YORK, PA – The York College held their year end athletic department awards ceremony last week at the Waldner Performing Arts Center on main campus.
The athletic department handed out their three major awards, viewed the three season highlight videos and announced the finalists for the Dr. William DeMeester academic awards.
The evening began with the opening from Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation Paul Saikia welcoming the over 440 student-athletes and congratulating them for another successful year.
After the fall highlight video was viewed, Saikia then honored a pair of retiring coaches as Rich Achtzehn and Sue DuMars were each recognized for their contributions to the Spartan athletic department. Achtzehn was a long-time wrestling, cross country, and track and field coach as he has spent over 40 years in the department. DuMars retired as the Spartans’ volleyball coach after 19 year at the helm of the program.
After the winter highlight video played, Saikia announced the candidates for the Dr. William DeMeester Male and Female Scholar Athlete awards.
Individuals in the running for the men’s award include:
David Boslough (Dalton, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) – Golf – Sport Management, 3.83
Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) – Men’s Lacrosse – Marketing, 3.81
Candidates for the women’s award include:
Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) – Women’s Soccer – Criminal Justice/Sociology, 3.93
Jess Selby (Upper Marlboro, Md./Calverton School) – Women’s Basketball – Biology, 3.92
Beth Bunn (Lothian, Md./Calverton School) – Women’s Soccer – Economics, 3.87
Jess Miller (Dauphin, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) – Women’s Cross Country & Track – Nursing, 3.86
Emily Skutnik (Effort, Pa./Pleasant Valley) – Women’s Tennis – Biology, 3.85
The DeMeester team contenders were then revealed. On the women’s side, the cross country team leads the pack with a cumulative GPA of 3.50. They are followed closely by the field hockey squad at 3.49. Women’s basketball sits in third place with a 3.42 followed by women’s lacrosse at 3.38. Swimming rounds out the top five at with a team GPA of 3.34.
On the men’s side, the golf squad sits first at 3.23 followed basketball at 3.19 as head coach Matt Hunter’s two squads are fighting it out for the title. Cross country sits third at 3.15 followed by baseball at 3.11. Men’s swimming closes out the top five as they sit at 3.04.
The spring highlight video followed the academic announcement as the video showcased the solid Spartan spring campaign.
It was the time to hand out the major awards. Sophomore Donald Timmerman (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) was awarded the Jake Jaquet Fighting Heart award. The Jaquet Award is presented to the member of an athletic squad who is not necessarily an outstanding athlete, but can be, who goes above and beyond what is asked of or expected of his/her and because of this exemplary, unselfish, and at times, unrewarded behavior stands out among his/her peers.
Timmerman swam this year with a heavy heart as he lost his brother over the summer. Jack was a 17-year-old who lost his life in a car accident. Donald made the conscious decision to continue to be an important, positive leader for the Spartan men’s swim program. Despite the very difficult loss he suffered, he continued to be a dynamic and positive force for the Green and White.
Spartan head coach Erin Kurtz described Timmerman’s positive attitude.
“Donald has always been a positive, unselfish, enthusiastic leader of our program. He got dealt a very tough hand and had a choice to make on how he would heal over the course of the year. He has always been the athlete who could motivate you during a tough set, pick you up if you had a bad swim and encourage and support you when you had an amazing swim. So the path Donald chose was to remain the that same positive and enthusiastic rock to our program and his teammates throughout this entire season.”
Cross country and track standout Jess Miller earned the Georgia Heathcote-Stallman Award. The Stallman award signifies the most outstanding senior female athlete at York College. Miller was a 16-time All-Capital Athletic Conference selection for the Spartans. She closed out her career with a win in the 10,000 meter race as the CAC Championships hosted by York College while she also finished second in the 5K race.
Hutson captured the Daniel J. Klinedinst award signifying the Spartans’ most outstanding senior athlete. Hutson leads York with just about every significant offensive record. He tallied 286 career points on 206 goals and 80 assists. He is just one of 13 players in Division III men’s lacrosse history to reach 200 career goals. Hutson also owns the school record for game winning goals (15) and man up goals (28). He was a four time first-team All-CAC honoree and a three-time USILA All-American. Hutson was also selected to appear in the USILA Senior All-Star game.
The academic honorees for the year will be announced on Wednesday, May 20 and will be released on www.ycpspartans.com.