The St. Marys Area High School held its Spring Sports Awards Program Tuesday evening in Carpin Auditorium to recognize those student-athletes who participated in baseball, softball, boysâ€™ tennis and boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ track and field.
Student Activities Director Terry Straub acted as master of ceremonies and welcomed everyone to the affair. He noted that the program would follow the order of letter and certificate presentations, presentation of MVP awards and presentation of special awards.
However, the first item of business taken care of was the presentation of a few awards from the winter and fall seasons. Justin Quiggle and Jimmy Werner were presented their awards for being selected to the District 9 Boysâ€™ Basketball League all-star team. Adair Gennocro was presented with her award for being selected to the District 9 Girlsâ€™ Basketball League all-star team and a plaque for being selected to the Pa. Track and Field Coaches Association All State 2011 All State Cross Country Team.
Straub also recognized junior softball pitcher Rachel Ginther for recording her 500th career strikeout this season.
Straub also noted that physicals for the 2012-2013 school year will be given on June 11 and June 12 free of charge courtesy of Elk Regional Medical Center.
The first coach to the podium was boysâ€™ tennis coach Sue Lepovetsky, who noted that this yearâ€™s squad had a winning regular season record of 6-4, was a runner-up in the District 9-AA team championships and came up short in the District 9-AA doubles tournament with Jarrod Lipsey and Dalton Gennocro playing in the finals.
Letters were presented to D.J. Challingsworth, Gary Fledderman, Michael Fox, Zach Fox, Dalton Gennocro, Evan Lepovetsky, Jarrod Lipsey, Deric Luvaas, Eric Uhl and manager Amy Orr.
Receiving certificates of participation were Weston Challingsworth, Nathan Damon, Kaleb Lechner, Ethan Michelini and Garrett Wendel.
Straub recognized Eric Uhl, who shoots in the High School Trap League for the St. Marys North squad. Uhl, a sophomore, and Justin Greenawalt, a senior, held the high average in the league of 23.5 out of 25 clay birds shot per match.
Jamie Caskey, head girlsâ€™ track coach, recognized her coaching staff of Mark Caskey, Michelle McDivitt, Rob Meyer, Cindy Schuster and Bill Shuey. Caskey said that what her team lacked in numbers, they made up for in strength of mind and body.
Caskey recognized those who set new school records. The 4x800 relay team of Sloan Foster, Lauren McAnany, Shannon Bridges and Adair Gennocro set a new time of 9:44.24. Gennocro also set new school marks in the 800 run, 2:17.75; the 1600 run, 4:59.0; and the 3200 run, 11:08.21. The 4x800 relay team was the District 9-AA champ, while Gennocro was the District 9-AA champ in the 3200 run. Gennocro also qualified for this weekendâ€™s PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg University.
Letters were presented to Kelsey Bonifay, Shannon Bridges, Sloan Foster, Adair Gennocro, Alette Krakenes, Lauren McAnany, Alli Orenak, Kiana Schatz, Gina Schneider, Gabby Shields, DeAnna Yost, Karly Bish and Rebecca Hanes.
Certificates of participation were presented to Megan Bridges, Rebekah Caretti, Alexis Hanes, Cassie Kline, Allison Kosmiski, Maranda Leidwinger, Katelyn McFadden, Mikayla Oâ€™Dwyer, Alan Stauffer and Aubrey Wiesner.
Head boysâ€™ track coach Mark Caskey acknowledged the track and field coaching staff and said overall, the season went very well. At the District 9-AAA meet, though, the injury bug hit the team. The Dutch have two state qualifiers in Jimmy Werner in the discus and Gideon Woelfel in the 3200 run. Caskey noted that the 4x100 relay team of Brian Merritt, Trenton Schreiber, Philip Danz and Jimmy Werner set a new school record of 44.52 seconds. Caskey said that Justin Quiggle should also be recognized, as he was a member of that relay team until being hurt in the 100 dash at Districts.
Letters were presented to Scott Barber, Josh Burns, Tyler Cuneo, Philip Danz, Konstantin Deyev, Alec Foster, Austin Frey, Jake Fritz, Sam Guido, Matt Hoffman, Christian Keller, Nathan McFadden, Brian Merritt, Ryan Miller, Mitchell Oâ€™vell, Justin Quiggle, Zachary Reigel, Owen Schreiber, Trenton Schreiber, Jimmy Werner, Clancy Wiesner and Gideon Woelfel.
Certificates of participation were presented to Jordan Agosti, Peter Casey, John Caskey, Daniel Hinton, John Kennepohl, Brett Lanzel, Austin McClintick, Dakota Overturf, Josh Reed, Zachary Shutters, Jordan Straub and Steven Waggoner.
Junior varsity baseball coach Ryan Neal acknowledged his assistant coach Joe Anderson and said his team made a lot of progress this year.
Receiving junior varsity letters were Anthony Cesa, Justin Eckert, Mark Ehrensberger, Kyle Fedder, Aaron Gallagher, Dillon Gallagher, Shane Haberberger, Lucas Lenze, Kyle Leonard, Lucas Lovenduski, Kirkland McClain and Tyler Yetzer, along with statisticians Hannah McKee and Madison Quesenberry.
Head baseball coach Tony Azzato said that the team has been ending the season on the right note with a four-game winning streak. He said this is the best effort and work ethic he has seen in his six years as head coach. The team was 5-11 and had to win out to make the playoffs. They are now 9-11 and only gave up five runs in the last four games.
Varsity letters were presented to David Aul, Justin Beimel, Caleb Bennett, Nick Burdick, Quinn Cunningham, Rudy Gleixner, Dalton Kline, Mitch Meyer, Jerri Newell, Luke Schreiber, Alexx Tyger, Branden Tyger, Brandon Vollmer and Robert Watts. Azzato also recognized statisticians Kylee Ehrensberger and Sierra Ginther and manager Matt Kronenwetter.
Azzato also acknowledged those donors who made it possible to turn on the lights at Berwind Park for the month of May. He also noted that Branden Tyger had been selected to the District 9 Big School All-Star team.
Head softball coach Manny Gerarge first spoke about the junior varsity squad on behalf of head JV coach Eric Wonderling. The junior varsity finished with a 10-4 record. They are the future of the Lady Dutch softball program, he said.
Assistant junior varsity coaches Gary Bothun and Jamie Lenze assisted in presenting junior varsity letters to Cheyenne Bothun, Andria Copelli, Cassie Daniels, Jenna Eozzo, Shondra Ginther, Helena Hanes, Megan Henderson, Kristen Huff, Mikayla Jackson, Ashlee Johnston, Jackie Lenze, Katlyn McCandless, Whitney Taylor and Brooke VanAlstine.
Gerarge acknowledged his assistant coaches Paul Bellina, Don Cunningham, Brian Ginther, Bill Makufka and Jay McGowan. He said the Lady Dutch philosophy has been â€śour family against your team.â€ť
They finished the regular season with a 14-4 record and they won four of five games against Quad A schools.
Gerarge presented home run balls to Hayley McGowan (1), Savanah Krivonyak (3) and Cassie Wonderling (1). He presented the Leadership Plaque to Krivonyak and the Spirit of Sport Award to Courtney Bankovich.
Gerarge noted the following had been selected to the District 9 Big School all-star team: Cassie Wonderling as DH, Raelyn Cunningham at first base, Kali Quagliani at second base, Erica Sorg at shortstop, Mia Keener as right field and Rachel Ginther as pitcher. Ginther was also selected as the MVP.
Varsity letters were presented to Courtney Bankovich, Taylor Bellina, Raelyn Cunningham, Kelsey Fritz, Amber Gerarge, Rachel Ginther, Mia Keener, Savanah Krivonyak, Hayley McGowan, Kali Quagliani, Erica Sorg and Cassie Wonderling. Gerarge noted that Ashlee Johnston, Andria Copelli, Cassie Daniels and Jackie Lenze will be members of the varsity squad for the playoffs.
Joe Schlimm, assistant high school principal, assisted in presenting the MVP Awards.
In softball, the MVP Defense Award was presented to Rachel Ginther. The MVP Offense Award was presented to Erica Sorg.
In baseball, the MVP Offense Award went to Justin Beimel, while the MVP Defense Award went to Mitch Meyer.
In boysâ€™ track, the MVP track athlete award went to Brian Merritt, while the MVP field athlete award went to Jimmy Werner.
In girlsâ€™ track, the MVP track athlete award was presented to Adair Gennocro, with Kelsey Bonifay receiving the MVP field athlete award.
In boysâ€™ tennis, Michael Fox and Evan Lepovetsky were named co-MVPs.
The Tri-Athlete Award went to those seniors who lettered in at least three sports: Scott Barber (4), Karly Bish (3), Sloan Foster (3), Michael Fox (3), Sam Guido (3), Jolene Herbstritt (3), Matt Hoffman (3), Justin Quiggle (3), Emily Slaughenhaupt (3), Jimmy Werner (3) and Gideon Woelfel (4).
Those receiving 10 or more varsity letters during their four-year careers were Scott Barber (12), Karly Bish (11), Sloan Foster (14), Justin Quiggle (10) and Gideon Woelfel (15).
The final award of the night was the Athlete of the Year Award. Sloan Foster was presented with the Female Athlete of the Year Award, with the Male Athlete of the Year Award going to Gideon Woelfel.