|Honors Bestowed at Annual Athletic Banquet||04/29/2013|
Cresson—Family and friends of over 160 Mount Aloysius student-athletes gathered in Cosgrave Hall to recognize the accomplishments of the 2012-13 sport seasons at the College’s annual Athletic Banquet.
Board of Trustees member Ann Benzel presented junior Lindsy Sammarco with the Female Athlete of the Year award.
Sammarco, a two-sport athlete, averaged 17.8 points per game and helped the Lady Mounties women’s basketball team advance to the AMCC semi-finals. The Bishop Carroll grad topped the 1,000 point mark for her career this season, and was also a First Team All-Conference selection.
Sammarco also excelled as an all-AMCC infielder on the MAC softball team. Currently batting .384, she leads her team in on-base percentage. Between basketball and softball, Sammarco has started every game she has appeared in a Mount Aloysius uniform.
Attorney Dan Rullo, chairperson of the Mount Aloysius Board of Trustees, presented senior Aaron Kovach with the Male Athlete of the Year award.
Kovach, from Hollidaysburg, has been a four-year starter on the Mounties baseball team. He leads his team in batting average, hits, RBI’s, and stolen bases. He is also tied for the lead in home runs, doubles and triples.
A 2012 all-conference performer, Kovach ranks in the top two in eight different AMCC statistical categories, and has twice been named the AMCC Player of the Week this season.
Athletics Director Ryan Smith and Dr. Jane Grassadonia, vice president for student affairs, presented the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, respectively.
Female Scholar-Athlete honors went to junior Jalissa Westover. A centerfielder for the Lady Mounties softball team, Westover carries a 3.93 grade point average as a business management major. She also was recently inducted into the national Chi Alpha Sigma student-athlete honor society.
Westover is from Flinton, and was 2013 AMCC softball pre-season Player of the Year.
Senior Kyle Lawson was recognized as the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A relief pitcher on the baseball team, he boasts a 3.89 grade point average as an accounting major. He is also a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), and the Student Accounting Society.
Capping a great night, Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley and Mike McLanahan, a member of the Mount Aloysius Board of Trustees, presented the Sisters of Mercy with the Walker Award. President Foley noted that, “We expect--and we get--a lot from the Sisters of Mercy. They are our founders and our inspiration, our spiritual leaders and often our teachers and our confidants.
“But,” added President Foley, “I don’t think we ever really expect them to be able to sit down with us at play--to enjoy with us as fans the simple acts of running, hitting a ball across the court, sliding into home plate, taking a corner kick, crossing the finish line, spiking the ball or hitting a three pointer—and to enjoy it all so openly, allowing the rest of us in a very real way to embrace the childlike that is so essential to sport and sportsmanship. But they do all of that too.
“So from the heart and soul of Mt Aloysius College, its athletic department and all the young men and women who represent us on the field of play, it is my honor to present the 2013 Walker Award to our Sisters of Mercy.”
Sr. Eric Marie Setlock, RSM accepted the award on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy. Also in attendance were Sr. Helen Marie Burns, RSM, vice president of mission integration for Mount Aloysius College; Sr. Nancy Donovan, RSM, director of campus ministries and Sr. Benedict Joseph Watters, RSM, activity serving the College as a volunteer. Sr. Guiseppe DaBella, RSM was unable to attend.
The award honors Mount Aloysius benefactor’s Ray and Louise Walker, who were instrumental in initiating the construction of the College’s outdoor sports complex. It is presented annually to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to Mount Aloysius athletics.
Mr. McLanahan and his wife, Astride, are former recipients of the award.