Aug 11, 2009 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
The Cazenovia College Athletics Department has announced announce the selection of the three newest members to the Wildcats Athletics Hall of Fame — Michael Brooks (men’s basketball), Suzannah Eaton (women’s basketball) and Valorie Titus (softball).
They will be inducted as the third class at the College’s third annual Blue & Gold Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 3. Former student-athletes, alumni, faculty and staff will be in attendance to honor the latest additions to the Wildcats Hall of Fame.
Michael Brooks attended Cazenovia from 1997-2001 and was a member of the men’s basketball team during the College’s transition from the junior college ranks to NCAA Division III. At the time of his graduation, Brooks was the program’s career scoring leader with 1,228 points, and was the first 1,000-point scorer in Cazenovia’s Division III era.
Brooks was a three-time captain and two-time team MVP, who led the program to its first winning season in Cazenovia history in 2000-01. That same season, the Wildcats pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Cazenovia history by beating nationally-ranked (No. 3) Cortland State. He currently sits fifth on Cazenovia’s career scoring list and is in the top five in career rebounds (438), steals (136) and assists (215).
Suzannah Eaton excelled on the hardwood for the Wildcats during a time when the College’s athletes had only two years to call Cazenovia home.
From 1993 to 1995, Eaton took advantage to show what she had by scoring an impressive 1,241 points in just two seasons. She was named All-America by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) after the 1993-94 season in which she led the nation in scoring with 25.9 points per game.
Eaton captained the Wildcats for both of her seasons and finished with 335 career rebounds and 177 career assists. Also a member of the Wildcats softball team, Eaton went on to Division I Niagara University on a softball scholarship following her years at Cazenovia.
Valorie Titus was the true definition of a student-athlete while starring for the softball team at Cazenovia from 1997-2001.
Titus holds career records with a .400 batting average, .754 slugging percentage, 99 runs scored, 140 hits, 27 doubles, 27 home runs, 93 RBIs and 264 total bases. She also owns single season records in several categories including, slugging percentage, runs scored, hits, home runs, RBIs and total bases.
In 2001, Titus led the Wildcats to the program’s first ECAC tournament appearance by posting 54 hits, 42 RBIs and 10 home runs with a .412 batting average. She was a two-time Cazenovia Female Athlete of the Year and all-conference selection in 2001.
The accomplishments on the softball field were mirrored by Titus’s work in the classroom. She appeared on two different academic all-America teams in 2000 and was the beneficiary of multiple scholarships throughout her years at Cazenovia.
A staple on the dean’s list for four years, she also received the Howe Math and Student Life Genung Memorial Awards in addition to serving as the Student Government Association President. She graduated summa cum laude with a 3.9 overall grade point average.