Penn State DuBois honors athletes
DuBois – Penn State DuBois recently held its annual athletic awards dinner, recognizing individuals from each sport for their success on and off the playing field.
Student athletes were acknowledged from women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s basketball with various achievements: academic all-conference, all-conference, maintaining a 3.0 grade point average, most valuable player, and the coaches’ award, given to a player with the intangible qualities that aren’t always visible in the record books.
Campus Chancellor Anita McDonald kicked off the ceremony by expressing her appreciation for everyone involved in the program in completing a successful 2006 athletic season.
“Each of the teams really met with success. It is very gratifying to see that they’re able to do that and still maintain above-average grade points, and have many of them receive academic recognition,” McDonald said. “That’s what they are really here for, the educational experience. That’s what makes them such great achievers: that they’ve combined the learning on the court with the learning in the classroom. Most varsity athletes do not become professional athletes; they move on to become very successful people in their chosen careers.”
Women’s volleyball coaches Tharren and Jodee Thompson recognized six members for academic all-conference, including: Lauren Orner, Erika Olson, Amanda Dixon, Liz Gordon, Amber Toth, and Jennifer Dickerson. Seniors Lauren Orner and Erika Olson also received all-conference awards. The MVP award went to Olson. Liz Gordon received the coaches’ award for her enthusiasm on and off the court.
“We had a team with a lot of heart this year and a lot of drive,” Therren Thompson said. “This year is one of the years we will remember, not just for their performance of winning games, but also how the team worked together and responded in a very admirable way.”
The men’s and women’s cross country team coach Terry Feathers presented awards to runners from both the men’s and women’s team. The academic all-conference recipients were Amy Young, Kaylee Miller, Kim Carapucci, Ashley Vance, Maggie Dicks, Ashley Silsby and Billie Silsby on the women’s team. Bryan Baughman, Matt Peterson, Brian Dicks, Nate Troup, Chad Cowan, and Randall Kromer received academic all-conference for the men’s side. All-conference winners were Amy Young, Kaylee Miller, Kim Carapucci and Ashley Silsby. On the men’s side, Bryan Baughman and Matt Peterson all received all-conference awards. The MVR award, for most valuable runner, went to Amy Young on the women’s and Bryan Baughman on the men’s squad. Kaylee Miller received the coach's award for women’s cross country and Matt Peterson received the men’s award. Feathers also presented the Lion award, which, he said, was given to runners who were instrumental in the season but missed medaling. Ashley Vance and Billie Silsby received the Lion award on the women’s side, while Dan Reirdon was the only men’s recipient.
Feathers accredited the team’s attitude and togetherness. “For a team to go undefeated, it’s not just the first few runners, it’s everyone pushing everyone,” he said.
Men’s basketball coach Larry Salone concluded the ceremony with an uplifting speech, and then diverted the ceremony by recognizing each player with a personal story of an experience off the court.
And for the awards, Salone had players vote for both coaches’ award and team MVP, because he said he couldn’t select just one player. Prior to the ceremony, Salone handed out scraps of paper during practice. Salone proceeded to ask the players who they thought deserved the MVP and coach awards.
The MVP decision was unanimous, in favor of freshmen Gabe Rosenberg, who led DuBois in scoring with 389 points. The coaches’ award went to two-year basketball veteran Jake Altemus.
Rosenberg also received an all-conference award. He was the only basketball recipient of the award. Marcus Genevro received an honorable mention. The basketball team was not eligible for academic all-conference awards because the season concluded in middle of the spring semester, and grade point averages are recordable only at the end of a semester.
The athletic awards dinner was the first of two gathering recognizing students, and student athletes. The Student Government Association Leadership Awards Dinner will be held Friday, April 28.
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