RCC Sports Hall of Fame to enshrine four new members at Platzl Brauhuas in Pomona
A baseball-starring brother tandem, elite soccer player and basketball standout highlight this year’s class of inductees into the Rockland Community College Sports Hall of Fame, announced by the RCC Athletic Department. The ninth annual induction gala is now set for Friday, January 29, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Platzl Brauhaus in Pomona, NY.
The four former athletes are being honored along with the recipient of the Dr. Cliff L. Wood Service Award, joining the 44 members and one team already enshrined.
Admission of $60 includes a cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, salad, pasta, prime rib, coffee, dessert and dancing. For reservations or more information please call the Athletic Department at or 4512. Checks can be made payable to the RCC Association.
Anthony (Tony) Michella, Class of 1976, Basketball
A lifelong resident of northern Rockland, Michella ignited his passion for basketball later than his peers but took his game to another level at RCC. During the 1974-75 season he was one of three “big men” on a team that featured a balanced scoring attack and advanced to the Regional tourney. In 1975-76, he was among the league leaders in points, rebounds and blocked shots and earned 1st Team All-Region and 2nd Team All-Conference honors. He subsequently attended SUNY Potsdam and contributed to its 1978 SUNYAC Division III championship team.
Frantz Borno, Class of 1978, Soccer
An MVP soccer player at Nyack HS, Borno continued his starring exploits at RCC as a midfielder and team captain who played alongside his brother, Ernest, a defender. Known for his excellent foot skills, Frantz led the 1977 squad to an impressive 9-3-1 record, highlighted by a 5-1 victory over nationally ranked Ulster CC, which won the NJCAA crown that season. He transferred to SUNY Fredonia and excelled in soccer there as well. He has been head soccer specialist at the RCC Sports Academy for the past three years and has been a Rockland soccer official since 1981.
Joseph (Joe) Algozzino, Class of 1992, Baseball
Algozzino’s baseball pedigree coming out of North Rockland HS was impeccable, having been starting third baseman for a state championship team and Sectional MVP. At RCC under Coach Dan Keeley, Algozzino batted over .400 in each of his two seasons, and was named to the 1991 and 1992 Downstate All-Star teams, as well as the pre-season NJCAA All-American team. As a member of the Downstate All-Stars, Joe started at third base in games played at Yankee Stadium. He went on to play baseball at Iona and Dominican College, and was inducted into the North Rockland HS Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Chris Algozzino, Class of 1996, Baseball
A New York State Player of the Year while at North Rockland HS, Algozzino sported a perfect 24-0 record as a starting pitcher for the Red Raiders and was a three-time All-County performer. At RCC, he compiled a 6-0 pitching record to help lead the 1994 team to Mid-Hudson Conference and Region XV championships. A superb all-round player, he also contributed at first base, outfield and designated hitter. Algozzino finished with an overall pitching record of 8-3 and also played a key role on the 1996 conference title team.
Glenn Meyers, Dr. Cliff L. Wood Service Award Winner
Meyers, the son of former RCC vice president Mort Meyers and an ex-minor league baseball star, runs the Slater Jett Meyers Foundation, a non-profit founded in 2002 in memory of his son, who died at 8 months from complications resulting from a birth injury. The all-volunteer Foundation donates 100% of fundraising proceeds to organizations that cater to birth-injured children and young adults. Its goal is to enrich the lives of these individuals and help them realize their potential for greater independence and quality of life.