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Baldwin senior student-athletes recognized for athletic prowess

| Thursday, July 26, 2012, 8:45 a.m.

Members of the Baldwin High School 2012 senior class were lauded for their accomplishments at a recent business meeting held by the Baldwin-Whitehall School District board of school directors.

Many of the Baldwin seniors were student-athletes in high school, including the following:

• Alex Adley - two-year varsity letter winner and team captain in football.

• Zach Alaimo - two-year letter winner in hockey and inline hockey; one-year letter winner in lacrosse.

Alaimo also was the recipient of the Mike Kovach Award.

• Harley Austin - four-year letter winner, team captain and WPIAL qualifier in swimming.

• Parker Balla - four-year letter winner in track and field, three-year letter winner in cross country, and two-year letter winner in indoor track.

• Andrew Bannister - four-year letter winner in indoor track and outdoor track; one-year letter winner in football.

• Katie Bargiel - two-year letter winner in volleyball.

• Stephanie Bihary - three-year letter winner in bowling.

• Mark Bondi - two-year letter winner in golf and baseball.

Bondi earned the Lowe's Achievement Award in golf.

• Kelsey Breisinger - two-year letter winner and team captain in cheerleading.

• Bobby Bush - two-year letter winner in football and wrestling; one-year letter winner in track and field.

• Zach Christman - two-year letter winner in hockey; one-year letter winner in tennis.

• Audrey Crompton - two-year letter winner in swimming.

• Neil Debski - four-year letter winner and team captain in bowling.

Debski was a WPIBL singles champion and third-place finisher, state singles fourth-place finisher, and state team fifth-place finisher.

• Zach DeNardo - three-year letter winner in football, and four-year letter winner in track and field.

DeNardo was a two-time all-conference selection in football.

• Bianca DiNardo - two-year letter winner and team captain in volleyball, and a four-year letter winner and team captain in track and field.

• Jake Dindak - two-year letter winner in football, and four-year letter winner and team captain in basketball.

•Sarah Espy - four-year letter winner in indoor track and outdoor track.

• Laura Hall - three-year letter winner and team captain in softball; one-year letter winner in track and field.

• Sam Happe - three-year letter winner and team MVP in tennis.

• Jordan Hartman - multiple letter winner in basketball and volleyball.

• Haley Hast - multiple letter winner in gymnastics and track and field.

• Christian Holland - three-year letter winner in baseball.

• Lauren Gazzam - three-year letter winner in basketball.

• Megan Geary - two-year letter winner in volleyball.

• Katie Goettman - four-year letter winner in track and field; one-year letter winner in indoor track and soccer.

• Tyler Green - three-year letter winner and team captain in volleyball.

Green was an all-section player twice.

• Tom Hustava - two-year letter winner in baseball.

• Sarah Jugovic - four-year letter winner and team captain in soccer, and three-year letter winner and team captain in lacrosse.

Jugovich was a Sportsmanship Coach's Award and Leadership Coach's Award recipient.

• Chris Kaercher - letter winner in inline V1 hockey.

Kaercher played on a division and state championship team at Baldwin.

• Andrea Keiser - three-year letter winner and team captain in cheerleading.

• Leah Koslow - two-year letter winner in track and field.

• Andrew Kuchta - four-year letter winner, team MVP and Veith Award recipient in cross country; four-year letter winner in outdoor track; and two-year letter winner in indoor track.

• Krista Kuss - four-year letter winner in indoor and outdoor track; two-year letter winner in soccer.

Kuss holds school records in the girls' 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.

• Shannon Lafferty - three-year letter winner and named "most improved player" in lacrosse.

• Shane Landy - four-year letter winner in swimming; one-year letter winner in track and field.

Landy was a three-time WPIAL swimming qualifier.

• Anna Lauterbach - four-year letter winner and team captain in basketball and softball.

Lauterbach was a Roundball Classic all-star selection, ESPN Rise Magazine Eastern U.S. player of the week, WTAE-TV student-athlete of the week, and an all-state selection.

• Sarah Lauterbach - three-year letter winner, defensive MVP in lacrosse.

• Mike Markunas - two-year letter winner in lacrosse; one-year letter winner in inline hockey.

• Vivianne Mazzocco - three-year letter winner in indoor track and outdoor track; one-year letter winner in cross country and soccer.

Mazzocco also won the Coach's Award for Sportsmanship.

• Eric Michalski - four-year letter winner and team captain in soccer; two-year letter winner in basketball.

Michalski was a two-time All-WPIAL selection in soccer.

• Brett Mullen - three-year letter winner in tennis.

• Ashley Niziol - four-year letter winner and team captain in bowling.

• Nick Opferman - four-year letter winner in baseball.

• Megan Pantuso - three-year letter winner in swimming, and an indoor and outdoor track letter winner.

• Gina Pellegrino - letter winner in lacrosse.

• Joe Persichetti - three-year letter winner in football; two-year letter winner in baseball.

• Alexis Pietras - letter winner, team captain and MVP in lacrosse.

• Sarah Powell - four-year letter winner in track and field; three-year letter winner in cheerleading.

• Karlena Price - one-year letter winner in lacrosse.

• Courtney Pyeritz - two-year letter winner and team captain in volleyball.

• Mike Reft - letter winner in la-crosse, and was named "rookie of the year" in golf.

• John Reimond - three-year letter winner in track and field.

• Shannon Rodgers - four-year letter winner in track and field; two-year letter winner in indoor track.

• Nicholas Rubenstein - two-year letter winner in lacrosse.

• Emily Schmidlin - three-year letter winner in lacrosse and cheerleading; letter winner and team captain in tennis.

Schmidlin was honored twice as a UCA All-American.

• Justina Schmidt - one-year letter winner in lacrosse.

• Katherine Schmotzer - letter winner, "most improved player" award recipient in lacrosse.

• Sarah Schwartz - two-year letter winner and team captain in soccer.

• Jenna Sheridan - three-year letter winner and team captain in swimming.

• Nicholas Shialabba - two-year letter winner and team captain in lacrosse.

• Abigail Smith - two-year letter winner in swimming.

• Tara Soukup - four-year letter winner in lacrosse; letter winner and team captain in hockey.

• Lauryn Suchy - three-year letter winner and team captain in volleyball.

Suchy was an all-section and All-WPIAL selection in volleyball.

• Ed Taylor - one-year letter winner in football.

• Dorian Terry - letter winner in indoor track and outdoor track.

• Mike Thompson - two-year letter winner in football.

• Mark Tripson - four-year letter winner in swimming and baseball.

Tripson was a three-time WPIAL qualifier in swimming, and team record holder in swimming.

• Kelly Welsh - four-year letter winner in track and field; one-year letter winner in cheerleading.

Welsh also was a Varsity Athletics Award recipient.

• Taylor Wentzel - four-year letter winner and team captain in basketball.

Wentzel was a Roundball Classic nominee and two-time tournament MVP.

• Erica Young - four-year letter winner in softball.

Information for this story was obtained from the Baldwin-Whithall School District home page. It is not an all-inclusive list of 2011-12 senior student-athletes at Baldwin.

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