Twelve student-athletes from six high schools have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for May – the ninth and final month of the 2014-15 academic year.
In its ninth year, The SportsCenter of Connecticut/SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month program honored 126 outstanding young men and women during the 2014-15 academic year.
“Many thanks to the Sports Center of Connecticut for its support of the SCC and the Scholar Athlete of the Month program,” said SCC Commissioner Al Carbone. “This conference has been proud of its success for the last 21 years, and to be able to recognize outstanding young men and women who demonstrate the desire and ability to succeed solidifies what the SCC is all about.”
Each SCC member school nominated up to two honorees per season (fall, winter and spring). The Conference announced the spring recipients in March, April and May.
Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letterwinner and have a 3.0/B average while demonstrating leadership qualities such as: being a positive role model; helping teammates overcome adversity; showing a commitment to self-improvement; or putting the needs of the team before themselves. Sports Center of CT/SCC Scholar Athletes of the Month receive a certificate, commemorative tee-shirt and a SportsCenter of Connecticut activity pass.
The SportsCenter of Connecticut/SCC Scholar Athletes of the Month
Alex Bunnell, Career
A captain and key member of the Panther’s baseball team that reached the Class S state semifinals, Alex Bunnell has been an exemplary student, sporting an impressive 4.1 grade point average which earned him “salutatorian” of his class. He takes five AP classes and spends his time volunteering with the school’s volunteer club, Panther’s Angels. Career baseball coach Brad Chernovetz said, “Alex is a special kid, if a coach could have twenty Alex’s they would coach forever.”
Kimberly Catubig, Career
One of the captains for the Career girls tennis team, which made a SCC playoff berth in 2015, Kim Catubig was a four-year varsity singles performer. An accomplished student in the classroom (4.1 grade point average), she was a member of DECA, HOSA and was inducted into the National and Business honor societies. Career tennis coach Jonathan Heller said, “The younger players look up to Kim for leadership and help with their game.”
Sarah Harkins, East Haven
A member of the Yellowjackets’ tennis team, Sarah Harkins has been an outstanding performer in the classroom. Ranked third in her class, she sported an impressive 4.61 grade point average and is a CAPT Scholar. She also captained the pom pom squad and is an accomplished dancer. East Haven girls tennis coach David Oshana said, “Sarah has a positive, can-do attitude both on the courts and in the classroom. She is a true role model for her peers.”
Anthony Pepe, East Haven
A two-sport (soccer and baseball) standout for the Yellowjackets, Anthony Pepe has been an exemplary performer in the classroom with a 3.8 grade point average. He was the soccer team captain this fall. East Haven baseball coach Butch Johnson said, “Anthony is a well-rounded individual that excels in the classroom and on the field. He is respected by his peers, coaches and opponents and makes our community proud.”
Austin Kohary, Shelton
A three-sport (soccer, indoor and outdoor track) captain and standout for the Gaels, Austin Kothary has been a stellar performer in the classroom. He ranked sixth in a class of 384 students, and sported an impressive 96.97 grade point average. A CAPT, AP and National Merit scholar, Austin is a member of the National and Spanish honor societies. He was Vice president of the Senior class, and was an All-SCC honoree in both soccer and indoor track. Shelton indoor track coach Mike Gambardella said, “Austin is the best. He is responsible, mature, dedicated and one of the best captains I have had the pleasure to work with in 31 years of coaching.”
Reginia Weissenberg, Shelton
A two-sport (Cross country and outdoor track & field) standout for the Gaels, Regina Weissenberg has been an impressive performer in the classroom. Ranked 11th in a class of 384 students, Regina is a member of the National and World Language honor societies. An AP Scholar, She is a member of the Student Council and Drama Club and participated in Girls’ State. Shelton girls outdoor track coach Jason Kymer said, ‘Regina is a hard-working, dedicated student athlete who is an example to her teammates both on the track and in the classroom.”
Elizabeth Fournier, West Haven
The captain of the Blue Devils’ swimming team, Elizabeth Fournier was a standout in the classroom with a class rank of 13 (out of 327 students) and an impressive 4.44 grade point average. A member of the National Honor Society, she participated in the Grass Roots Action Club. West Haven swimming coach Erin McCauley said, “Erin is a hard worker in and outside of the pool; her focus is laser-like and her technique flawless.”
Jason Wilkerson, West Haven
A two-sport (baseball and football) standout for the Blue Devils, Jason ranked in the top 25 percent of his class and sported an impressive 3.48 grade point average. A recent National Football Foundation New Haven Chapter Scholar Athlete, Jason also received SCC All-Quinnipiac Division honors for his work on the baseball diamond. West Haven baseball coach Ron Luneau said, “Jay is a most deserving student and athlete who works hard every single day.”
John Reagle, Guilford
A three-sport (cross country, indoor and outdoor track) captain and standout for the Indians, John Reagle has been impressive in the classroom. Ranked in the top 30 percent of his class, John sported a 3.6 grade point average and was a member of the National and French honor societies. A CAPT Scholar, John was a member of the Debate Team and served as co-President of the French Honor Society. Guilford outdoor track coach Chris Skaggs said, “I do not know of a young man more deserving or more humble than John Reagle and his ability to lead by example for his peers.”
Allison Stephens, Guilford
A three-sport (soccer, indoor track and softball) standout for the Indians, Allison Stephens has been a stellar performer in the classroom. Ranked among the top 20 percent of her class, Allison sported an impressive 3.8 grade point average. A CAPT Scholar, Allison was a member of the National Honor Society and earned All-State Choir honors. She served as captain of the Indians’ softball squad, and was a two-time SCC All-Hammonasset Division soccer honoree. Guilford softball coach Steve Zajac said, “Allison has been a leader on our team, always assisting younger players to be the best they can be. Her sportsmanship and scholarship are impeccable.”
Gabe Betancur, Amity
A standout member of the Spartans’ SCC and Class LL champion boys tennis squad, Gabe Betancur has been an exceptional performer in the classroom with a 3.85 grade point average. The recipient of the Bryant University Book Award, he was a member of the National and French honor societies. On the court, Gabe earned SCC All-Division I honors as the Spartans captured the league title. In addition, Betancur and his doubles partner Nick Sabatelli reached the Class LL semifinals. Amity Regional boys tennis coach Chris Raffone said, “Gabe is a true gentleman on and off the court. He has been a pleasure to coach.”
Jamie Thimineur, Amity
The captain of the Spartans’ girls tennis squad, Jamie Thimineur has been a standout in the classroom with a 3.78 grade point average. A two-time All-SCC Division I and All-State honoree, Jamie and her doubles partner Rachel Einbinder recently captured the State Open title. Amity Regional girls tennis coach Harold Freedman said, “Jamie set a high standard as an outstanding student-athlete and captain. She was a tenacious competitor on the court.”