the screens before the celebration kicked off. Throughout the night various awards were handed out honoring the multitude of achievements from within the Athletic Department.
The first award of the night was The Barbara Haggerty Award, handed out to a fan, or fans, that exemplify what it is to be a standout supporter of the Falcons. This year's winners were Jaques Aime, father to volleyball player Lia Ames. Jaques has one of Fisher's deepest connections to Puerto Rico, helping assist in bringing baseball and volleyball players into the Falcon family. Softball stand out third baseman Mikayla Zimmerman's father Brett Zimmerman; who has supported and advocated for the last four years for the softball team and has helped create unique experiences for the team.
The Ryan Henry Award winners - in honor of a true team player on the Men's Basketball program who sadly passed away. This award honors a player who, like Ryan Henry, exemplifies each and every characteristic of what it means to be a teammate and putting your fellow teammates first. This year's honorees were Men's basketball player sophomores Victor Casildo and Shelbi Byron. They continue Ryan's legacy and exemplified his spirit all season long with their work on and off the court.
The winners of this year's Dennis Bistany Award for Character was handed out to two exemplary athletes who have spent their entire careers as Falcons showing the rest of the campus and the community what it means to always work hard, be determined and to be leading lights at the College. This year's award winners were senior baseball player Jacob Sharpe and junior volleyball player Natividad Manalo. Time was also taken during this Banquet to award our Athletic Department's amazing support system with Elaine McGovern presenting The Elaine McGovern Award to Meredith Spencer, the Athletics Department Faculty Athletic Representative before she herself presented The Scholar Athlete Award to junior baseball player Zac White.
Ellen Lyons, the Running Club advisor, kicked off the senior recognitions with the honoring of four year Running Club Member Victoria Francis, followed by the recognition of all senior Varsity Athletic participants of the 2017-2018 school year. This year's Senior Class consisted of Haydell Alicea, Madison Carroll (1,000 Point Club), Murphy Carroll (1,000 Point Club), Joshua Casado, Paige Ciavarro, Rebecca Collison, Victoria Francis, Anthony Kellum, Holly Lesperance, Alan Lom, Henry Maldonado, Cody Mercier, Matthew Miller, Robert Milne, Wilbert Paniagua, DeAndre Pennington, Angel Perez Vargas, Israel Rodriguez Font, Amanda Santiago, Julia Schojan (100 Point Club, NAIA Leader), Jacob Sharpe, Jamontay Thompson, Zachary White, Deron Williams, and Mikayla Zimmerman.
The final awards of the night, Outstanding Male Athlete, Outstanding Female Athlete and President's Award for Academic Team were bestowed on junior baseball stand out Zachary LeBlanc, and senior soccer NAIA goal scoring leader Julia Schojan-also a member of the President's Award Winning Women's Soccer team who earned the prestige of achieving the highest team GPA of all Athletic Teams.
The night concluded with the induction of Davidson Peguero '15 into the Fisher Athletics Hall of Fame. Peguero, a 2015 graduate of Fisher College in Justice Studies, was a four year member (2011-14) of the Fisher Baseball team. Peguero graduated from Matignon High School as a professional prospect before attending top ranked Hillsborough Community College and Weatherford Community College. Initially a pitching prospect out of high school, a surgery after high school led him to become a dual role player as both a pitcher and position player at Fisher. He was a four-season starter alternating between First Base, Designated Hitter and Left Field. During his senior season, Peguero was ranked in the top 12 in the NAIA for batting average (.428) and also spent time throughout his career in the top 30 for putouts and chances in a game. Davidson Peguero also has the unique distinction of being the only student athlete to be named A.I.I. player of the year, an honor he was awarded at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Upon the completion of his collegiate baseball career he signed a professional contract with both the Frontier League and American Association.
It was in large part to the efforts of Fisher College, the Fisher College Student Life department, the Athletics Department and the Falcon Student Athletes that this event has been possible year after year. The 2019 Hall of Fame induction will be held in the Fall of 2019. Fisher College looks forward to seeing you all in attendance.