Nearly 50 percent of the student athletes at Penn State Worthington Scranton have been named to this year's Penn State University Athletic Conference's (PSUAC) Academic All Conference team, honoring athletes who maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average and have taken at least 24 credits while participating in team sports.
A total of 58 athletes were named from the campus' cheerleading squad, soccer team, softball team, women's volleyball team and both the men's and women's cross country and basketball teams.
"This is a great achievement for both these students and Penn State Worthington Scranton," said Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Mallas. "Our athletes work very hard both on and off the field. Obviously, having this many students named to the PSUAC team, which is a real accomplishment, is a testament to our campus' strong academic focus, as well as our students' hard work and commitment to both their sports and their studies."
Students who achieved PSUAC All Conference Team Status are: Stephanie Hosie, Archbald; Jessica Jones, West Pittston; Rebecca Kinsey, Dunmore; Amanda Klimasiewfski, West Pittston; Diana Kloss, Clifton Twp.; Amber Martin, Moscow; Robin Schafer, Newfoundland; Sarahjean Seymour, Scranton; and Justyna Thomas, Honesdale.
They are all members of the women's cross country team, which won its third consecutive first place PSUAC championship and placed second at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's (USCAA) national championship meet earlier this year.
Members of the men's cross country team named to the PSUAC team are: Michael Bucklaw, Carbondale; Chris Burke, Scranton; Matthew Cerminaro, Carbondale; Paul Devine, Scranton; Richard Emiliani, Evan Kussoff, Honesdale; Doug Mallas, Scranton; Brian McDonald, Moscow; Chris Meszler, Honesdale; David Moss, Scranton; Joe Moss, Scranton; and Patrick J. Murphy, Clark's Summit; and Michael Savistano, Honesdale, all members of the men's cross country team.
Worthington Scranton's men's cross country team placed second in the PSUAC championship meet earlier this year.
Cheerleaders who were named to the team were: Kiersten Durst, Lake Ariel; Cindi Parker; Michelle Williamson, Lake Ariel; and Marissa Ziskowski, Archbald.
This year, Worthington Scranton's cheerleading squad captured second place in PSUAC's cheerleading competition.
Men's basketball players named to the team are: Felix Tejada, Scranton; and Brian Vacendak, Clarks Summit.
Women's basketball players named to the PSUAC team are: Christen D'Eliseo; Alyssa Depietro; Geri Ellett; Nicole Ellett, Uniondale; Bryana Ettinger; Stacey Theobald, Waymart; and Colleen Wittich, Lake Ariel.
Members of the women's volleyball team are: Tiffany Bryla, Scott Twp.; Geri Lyn Ellett; Nicole Ellett, Uniondale; Mary Pittack, Jermyn; and Stacey Theobald, Waymart.
Brian Hill, Scranton, and Eric Rowits, Ephrata, members of the men's soccer team, also were named to the team.
Baseball team members named to the PSUAC All Conference Team are: Anthony Brutico, Clarks Summit; Dan Cerniglia, Liverpool, NY; Chris King; Lucas McHale; Colin Murphy; Jordan Reedy, Gouldsboro; Jonathan Runco, Throop; and Tim Schoen, Scranton.
Also named to the team are softball players: Geri Ellett; Nicole Ellett, Uniondale; Tara Grabowski, Scott Twp.; Diana Kloss, Clifton Twp.; Julie Neri, Throop; Mary Pittack, Jermyn; Lynn Soriano, Dunmore; Stacey Theobald, Waymart; and Michelle Williamson, Lake Ariel.