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York College athlete earns CAC Medal of Inspiration

  • York College women's basketball player Beth Wiseley has won the CAC Medal of Inspiration.
  • Wiseley overcame a battle with a rare form of cancer to start 12 games this past season.
  • Wiseley also overcame a stress fracture in her foot earlier this past season.

York College women's basketball player Beth Wiseley has been honored by the Capital Athletic Conference with a 2016 Medal of Inspiration.

The honor was announced by the league office on Thursday morning.

Beth Wiseley

She is one of only three CAC athletes to receive the award this season.

The Medal of Inspiration is awarded to CAC athletes who have "persevered through extraordinary circumstances and whose determination, devotion and passion are exemplary, revered among their peers and worthy of special recognition."

CAC institutions may nominate candidates for this honor. The Senior Woman Administrators from all CAC schools then review nominations and recommend a list of most deserving individuals to be considered as finalists.

In any given year, there is no requirement that the Medal of Inspiration be awarded, nor is there a limit on the number of people who may receive the medal. However, no person shall be recognized with the award more than once.

During her freshman season, Wiseley was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Thymoma. A large tumor in her chest was discovered after she had two fainting episodes while home during Christmas break. She immediately had surgery to remove the tumor.

Once receiving clearance from her doctors and after developing enough strength to carry her own backpack to class that spring, she began the slow and arduous process of physical therapy. In the summer, she was able to train harder and harder each day and came back to campus hoping to pick up where she had left off before her illness.

Unfortunately, after just one month of official practice in her reshirt freshman year, Wiseley began having foot pain, which soon was diagnosed as a stress fracture. Again, she was forced to sit on the sidelines. Even though it was not a life-threatening injury, it was emotionally devastating to a young woman who had worked so hard to return to the court.

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For the next six weeks, she attended practice, rode the stationary bike, worked on ball-handling drills, hit the weight room and did everything she could to be ready when she was released by the doctor and the teams' athletic trainers. After her release, she quickly worked her way back into the starting line-up. She became one of the top 3-point shooters and defenders on the team and helped the Spartans finish with a 20-7 record.

Wiseley finished the year playing in 17 games with 12 starts during her redshirt freshman campaign. Wiseley averaged 5.5 points per game and shot 39.3 percent from the floor and 35.4 percent (17-for-48) from 3-point range. Her 17 3-pointers were second on the team. She pulled in 2.7 rebounds per game, while she added 15 assists, seven blocked shots and 10 steals.

"Beth has shown amazing courage and strength from the day she was diagnosed," York head coach Betsy Witman said in a news release. "She has embraced sharing her story in a effort to help others facing similar challenges. Beth has maintained an optimistic, positive outlook throughout this experience and is primed to have an outstanding season."

Wiseley will be one of five Spartan starters who are slated to return for the 2016-17 season.