NEW WILMINGTON (pacathletics.org) – The Presidents’ Athletic Conference announced its 2020-21 PAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
With overwhelming support from conference’s presidents and athletic administrators, the PAC launched its Scholar-Athlete of the Year Banquet in 2014 as another way to recognize the league’s student-athletes for their athletic achievements, excellence in the classroom and outstanding efforts in and around their campus and home communities.
Each of the PAC’s 10 full-time member institutions – Bethany College, Chatham University, Franciscan University, Geneva College, Grove City College, Saint Vincent College, Thiel College, Washington & Jefferson College, Waynesburg University and Westminster College, along with football affiliates Carnegie Mellon University and Case Western Reserve University – continue to be represented by some of their most distinguished and decorated student-athletes.
Riley was a 4-year member of Bethany’s soccer and track and field programs. She claimed individual titles in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles at the PAC Outdoor Championships. Riley won the 100 hurdles with a school-record time of 14.87 seconds and the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:04.93. Riley became the college’s first-ever female to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships, finishing 18th in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:05.57 at the Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro, North Carolina. A three-time All-PAC honoree with the soccer program, Riley earned First Team All-PAC distinction this spring. A Presidential Scholar, she has been lauded as a member of the PAC’s Academic Honor Roll 4 times, served as Bethany’s senior class president and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president and was a member of the college’s Black Student Union. Riley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She will be attending the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, the law school of Cleveland State University, this fall.
Ethan was a 4-year member of Bethany’s baseball program. An outfielder, he appeared in 101 career games, finishing with 87 hits, 53 RBIs, 10 home runs and a career batting average of .279. He earned PAC Academic Honor Roll distinction 3 times. During his 4 years at Bethany, Ethan served as the Economics and Business Club president, Spanish Club secretary and was a charter class member of the Bethany Honors Program. He was inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon (Mathematics honorary), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish honorary) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics honorary). Ethan was also a member of the LEAD program, a student group that revolves around the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. He is currently serving as a 15-U baseball coach. Ethan graduated with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics and plans on pursuing a master’s degree while securing a position in the financial services sector.
Luke Bikulege, Carnegie Mellon University
Luke graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and concentration in finance from CMU’s Tepper School of Business. He also earned a minor in global systems and management and carried a 3.71 grade-point average. Over the last 5 semesters Luke posted a 4.0 GPA and appeared on the Dean’s List in each of the last 6 semesters. He has volunteered with Special Olympics Pennsylvania and participated in fundraising efforts for UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Luke was a member of Carnegie Mellon’s Investment Banking Academy, Scottie Ventures and Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. He has completed internships with South State Bank, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and Deutsche Bank. Luke has also been a shadowing intern for Novolex in New York City. During the shortened 2021 spring season, Luke was named 1st-Team All-PAC after rushing 87 times for 417 yards. His 104.2 yards per game average ranked 4rd in the league. He led the PAC with 7 rushing TDs while recording 2 in each of the Tartans’ first 3 games. In Carnegie Mellon’s win over Geneva College, Luke registered a career-best 30 carries for 193 yards. After his junior and senior campaigns, he was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District® Team. Luke was recently named to the Academic All-America® 1st Team and in June was honored as a D3football.com All-Region 1st Team selection.
Travis Johnston, Case Western Reserve University
Travis excelled on the field and in the classroom during his outstanding college career. One of the most versatile players in program history, Travis saw time in all facets of the game throughout his junior campaign. He earned 1st Team All-PAC honors as a linebacker while also returning kicks, punting and seeing time in short yardage situations at running back. He finished the year with 70 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, 3 fumbles recovered and an interception. In addition, Travis returned a kick 87 yards for a TD, the 3rd-longest kick return in program history. Over his career, he totaled 133 tackles while rushing for 3 TDs and averaging 25.6 yards per kick return. Travis graduated with a 4.0 GPA as a business management major and is a 3-time University Athletic Association All-Academic and PAC Academic Honor Roll selection. He recently received CoSIDA Academic All-America® 1st Team honors for the 2nd straight year. Travis also secured a spot in the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society and was a semifinalist for the 2020 William V. Campbell Trophy. After graduation Travis will be working at Folio Photonics Inc. in Solon, Ohio, where he will be leading the company’s business development efforts.
Breanna was a 4-year member of the soccer program, appearing in 54 career matches and totaling over 4,200 minutes on the field. She had a terrific 2020-21 season, helping Chatham earn its first-ever PAC title while limiting opponents to just 5 goals in 11 matches. Breanna was named to the PAC’s All-Tournament team and earned her second-straight 1st-Team All-PAC designation. She was also recognized by the United Soccer Coaches, earning a spot on the Scholar All-East Region Team. On the academic front, Breanna was a 2019 inductee into the University’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honorary for psychology. During her undergraduate career, she was an active member of the Pre-Occupational Therapy Club, and as a graduate student, Breanna serves as the vice president of the Student Occupational Therapy Association and as chair of the Public Relations Committee, which oversees Chatham occupational therapy communications. A 4-time PAC Academic Honor Roll selection and career Dean’s List recipient, Breanna complete her undergraduate degree in psychology last fall before moving into Chatham’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA.
Tyler was a 4-year member of the lacrosse program, helping build the program up from its first-ever season in 2018 before finishing his career as a captain. The midfielder is known for his tireless work-ethic and selfless style of play, which is demonstrated by his 52 career assists. Tyler started all 11 games this spring and notched a career-high 19 goals, 16 assists and 33 ground balls. His 35 points this season led the team and capped his career total at 95. These efforts were enough to earn Tyler an All-PAC 2nd-Team designation, which was the first of his career. In 47 career games, Tyler totaled 43 goals, 96 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers. He finished his 4 years as the all-time assists leader. Tyler had an involved career in Chatham’s exercise science program. He was a dedicated member of the Exercise Science Club and graduated with a 3.58 cumulative GPA. He also served as a rehabilitation aide with the physical therapy program at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. Tyler will be joining the Class of 2024 at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has been accepted into the top-ranked Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the country.
Lauren was a 4-year member of Franciscan’s volleyball program. She was the lone senior captain on this year’s team that advanced to the PAC Championship Tournament in their first season as full league members. Lauren, a libero, led the team with 161 digs and ranked 8th in the league with a 5.15 digs per set average. She was named to the PAC Sportsmanship Team this spring. Lauren ranks 6 all-time at Franciscan with 821 career digs. She was also successful in the classroom, holding a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average as an early childhood education and intervention specialist major. She earned Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Academic All-Conference honors for 3 straight seasons and was named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll for the 2020-21 season. A member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National Collegiate Student-Athlete Honor Society, Lauren worked on campus as an intramural office lead and statistician, assisting Head Coach Kelly Herrmann run numerous successful intramural events on campus. Lauren gained significant educational experiences at various schools in the Steubenville community and online as a student and plans to be back in the classroom this fall as an intervention specialist at Bishop Mussio Elementary in Steubenville.
Sebastian is a 4-year member of Franciscan’s soccer program. He currently ranks 2nd all-time in goals (27) and points (69) and 4th in assists (15), and plans to return this fall for a final season to continue to improve and establish new university records. His 15 points in the shortened spring season were the 3rd-most in the conference. Sebastian was named a 1st-Team All-PAC selection this season and earned All-AMCC honors in 2019. An accounting major, he graduated with a 3.92 cumulative GPA and will be pursuing a master’s in business administration with a concentration in accounting in 2021-22. Sebastian, a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National Collegiate Student-Athlete Honor Society, was named Academic All-Conference 3 times in the AMCC and earned PAC Academic Honor Roll distinction this year. He is also very active on campus and in the Steubenville community. He was involved with the university’s Center for Leadership for 4 years, was a member and coordinator of the Conquer Through Love household and worked as a resident assistant. Sebastian also assisted various groups off campus such as the Urban Mission of Steubenville, the Sacred Heart School and the Sycamore Youth Center. Additionally, he assisted as an altar server in Austria while studying abroad.
Daphne graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications disorders. She wrapped up her tremendous career on the volleyball court as one of the top players to ever wear a Geneva uniform. She was an All-PAC performer in each of her 4 seasons, including 1st-Team All-PAC honors in her final 3 seasons, and claimed PAC Player of the Year honors as a junior. Daphne finished her career with 3,370 assists, 1,334 digs, 740 kills, 157 aces and 150 blocks. Her 21 triple-doubles established a new school record. She also excelled in the classroom, graduating with a 3.91 GPA while earning a spot on the PAC Academic Honor Roll 4 times. On campus she served as treasurer of the National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association Club and was also a member of the Pre-Health Care Club. Last fall, Daphne completed an internship with the Watson Institute, an educational organization in Western Pennsylvania made up of special education schools, programs, and resources for children with special needs and their families. She also volunteered as an English language tutor and with the Speech and Language clinic on campus. In addition, Daphne volunteered off campus at a geriatric rehabilitation facility and served as a tutor for local elementary school students.
Stephen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in middle school education. He wrapped up a standout career on the track this spring, winning his second-straight individual title in the 400-meter hurdles on with a time of 57.68 seconds at the PAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Stephen also led off Geneva’s winning 4x400-meter relay at this year’s outdoor championships. Between the indoor and outdoor seasons, he helped Geneva win 7 straight PAC team titles. Stephen finished as one of the top student-athletes in his class, graduating with a 3.99 cumulative GPA as a member of the college’s Honors Program. A 4-time PAC Academic Honor Roll selection, Stephen was a 2-time recipient of Geneva’s Dr. Lawrence and Kathryn I. Douglas Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded to an education major who shows superior character, leadership, scholarship and potential as an educator. Stephen has served as the track & field representative with Geneva’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee since his freshman year. He spent a year on campus working in Geneva’s admissions office, was a resident assistant as a junior and was a tutor in Geneva’s Political Science 352 class as a senior. He has also volunteered at Central Valley Middle School in their after-school tutoring program.
Grove City College
Katherine earned 4 letters as a defender for the Grove City soccer program from 2017-21. She made 8 appearances (2 starts) this spring. Katherine helped the Wolverines to an undefeated regular season and the conference’s regular-season title in spring 2021. Katherine helped Grove City capture Presidents’ Athletic Conference titles and NCAA Division III Tournament berths in both 2018 and 2019. Grove City won a program-record 17 matches in 2017 and 2018. The 2017 team qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Tournament. The Wolverines went 56-18-4 in her 4 seasons. Katherine earned CoSIDA Academic All-District® honors this spring. She earned Dean’s List distinction and achieved PAC Academic Honor Roll recognition in each of her 4 seasons. She earned a 3.99 cumulative GPA as an accounting major. Katherine compiled the highest GPA among Grove City’s graduating female student-athletes in the Class of 2021.
A consistent performer on the course throughout his career, Adam earned 3 letters as a member of the golf team from 2017-21. He highlighted his senior season by taking 13th at Washington & Jefferson College’s prestigious Rossin Invitational. He shot a season-low 85 at GCC’s McBride-Behringer-Allen Invitational. The Wolverines finished 2nd in the conference in his sophomore season and took 3rd in 2021. Adam earned a 3.94 cumulative GPA while majoring in mechanical engineering. He finished with the highest GPA among Grove City’s graduating male student-athletes in the Class of 2021. He also earned Dean’s List recognition in all eight semesters, along with PAC Academic Honor Roll recognition in each of his 4 seasons.
Saint Vincent College
Shae was a 4-year starter with Saint Vincent’s softball program. She posted a .325 career batting average, totaling 99 hits, 66 runs scored and 43 RBIs over her career. She was twice named a PAC All-Tournament selection and was recognized as a member of the PAC’s Academic Honor Roll four times. Shae was named to the Dean’s List 8 times and was the college’s 2021 recipient of the Award for Academic Excellence in accounting. She is a member of the Delta Mu Delta, Alpha Chi and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies and was presented Alpha Lambda Delta’s Maria L. Leonard Senior Book Award earlier this semester. Shae was a member of the Women in Business Club, held work-study positions in the Department of Athletics and the Fitness Center and participated in campus cleanup initiatives sponsored by the college’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In 2019, she completed a global business services internship for Matthews International, while last summer, she was a business tax services (BTS) intern for KPMG. Shae was a 2021 recipient of the Kristen Zawacki Award, awarded in memory of the late Kristen Zawacki, associate AD and women’s basketball coach, to outstanding student-athletes who demonstrate service to the Saint Vincent community. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Steve was a 4-year member of the cross country and track teams. He is a 3-time all-conference performer, finishing 5th and earning 1st-Team All-PAC honors in 2019 to help the Bearcats secure their 8th league championship in program history. He has earned PAC Academic Honor Roll distinction 7 times and has participated in campus cleanup initiatives sponsored by the college’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Steve graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in economics and mathematics. He was the college’s 2021 recipient of the Award for Academic Excellence in economics and mathematics and was a 2021 recipient of the Kristen Zawacki Award, awarded in memory of the late Kristen Zawacki, associate AD and women’s basketball coach, to outstanding student-athletes who demonstrate service to the Saint Vincent community.
Alex graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science. A 5-semester Dean’s List student, she minored in wildlife biology and carried a 3.6 cumulative GPA. Alex was named one of Thiel’s Students of the Month for April, one of the most prestigious student awards at the college with only 6 students each semester earning the honor. A 3-year member of the lacrosse team and 2-year captain, she is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, and was recognized as the senior female student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA. Named to the PAC Sportsmanship Team following the 2021 season, Alex recorded 23 points (17G, 6A), 42 ground balls, 31 draw controls and 28 caused turnovers during her career. She was active in the Environmental Club and served as the club’s vice president. She took part in hometown environmental clean-ups as well as clean-ups at Riverside Park in Greenville. Alex was a representative of the lacrosse team at fundraising walks such as Light the Night for Leukemia and Lymphoma and the Heart Walk for the American Heart Association. Alex plans to pursue a career in environmental health and safety in the Pittsburgh area.
Andrew was a 5-year member and 3-year captain of the baseball team. team. He was an All-PAC 2nd Team selection in 2018 after recording 43 hits, a .309 batting average and 20 RBIs. He was named to the PAC Sportsmanship Team in 2021 and was a 2020 Academic All-District® 4 1st-Team honoree, as selected by CoSIDA. Andrew was the PAC Rookie of the Week after hitting .411 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBIs. He graduated summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and international business. He carried a 3.85 cumulative GPA as an undergraduate, earned the Dean’s Key as an 8-semester Dean’s List honoree and received departmental honors. A member of the Dietrich Honors Institute, Andrew qualified for the PAC Academic Honor Roll 4 times. He is a member of Lambda Sigma (sophomores), Les Lauriers (senior service), Chi Alpha Sigma (student-athletes) and Chi Eta Sigma (business). Andrew was a resident director, a resident assistant, an ACE Fellow and worked with the Thiel Student Support Network. He earned a master’s degree in business administration this spring and plans to pursue a career in marketing.
Washington & Jefferson College
Alie was a 4-year member of both the basketball and track & field programs at W&J. A 3-time All-PAC selection, Alie finished her decorated basketball career with 1,189 points, 676 rebounds and 82 blocks. Following the conclusion of her senior season, she became the eighth President to be honored as the PAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, and the first since the 2009-10 season. Alie ranked 4th in the PAC in scoring (16.7), steals (24), and field goal percentage (49.5%) and free-throw percentages (74.5%), 5th in blocked shots (1.2/game) and 8th in rebounding (8.3) in 2020-21. She was voted a 2021 All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection by D3hoops.com and earned PAC All-Tournament Team recognition as a junior and senior. Alie was recognized with Academic All-District® 1st-Team honors twice by CoSIDA. She majored in psychology and minored in biology, finishing with a 3.60 cumulative GPA Alie plans to attend graduate school at Seton Hill University, where she hopes to obtain a master’s degree in the physician assistant program. She will also join the Griffins as a member of the basketball program.
Garrett capped a stellar 4-year career by securing PAC Player of the Year honors, carding a 72-75––147 during this spring’s PAC Championships. He earned PAC medalist honors in come-from-behind fashion, as he secured a 1-stroke victory after entering the final round 3 shots off the pace. Garrett parred 8 holes and birdied 3 of the 4 par-5 holes during the final round. He earned 1st-Team All-PAC status in each of his 4 years. Following the 2019-20 season, he was named a Division III PING Great Lakes All-Region selection and a Division III Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America. An economics major with a minor in physics, Garrett graduated May 23 with a 3.95 cumulative GPA. Additionally, he was listed on the PAC Academic Honor Roll 4 times. Garrett recently earned recognition on the 2020-21 Academic All-District® Men’s At-Large Team, selected by CoSIDA. He plans to start his professional career as a financial advisor.
Jill was a starter with Waynesburg’s soccer team in all 59 of her team’s matches over 4 seasons in Orange and Black. Over that same period, she tallied 6 goals, including 4 in a breakout 2018 sophomore campaign. Along with being an everyday contributor on the pitch, Jill was a 3-year member of the PAC’s Academic Honor Roll. She was a member of the university’s Dean’s List for each of her 8 semesters, graduated summa cum laude and was a member of the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau international honorary for nursing. Jill still found time to serve her community. She completed a mission trip to Costa Rica and twice participated in service days to maintain the university’s community trail. She also took part in the Waynesburg Turkey Trot 5-K and twice joined her teammates in hosting a Night of Nets game that provides mosquito nets for those in countries that struggle with malaria. Jill’s plans include working at UPMC Presbyterian as a medical intensive care unit nurse.
Brandon saw starting time in all 4 of his seasons with the baseball team. After earning starts in 18 of the 36 games in which he appeared over his first 3 years with the program, Brandon exploded for a fine senior campaign. He led the team in virtually every major offensive category, hitting .357 with 3 home runs, 4 doubles, 41 total hits, 21 RBIs and 12 runs scored. He slugged .470 with a .408 on-base percentage over 32 games, 31 of which were starts. Brandon was a 3-year member of the PAC’s Academic Honor Roll and an 8-semester member of the university’s Dean’s List. Brandon has also been active in several community outreach activities. He has volunteered with Waynesburg Little League and was an active member of Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Club. Brandon’s plans include returning to Waynesburg in the fall to pursue a master’s degree in criminal investigation.
A 4-year letter winner with both the track & field and cross country teams, Erin earned All-PAC 1st-Team honors 3 times in indoor and twice in outdoor. In total, she was a 9-time PAC track & field champion – winning the 800-meter run three times and competing as a key member of championship relays 4 times. An ECAC indoor Division III champion in the 800 in 2019, Erin was an integral part of three PAC team championships (2019 and 2020 indoor, 2021 outdoor). Additionally, she earned ECAC Division III Track Athlete of the Month as a junior. Erin holds 3 school records: indoor 800 (2:16.87), outdoor 800 (2:18.64), and outdoor 1500 (4:48.89). She was named cross country’s Team MVP as a senior. An environmental science major, Erin boasted a cumulative GPA of 3.75. She was on the Dean’s List multiple times and was a PAC Academic Honor Roll recipient. Erin was a Helen B. Ferguson Environmental Science Award recipient and a Pittcon Analytical Conference Research presenter.
Cameron was a 3-time All-PAC offensive lineman selection, claiming 1st-Team honors as a senior. A 4-year starter with the football team, Westminster compiled an overall record of 27-10 (.729) and a 22-7 (.758) PAC record during Cameron’s career. He was a starter for the school’s 1st PAC championship team (2020-21) and the ECAC Clayton Chapman Bowl champions. As a junior, Cameron helped Westminster set a new school record for points per game during an 11-game schedule (37.45) and helped command an offense that led the PAC in scoring (37.7) and total touchdowns (53). An accounting major, Cameron earned a cumulative GPA of 3.87. He recently earned CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® 2nd-Team honors. Cameron was named to Westminster’s Dean’s List multiple times and was a PAC Academic Honor Roll selection. He was a 2021 National Football Foundation Hampshire Society member and earned the PICPA Outstanding Senior Accountant Award. Cameron was a semifinalist for 2020 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy. He also represented Westminster on the 2020-21 PAC Sportsmanship Team.