LVC names 2012-13 scholar athletes
The Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference announced their scholar athletes Monday morning at Moravian College.
Every varsity sport over the year was represented, as 23 student-athletes took home the prestigious honor to represent their sport for excellence on the field and in the classroom.
Parkland's Paul Tajiri won the honors for football, as he was one of four Trojans to win on the day.
"It's great to be recognized and I just want to thank everyone that has helped guide me through the years," said Tajiri, who will be attending Messiah College. "Football is very big in the area, so to be selected is great."
Bethlehem Catholic's Bridget Smith was the only representative to take home two awards during the morning ceremony, as she won honors in girls' soccer and girls' basketball.
Smith, who will be attending the University of Pennsylvania this fall to major in pre-med, is at the top of her class at Becahi, as well as one of the best female athletes in the entire district this past season.
Taking home another honor may have been icing on the cake for her senior year.
"I feel very honored to win both of these awards, as we had great season in soccer and basketball, but academics have always been the top priority for me," said Smith. "I've never wanted to put anything above my grades and it's just great to win two of these awards."
Nazareth's Galin Swigart and Easton's Kathryn Nemeth won a separate category for the Character and Sportsmanship award, as the breakfast event highlighted the conference's best and brightest individuals.
Northampton's Evan Notaro was on the list as well, as he took home honors in golf.
The Temple-bound Notaro reveled in the opportunity to win the award and was surprised to take home the honor.
"We have some great athletes at Northampton, and some very smart ones as well, so it's a great feeling to win," he said. "To have this award mix academics and athletics is a great to show all the work you put in really makes it worth it."
Whitehall's Matt Bonshak may be a star on the baseball field, but he was also a state qualifier in wrestling as a junior, as he took home the nod for wrestling.
"When you see some of the guys that I was competing with for the award, it really makes it more special to come out and win," said the Lehigh-bound Bonshak. "Everyone that was nominated is top-notch, so it's a great honor."
Other winners on Monday included: Cody Kramer (Northampton, baseball); Daniel Brndjar (Emmaus, boys' basketball); Julianna Stellato (Freedom, cheerleading); William Nemeth (Parkland, boys' cross country); Cassidy Newman (Parkland, girls' cross country); Tiffany White (Allen, field hockey); Richard Hayward (Central Catholic, boys' lacrosse); Natalie Constantine (Easton, girls' lacrosse); Matt Wagner (Central Catholic, boys' soccer); Madison Kelly (Whitehall, softball); Thomas Fang (Emmaus, boys' swimming); Jillian Albus (Easton, girls' swimming); Marcus Spiegel (Parkland, boys' tennis); Vivian Hou (Nazareth, girls' tennis); Adam Uliana (Liberty, boys' track and field); Grace Hargrove (Liberty, girls' track and field); Gabe Shankweiler (Emmaus, boys' volleyball) and Madeline Lopez (Bethlehem Catholic, girls' volleyball).