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Black Bear Athletes Receive Post-Season Awards

Posted August 11, 2020 at 1:48 pm

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is delighted to recognize the following student-athletes for their academic and athletic achievements during the 2019-2020 year.

The following students were named to the NJCAA Region XX Academic Team:

  • Brooke Elliott of Windber (women’s volleyball)
  • Isabella Nagy of Portage (women’s volleyball)
  • Alayna “Rosie” Plaza of Saint Michael (women’s volleyball)
  • Christopher Weld of Richland (men’s bowling)
  • Caitlyn Guercio of Bedford (women’s bowling)
  • Katie Swank of Friedens (women’s volleyball)
  • Angela Weber of Williamsburg (women’s bowling)
  • Maria Engleka of Berlin (women’s volleyball)
  • Joseph Guercio of Bedford (men’s bowling)
  • Evan Orr of Homer City (men’s bowling)
  • Kendra Fox of Summerhill (women’s volleyball)

Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference All-Academic Team honorees include:

  • Ethan Barkley of Berkley Springs, WV (men’s basketball)
  • Jorge Castro of Deltona, FL (men’s basketball)
  • Matthew Forbes of Pittsburgh (men’s basketball)
  • Bryce Huss of Richland (men’s basketball)
  • Allison Gustkey of South Fork (women’s bowling)
  • Kayla Yoder of Davidsville (women’s bowling)
  • Theodore Betcher of Windber (men’s bowling)
  • Justin Eckenrod of Johnstown (men’s bowling)
  • Todd Rastall of Johnstown (men’s bowling)
  • Erica Kovalik of Beaverdale (women’s cross country)

The following student-athletes earned awards for their respective sports:

Region XX

  • Brooke Elliott, Honorable Mention (women’s volleyball)
  • Taqaurius Belcher of Toledo, OH, First Team (men’s basketball)
  • Matthew Forbes, Honorable Mention (men’s basketball)
  • Erica Kovalik, Top Medalist (women’s cross country)

Western Pennsylvania All-Conference

  • Theodore Betcher (men’s bowling)
  • Taqaurius Belcher (men’s basketball)
  • Brooke Elliott (women’s volleyball)
  • Erica Kovalik, top medalist (women’s cross country)
  • Isabella Nagy (women’s volleyball)

Individual honors were awarded to the following student-athletes for demonstrating heart, expertise, and dedication as Black Bears during the 2019-20 season:

Most Improved

  • Maria Engleka and Kendra Fox, women’s volleyball
  • Ethan Barkley, men’s basketball
  • CJ Weld, men’s bowling

Most Valuable Player

  • Taqaurius Belcher, men’s basketball
  • Theodore Betcher, men’s bowling
  • Brooke Elliott, women’s volleyball
  • Erica Kovalik, women’s cross country
  • Caitlyn Guercio, women’s bowling

Coach’s Awards

  • Bryce Huss, men’s basketball
  • Isabella Nagy, women’s volleyball
  • Evan Orr, men’s bowling
  • Kayla Yoder, women’s bowling

Leadership Award

  • Angela Weber, women’s bowling

Delonte Fennell Award and NJCAA National Player of the Week

  • Matthew Forbes, men’s basketball

Penn Highlands is a chartered National Junior College Athletic Association member college, competing in Region XX. It is the mission of the NJCAA to foster a national program of athletic participation in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges. Their goal is to promote and foster two-year college athletics.

The Black Bears are a part of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference. The WPCC was founded in 1972 and currently consists of 10 member institutions.