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Stevens honored for work off court, too

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State men’s basketball senior forward Lamar Stevens was recently named Senior CLASS second-team All-American this week.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the student-athlete. To be eligible for the award, they must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.

Penn State’s leading scorer for a second consecutive year, Stevens finished his four-year career as part of the winningest class in Penn State’s Big Ten era with 76 wins and as one of only two Nittany Lions with 2,000 career points and 800 rebounds.

He also support the Centre Region Down Syndrome Society and its Buddy Walk each October, and participated with Special Olympics Pennsylvania as part of the organization’s annual summer event on campus.

This past year, Stevens authored a book to teach children about Pennsylvania geography, “Lamar’s Climb — A Journey to Happy Valley.”

The Senior CLASS awards were chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I men’s basketball coaches, national basketball media and fans.

PSU Altoona volleyball

A pair of Penn State Altoona men’s volleyball players earned All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference status this week.

Sophomore outside hitter/setter Ben Beaver was voted to the first team of the AMCC All-Conference squad, and senior outside hitter Frank Perehinec was a second-team All-AMCC selection.

Beaver ranked among the top 10 players in the conference, being first in solo blocks (17), second in service aces (23), fifth in points (209.5) and service aces per set (0.35).

Perehinec, in his second season with the Lions, ranked second in solo blocks (15), 11th in kills (147), kills per set (2.26), and points (175.0), 12th in total digs (117) and points per set (2.7), 14th in digs per set (1.8), 18th in total blocks (29), 25th in blocks per set (0.45), 28th in hitting percentage (.128), and 33rd in block assists (14).

Elsewhere:

n Six Penn State men’s volleyball student-athletes received All-EIVA awards for their individual performances in the 2020 season on Tuesday. Sophomore Brett Wildman was chosen a Uvaldo Acosta Memorial Co-Player of the Year for the conference and was an All-EIVA first-team selection along with redshirt senior Jason Donorovich and sophomore Cal Fisher. Redshirt sophomore Will Bantle and sophomore Cole Bogner were All-EIVA Second-team selections and redshirt senior Henrik Falck-Lauten was an All-EIVA honorable mention. Head coach Mark Pavlik was also named the 2020 Bob Sweeney Coach of the Year, his eighth time winning conference coach of the year.

In addition, Redshirt seniors Calvin Mende and Donorovich, senior Nathan Smith, redshirt junior Kyle Mackiewicz, Bantle, and Wildman were all named to the 2020 EIVA All-Academic Team.

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