MAY 19, 2007

(Sabo, Calarco, Flexon Presented Top Athletic, Academic Awards)

WILKES-BARRE -- The King's College athletic department honored its best when the annual Senior Sports Luncheon was held on campus Saturday at the Sheehy-Farmer Student Center.

At the event, senior gifts were presented to each graduating Monarch student-athlete. Also included during the program were the awards presentations of the college's Female and Male Athletes of the Year; the Female and Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year; the Eastern College Athletic Conference Merit Awards; as well as the John J. Dorish Award.

The Female and Male Senior Athlete of the Year awards were presented to Lindsay Sabo (Milford/Delaware Valley) and Caleb Calarco (New Ringgold/Tamaqua).

Sabo (left) has enjoyed one of the finest athletic careers in King's College history, setting virtually every record in her sports of field hockey and women's lacrosse.

As a field hockey player, she was a three-time All-Freedom Conference selection and was named the conference "Player of the Year" in both 2005 and 2006, while twice earning National Field Hockey Coaches Association Regional All-American Honors. This season, she led the Monarchs to the 2006 Freedom Conference championship and the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. She finished the year by scoring 59 points, the second highest single-season total in program history. She posted a school-record 25 goals with a team-high 11 assists. In field hockey, she totaled 157 career points on 61 goals and 35 assists, all school-records.

In lacrosse, Sabo was a two-time first-team All-Middle Atlantic Conference selection. She concluded her lacrosse career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 305 points on 197 goals and 108 assists with 286 ground balls, all school-records. She established King's single-season marks of 64 goals in 2007, 54 assists in 2005, and 99 total points, also in 2005.

Combining her career totals for lacrosse and field hockey Sabo has registered 462 points on 258 goals and 169 assists.

Calarco (right), meanwhile, was known for his tremendous versatility as a baseball player, possessing the ability to play a number of effectively at the collegiate level. Calarco enjoyed three outstanding seasons at King's after transferring from Alvernia College after his freshman year.

This season, Calarco led the Monarchs to a school-record for wins as the team finished the year with a 28-12 record and earned the second-seed in the Freedom Conference Tournament. A year ago, Calarco earned most valuable player honors as King's won the Freedom Conference Tournament and reached the NCAA Division III National Championships for the first-time in school history.

As a junior, Caleb was named first-team All-Freedom Conference as a utility player. During the year he played first-base, second, base, third-base, and was one of the team's top starting pitchers. As a senior, Calarco enjoyed a banner year as he held down the first-base position and was the team's number-one pitcher, while mixing in time at third base and second base when needed. He concluded the season with a .377 (55-146) batting average with nine doubles, two home runs, and 27 RBI. As a pitcher, he posted a 7-3 record with a 2.03 ERA registering a team-high 55 strikeouts in 61 innings. He was rewarded for his outstanding overall play when he became the first player in King's history to be named both the Freedom Conference Pitcher and Player of the Year.

In his three-year career at King's, Caleb has compiled a career batting average of .359, totaling 143 base hits in 398 at-bats with 31 doubles, three triples, three home runs, and 74 runs batted in. As a pitcher, he owns a 15-6 record and a 3.3 earned run average with 101 strikeouts in 135 innings.

He was also an outstanding student with a 3.73 overall grade-point average and was named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine District II All-Academic Team.

Each year the King's recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of its student-athletes by choosing a male and female scholar athlete of the year. The 2007 winners were Chad Flexon (Sewell, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) and Lindsay Sabo (Milford/Delaware Valley).

Flexon (left) was a four-year letterman and three-year starter as a defenseman for King's men's lacrosse team where he helped anchor one of the top defensive units in the Middle Atlantic Conference each of the last four years.

In the classroom, Flexon enjoyed an even greater level of success with an outstanding 3.845 overall grade-point average as an elementary education major and has been named to King's Dean's List all eight semesters. Additionally, he is a three-year selection to the Middle Atlantic Conferences All-Academic Team.

Flexon served King's for two years as a member of our Students Athletic Advisory Committee and has also been active in the community, working two years as a volunteer reading to children at the McGlynn Center in Wilkes-Barre. He also volunteered for two years at the Kid's Café.

As a lacrosse player, Flexon was a top defender for the Monarchs and contributed to the team in many ways. He displayed his tenacity and hustle by garnering 146 ground balls during his career.

Aside from her record-breaking athletic career, Sabo enjoyed a distinguished academic tenure at King's. As a student, Sabo compiled a 3.988 overall grade-point average as an elementary education major and has been named to King's Dean's List every semesters.

During her time at King's Sabo received numerous academic honors. She was a two-time ESPN the Magazine District II All-Academic selection in 2005 and 2006 and was additionally honored as a 2006 ESPN the Magazine National Academic All-American Third-Team choice.

She was named the 2006 Middle Atlantic Conferences Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year and is a six-time MAC All-Academic selection in both field hockey and lacrosse, as well as a three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic selection.

Sabo also received a number of academic awards, having been named to the Kappa Delta Pi National Education Honor Society, the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honors Society, the Phi Sigma Tau National Philosophy Honor Society, and the King's College Aquinas Honor Society. She is also a Certified CRLA Level III Peer Tutor .

Lindsay has also been involved in a number of extra-curricular and community service activities. She is the Class of 2007 Student Government Secretary, the King's Education Club Vice President; and a Two-year Resident Hall Assistant.

Despite her hectic schedule as a two-sport student-athlete, Sabo found the time to participate in a variety of community service activities. She served as a volunteer with Lil' Leo's Volunteer with Big Brothers & Big Sisters; King's Relay for Life; Hunger for Justice Week at King's, and King's "Campuses That Care" Week. Lindsay has volunteered tutoring low-income children at McGlynn Center; helped raise money for Angelman's Syndrome; while serving as a Community Economical Outreach volunteer.

The Eastern College Athletic Conference Merit Awards are presented to deserving student-athletes who have demonstrated a high level of excellence in both academics and athletics. To be nominated for consideration, student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average. A total of 10 King's student-athletes were selected for 2007 ECAC Merit Awards.

They include Mike Venarchick (Lehighton/Lehighton), baseball; Vince Sobocinski (Norristown/Lansdale Catholic), men's basketball; Alicia Barrios (Wanatage, NJ/High Point), field hockey; Joe Tassoni (King of Prussia/Upper Merion), football; Sean Apanovich (Plains/Coughlin), golf; Justin Kumor (Lawrenceville, NJ/Notre Dame), men's lacrosse; Lindsay Sabo (Milford/Delaware Valley), women's lacrosse; Eric Schmieder (Allentown, PA/Parkland), men's soccer; Mari Valonis (Dickson City/Mid-Valley), softball; and Jason Reilly (Mountaintop/Crestwood), wrestling.

Each year King's also presents the annual John Dorish Award to a member of college's faculty, staff, or administration in recognition of their dedicated service to the athletic department. The 2007 winner of the John J. Dorish Award was Paul Moran, Executive Director of Information and Instructional Technologies at King's.

2007 Senior Awards winners include (sitting, L-R): Sean Apanovich (ECAC Merit Award), Mari Valonis (ECAC Merit Award), Lindsay Sabo (Senior Female Athlete and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, ECAC Merit Award), Alicia Barrios (ECAC Merit Award), Vince Sobocinski (ECAC Merit Award).

Standing (L-R): Chad Flexon (Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year), Justin Kumor (ECAC Merit Award), Caleb Calarco (Senior Male Athlete of the Year), Mike Venarchick (ECAC Merit Award, Eric Schmieder (ECAC Merit Award), and Joe Tassoni (ECAC Merit Award).

Missing is Jason Reilly (ECAC Merit Award).




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