Student Athletes Receive Honors at All-Sports Banquet

(Photo provided by Steve Harmic)

UNIVERSITY PARK – Student athletes from all seven varsity sports programs at Penn State DuBois were recognized for their achievements over the past season at the annual All Sports Banquet on Sunday. 

Coach’s and athletes reflected on the highlights of their seasons, including trips to national championships. This year, the cross country teams participated in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s (USCAA) national meet in Concord, New Hampshire. 

The volleyball team made it to the Penn State University Athletics Conference (PSUAC) Final Four, finishing 13-5 for the season. 

The men’s basketball team made it to the PSUAC Final Four with a 14-13 record.  The women’s basketball team made the PSUAC playoffs and finished 14-12.  

The wrestling team took the Pennsylvania State Championship in their division, and eight wrestlers qualified for the National Collegiate Wrestling Association’s (NCWA) National Tournament in Macon, Georgia.  Head coach Matt Park was also named NCWA Mid-East Conference Coach of the Year.  

Students received awards for having been named All-American players, All-Conference players, Academic All-American players, and Academic All-Conference players.  Student athletes who receive academic honors must have a semester GPA of at least 3.0 or higher during the semester of competition, or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a completion of 24 credits.

Chancellor Anita McDonald thanked coaches and parents for making the campus athletics programs a success.  “Coaches, you represent the utmost integrity and honor in your sports,” she said.  “Parents, you have shared your students with us, and supported them; knowing you’re there and that they have your support is really appreciated.”  

Athletic Coordinator Ken Nellis thanked the athletes and the Athletic Advisory Committee, made up of students, faculty, staff, and community members.  He said, “It really takes a combined effort from everyone to make these seasons and events come together.” 

Student athlete award winners are as follows. 

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country

Chris Antonio–PSUAC All Conference

Gabrielle Brennan–PSUAC All Conference


Cortney Yenzi– PSUAC All Conference  (2nd team)

Kaitlyn Karpinski—PSUAC All Conference (HM)

Women’s Basketball

Missy Aul–PSUAC All Conference (HM)

Heidi Hepler USCAA Academic All-American

Men’s Basketball

Josh Salter—PSUAC All Conference, USCAA  All-American (HM)

Jovan Brown-PSUAC All Conference  (HM)

USCAA Academic All Americans

Derek Burdick, Mark Shannon

Jordan Stiles


David Hommell – PA. State Collegiate Champion

Nick Bogacki – NCWA Academic All-American

PSUAC Academic All Conference

Men’s & Women’s  Cross Country

Chris Antonio                       

Gabrielle Brennan

Kyle Gordon 

Women’s Basketball

Missy Aul                            

Brittany Barrett

Heidi Hepler                        

Patience McCullough

Kelsey Rini                         

 Lynnie Schirmer

Jess Tarr


Lindsay Barrett                   

Becky Hoffman

Cortney Yenzi 


Rebecca Aul 

Men’s Basketball

Jovan Brown                         

Derek Burdick

Mark Shannon                      

Jordan Stiles


Nick Bogacki                      

 Kasey Haines

Photo Caption: 

2011 Athletic Award Winners 

Row One, left to right: David Hommell, men’s wrestling; Nick Bogacki, men’s wrestling; Cortney Yenzi, women’s volleyball; Lynnie Schirmer, women’s basketball; Heidi Hepler, women’s basketball; Jess Tarr, women’s basketball; Derek Burdick, men’s basketball.

Row Two, left to right: Alyssa Wetzel, women’s volleyball; Brittany Barrett, women’s basketball; Ashley McCullough, women’s volleyball; Tessa Vargas, women’s volleyball; Karlee Cyphert, women’s basketball; Patience McCullough, women’s basketball, Kaitlyn Karpinski, women’s volleyball; Lindsay Barrett, women’s volleyball; Chris Antonio, cross country; Kyle Gordon, cross country; Gabrielle Brennan, cross country; Kasey Haines, wrestling; Jordan Stiles, men’s basketball; Rich Walker, men’s basketball. 

Row Three, left to right: Rebecca Aul, women’s soccer; Missy Aul, women’s basketball; Kelsey Rini, women’s basketball; Mark Shannon, men’s basketball; Josh Salter, men’s basketball; Will Welles; men’s basketball; Jovan Brown, men’s basketball; Kevin White, men’s basketball;

 Steve Harmic, Penn State DuBois

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