YORK, PA – The York College athletic department closed out their 2017-18 academic year with their annual awards ceremony recently.
The Spartans handed out their individual awards as well as recognizing outstanding academic achievement by the Spartan student athletes.
The three major award winners started with an emotional speech from Spartan head basketball coach Betsy Witman in presenting the Jake Jaquet Fighting Heart Award to winner Beth Wiseley. The Jaquet Award is presented to the member of an athletic squad who is not necessarily an outstanding athlete, but can be, who goes above and beyond what is asked of or expected of his/her and because of this exemplary, unselfish, and at times, unrewarded behavior stands out among his/her peers. Wiseley, who overcame cancer and various injuries, was an important part of the women’s basketball program for the last four years. Wiseley, who has graduated and already has a nursing job, was a true inspiration to her teammates and all Spartan student-athletes.
The Georgia Heathcote Stallman Award, signifying the outstanding senior female athlete, was presented by field hockey coach Katie Fost. She presented Ali Posey, the highly decorated two-time All-American field hockey player for the Spartans, as the Stallman award winner. Posey finished the year with 21 points on seven goals and seven assists while she also had two game winning goals. Posey concluded her career as just one of three players all-time with 100 points as she finished with 120 points on 50 goals and 20 assists to go along with 12 game-winning goals in 76 career games.
Head men’s basketball coach Matt Hunter next presented senior Dalton Myers with the Daniel J. Klinedinst award, signifying the outstanding senior male athlete at York College. Myers had a fantastic year in leading the Spartans to a Capital Athletic Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Myers earned All-Region honors and was an All-CAC first-team selection for the second time in his career. He finished his career with 1,499 points, good for ninth on the all-time scoring list.
The Dr. William DeMeester Academic Awards were released after the ceremony and featured an impressive group of student-athletes. The DeMeester Awards recognize the male and female four-year senior student-athletes who have the highest cumulative GPA. The team awards recognize the teams with the highest GPA for the 2017-2018 school year.
Men’s Lacrosse midfielder Ryan Cook captured the individual men’s award as he concluded his Spartan career with a GPA of 3.88 in sport management while he also earned minors in marketing and business administration. Cook graduated Magna Cum Laude and was an eight-time member of the York College Dean’s List.
Swimmer Danielle Werner picked up the women’s award as she notched a dazzling GPA of 3.94 in nursing. Werner has earned Dean’s List honors in all eight of her semesters including five semesters of perfect 4.00 GPAs.
For the second straight year, the softball squad captured the women’s team DeMeester Award as they were incredibly consistent during the year as they registered a team GPA of 3.59 in the fall and duplicated that with a 3.59 team GPA in the spring. Last year, the Spartan softball squad had a cumulative GPA of 3.53.
The men’s tennis team earned the men’s DeMeester Award as they combined to earn a GPA of 3.41. The finished the fall with a 3.54 GPA and concluded the year with a GPA of 3.27.
The Spartan student-athletes did another fantastic job in the classroom. The 477 Spartan student-athletes combined to post a cumulative GPA of 3.25 for the year. The department had a 3.28 GPA in the fall and a 3.23 GPA in the spring.
The Spartan athletic department wishes the 2017-18 senior class the best of luck in all their future endeavors.