Two York County players have been honored for successfully combining athletics and academics at York College.
Central York High School graduate Jared Wagner and Spring Grove High School graduate Darin Gordon have been placed on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court.
The awards were announced by the organization on Wednesday.
Wagner and Gordon are two of four Spartans to be recognized, joining recent York graduate Nolan Smith and rising senior Joey Polczynski.
Wagner and Gordon are also rising seniors.
In addition, South Western grad Brock Geiman earned the same accolade for Christopher Newport University.
Last week, the entire York team earned the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award. That award recognizes academic achievement by a team with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the 2018-19 season. York had a team GPA of 3.32.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must: academically be a junior or senior and a varsity player; have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year; have at least one year at their current institution; and be member of NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA Division I or II institution with an NABC member coach.
Wagner: Wagner has a cumulative GPA of 3.55 as a sport management major. He is also pursuing a minor in athletic coaching. He is a four-time member of the Dean's List. He was an All-Capital Athletic Conference performer last season, when he averaged 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game in his 30 starts.
Gordon: Gordon is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.40 GPA. Gordon is a two-time Dean's List honoree. Gordon had a breakout year for the Spartans last season, playing in 30 games with 20 starts, averaging 10.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Smith: Smith graduated in May with a 3.46 GPA as a business administration major while earning a minor in finance. Smith was a three-time member of the Dean's List. Smith played in 29 games off the bench for the Spartans, totaling 28 points, 34 rebounds, 12 assists and five steals.
Polczynski: Polczynski is a biology major and boasts a GPA of 3.52. He is a four-time Dean's List member. Last year, he averaged 11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game
Wagner, Polczynski and Gordon highlight a strong group of returning Spartans as York looks to win another CAC title after finishing 22-8 last season. The Spartans have gone 46-13 the last two years including a mark of 26-6 in CAC play.
Geiman: Geiman, who is majoring in finance, saw action in 28 games with one start and dished out nearly an assist per game in his appearances for CNU. He also grabbed seven steals and 24 rebounds. He is a two-time CAC All-Academic Team selection after two years of action in Newport News.
OTHER YORK COLLEGE NOTE
Muston honored: York College head women's lacrosse coach Jen Muston has been named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Metro-Region Coach of the Year.
The honor was her first IWLCA regional coach of the year award.
Muston led the 2019 edition of the Spartan squad to a school-record 17 wins, their first-ever Capital Athletic Conference Tournament championship and the program's third straight NCAA Elite Eight appearance.
The Spartans finished the year at 17-6. Muston was named the CAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career. Muston is now 159-69 in her 12 years at the helm of the program.
Spartans' golf team recognized: The CAC champion York College women's golf squad was honored by the Women's Golf Coaches Association with the third annual Mark Laesch Award.
The award recognizes three NCAA teams based on improvement in adjusted stroke average per individual round from the 2017-18 season to the 2018-19 campaign.
The Spartans were the Division III representative as they improved their adjusted stroke average against par by 49.94 strokes per round. The Spartans' adjusted stroke average against par was 89.87 last year and 39.93 during their championship campaign.
The Spartans averaged 378.59 in their first varsity season in 2017-18. York turned in an average of 326.63 this season en route to its first-ever CAC Tournament title.
Reach Steve Heiser at email@example.com. Information for this story was provided by York College.