High School Sports

Philipsburg-Osceola’s Hayward, Patrick earn Snyder Awards

Nick Patrick
Nick Patrick

Hayward, Patrick win for P-O

A pair of multidimensional athletes were honored as Philipsburg-Osceola’s recipients of the Centre Daily Times’ annual James Snyder Awards.

Haylee Hayward and Nick Patrick, who combined to earn 25 letters over their high school careers, were honored Tuesday night at the school’s annual season-ending sports banquet.

The award, sponsored by the Centre Daily Times, is given in memory of Snyder, a former CDT sports editor, who was killed in an automobile accident in December of 1957.

The award is given to male and female senior letterwinners who demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as being a good citizen in the school and community.

Patrick competed for four seasons each in cross country, wrestling and track and field with the Mounties.

He capped his career by setting the school record in the 800-meter run, then being a part of the team’s 4x800 relay that qualified for the PIAA Championships last weekend.

Patrick also is a member of the National Honor Society and the Art Club, and was active in the community with blood drives and church activities, the Rowland Theatre and helping at wrestling tournaments.

He plans to study architecture at Kent State.

Hayward participated in a broad array of sports during her four years, playing two years of soccer, three years of golf and four each in basketball and softball.

The shortstop for the Lady Mounties’ softball team, she holds the program record with 18 career home runs to go with more than 100 career hits. She, and the rest of the team, battles Bald Eagle Area on Wednesday night in the District 6 Championship game.

Hayward also has been a youth softball instructor and camp counselor, and also helped at VFW and Amvets dinners.

She plans to attend Slippery Rock and study sport management as well as join the softball team.