Athletes honored at Penn State York banquet

Penn State York honored its student athletes at the 41st annual Athletic Awards Banquet Thursday, April 19, at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center, in York, Pa. Awards were presented prior to dinner.

Twelve Penn State York students earned the distinction of Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) 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: Kyle Lingg, York, Pa.  Team Tennis:  Duong H. Duong, York, Pa.; Christopher M. Lawyer, York, Pa.; and Ashley L. Valentin, York, Pa. Women’s Volleyball:  Hannah Kuhn, Red Lion, Pa.; and Ashley L. Valentin, York, Pa.  Women’s Basketball:  Courtney E. Riggs, Hanover, Pa. Soccer:  Scott D. Barrera, York, Pa.; Joshua D. Czerski, Baltimore, Md.; Mihir L. Jadhav, York, Pa.; and Nicholas T. Ridolfi, Dallastown, Pa.  Men’s Basketball:  Jamahl D. Ralls, Abingdon, Md.; and David B. Salerno, Bethlehem, Pa.

Four students earned Athletic All-Conference in the PSUAC. This award is given to athletes chosen either by their coach or other coaches in the conference for their athletic performance. All recipients were from the soccer team:  Aldin Avdic, York, Pa.; Adam M. Beck, York, Pa.; Trey T. Chilcoat, New Freedom, Pa.; and Daniel J. Lynd, Hanover, Pa.  In men’s basketball, Xavier E. Smith, Bel Air, Md., earned an Athletic All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Scott D. Barrera and Mihir L. Jadhav, both of York, Pa., and members of the soccer team, earned the distinction of All-Academic from the United State Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).  This honor is bestowed on those student athletes who have a semester grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher during the semester of competition or a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and completion of at least 24 credits.

Soccer team members Aldin Advic, York, Pa., and Trey T. Chilcoat, New Freedom, Pa., earned the distinction of All-American from the USCAA. This award is given to athletes chosen either by their coach or other coaches in the conference for their athletic performance.

Bennett M. Todd, White Hall, 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.

Steven P. Higgins, York, Pa., received the Broadbent Award given in honor of Bruce Broadbent, 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.

Nicholas T. Ridolfi, Dallastown, 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.

Joshua D. Czerski, Baltimore, Md., a senior on the men’s basketball team, was also recognized for his outstanding performance on and off the basketball court with a his jersey in a frame.

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.  This is the third time Chilcoat has received this award.

Learn more about Penn State York’s athletic programs by visiting http://sports.yk.psu.edu.

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Last Updated April 26, 2012