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Marko Thomas saluted as top student-athlete at Geneva College

| Saturday, May 12, 2012, 4:34 a.m.

Marko Thomas (Penn-Trafford), a senior wide receiver at Geneva College this past season, was presented with the school's 2003 Geneva Award.

The award is presented annually to Geneva's most outstanding senior student-athlete. The winner is selected by the college's administrators.

Marko ended his career as Geneva's all-time leading recevier in total receptions (215), touchdown receptions (36), and receiving yardage (3,515). He also finished second all-time in all-purpose yards (4,820) and kickoff return yards (1,253) and third in total points (230).

Geno DeMarko, Geneva head football coach, called Thomas "simply one of the best football players I have ever coached."

"He exemplifies the true meaning of hard work and dedication," DeMarko said. "He is a tireless worker who will do whatever it takes to win. In an era of great receivers in our program, Marko shines above them all."

Thomas is only the second player from outside Beaver County to receive the Geneva Award in its 20-year history. He received his award at a banquet sponsored by the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.

He was previously named Receiver of the Year for 2002 by the National Christian Collegiate Ahtletic Association.

Thomas was also a three-time NAIA All-American, a three-time NCNAA All-American and a four-time Mid-States Football Association All- Conference selection.

  • Jonathan Picarsic (Mt. Pleasant Area), a golfer at the University of Southern Colorado, has been named to the 2003 Verizon Men's At-Large Academic All-American first team.

    Picarsic held the second-lowest stroke average on the USC team last season, with a 76.4. He finished fifth at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships last fall.

    Off the field, Picarsic graduated in May with a double major in history and sociology. He finished with a 4.0 grade point average, and became the first USC's student-athlete to be named a first-team academic All-American since 1983.

    Picarsic was a three-time Academic All-RMAC honoree, and was awarded the 2002 RMAC Student Athlete Academic Award, given to the top student-athlete at the university.

    BASEBALL

    Westmoreland County Community College baseball players Joe McBroom (Derry Area) and Jonathan Kiral were named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All Region 20 First Team.

    McBroom was also named to the All Region 20 Academic Team and was named a third team All-American.

    LACROSSE

    Four members of the St. Vincent Lady Bearcat lacrosse team were named to the 2003 NCAA Division II academic honor roll.

    Those honored were seniors Laura Mains (biochemistry), Renee Straub (biology), and Elizabeth Anderson (mathematics), and junior Melissa Olds (elementary education).

    The selections were made by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

    VOLLEYBALL

    St. Vincent has signed six WPIAL volleyball players, including one from Westmoreland County, to play for the Lady Bearcats this fall.

    Nicole Dorko, an outside hitter from Greater Latrobe High School, is among those who will play for head coach Sue Hozak. The other signees are Julie Doctorick (Seton-LaSalle), a defensive specialist/hitter; Emily Ecoff (Bethel Park), an outside hitter; Liz Lemmon (Pine-Richalnd) a defensive specialist; Kryston Lowers (Freeport Area), an outside hitter; and Shannon McKay (Carrick), a middle hitter.

    St. Vincent also signed Lauren Wagner, a middle hitter from Windham High School in Ravenna, Ohio.

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