Three former York County high school athletic standouts recently received major honors at the 16th annual Juniata College Athletic Awards Night.
York Catholic High School graduate Ashton Bankos was awarded the Charles Bargerstock '47 Award for greatest contribution to Juniata athletics by a senior female athlete. Bankos was a standout on the Juniata women's basketball team.
Eastern York High School graduate Mike Kraft, who excelled on the Juniata men's volleyball team, was presented the William R. Smaltz Award, which goes to a senior student-athlete who has demonstrated hard work and perseverance in his or her endeavors.
Dallastown High School graduate Caitlyn Bowman, who was a member of Juniata's field hockey team, was named the recipient of the John E. Blood Memorial Award, which is presented the senior student-athlete who has earned the highest grade-point average combined with significant athletic achievement.
Bankos capped her career by becoming just the fourth player in program history to earn All-America honors, when she was named an honorable mention selection to the D3hoops.com All-America Team. She was named to the All-Landmark Conference First Team, Landmark Conference Player of the Year and the D3hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year, after averaging 13.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists while leading the Eagles to an undefeated regular-season record in the Landmark Conference and into the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. She was named the team's MVP. Over her four years at Juniata, she tallied 1,085 points, 340 assists and 551 rebounds, becoming the first player in Juniata history to earn 1,000 points, 300 assists and 500 rebounds in a career.
Kraft has played several different positions since transferring to Juniata to play men's volleyball. A setter and outside hitter early in his career, he moved to the libero position as a senior and finished the season with 275 digs - an average of 2.29 per set. Over his four years, he logged 248 kills, 1,166 assists, 36 service aces, 592 digs and 110 blocks. He was named the team's MVP this season.
Bowman finished her career with 15 goals and eight assists for 38 points, with three game-winning goals. As a senior, she was fourth on the team in scoring with six goals and two assists for 14 points, netting game-winners against Stevens and Susquehanna. In the classroom, she had a nearly perfect grade-point average in biology, and interned last summer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).