Three Hanover area high school seniors who have already committed to NCAA Division I careers top the list of nominees for Hanover Area Scholar-Athletes of the Year at the 24th annual Hanover Rotary Sportsnight later this month.
South Western's Parker Bean and Sydney Szparaga and Delone Catholic's Brett Smith are three of 16 athletes who will vie for male and female honors in the event on Wednesday, Jan 23, at the Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services Social Hall in Brushtown.
The other male nominees are Hanover's Spenser Durika and Clayton Reichart, South Western's Devon Ackerman, Delone Catholic's Tanner Orndorff and Spring Grove's Alex Guinn and Derek Carlisle.
In addition to Szparaga, the female nominees are Hanover's Linsey Bowersox and Lynne Eisenberg, South Western's Amy Spigelmyer, Delone Catholic's Sarah Bischoff and Isabella Ugarte and Spring Grove's Abby Richards and Lexi Seaman.
They will be joined at the event by five celebrity guests -- former NBA player Walt Williams, former NFL player Roy Hilton, York Revolution manager Mark Mason, Penn State volleyball coach Steve Aird and super sprint driver Logan Schuchart.
Tickets cost $30 per adult and $20 per student. A table of six reserved seats costs $200. Tickets are available from Robert Miller at Riggle and Associates, LLC, at 546 Broadway, Hanover.
Bean, who has scored more than 1,350 points in his South Western basketball career, has signed to continue his baseball career at Liberty University. Last summer, he participated in the first Big 26 Baseball Classic.
Smith, nearing 1,000 career points in basketball, is the first athlete to receive All-Area honors in football, baseball and basketball. He has signed to play baseball next year at Bucknell University.
Meanwhile, Szparaga, who has scored 131 career goals for South Western's girls' lacrosse team, will continue her career in that sport in 2014 at Siena University, where she will study political science with a minor in business.
Other male nominees for the Scholar-Athlete Award are projecting varied career paths outside of athletics.
Durika may join Smith at Bucknell, where the Hanover High nominee plans to study mechanical engineering. Reichart hopes to major in psychology while Ackerman, who says he hopes to play NCAA Division II football, wants to major in pre-med. Guinn expects to major in business at Lock Haven University while the other Spring Grove nominee, Carlisle, foresees a career as an air traffic controller.
Medicine and politics figure prominently among the female nominees.
Spigelmyer, a standout in basketball and cross country, hopes to pursue a pharmacy career, while Ugarte, the daughter of a doctor, plans to pursue a career as either a nurse or physician's assistant.
Meanwhile, Bischoff, a track and cross country athlete at Delone Catholic, envisions a public service career. Likewise, Richards plans to continue her track and field career while studying political science at either Christopher Newport or Salisbury universities.
Bowersox is also headed to Bucknell, where she will determine a major in either math or science.
Seaman, who stood out in field hockey at Spring Grove, hopes to study criminology at Penn State.
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