Three Baldwin Alumni Inducted into the Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame
Baldwin alumni Alice Arden-Hodge (Class of 1932), Gerald McHugh (Class of 1938), and Breanne Nasti (Class of 2000) have been selected as three of the 34 inductees to the Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame, which recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of individuals who deserve county-wide recognition.
The Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame will honor the three individuals during the 2019 Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, September 25 at the Crest Hollow County Club.
The Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame was established as a means of recognizing, preserving and promoting the heritage of interscholastic sports in Nassau County. Nominees must exemplify the high standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character. The nomination categories include administrator, official, contributor, athlete and coach. All candidates must be at least 35 years of age prior to December 1st of the applicable year in order to be considered for induction. Nominees go through a two-step process before being selected for induction. The ten-member screening committee determine which candidates are worthy of consideration. Then, five anonymous members of the committee vote independently to appoint the final Hall of Fame inductees.
A press conference was held last April to announce the Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame's Class of 2019. For more information, visit the Nassau County Public High School Athletic Association website.
About the Baldwin Inductees
Alice Arden-Hodge (Class of 1932)
Alice Jean Arden-Hodge, a three-sport varsity student-athlete (Field Hockey, Basketball, and Athletics/Track), earned ten varsity letters. For Field Hockey, she won two county titles as team captain in the South Shore Athletic League and achieved All-Scholastic Honors in her junior and senior year. She also played three years of varsity basketball, in which she too received All-Scholastic Honors.
Alice particularly excelled during four years of “Athletics,” now known as Track. She was County Champion in both long jump and running high jump in her junior and senior years, never losing either event during this time.
She continued her athletic career after high school. She played on several semi-pro basketball teams, including the Freeport Red Roosters, who were the local perennial champions, and the Long Island Ducklings, who played all over the northeast. Alice joined the St. George’s Dragon Club of New York, a nationally known AAU track club. During this time, she was the 1933 AAU Outdoor Champion and won the AAU Indoor Championship in 1934-35. In 1936, she placed second in the high jump at the AAU/Olympic Trials. She went on to compete in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin. After her Olympic career, Miss Arden was inspired by the associations she made at the Olympic games and worked on numerous Olympic committees focusing on increasing female participation in all events.
Gerald McHugh (Class of 1938)
Gerald McHugh was a five-sport varsity student-athlete (Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track, and Swimming), earning fourteen varsity letters. In football, he was a member of the County Champion team from 1934 to 1937. He earned All-Scholastic Honors three times, won the Nassau County scoring title in 1936, and was team captain in 1937. He received extensive coverage in local newspapers for his football prowess.
In basketball, he was a member of the Golden Wave County Champion team from 1934 to 1936. In 1937, he was team captain and member of the Open Championship of the Eastern States, where Baldwin took second place and Gerald won the MVP trophy and chosen to the
All-Tournament team. He also earned All-Scholastic Honors.
In baseball, he played for three years and was team captain in 1937. That year, he boasted the best batting average, and the team won the South Shore A Championship.
Gerald participated in track for two years and was one of the top long jumpers in the county. In swimming, he took first place in the 50-meter freestyle in the Nassau-Suffolk Scholastic Team Championship.
After high school, he played in semi-pro leagues; for football, the Long Island Paragons and the Freeport Lions, and basketball and baseball for the Long Island Paragons Athletic Club.
Breanne Nasti (Class of 2000)
Breanne Elise Nasti was a three-sport varsity student-athlete (Field Hockey, Basketball and Softball) and earned thirteen varsity letters. In Field Hockey, she was part of two Nassau County Class A Team Championships (1997, 1998). In 1997, she earned All Conference Honors as well as being named as an All Tournament selection. The next year, Breanne went on to earn All State Honors.
In basketball, Breanne earned All Division Honors (1997, 1998) and All Conference (1998). She was a member of the 1999 Class A Nassau County Championship team. Her play in the playoffs earned her All Tournament Honors.
Softball is where Breanne excelled the most. She was a five-year All-County selection and two-year All-State selection. She was named Class A County Tournament MVP in 1998 and the Nassau County “Player of the Year” in 1999. She was recognized with All American Honors three consecutive years (1998, 1999, 2000). Her teams won three Nassau County titles and a Long Island Championship. She was a two time record setter for batting average in the nation (.774 in 1998, .783 in 2000). She also held the record for highest career batting average in the nation (.695).
Breanne continued her education and softball career on an athletic scholarship to SUNY Buffalo. There, she continued to earn honors:
- NFCA All Mideast Region First Team (2002, 2004)
- NFCA All Mideast Region Second Team (2001)
- All MAC Conference First Team (2002, 2003)
- All MAC Conference Second Team (2004)
- Seven time MAC Conference Player of the Week
- SUNY Buffalo & MAC Conference Single Season Batting Average record (.451)
She graduated SUNY Buffalo with bachelor’s in psychology.