May 23, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army senior football player Colby Miller and senior women's basketball player Jen Hazlett were presented with the fourth annual "Lt. Eugene Evans-Lt. Col. Eli Page Howard Jr. Leadership Award," by the Pelham (N.Y.) Hall of Honor and Sons of the American Legion Radio Friday afternoon during a ceremony in the Kenna Hall of Army Sports.
Miller, a linebacker from Phoenix City, Ala., demonstrated great dedication to Army football. Miller did not compete in a game until his senior season when he vaulted to a starting role for portions of the year. He contributed 52 tackles, 33 unassisted, in 10 games, which was fifth most on the team. In Army's 50-25 win over Eastern Michigan, he had a breakout game with six total tackles, then contributed 16 tackles at Temple,10 at Air Force, and 13 at Hawaii. Colby's family has a history of Army service. His grandfather Sam Barbaree, in World War II fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received a Bronze Star. Miller will join the Infantry Branch of the U.S. Army after commissioning.
Hazlett, of Syracuse, Utah, scored 13.7 points per game to lead the women's basketball program. Army finished the season 25-8, won the Patriot League Tournament and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Hazlett added a team-high average of 7.5 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 2.3 assists per game. She scored over 20 points in four games during the 2013-14 season and added 19 in Army's first round Patriot league Tournament win over American University. Hazlett impressed all at the NCAA Tournament postgame press conference in College Park, MD describing her plans after graduation and commissioning to join the Quartermaster branch of the U.S. Army.
Also presented the Lt. Evans-Lt. Col. Howard College Football Leadership Award in 2014 was SUNY Maritime football senior Dan Fleishman of North Massapequa, N.Y. who is pursuing a commission in the U.S. Army through Officer Candidate School.
In its fourth year, the award recognizes outstanding performance and commitment to service by college football and for the first time in 2014 basketball players attending military service academies and New York area colleges, with an emphasis on demonstrating superb leadership abilities. Past recipients are 2011 Stephen Anderson, USMA; 2012 Steve Erzinger, USMA, Jamie Spanopoulos SUNY Maritime; and in 2013 Josh Jackson and Malcolm Brown, USMA and Ens. Joe Brown SUNY Maritime,
The award is named after two Pelham, N.Y., natives and graduates of Pelham Memorial High School, among the top athletes to compete in the Westchester County school system. After World War II service in the U.S. Marine Corps, both Evans and Howard enrolled at Morgan State College in Baltimore where they started on the 1949 C.I.A.A. National Championship football team. They both commissioned as officers into the U.S. Army through the school's landmark Army Reserve Officer Training Program. Lt. Eugene Evans served in the Korean War with the 7th Infantry Regiment of the 32nd Division, and died in service while leading a night mission over enemy lines during July 1952. Lt. Col. Eli Page Howard Jr. served in Korea, Germany, and Washington D.C. On a second Vietnam tour, he died when his helicopter was shot down while leading the 3rd Battalion of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, near Da Nang during a 1969 battle. LTC Howard is interred at Arlington National Cemetery near his Father, a World War One soldier. Both Lt. Evans and Lt. Col Howard are members of the Pelham Hall of Honor which recognizes graduates of Pelham Memorial High School and the Pelham community.