Heydt, Sturgess named scholar-athletes
Salisbury High School center midfielder Ethan Heydt and Quakertown High School forward Victoria Sturgess were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton.
Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected the overall winners.
“I’m super proud,” said Heydt. “It’s probably my biggest accomplishment this year, and it’s nice to be recognized for what I do off the field, too.”
Coached by Mark Allinson, Heydt was a four-year varsity starter who scored 60 goals and had 41 assists during his high school soccer career. The Salisbury senior is also president of the National Honor Society.
“I wasn’t thinking about it too much, but definitely tonight, I was hopeful,” Heydt said. “Then [Master of Ceremonies] George Crampton gave me a little eyebrows, and I had an idea, and when I heard 60 and 41, I recognized it. I never had that many people clap for me before.”
Heydt accepted the award, thanking his parents, Joseph and Bonnie, for being there for him his whole life, and he thanked his coach by saying he wouldn’t have been here without him.
“My love for the game has grown, and I love the sense of camaraderie. I’ve grown as a player and a person,” said Heydt, who was captain his junior and senior years.
The Salisbury Falcons were crowned District 11 champions after a 1-0 overtime victory over Palisades. Heydt was credited with the assist on the game-winning goal by Mason Groff. The Falcons went on to defeat Scranton Prep 2-1 in the first round of states. Heydt scored Salisbury’s first goal in that game.
“It was awesome [winning districts],” Heydt said. “I didn’t want to go out without a district championship. Winning the first round of states was a milestone. It was the first time we won that in 10 years.”
Heydt is considering attending Georgetown University where he will major in business.
Sturgess was a three-year varsity starter for Quakertown and captain her junior and senior year. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.
“After they called my last name, I was thinking, don’t trip, and, am I supposed to be walking up there,” said Sturgess, who was accompanied by her parents Michael and Ann. “I’m really proud because I accomplished what I wanted to do with my coaches, the other players, and my teachers.”
Quakertown won the Suburban One American League after being undefeated in the regular season.
“Winning leagues was not something we were expecting to happen, and it was the first time in three years we made districts,” Sturgess said.
Quakertown coach Mike Koch has had a profound effect on Sturgess’s life.
“He taught me everything, from being a good soccer player to being a leader,” said Sturgess. “He is a gentle, decent person. He taught me to be good and do good in the world.”
Sturgess is planning to attend McGill University and major in engineering.
Representing Parkland at the banquet were Olivia Schantz and Mark Stenske.
Schantz was a two-year varsity player who earned First Team All-Conference honors as a senior. She is a member of NHS and Leo Club. She plans to attend Bloomsburg University.
Stenske was a three-year varsity player who earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore and made the First-Team All-EPC as a senior. He is a member of NHS, Performing Arts Club and German Club.