MAY 20, 2006
KING'S HONORS BEST AT SEASON AWARDS RECEPTION
WILKES-BARRE The King's College athletic
department closed the books on the 2005-06 sports season with the annual
Senior Awards Luncheon Saturday at the Sheehey-Farmer Student Center.
Student-athletes concluding their careers were
presented senior gifts as a tribute to their efforts during their
playing days at King's. Awards presented included the Male and Female
Senior Athlete of the Year awards, the Male and Female Senior
Scholar-Athlete awards; and the ECAC Merit Awards.
The Senior Male Athlete of the Year was presented
to Monarch baseball player Rob Medlock (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic). A four-year varsity player at
King's, Medlock served as a senior team captain and helped the team to a
third straight Freedom Conference playoff berth this season, including
the Monarchs' first Freedom Conference title since 1993.
King's, which set a program record for
single-season wins in completing a 25-16 campaign, earned it's
first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
During his career Medlock contributed to the
success of the team with his ability to play different positions
effectively. He served as the team's designated hitter, played
first-base, and was part of King's three-man Freedom Conference starting
He concluded his senior year with a second Freedom
Conference all-star selection at designated hitter, batting .319
(44-138) with 11 doubles and 27 RBI. Medlock owns a career .320 batting
average (98-300) with three home runs, two triples, 23 doubles, 57 runs
batted in. Medlock also sports a career pitching record of 11-8 with 112
strikeouts in 150 innings.
An outstanding student with a 3.66 grade-point
average, Medlock was also a three-time MAC All-Academic selection.
The Senior Female Athlete of the Year was awarded
to women's basketball standout Beth Jordan (Athol, NY/Delaware
Valley). A four-year player, Jordan helped King's to a
combined record of 78 wins and 30 losses during her career, including
four straight MAC Freedom Conference Tournament berths, an NCAA Division
III National Tournament bid in 2003, and an ECAC Southern Regional
Tournament berth in 2004.
During her tenure at King's, Jordan ranks as the
11th leading scorer in King's history with 1,150 points, while adding
637 rebounds, 204 assists, and 133 steals. She stands as the Lady
Monarchs' career foul shooting leader, converting 81.6 percent of her
free throw attempts. She also ranks second all-time at King's in field
goal percentage, by making 51.2 percent of her shots from the floor. She
concluded her career with an outstanding senior year where she averaged
15.0 points per-game and led the Freedom Conference in rebounding at 9.0
Jordan was a two-time first-team All-Freedom
Conference selection; a two-time Mid-Atlantic Regional choice; and a
two-time ECAC second-team all-star. She capped her career by being named
to the prestigious Kodak/Womenıs Basketball Coaches Association
All-American Team as an honorable mention selection.
An outstanding student with a 3.84 grade-point
average, she was a three-time MAC All-Academic selection and was twice
named to the ESPN the Magazine District 2 All-Academic team.
The Scholar-Athlete Awards are presented to a
King's College senior male and female student-athlete based on their
academic success at King's with the recipient being determined by the
highest grade-point average during the respective careers at King's.
Diane Lucas (Norristown/Norristown) was the recipient of King's Female
Scholar-Athlete Award. A member of the women's volleyball team, Lucas
served as a senior team captain and was a top defensive player. Lucas
led the Lady Monarchs in digs each of the last two seasons and ranks
seventh all-time at King's with 1,071 digs over her career.
In the classroom, Lucas was a three-time Middle
Atlantic Conference All-Academic selection and has received a number of
academic awards at King's, including the English Honor Society,
Education Honor Society, and Aquinas Honor Society. Named to the King's
College Dean's List every semester, Lucas owns an outstanding 3.893
overall grade-point average as an education major.
The Male Scholar-Athlete Award was presented to
Monarch golfer J.C. Blewitt (Kingston/Bishop O'Reilly). A four-year player who was consistently one
of the team's top scorers over his career, Blewitt has received numerous
academic honors at King's. He was a Beta Gama Sigma Scholarship
recipient as well as a Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public
Accountants Scholar Award winner.
He has been selected to the Delta Epsilon Sigma
Society, the Aquinas Honor Society and the King's Accounting
Association. As an accounting major, Blewitt compiled a perfect 4.0
overall grade-point average and was also named to the King's College
Deanıs List every semester.
The ECAC Merit Awards are annually presented to
deserving student-athletes on the basis of their success in the
classroom and in their respective sport of choice. The ECAC allows
member colleges to nominate one student-athlete from each sport offered
at the school. To be nominated, student-athletes must have at least a
3.0 overall grade-point average and be a contributing member of their
King's student-athletes receiving the ECAC Merit
Award include Patrick Lyons (Brunswick,
ME/Cheverus), cross country; Amanda Jez (Wilkes-Barre/Coughlin),
field hockey; Chris Barnic (Inkerman/Pittston Area), football; Dan Upton (Bloomsburg/Bloomsburg),
men's soccer; Rita Kaluzavich
(Pittston/Seton Catholic), women's tennis; Sheldon Broedel (Baltimore,
MD/Mt. St. Joseph's), swimming; Adam Fedorko (Richboro/Holy
Ghost Prep), men's basketball; Tim
Granquist (Honesdale/Honesdale), baseball; Jen Marrosu (Neshanic
Station, NJ/Immaculata, women's lacrosse;
and John Matusiewicz (Bridgewater,
NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan), men's lacrosse.
Lucas, Jordan, and Blewitt also received ECAC Merit
King's also presented the John J. Dorish Award,
given in memory of the college's late director of athletics. Dorish
served King's Athletics for 34 years as a coach and director of
athletics and is credited with overseeing the growth of varsity sports
enjoyed at King's today. The award is presented annually to an
individual who has shown loyalty and dedication to the betterment of
King's College Athletics. The 2006 award was presented to King's College
equipment manager Joe DiMaggio.
2005-06 King's College Senior Awards Recipients
Sitting (L-R): Amanda Jez (ECAC Merit), Dan Upton (ECAC Merit), Beth
Jordan (Female Athlete of the Year, ECAC Merit), Adam Fedorko (ECAC
Merit), Tim Granquist (ECAC Merit),
and Diane Lucas (Female Scholar-Athlete, ECAC Merit).
Standing (L-R): J.C. Blewitt (Male Scholar-Athlete, ECAC Merit), Chris
Barnic (ECAC Merit), Rob Medlock (Male Athlete of the Year), Patrick
Lyons (ECAC Merit), Rita Kaluzavich (ECAC Merit).
Missing are: Sheldon Broedel (ECAC Merit), John Matusiewicz (ECAC
and Jen Marrosu (ECAC Merit)