LEWISTOWN — Olivia Ahern was honored with the Jaynee Carolus Award, which is presented annually to the high school’s best baseball player, Wednesday evening at the Mifflin County High School Auditorium.
Alyssa Schnell finished second in the voting while Cassidy Wilson took third.
“It’s an honor to win this award as a junior. I would like to thank my teammates and my coaches for their continued support,” Ahern said. “I have enjoyed this season with my teammates and to be recognized like this by the community is something really special.”
Mifflin County (9-8) is the No. 1 seed and hosts the State College-Altoona winner May 22 at Saint Francis College in Loretto. The Huskies will likely meet State College for the third time this season.
“We still have a chance to reach one of our goals of winning a district championship,” Ahern said. “We’ve had a rough stretch of games recently, but I am confident we can rebound and beat State College or Altoona.”
Ahern is hitting an impressive .429 with 25 hits in 17 games. She has nine doubles, 20 RBIs and three home runs. Defensively, the Husky junior has a .990 fielding percentage with 99 put outs and only one error at first base.
“I feel like I’ve improved as a leader. When people are down you have to pick them up. That’s a major thing you need to do,” Ahern said. “I’ve grown each year and work hard to get better every day.”
Schnell is a senior catcher/third basemen headed to Lehigh University. Wilson is a senior pitcher and utility player.
The Carolus award is presented annually by the Husky Club to Mifflin County’s top softball player. Nominees are voted on by local media, including The Sentinel, and representatives of the Mifflin County High School’s athletic department. Each voter chose three candidates, with points awarded to first, second and third-place vote recipients and the award going to the athlete with the highest vote total.