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Potsdam to induct former Salmon River athlete Sunday into Hall

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Potsdam to induct former Shamrock on Sunday

POTSDAM — Former Salmon River standout Nathan Sunday is one of three former SUNY Potsdam athletes who will be inducted into the Bears Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Sunday, a star hockey player for the Shamrocks and the Bears who began his collegiate career as an NCAA Division I athlete, joins another former Potsdam defenseman, Howie Vandermast, and ex-Potsdam swimmer Kelly O’Donnell-Warren in the 2012 induction class.

The ceremony will be at the Knowles Conference Center MPR, beginning with a reception at 11:30 a.m., followed by a noon lunch and presentations.

Sunday, from Hogansburg, played for Potsdam from 1994-98 after starting out at Division I Kent State. Sunday was a key player in Potsdam’s only SUNYAC Championship season in 1995-96. Sunday won first-team All-SUNYAC honors that year, as well as after the 1997-98 season. He was a second-team pick for the 1996-97 season. He finished his Potsdam career with 16 goals and 68 assists. Sunday lives in Akwesasne and works as a career development officer.

Vandermast skated for the Bears between 1984-88 and ranks ninth all-time in Potsdam scoring with 123 points (51 goals-72 assists). The Long Beach native was SUNYAC Co-Player of the Year for the 1985-86 season. He reached the conference first team in 1985-86 and 1986-87 and won All-American status. Vandermast, a former Potsdam High School assistant hockey coach, lives in Massena.

Warren, from Hauppauge, still holds Potsdam records in the 500- and 1,000-meter freestyle events. She capped her career with a victory in the 200 breaststroke in the SUNYAC championships in school, pool and conference record-time. Warren won SUNYAC titles every year of her career at Potsdam, which spanned 1988-92. Warren went on to earn her master’s degree in special education and lives in Gold Canyon, Ariz.

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