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  • SCHOLASTIC SOFTBALL: Magicians honored for academic success

  • DECEMBER 28 SCHOLASTIC SOFTBALL



    As successful as the Herkimer Magicians were on the field in 2012, they performed just as well in the classroom. On Friday, the Magicians were honored as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association academic All-America team.

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  • As successful as the Herkimer Magicians were on the field in 2012, they performed just as well in the classroom. On Friday, the Magicians were honored as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association academic All-America team.
    With six of the nine individual academic honorees away for their first semester of college, Friday’s reception took advantage of the holiday break to bring all but one of the Magicians together for the presentation. Coach Dan Stalteri presented certificates to returning players Lindsey Parese, McKenzie Pine and Brianna Parks and 2012 graduates Kathryn Dolly, Sarah Kinney, Rachel Waseleski, Erica Plumley, Brianne Bello and Alyssa Schiavi.
    “Today’s recognition is a true statement about the marriage of academics and athletics,” Stalteri said during the presentation. “It really is no coincidence that many of society’s successful people are those that achieved accolades in the classroom and on the playing field. These girls proved that both can be achieved.”
    The nine individual honorees carried grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for the full academic year. On the field, they won 20 games and a Center State Conference Division II title. The Magicians were a No. 1 seed for the Section III playoffs and climbed as high as 13th in the state Class C rankings.
    With returning Magician Shellbi Morris and graduates Theresa Curtacci and Katie Wright added to the mix, Herkimer had a team grade-point average of 3.73, good for fifth place in the national Top 10 All-Academic Team Rankings for high schools in the non-weighted division. Section V Wayland-Cohocton, eighth in the non-weighted division, was the only other New York high school among the NFCA academic team honorees. The No. 1 non-weighted high school was Olathe North of Kansas.
    Stalteri began the process of submitting his team for awards consideration in September and enlisted the help of principal Terry Dangle, athletic director Stan Congden and guidance counselor Suzanne Rodio to compiled academic records for the team’s players and convert them from a 100-point scale to the collegiate four-point system used by the coaches association. Stalteri was notified of the team award in October and individual winners were announced in early December.
    All eight of the seniors who suited up for Herkimer in 2012 are now attending college — Bello, Dolly, Schiavi, Curtacci and Wright at Herkimer County Community College, Kinney at Utica College, and Plumley and Waseleski at the College of St. Rose. Bello will return to Herkimer in the spring to serve as Stalteri’s assistant coach, replacing Cady Marosek who has taken an assistant coaching position at SUNY-Canton.
    Among those on hand for Friday’s presentation were Dangle, Congden, Marosek and Herkimer County Community College coach P.J. Anadio.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports
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