Titusville High School doled out their annual athletic awards last week at a ceremony in the school’s cafeteria. Athletic director Scott Salvo led the evening filled with coaches' accolades being showered on the plain clothed and some super-fancied up athletes in the room. The brown and gold pride was evident in each coach who got up to introduce particular awards.
Coach Roy Schweitzer said “It takes many aspects of the game to be considered for (the W. Arthur Brady Baseball Award) achievement: accountability, honesty, integrity, leadership and respect.”
This same sort of sentiment was described by coach after coach as they added the names of current Titusville Rocket athletes to the lists of the honored that end up forever etched in the hallways of the school that takes pride in its heritage.
Those personal and teammate oriented attributes discussed by Schweiter, speaking about Kasen Neely, were impressive and what raised Neely to the top, but his numbers were also impressive.
Schweitzer was dumbfounded by one stat in particular. “He never struck out in 70 plate appearances this season." That is a Yogi Berra or Joe Sewell style stat.
Also praised was Brock Covell who lettered more than anyone else other than fellow senior Emma Slocum. Covell’s wrestling career ended with 103 wins and he is headed to play football in Westminster next year.
Coach Seth Come praised his young swimmers but understood the immense impact Emma Slocum has had on the program, evidenced by her signing with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to continue swimming.
An athlete who will have a couple more years to add to his accolades was praised by boys swimming coach Kevin Dawson.
“He is one of the hardest workers I have ever had on the team,” Dawson said in his speech about Joe Herman. “He is quiet, reserved, but very competitive. He is polite and treats everyone with respect.” Herman is also already a school record holder in the 100 butterfly as a sophomore.
Coach after coach praiseed the honorees.
Below are the list of awards and the class of 2023 recipients.
William Brady Football Backfield Award:
Lee Coates Football Lineman Award:
Buckley Crabb Leadership Award:
William Blood Coaches Award:
Dale Marley Boys’ Cross Country Award:
Girls’ Cross Country Award:
Ray McNierney Golf Award:
Boys’ Soccer Award:
Girls’ Soccer Award:
Girls’ Volleyball Award:
Walter Thompson Boys’ Basketball Award:
Gilbert Parke Girls’ Basketball Award:
Joe Dunkerley Boys’ Swimming Award:
Jay Martin Girls’ Swimming Award:
Herald Wrestling Award:
W. Arthur Brady Baseball Award:
Marshall A. Fisher Tennis Award:
Dr. C.C. Edwards Boys’ Track Award:
William C. Hettrick Boys’ Field Award:
Larry Kirkwood Boys’ Track & Field Leadership:
Cecil R. Harrison, Jr. Girls’ Track Award:
Gloria Carozza Girls’ Field Award:
Girls’ Most Improved Athlete Award:
David Bush Boys’ Most Improved Athlete Award:
Phyllis J. Zurovchak Girls’ Sportsmanship Award:
E. A. Peterson Boys’ Sportsmanship Award:
John W. Heisman Football Award:
Recognitions were also given out for varsity letters.
Those earning six varsity letters were:
Seniors; Landon Baker, Ashton Burleigh, Cole Enright, Lance Enright, Ava Hartshorne, Carly Moon, Owen Reib, Konnor Shumaker-Carpin;
Juniors: Chloe Preston, Nathaniel Stearns, Landen Wolfkiel, Emma Wright;
Joe Herman, Anna Mehlenbacher, Kameron Mong.
Those who have earned nine varsity letters:
Seniors; Victoria Bodamer , Andrew Wheeling, Briana Wynn;
Juniors: Isabella Ongley, Sophia Sampson.
Titusville calls those earning 10 letters, “Shadow box” recipients and present them with a special framed award. Seniors
Brooke Anthony, Brock Covell, Kasen Neely, Emma Slocum, Andrew Wheeling and, Briana Wynn were all recipients.
Two athletes lettered in three sports all four of their years playing multiple sports at Titusville High School: Brock Covell and Emma Slocum were both awarded with these top honors.