Penn State New Kensington Athletics 2019-2020 Recognition

Collin McCune - USCAA All-American 2nd Team, PSUAC All-Conference
Derek Petrishen – USCAA Player of the Week - September 24, 2019
Alex Smith – PSUAC All-Conference, PSUAC John Fritz Sportsmanship Award, and PSUAC Player of the Week - October 1, 2019

Golf Coach’s Awards

Most Valuable Player

Alex Smith

Alex’s performance was the best all-around performance on the team with an average score of 79.8. Alex also maintained a high scholastic standing, great sportsmanship, and team commitment. He earned the low score and Medalist at the Greater Allegheny Invitational at Youghiogheny Country Club.

Coach’s Award

Collin McCune

This award is presented to the player who best demonstrates the true spirit of Penn State New Kensington Athletics. It is given not only for hard work and personal improvement, but for a willingness to understand, to learn, and to enter into a partnership with the coach and teammates in an effort to recognize one's full potential. Collin had a great year with an average score of 81 and finished 2nd at PSUAC Championships (74), and 14th at the USCAA Championship.

Brady Braun - USCAA All-American 2nd Team, PSUAC All-Conference 1st Team
Elian Buchi - USCAA National All-Academic Team
Gerald Butler, Jr. - PSUAC All-Conference 1st Team
Carlos Colindres - USCAA All-American Honorable Mention, PSUAC All-Conference 1st Team, PSUAC Player of the Week - September 17, 2019
Nolan Johngarlo - USCAA National All-Academic Team
Ben Midlik - USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year, USCAA National All-Academic Team, PSUAC All-Conference 2nd Team
Nick Nicassio - USCAA National All-Academic Team
Dylan Oditt - PSUAC John Fritz Sportsmanship
Josh Zakrzewski - USCAA All-American Honorable Mention, PSUAC All-Conference 2nd Team, PSUAC Goalkeeper of the Week - October 9, 2019

Men’s Soccer Coach’s Awards

Team Most Valuable Player

Brady Braun

Brady was a constant performer for the 2019 season. He produced big moments when the team needed it. He has been a true leader for this team since he arrived in 2018. I predict him to continue this form and leadership into 2020.

Unsung Hero

Tristan Doverspike

Though Tristian’s performances weren't recognized by the conference, they certainly were by me. He made a number of big tackles for us and was also good at starting attacks from the back. I predict conference awards for him if this form continues. He is a hard-working lad.

Best Attitude

Greg Guzzo

Greg has shown a great attitude all season. He worked really hard in practice and gave it his all for the games. I think he will go from strength to strength for his second year.

Kaylea Flick - USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year, USCAA National All-Academic Team, USCAA All-American Honorable Mention, PSUAC All-Conference Honorable Mention
Lindsey Hessom - USCAA National All-Academic Team, PSUAC John Fritz Sportsmanship Award
Janet Surma - USCAA National All-Academic Team

Women’s Volleyball Coach's Awards

Most Improved Player

Ashley Pattock

Ashley went from “zero to sixty” in just her first season … well, maybe it was “zero to thirty,” but this was still amazing for someone who had never played volleyball before … ever! Ashley worked extremely hard at learning the game. It was especially impressive that most of her learning curve was “baptism by fire” in actual games! She obviously had fun through it all, and as a result, the rest of the team had fun as well. There were many laughs for her teammates and much applauding from her teammates thanks to Ashley!

“Team First” Award

Auveonna Perkins

Auveonna (“Auve”) is one of our most selfless players, willing to do whatever the team needs. Auve was asked to play middle hitter for us at the start of the season. Middle was completely new to Auve, yet she worked extremely hard at learning this complex position. As we matured as a team, we saw the value of moving Auve to outside hitter on the weak side where she once again worked tirelessly at this adjustment. She deserves recognition for her attitude and for her fine play throughout the season. Auve also regularly played the role of team “philosopher.”

Most Consistent Player

Janet Surma

Janet has been a starter for PSNK volleyball for three straight seasons. She has been one of the most well-rounded players, able to play at a high level in every position. She is a strong outside hitter and front row player; meanwhile she has led the team in digs as a back-row player. Janet is also one of the best and most reliable servers on the team.

Jamison Nee - PSUAC All-Conference Honorable Mention
Wilson Rojas, Jr. - PSUAC John Fritz Sportsmanship Award

Men’s Basketball Coach’s Awards

Most Improved

Tavarski Wardlow

The most improved award goes to a student-athlete that we were able to see transition from one season to the next. This student was able to accept his role and worked hard on accepting feedback and applying it to his game. There was no clearer picture of this than when this student contributed to a team victory by going 6 for 10 from the 3-point line and finishing the game with 22 pts. Tavarski Wardlow, thank you, and congratulations for earning the Most Improved Award.

Newcomer of the Year

Jahi Ogbonna

The Newcomer of the Year award goes to a student-athlete that presented to the staff a perspective of coming off the bench to provide a pick-me-up to our overall bench play. He kept us in games, and his play demanded respect from our opponents due to being a consistent scoring threat as he finished as our second leading scorer (12.9), second in assists per game (3.2), and third in average rebounds per game (4.4). Jahi Ogbonna thank you for your efforts, and congratulations on earning the Newcomer of the Year Award.

Kobe Bryant - MVP Award: Jamison Nee

The Kobe Bryant - MVP Award goes to a student that took on a leadership role from start to finish. He played with a high motor and was engaged in every game from start to finish, regardless of the results. He's a role model on and off the court for his teammates and fellow peers in the athletic department. He's first to give praise to his teammates and willing to put in effort to find and work on solutions when warranted. He finished the season as our leading scorer (16 ppg), first in steals per game (2.4), first in assists per game (3.6), and fourth in rebounds per game (4.2). One of his many highlights that stood out to this coaching staff was his play against Penn State Scranton. His stat line read - 30 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. Our Kobe Bryant - MVP Award was earned by Jamison Nee. Thank you for your contributions and effort. Congratulations.

Ryleigh Beck - PSUAC John Fritz Sportsmanship

Women’s Basketball

Coach’s Awards

Most Valuable Player

Ryliegh Beck

As a junior, Ryliegh Beck led the team in minutes played per game, as well as points scored per game. The team looked to Ryliegh to make a play on either end on the floor when the moment mattered. Ryliegh's season highlight included a second half run draining consecutive three-pointers against top-ranked opponent Villa Maria. Ryliegh was viewed as a leader by her coaches and teammates, both on and off the court.

Lion Award

Deshaya Chavis

The Lion Award is awarded to the women's basketball player who most exemplifies what it means to be a Lion. As the team's point guard, Deshaya accepted correction and coaching with poise and strength. She tackled every practice and game with a level of toughness and grit every student-athlete should strive to emulate.

Chairwoman of the Board

Auveonna Perkins

The Chairwoman of the Board is awarded to the program's leading rebounder on the season. Freshman forward Auveonna Perkins averaged 9.8 rebounds during 24 games to become the team's leading rebounder. During the second half of the season, the expectation was for Auveonna to earn double-digit rebounds a game. Auveonna's prowess on the glass is a testament to her work ethic and determination.

Reise Matson - PSUAC John Fritz Sportsmanship Award

Baseball Coach’s Awards

Leadership Award

Reise Matson

Reise has been a leader on and off the field. He is an ambassador for the program and worked with the staff in meeting new recruits.

“True Grit” Award

Tallon Auth

Tallon excelled in the off-season workouts and was always present, even when the workouts were voluntary.

Mr. Penn State New Ken Baseball Award

Paul Perman

Paul Perman immediately bought into the new culture of the program and fostered acceptance of our new standard with players and recruits.

Lauren Torgent - PSUAC John Fritz Sportsmanship Award
Calle Zmenkowski - USCAA National All-Academic Team

Softball Coach’s Awards

Hardest Worker

Calle Zmenkowski

Calle works hard on and off the field. She sets an example that we want everyone to follow.

Best Newcomer

Tori Young

Tori was asked to play a different position. She embraced it and worked hard to perfect it. She then played multiple positions and overcame an early injury to help the team.

Most Coachable

Emily Sonntag

Emily sought out and welcomed instruction. She then applied that on the field and believed in her coaches. She never questioned what we were telling her.

Thank You Seniors & Graduates!