Contributions of Student-Athletes
Celebrated at Recognition Breakfast


College 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 hooded sweatshirts.

Among 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.

Special acknowledgement 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.

Highlights 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.

Soccer player Kasey Kenny, who was named a Second Team All-American, accepts congratulations from Dean Diane Campbell, left, and Athletics Director John Simone.
Scholar-athletes Jason Zegarski and Katrina Brophy with Dean Diane Campbell and Athletics Director John Simone. Not pictured: Scholar-Athlete Heidi Summers.
Sophomore 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.
Basketball player Kiara Boone receives a certificate for earning All-Region and All-GSAC honors.
Baseball player Christian Cox, right, acccepts the Iron Viking award from Exercise Science Coordinator John Kalinowski. Also pictured is John Simone.
Soccer player Amit Abudmad accepts a First Team All-American certificate from John Simone.


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