Spring student-athletes collect postseason awards

New Kensington baseball and softball team members honored
Baseball and softball players

New Kensington baseball and softball players earn post-season accolades. From left to right: Jake Stackiewicz, Marc Russo, Joel George, Alyssa Slancauskas and Juwan Willis.

Credit: Penn State New Kensington Athletics

Stackiewicz named first all-American in baseball program history

The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) honored Penn State New Kensington sophomore Jake Stackiewicz as a Second Team all-American during the organization’s end-of-the-year banquet on May 13. Stackiewicz's all-American honors cap off a successful 2018 campaign for the outfielder and pitcher. Recently, he also earned Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) honorable mention after leading the league in slugging percentage with a .803 mark. Among players in the USCAA, Stackiewicz ranks third in slugging percentage, third in triples (4) and sixth in batting average (.459).

Three student-athletes included on national all-academic team

Joel George, Marc Russo, and Stackiewicz, all members of New Kensington's baseball team, earned a spot on the USCAA National All-Academic Team as announced recently. The USCAA National All-Academic Team includes student-athletes that have achieved a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average and have earned at least 24 credits at a USCAA institution.

Slancauskas, Willis chosen for John Fritz Sportsmanship Award

Alyssa Slancauskas, a junior on the softball team, and Juwan Willis, a sophomore on the baseball team, were selected as recipients of the John Fritz Sportsmanship Award for their respective teams. The award is given to one student-athlete on each sports team that best displays good sportsmanship and demonstrates ethical, appropriate, polite and fair behavior while participating in athletic events and as a member of their team. The honorees exemplify the Penn State values of integrity, responsibility, excellence, respect, discovery and community.

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