Williamsport group honors females in sports

February 10, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WILLIAMSPORT -- Florence "Sis" McCauley's doctor recently told her to stop bowling.

The 93-year-old lifelong Williamsport resident said she's been bowling for about 60 years, and until recently she was a member of three bowling leagues.

"They thought I should slow down a little bit," McCauley said. "They thought I was getting old."

She disagreed and said she'll continue to bowl. She participates in duckpin bowling once each week, and said she has an 87 average.

McCauley, who has been a lifelong sports fan and supporter, says she was surprised to be receiving the Senior Excellence Award from Williamsport Girls and Women in Sports. She was honored along with 53 others during Sunday's awards ceremony at the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co.


Award winners must live in the Williamsport school district.

Cheryl Wilkes, chairwoman for the Williamsport Girls and Women in Sports committee, said it is the group's 13th annual awards banquet. Williamsport is the only town in Washington County that has a National Girls and Women in Sports day, she said.

"It encourages girls to participate in sports," Wilkes said of the annual awards ceremony. "And encourages those who are already participating."

Several awards of excellence were given out during the ceremony.

Emma Starkey was honored as the Elementary School Sports Girl of the year. She participates in soccer, softball and horseback riding.

Casey Arnone was the Middle School Sports Girl, and plays soccer, volleyball and basketball. Jessica Palmer, a senior at Williamsport High School, was honored as the High School Sportswoman.

Jessica, 17, is a member of the high school's soccer, basketball and track teams, and served as captain of the soccer and basketball teams this year. She said her parents tried to keep her award a secret from her, and she found out about the honor when she arrived at the banquet Sunday.

"It is an honor," she said. "I'm excited. I guess I feel like a role model, kind of."

Jessica said that after graduation, she will go to McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., or Bridgewater (Va.) College. She will play soccer at either school, she said.

Jessica said the Girls and Women in Sports awards ceremony is a great event that recognizes females in sports.

"I think guys get a lot of recognition," she said.

Two 2008 State Champions Awards of Excellence also were given Sunday in softball and track and field.

Other honorees received certificates of achievement.

2008 Categorical Awards of Excellence

Elementary School Sports Girl, Emma Starkey

Middle School Sports Girl, Casey Arnone

High School Sportswoman, Jessica Palmer

Senior Excellence Award, Florence "Sis" McCauley

2008 State Champions Awards of Excellence


Casey Siler

Ali Zube

Kelly Beard

Sarah Duffey

Emily Huff

Jessica Bennett

Jessica Patey

Jordie Lord

Emily Myers

Alexis Fisher

Felicia Bohn

Laura Smith

Beth Decker

Sarah Hoover

Tom Dzur, coach

Larry Wadel, coach

Michele Wadel, coach

Track and Field

Jordan Atha

Cayla Broadwater

Alexis Bryan

Tracey Forsythe

Jessica Johnson

John Bailey, coach

Cindy Mease, coach

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