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Athletes Honored at Awards Banquet

Athletes Banquet at Penn State York
Eric Leese, left, Penn State York women's basketball coach, shares the accomplishments of his team for 2009-10 during the athletic awards banquet April 16. Laura Hoffman and Ambraea Johnson are also pictured.
4/21/2010 —

Penn State York honored its student athletes at the 39th annual Athletic Awards Banquet Friday, April 16, in the Lion’s Den of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at the campus. Awards were presented following a 6 p.m. dinner. View a photo gallery of the event.

Thirty-eight Penn State York students earned the distinction of Academic All-Conference. This honor is bestowed on those student athletes who have a semester grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher during the semester of competition or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and completion of at least 24 credits. Recipients in their sports are: Baseball: Ryan C. Mellon, York, Pa.; Kiran P. Mody, York, Pa.; Trevor E. Neff, Dallastown, Pa.; Tyler J. Page, Mount Wolf, Pa., Wickham Simonds, York, Pa.; Andrew D. Taylor, Delya, Pa.; Brian A. Tutino, York, Pa.; and Collin C. Wallace, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Women’s Basketball: Ariane E. Grove, Spring Grove, Pa.; Laura A. Hoffman, Hanover, Pa.; and Kaitlyn O. Toomey, Dover, Pa. Soccer: Aldin Avdic, York, Pa.; Patrick W. Betmarik, Hanover, Pa.; Grant C. Glatfelter, York, Pa.; Cole J. Houser, Thomasville, Pa.; Nathan R. Hunt, York, Pa.; Christopher R. Jones, East Berlin, Pa.; Tyler F. Reisinger, York, Pa.; Justin E. Shaffer, East Berlin, Pa.; and John F. Suarez, York, Pa. Team Tennis: Rebecca L. Bomberger, Mountville, Pa.; Mikesh J. Desai, York, Pa.; Aaron M. Dunlevy, Dover, Pa.; Bryce C. Rankin, York, Pa.; Jessica E. Waltersdorff, Spring Grove, Pa.; and Katie F. Zinn, Emigsville, Pa. Women’s Volleyball: Shaelyn E. Frecon, Stewartstown, Pa.; Sabryna D. Holmberg, Glen Rock, Pa.; Erin R. Murphy, Hanover, Pa.; Courtney L. Neal, Mountaindale, N.Y.; Gracey C. Rhude, Severn, Md.; Jacqueline D. Shuman, York, Pa.; Kristin M. Steinnagel, Red Lion, Pa.; and Megan R. Warfel, York, Pa. Men’s Basketball: Joshua D. Czerski, Baltimore, Md.; Johan Erimee, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Chase A. McGowan, York, Pa.; and Edward T. Ward, Dallastown, Pa.

Eleven students earned Athletic All-Conference in the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC). This award is given to athletes chosen either by their coach or other coaches in the conference for their athletic performance. Recipients are: Women’s Basketball: Laura A. Hoffman, Hanover, Pa.; Men’s Basketball: Chase A. McGowan, York, Pa.; soccer, Aldin Avdic, York, Pa.; Joseph C. Dizio, York, Pa.; Timothy D. Krohn, Wrightsville, Pa.; and Steve D. Miller, York, Pa.; Team Tennis: Mikesh J. Desai, York, Pa.; Nathaniel J. Gambino, York, Pa.; and Derrek D. Hoffer, York, Pa.; and Katie E. Zinn, Emigsville, Pa.; and Women’s Volleyball: Kristin M. Steinnagel, Red Lion, Pa.

The Coaches’ Award honors those athletes chosen by their coach for their sportsmanship, leadership, and general contribution to the team. Not all teams give these awards. Andrew D. Taylor, Delta, Pa., is the recipient for baseball.

Xavier E. Smith, BelAir, Md., received the Trimmer Award in basketball. This award is named in honor of former Penn State York Basketball Coach Ron Trimmer and is given to the most improved player.

Timothy B. Hushon, Delta, Pa.; received the Broadbent Award given in honor of Bruce Broadbent, Ph.D., former assistant professor of kinesiology at the campus and division head of health and human development at the Commonwealth College. Broadbent was the campus’ first athletic director and worked for more than 30 years to promote the campus’ athletic programs.

Timothy J. Weikert, York, Pa.; received the Christopher C. Miller Sportsmanship Award for soccer. This award is given to an athlete who displays a high level of sportsmanship not only on the soccer field but also in everyday life. The award was established in 2002 to honor the late Christopher C. Miller, the son of former Penn State York Soccer Coach George Miller, who passed away on July 9, 2001, at the age of 16. During his soccer career, Christopher played between 350 and 400 soccer games and never received a yellow or red card for unsportsmanlike play. His love of the game of soccer and outstanding sportsmanship will always be remembered through this award.

Richard Chilcoat, New Freedom, Pa.; soccer coach at Penn State York was named the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) Coach of the Year in Soccer for the second consecutive year for his outstanding leadership.

This was Penn State York’s second year in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and a number of athletes received awards from that group. Athletes named to the USCAA Men’s Soccer All-American First Team are: Aldin Avdic, York, Pa.; Timothy D. Krohn, Wrightsville, Pa.; and Steve D. Miller, York, Pa. Honorable mention in soccer went to Justin E. Shaffer, East Berlin, Pa. John F. Suarez, York, Pa.; was named to the USCAA Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team and Joseph C. Dizio, York, Pa. was named to the USCAA Soccer Championship All-Tournament Team for 2009. In basketball, the USCAA named Chase A. McGowan, York, Pa. to the USCAA Men’s Basketball All- Academic Team.

In the PSUAC, Timothy D. Krohn, Wrightsville, Pa., was named Player of the Year in Soccer; Laura A. Hoffman, Hanover, Pa., earned All-Conference in women’s basketball; and Joshua D. Czerski, Baltimore, Md.; earned Honorable Mention All-Conference in men’s basketball.

Team coaches presented awards to their athletes:

Baseball (Head Coach Dr. Ronald K. Workinger and Assistant Coach Joseph P. Royer) First-year awards: Donovan M. Blessing, York, Pa.; Anthany L. Heindel, Downingtown, Pa.; Ryan C. Mellon, York, Pa.; Joseph P. Royer, Jr., York, Pa.; Wickham Simonds, York, Pa.; Andrew D. Taylor, Delta, Pa.; Collin C. Wallace, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Nicholas D. Wallin, Hanover, Pa.; and Kent T. Weibley, York, Pa. Second-year awards: Erik C. Aspril, Hampstead, Md.; Kiran P. Mody, York, Pa.; Trevor E. Neff, Dallastown, Pa.; Tyler J. Page, Mount Wolf, Pa.; Daniel T. Rogers, Glen Rock, Pa.; and Brian A. Tutino, York, Pa. Fourth-year award: Tyler A. Buck, Macungie, Pa.

Women’s Basketball (Head Coach Eric Leese and Assistant Coach Tom Leese) First-year awards: Jennifer L. Fink, New Oxford, Pa.; Laura A. Hoffman, Hanover, Pa.; and Ambraea L. Johnson, Gettysburg, Pa. Second-year awards: Ariane E. Grove, Spring Grove, Pa. and Samantha M. Noel, Hallam, Pa. Third-year award: Kaitlyn O. Toomey, Dover, Pa. Fourth-year award: Tiffany A. Mummert, York, Pa.

Men's Basketball (Head Coach Parrish Petry and Assistant Coaches Chad McGowan and Alex Knox) First-year awards: Johan Erimee, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Durant K. Harvin, Reisterstown, Md; Ryan E. Klunk, Hanover, Pa.; Naijia A. McGhee, York, Pa.; Chase A. McGowan, York, Pa.; Matthew V. Rotonda, Tom’s River, NJ; Xavier E. Smith, BelAir, Md.; Edward T. Ward, Dallastown, Pa.; and Jacob J. Wren, York, Pa. Second-year awards: Erik C. Aspril, Hampstead, Md.; and Joshua D. Czerski, Baltimore, Md.

Soccer (Head Coach Richard Chilcoat, Assistant Coach Ben Otterson) First-year awards: Aldin Avdic, York, Pa.; Nourdean Bentajar, Littlestown, Pa.; Patrick W. Betmarik, Hanover, Pa.; Kyle D. Brassard, Spring Grove, Pa.; Marc S. Hobbs, Baltimore, Md.; Cole J. Houser, Thomasville, Pa.; Nathan R. Hunt, York, Pa.; Timothy B. Hushon, Delta, Pa.; Corey J. Magloire, York, Pa.; Steve D. Miller, York, Pa.; and Michael J. Rubadue, Wrightsville, Pa. Second-year awards: Cameron C. Beck, York, Pa.; Grant C. Glatfelter, York, Pa.; Timothy D. Krohn, Wrightsville, Pa.; Tyler F. Reisinger, York, Pa.; and Justin E. Shaffer, East Berlin, Pa.. Third-year awards: Matthew D. Bieber, York, Pa.; Joseph D. Dizio, York, Pa.; Christopher R. Jones, East Berlin, Pa.; Logan D. Shaffer, York Springs, Pa.; John F. Suarez, York, Pa.; and Timothy J. Weikert, York, Pa.

Team Tennis (Head Coach Michael Arnold) First-year awards: Rebecca L. Bomberger, Mountville, Pa.; Mikesh J. Desai, York, Pa.; Aaron M. Dunlevy, Dover, Pa.; Nathaniel J. Gambino, York, Pa; Derrek D. Hoffer, York, Pa.; David L. Pottle, York, Pa.; Bradley S. Schaffer, York, Pa.; Jessica E. Waltersdorff, Spring Grove, Pa.; and Katie E. Zinn, Emigsville, Pa. Second-year award: Bryce C. Rankin, York, Pa.

Women's Volleyball (Head Coach Meggan Clancy and Assistant Coach John Rohrbaugh) First-year awards: Shaelyn E. Frecon, Stewartstown, Pa.; Sabryna D. Holmberg, Glen Rock, Pa.; Lauren R. Kline, York, Pa.; Courtney L. Neal, Mountaindale, NY; Gracey C. Rhude, Severn, Md.; Jacqueline D. Shuman, York, Pa.; Kristin M. Steinnagel, Red Lion, Pa.; and Megan R. Warfel, York, Pa. Second-year-award: Erin R. Murphy, Hanover, Pa.

Learn more about Penn State York’s athletic programs by visiting the Web at http://www2.yk.psu.edu/currentstudents/studentservices/athletics/.

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