Diane (Fogarty) Ries '78 was among the first women to receive an athletic scholarship at YC. She says it was an amazing thing for her to have her love of volleyball help pay her way through school. The program at YC was just getting started when Ries was recruited and she played on the team in its second year of existence. In 1976, she was named to two all conference teams. She repeated that feat in 1977.
Mike Lewis was the coach that recruited Ries to York College and she played for him her first year at YC. “Diane had real talent and made an immediate impact on the entire team. She helped us to be competitive right away,” he says. “Diane was instrumental in helping establish and promote volleyball as a legitimate women’s sport for York College.” More...
Tom Miller ’71 was a talented multisport athlete. He came to York College in 1969 on a basketball scholarship and is remembered by a former coach as the playmaker, who ran the fast break and had a good jump shot. He averaged 12 points per game and made second team all conference his sophomore year.
However, baseball was his real passion and while it was his participation in basketball that helped pay for college, it was his two years on the baseball team that made his York Experience.
In his freshman year, he had a batting average of .410. He was named first team all conference as a infielder.
At one point during Miller’s sophomore year, he led the nation in hitting with a .561 average. He finished the year with a batting average of .529, which placed him first in the National Junior College Athletic Association. He also won the Prairie Junior College Conference batting title. He served as a starting and relief pitcher and was 6-1 his sophomore year with a 2.21 ERA. He was voted the Outstanding Player Award in the conference that year. More...
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