They were teammates on the Bald Eagle Area softball teams that reached the PIAA finals in 2008 and 09, winning the state title in the second year.
Now, Taylor Parsons and Kelly Chambers have ended their collegiate careers at St. Francis and Penn State Altoona by being selected the Player of the Year in their respective conferences, breaking a number of career records at their schools along the way.
Parsons, a centerfielder, was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Year, was named to the conference’s first team and the magazine College Sports Madness named her to the NEC team.
“I’m ecstatic that Taylor has been given such a distinct honor,” St. Francis coach Jennifer Patrick-Swift said. “She has undoubtedly garnered the respect of opposing NEC coaches and players, and she did so with extreme humility.
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“She is certainly leaving her mark in SFU softball record books. But more importantly, the impact she has had on her teammates, our staff, this program and the entire SFU community is one that will certainly leave a lasting impression.”
Parsons owns career records in hits (196), doubles (52) and runs scored and is fourth all-time in RBIs with 108. During the Red Flash’s just-completed season, she led the NEC in hits with 60 and was fourth in the league with a .353 batting average. She led the conference in doubles with 20, which placed her seventh nationally. St. Francis finished with a 31-19 record.
Chambers, a first baseman, holds Penn State Altoona career records in games started (152), games played (156), runs scored (145), hits (206), doubles (49), home runes (41), RBIs (160) total bases (389) and walks (59). She is also second in batting average (.421), slugging percentage (.793), at-bats (489) and on-base percentage (.488).
In addition to being chosen the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s Player of the Year, she was named to the All-Conference team.
Over the weekend, she helped the Lions win their first ECAC Division III Southern Regional championship. In the title game, in which Altoona beat Bethany 8-0, Chambers had a go-ahead grand slam and five RBIs. The homer, her 16th of the season, is a conference record.
During her career, she was named the AMCC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. This season she hit .400, scored 34 runs, had 52 hits, 10 doubles, a triple and 52 RBIs as Altoona went 29-13.
Raychel DeArmitt (Bellefonte, PSU Altoona) was named the ECAC Regional tournament Most Outstanding Player after throwing a complete game in the finals, allowing four hits, a walk and striking out seven. She set the school record in strikeouts with 349. For the season she posted a 19-6 record with a 1.75 ERA. In 175 2/3 innings she gave up 142 hits, 69 runs (48 earned), walked 46 and struck out 126. She was a second-team AMCC selection. Her 16 wins and 20 complete games this season are school records. She hit .247 with seven runs, 19 hits, four doubles, a triple and four RBIs.
Lily Glunt (BEA, PSU Altoona) leaves Altoona second on the career RBI list with 106, first in sacrifice flies with nine and second in games played (155) and games started (146). For this season she hit .313 with 23 runs scored, 36 hits, seven doubles, two triples, two homers and 20 RBIs.
Clarissa Keller (Penns Valley, PSU Altoona) was also a first-team AMCC choice. She wound up second on the team in hitting with a .389 average and in hits with 51, and led the team in runs scored with 43 and doubles with 11.
Allison Simpson (BEA, PSU Altoona) hit .240 with five rurns scored, 18 hits, four doubles and 20 RBIs.
Ashley Struble (Penns Valley, PSU Altoona) hit .325 with 24 runs scored, 27 hits, two doubles, three home runs and 15 RBIs.
Jess McClenahan (Bellefonte, PSU Altoona) scored three runs during the season.
Kate Burge (Philipsburg-Osceola, PSU Altoona) was a third-team AMCC pick. She was 9-6 with a 3.89 ERA. In 86 1/3 innings she allowed 112 hits and 68 runs, 48 earned, walking 33 and striking out 54. She also hit .277 with six runs scored, 13 hits, five doubles, a triple, a homer and 12 RBIs.
Tessa Deardorff (Penns Valley, Lebanon Valley) finished her season hitting .352 with 19 runs scored, 51 hits, a triple, an inside-the-park homer and seven RBIs. She is Lebanon Valley’s all-time leader in hits, runs and stolen bases. LVC, which won the Commonwealth Conference championship, lost to Rowan 13-9 in the NCAA Division III tournament regional and finished with a 18-24 record.
Hannah Cooper (Bellefonte, Central Connecticut State) hit .195 with five runs scored, 17 hits, five doubles and 11 RBIs. CCSU is in the NCAA Tournament, opening against No. 14 Georgia in the Athens Regional on Friday. The Ble Devils won the NEC tournament.
Vanessa Cooper (Bellefonte, UMass-Lowell) was named to the America East Conference All-Rookie team after hitting .261 with 22 RBIs and three home runs.
Saige Jenco (State College, Virginia Tech) is hitting .324 with 27 runs scored, 61 hits, 11 doubles, three triples, three homers and 26 RBIs. The Hokies are 26-24.
Trey Nicosia (State College, Wagner) has a .308 average with 34 runs scored, 53 hits, 15 doubles and 15 RBIs. Wagner is 25-19-1.
Brandon Quay (Bellefonte, Alderson-Broaddus) finished the season with a .321 average, 31 runs, 42 hits, six doubles, a triple and 19 RBIs. A-B had a 33-17 record.
Mike Marcinko (P-O, Shippensburg) led the team in hitting with a .382 average and in runs with 49. He had 53 hits, 10 doubles, a triple, six homers and 26 RBIs. Ship finished 25-25.
Mark Curtis (P-O, Shippensburg) had a 4-6 record, a 5.32 ERA and one save. In 67 2/3 innings he gave up 76 hits and 51 runs, 42 earned, while walking 31 and striking out 59.
Calvin Sichler (State College, Shippensburg) had an .095 average as a freshman.
Track & field
Brice Beals (BEA, Lock Haven) placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 150 feet, 3 inches, sixth in the hammer throw with a 168-1 effort and 11th in the shot put with a 40-7 throw at the Jim Thorpe Invitational at Penn State.
Paul Crowe (State College, Susquehanna) was named the winner of the Blair M. Heaton Award, which is given annually to the male athlete who is devoted to scholarship and athletics and displays self-discipline and courage. He was named to the Dean’s List and the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll.
Curtis Markle (BEA, Penn State) was second in the javelin at 62-11 (19.18 meters) in the 600g division, and second in the 1K ability division of the discus at 64-3 at the Jim Thorpe Invitational at Penn State.