YORK, PA – The York College athletic department is pleased to announce their 2018-19 William DeMeester Academic Award winners.
The DeMeester Awards recognize the male and female four-year senior student-athletes who have the highest cumulative GPA. The DeMeester team awards recognize the teams with the highest GPA for the 2018-19 academic year.
The top contenders for each award were announced on May 5 at the Spartan Athletic Awards Ceremony. Now that the semester has concluded, the winners are now being revealed.
The two team awards were earned by the Spartan men’s basketball team while the women’s team honors went to the women’s tennis squad. The men’s basketball program combined to post a team GPA of 3.32. The Green and White earned their second straight CAC regular season championship while they also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. The men’s tennis team finished second with a 3.30 GPA while men’s lacrosse squad was third at 3.29.
The women’s tennis team finished with a mark of 8-7 as they earned a berth in the CAC tournament where they fell in the quarterfinals. The women’s cross country squad finished second on with a 3.64 GPA while the women’s soccer team was third at 3.60 for the year.
The William DeMeester individual awards went to volleyball player Eryn Brady while the men’s award went to wrestler Eric Corliss.
Brady graduated with her degree in secondary education earlier in the month. She finished her York College academic career with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Brady was York’s 12th CoSIDA Academic All-America as she earned that honor in November. Brady was a key cog in the Spartans' success this year as she played in all 29 matches and played 106 of 108 total sets on the season. She was third on the team with 203 kills and posted a .200 attack percentage. She was the third leading scorer on the team as she accumulated 237.5 points on the year. Brady also added 57 total blocks and 46 digs.
Cross country and track athlete Alayna De Bruin finished second in the women’s individual standings with a 3.92 GPA. Field hockey goalie Eve Hauptle finished third with a 3.85 GPA.
Corliss was a valuable part of the Spartan wrestling program as he finished with a 3.97 GPA as a marketing major. Corliss was an eight-time member of the York College Dean’s List. Corliss was unable to make it onto the mat as a senior as an injury cost him the year of competition. He took over the wrestling program’s social media accounts and did a fantastic job of keeping Spartan wrestling fans up to date, and certainly, entertained.
Cross country and track athlete Ben Linne was a close second with a 3.95 GPA while teammate Ben Hinkel was third at 3.93.
The Spartan athletic department had another banner year as a whole. The Spartans finished with a department wide cumulative GPA of 3.30, a number that includes 456 student-athletes. York had 20 of their 21 teams (indoor and outdoor track and field counted as one team) finish the year with a cumulative GPA of over 3.0.
The Spartans had 49.77% of their student-athletes finish with a 3.50 GPA (or higher) in the fall semester while 73.76% finished with a 3.0 GPA or higher. In the spring, 50.12% of the Spartan student-athletes garnered a 3.50 GPA or higher while 75.18% earned at least a 3.0 GPA.