MAY 20, 2006


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 pitching rotation.

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 each contest.

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 team.

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 Awards.

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 Merit),
and Jen Marrosu (ECAC Merit)











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