There aren't a lot of people outside of Bryan Stephens' family that he would trust to babysit his three young children.
So it was definitely high praise when the Northeastern athletic director told the crowd at San Carlos Restaurant at Monday's Quarterback Club of York awards banquet that he would have no qualms allowing Logan Neiman to watch his kids.
But that shouldn't come as much of a surprise to those who know Neiman. Stephens referred to the girls' soccer standout as a 'role-model' student-athlete and person. One of the top students academically at Northeastern, Neiman was probably better known for her exploits on the soccer pitch over the past four years. She led the Bobcats all the way to the York-Adams League championship contest this past season.
Just as impressively, however, was another fact that Stephens mentioned before awarding Neiman with a $1,000 scholarship from the QB Club of York.
"She scored more goals this year herself than the entire boys' soccer team combined," said Stephens, who happened to coach the Bobcats' boys' team.
Neiman and York Catholic's Maggie Javitt were both honored Monday evening by the QB Club as recipients of scholarships as the top female athletes from their respective schools. The club, which generates the funds for the scholarships through a 5K race on Labor Day in downtown York, also honored the York-Adams League Division I (James Way, York High), Division II (Wes Beans, New Oxford) and Division III (Trevor Hildebrand, Littlestown) Players of the Year in football, as well as this year's Charles Larson Memorial Scholarship award winner, Erik Ramirez of Central York.
"This is outstanding, especially since my principal and Bryan chose me," Neiman said. "There are a lot of great girl athletes at Northeastern, and for them to choose me is a great honor."
Neiman will use the scholarship to help her continue her athletic and scholastic endeavors at Millersville University in the fall. She's still undecided about her major.
"I'm not real sure," she said. "One day I want to be a teacher and then another day I want to be something else. So I'll start out going undecided and see where that takes me."
Javitt honored: It's a similar case for Javitt, who finished with an 11-1 record in singles this past season for the Fighting Irish tennis team. Ranked third in her class with a 4.4 grade-point average, Javitt has yet to decide on a school for next year.
"I'm just trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and where I'm going to take the education that York Catholic gave me," she said.
On the court, Javitt was a leader throughout her four years. She was a member of three York-Adams Division II championship squads. She also competed in league, district and state playoff contests, according to Irish girls' tennis coach Paige Mundy.
"Maggie has made invaluable contributions to the (York Catholic) program," Mundy said. "Maggie is the type of player that every coach would desire to be on the court with a match in the balance."
While the awards were undoubtedly important for everyone that was honored Monday, winning a scholarship from the QB Club of York holds a particularly special place for Javitt.
"It is really amazing," she said. "My grandfather (Edward Javitt) was a founding member of the club and it just feels like this came full-circle for me. I feel like he gave it to me personally."
Notes: It was announced at the banquet that Ramirez had come to a final decision on his future college. He's accepted an offer to continue his football career and education at Princeton University.
"This came down last week," he said. "Coach said that I had been cleared for admissions and I just decided that Princeton was the place for me to be."
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