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Amherst Proclamation Recognizes Daemen Basketball Teams
Amherst Proclamation Recognizes Daemen Basketball Teams

The Town of Amherst Board has issued a proclamation in honor of the Daemen College men’s and women’s basketball teams, recognizing both teams’ victories in their respective United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division I National Championship tournaments. The proclamation was presented at the April 6 town board meeting.

The Daemen men’s team, led by tournament Most Valuable Player Gerald Beverly, entered this year's tournament as the top seed and went on to defeat No. 8 Indiana University-South Bend, No. 4 Concordia College (Ala.) and No. 3 Rochester College (Mich.) in Uniontown, Pa., to capture the program’s first-ever USCAA national title.

For the women’s team, led by tournament Most Valuable Player Raeann Stilwell, fifth-seeded Daemen made a historic run to its second USCAA national title, defeating No. 4 The Apprentice School, No. 1 Concordia College (Ala.) and No. 3 Berea College (Ky.). The Daemen women had previously won the USCAA crown in 2013.

Representatives from both teams, including players and coaches, as well as Daemen President Gary A. Olson, were on hand to witness the issuing of the proclamation by Deputy Supervisor Guy R. Marlette. Also in attendance from the Amherst Town Board were council members Mark A. Manna, Steven D. Sanders and Ramona D. Popowich.

In addition to the proclamation delivered to the teams, Beverly and Stilwell were lauded for their individual accomplishments. Each was presented a proclamation recognizing their M.V.P. efforts. Beverly spoke briefly on behalf of the student-athletes, thanking the Amherst Town Board for their support.

Men’s basketball head coach Mike MacDonald and women’s basketball head coach David Skolen also spoke at the proclamation presentation. “We’d like to thank the Amherst Town Board and the community at-large for the tremendous support we received throughout the season,” MacDonald said.

Skolen, a 23-year sideline veteran and 1990 Daemen graduate, echoed these sentiments, adding that “We are proud to be a part of this great, vibrant community and appreciate the recognition for our basketball programs and the college.”

Story by Mike Miranto, athletics communications director

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