NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. - Three fall student-athletes were honored by the Penn State University Athletic Conference with the John Fritz Sportsmanship Award. Gina Batiz (Vandergrift, Pa./Armstrong), Cody Shoemaker (Vandergrift, Pa./Kiski Area), and Dan Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) were selected as the recipients for each of their respective teams.
The John Fritz Sportsmanship Award is given to one student-athlete on each sport team that best displays good sportsmanship and demonstrates ethical, appropriate, polite and fair behavior while participating in athletic events and as a member of their team. The honorees exemplify the Penn State University Values of integrity, responsibility, excellence, respect, discovery and community.
Batiz is a sophomore on the women's volleyball team seeking a degree in engineering. One of two returning players from the 2016 seasonn, she helped lead the team to a seven-win improvement from the year before.
A senior on the men's soccer team, Shoemaker will graduate in May with a degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology. The veteran leader provided guidance to a young team that achieved its first winning season since the 2014 campaign.
Smith is a sophomore engineering major on the golf team. Earlier this fall, he was named the USCAA Men's Golf National Student-Athlete of the Year and also picked up PSUAC all-Conference honors.