Campus Clippings: Antone named Big South Freshman of the Year
There's a reason Maddie Antone chose softball over basketball and volleyball coming out of Kiski Area a couple of years ago. It's her best sport.
And it didn't take her long to prove that at the Division I college level.
Antone was named Big South Freshman of the Year after an impressive season in which she tied the program's freshman record with a .375 batting average, to go with eight home runs, 20 runs and 22 RBIs.
A shortstop, Antone also picked up All-Big South second team honors as a designated player after she batted .426 against league opponents for the Eagles (27-26), who had their first winning season since 2009. They reached the conference tournament but fell to No. 2 seed Longwood.
Antone also was named to the College Sports Madness First Team.
Resdshirt junior outfielder Ryan Siegel (Freeport) helped lead the Lakers (30-13) to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The team received a bid Sunday night and will open the double-elimination Atlantic Regional on Thursday against Seton Hill (36-15) at Kutztown. Siegel, the former PSAC West and NCBWA Freshman of the Year, is hitting .346 with a team-high-tying 37 runs and leads the Lakers in stolen bases with 15 in 16 attempts. He also has seven doubles, three triples and 28 RBIs.
Penn State Behrend
A pair of A-K players contributed to the Lions' run to the AMCC and ECAC Divition III South playoffs. Junior outfielder Nathan Junk (Knoch) batted .376, drove in 19 runs and hit seven doubles. Sophomore outfielder Matt Wolczko (Kiski Area) added 18 runs and 12 RBIs for Behrend (28-14). The top-seeded Lions will host the ECAC Tournament Saturday and Sunday.
— Bill Beckner Jr.