Scranton PA - The Lackawanna College Athletic Department is honored to announce its winter and spring team honors, and the college's achievement awards presented to its student-athletes for their academic and sportsmanship accomplishments during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Sterling B. Seeley Award
The Seeley Award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates all-around abilities as a student and an athlete as well as an active involvement in the community. It is named in honor of Sterling B. Seeley, who was an essential part of the administration of this college for over forty-five years. He was the person responsible for the introduction of many of Lackawanna College's athletic programs and for making those programs a vital segment of the college. The Sterling B. Seeley award is the most prestigious honor that can be bestowed on a Lackawanna College student athlete and is the summation of all that the college wants its sports programs to embody.
This year's esteemed recipient was Eric Grabowski
Grabowski earned his sports success on the field, where as a two year participant he was the starting second basemen on the Lackawanna baseball team. During that time, he batted.441 with 117 hits in 265 at bats; he fashioned an On Base Percentage of .498; and, compiled a Slugging Percentage of .736 with 29 doubles, 5 triples and 13 home runs. He scored a total of 84 runs and drove in 66 more.
As amazing as his hitting numbers are, he also contributed to the team success as one of its premier pitchers. In his two years at Lackawanna, Grabowski started 14 games. In those games he recorded 8 wins and suffered 5 losses. He hurled 75 and 1/3 innings during which he compiled an earned run average of 3.71.
Grabowski was named to the All Region XIX First Team for Baseball in both the 2014 and 2015 season. During the 2015 season he was named the NJCAA Division Two National Player of the Week for his performance during the week of April 19th. His accolades continued, when he was selected by opposing Region XIX coaches as the Region XIX Player of the Year.
A mature individual who understands the importance of community service, Eric has participated yearly in the Graham Academy Baseball Clinic which provides free training in baseball skills to members of the autism and special needs community.
A true student – athlete, Grabowski's achievements in the class room matches his performance on the field. He presently has 3.50 GPA in Sports Management and will be continuing his playing and academic career at Liberty University upon his graduation from Lackawanna College,
On learning of that Grabowski was to receive the Seeley Award, his baseball coach, Chris Pensak said, "It couldn't go to a more deserving person, he is mature and responsible both on and off the field. He is a quiet leader who leads through actions twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
Academic and Sportsmanship Achievement Awards
There are five Athletic Department Awards given to honor its athlete's academic and sportsmanship accomplishments. Those awards are:
Board of Trustees Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Award
The Board of Trustees Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Award is given annually to a returning freshman who has demonstrated educational excellence while participating in sports. The individual selected to receive this award will have achieved the highest grade point average of all freshmen student/athletes.
For the first time since this award was established, it went to co-winners, Patrick McGinty (Baseball) and Bethany Mickavicz (Softball). McGinty is majoring in Liberal Studies, while Mickavicz is seeking a degree in Accounting.
The academic awards are given annually to the outstanding male and female student-athletes who have demonstrated educational excellence while participating in sports. The award is presented to those students who have achieved the highest cumulative averages among participants during their two years at Lackawanna College.
This year, the male academic award went to Tyree Nobles (Football). Nobles is a Business Studies Major and will be transferring to Widener University after graduating from Lackawanna College.
Mara Baxter (Soccer) was the female recipient of the Award. An Accounting Major, she will be transferring to the University of Scranton upon graduation.
Margaret "Peg" Tobin Sportsmanship Award
Margaret "Peg" Tobin Sportsmanship Award: The Margaret "Peg" Tobin Sportsmanship Award is annually awarded to the male and female student-athletes who have excelled on and off the field. It recognizes persons who are fair, generous and gracious in victory or defeat and whose contributions to the team are varied and vital.
This year's Male Award was bestowed upon Alex Altier (Golf).
As for the female presentation, for the first time in the history of this award, there were co-winners, Kayla Kelly (Softball) and Megan Tweedy (Soccer, Women's Basketball and Softball).
Most Valuable Player Awards
This Winter/Spring's Most Valuable Player awards were presented to:
Men's Basketball – D'Armound Player,
Women's Basketball –Kwanza Murray,
Softball – Michaela Hedglin,
Baseball – Eric Grabowski,
Golf – Zachery Moore,
All Region XIX
The following athletes have received certificates recognizing their selection to the All Region Team in their respective sports:
Men's Basketball – Travaun Coad – First Team
Women's Basketball – Kayla Henderson – First Team
Women's Basketball – Kwanza Murray – First Team
Women's Basketball – Kayla Henderson – First Team
Baseball – Eric Grabowski – First Team
Baseball – Joe Spitaleri – First Team
Baseball – Arbely Soto – First Team
Baseball – Anthony Hunter – First Team
Baseball – Rasheed Noble – Second Team
Baseball – Bernard Brito – Second Team
Softball – Colleen Walsh – Second Team
Softball – Jessica Bobersky – Second Team