Hollidaysburg grad among honorees

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Four members of the most successful class to pass through Juniata College men’s basketball can add one for plaque to their walls.

Recent graduates Pat Cassidy of Hollidaysburg, Brian Scholly, Kevin Snyder and Kevin Stapleton all earned National Association of Basketball Coaches 2013-14 Honors Court status, the organization announced on Tuesday.

“It’s a credit to their focus and work ethic and shows that these guys are complete student-athletes,” coach Greg Curley said. “They took their academic careers as serious as their athletic careers, and we’re very proud of everything they’ve accomplished.”

The 2013-14 Eagles completed an 18-10 season and won the program’s second consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III tournament title.

The Juniata College men’s basketball team received the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award.

The award is given to NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA Division I and II teams that achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2013-14 season.

Mount gets award, too

Kansas City, Mo. – The 2013-2014 Mount Aloysius men’s basketball team has earned the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award for its effort in the classroom over the last academic year.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced the second annual 2013-14 Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics.

Also, five Mountie players were named to the NABC Honors Court on Monday. The NABC honors court recognizes junior and senior varsity players with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 academic year. The Mounties honored included Nolan Doyle, Aaron Patrick, Clint Wagner, Jake Wyatt and Tanner Thomas.

Eagles recognized

HUNTINGDON – Four Juniata College men’s volleyball players earned Continental Volleyball Conference Academic All-Conference honors.

Recent graduates Ben Krouse and Alex McColgin, along with rising senior Paul Kuhn and rising junior Ryan Shelton were the Juniata representatives amongst a record-high 74 student-athletes to garner the honor for the 2014 season.

“The guys all work really hard all year around in everything that they do,” coach Pat Shawaryn said. “They are always trying to be better on the court and that translates into their academic work. They know how to succeed and these awards just shows that they can be strong volleyball players and strong students at the same time.”

The award is given to student-athletes who achieve a 3.3 grade point average or higher for the spring semester.