administrators joined with staff from the MCCC Athletics Department
to celebrate the accomplishments of Mercer's student-athletes at
a breakfast on April 29. Athletics Director John Simone welcomed
attendees, noting that the college will send some 35 talented athletes
on to four-year schools at the end of this semester. He commended
all who attended for a good effort on behalf of the college.
In her remarks, MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue acknowledged
the demanding schedule that student-ahtletes take on. "We know
the real challenges you face to be good athletes, stay in shape
and also get your class work done. Thank you for representing the
college so well," she said. Second-year students received MCCC
the award winners were soccer goalie Heidi Summers, who received
the Female Scholar-Athlete Award, baseball player Jason Zegarski,
who won the Male Scholar-Athlete Award, and tennis player Katrina
Brophy, the recipient of the Dr. Cynthia Schaffer Memorial Scholarship.
went to two soccer players, Amit Abudmad, who was named a First
Team All-American, and Kasey Kenny, who was selected as a Second
Team All-American. Also recognized were women's basketball player
Kiara Boone and men's player Corey Payton, who were chosen for the
All-Region XIX and All-GSAC teams. Sophomore Christian Cox was selected
by Exercise Science faculty member John Kalinowski for the "Iron
Viking" award, given to the athlete who is most dedicated to
maximizing his or her athletic performance.
of the Mercer sports program this year included a third place national
finish for the men's soccer team, a Northeast District runner-up
finish for the women's soccer team, and a trip to the nationals
for the women's tennis team. Tennis player Maria Eldridge was named
a Second Team All-American.
In recent news, women's softball infielder Jenna Berger, outfielder
Becky Elliott, pitcher Sara Thomas and catcher Mai'lee Paselio were
named to the All-Region First Team, and infielders Jessica Maciolek
and Jackie Laird were named to the All-Region Second Team. Berger,
Elliott, Maciolek, Paselio, and Thomas were also named to the all-GSAC
First Team. In baseball, outfielder Chris Cox was named to the All-Region
and All-GSAC First Teams, while pitcher Anthony Gambino and infielder
Steve Giambrone were named to the All-Region Second Team. Gambino
and infielder Matt Hill were named to the All-GSAC Second Team.
player Kasey Kenny, who was named a Second Team All-American,
accepts congratulations from Dean Diane Campbell, left, and
Athletics Director John Simone.
athletes include, kneeling front, Dave Brown, Samantha Combs and
Heidi Summers; back row, from left, Mailee Paselio, Jackie Laird,
Angela Richter, Mike Alleman, Becky Elliott, Chris Kubick, Chris
Cox and Ryan Kreider. They are pictured with President Donohue,
far left, and Johnb Simone, right.