Five York Suburban girls' basketball players collect $57,000 in sportsmanship scholarships

  • The Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Fund recently presented sportsmanship awards to the York Suburban girls' basketball team.
  • Five Trojans were honored, with Kennedy McKee getting $15,000 and Briaunna Embrey-Banks receiving $12,000.
  • Gianna Batty-Harrison, Katherine Mooney and Ali Reinecker each received scholarships worth $10,000.

The York Suburban girls' basketball team enjoyed a successful season on the court in 2017-2018, compiling a 14-11 overall record and advancing to the District 3 Class 4-A quarterfinals.

Kennedy McKee

The Trojans' win-loss record, however, doesn't tell the complete story about the program — at least if you ask the York area basketball officials.

Representatives of the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Fund presented scholarships totaling $57,000 to five senior members of the Suburban girls’ basketball team during the district's school board meeting on Monday night.

Kennedy McKee received a $15,000 scholarship and Briaunna Embrey-Banks was awarded a $12,000 scholarship. Gianna Batty-Harrison, Katherine Mooney and Ali Reinecker each received scholarships worth $10,000.

The Swartz Awards are presented annually to York-Adams League boys' and girls' programs in recognition of outstanding sportsmanship.

Winning programs are determined by a vote of York area basketball officials after observing the season-long conduct of players, fans, faculty, students, managers, coaches and cheerleaders from junior high to varsity. Each winning school receives a traveling trophy in recognition of its accomplishment.

Briaunna Embrey-Banks

The seniors from each winning program are then eligible to win Swartz scholarships. Winners are determined by the fund’s board of directors after reviewing applications and transcripts and conducting candidate interviews.

The number of scholarship awards and dollar amounts presented are determined each year by the board members.

McKee plans to attend St. Francis University, Embrey-Banks will attend York College, Batty-Harrison is headed toward Lock Haven University (Clearfield campus), Mooney is going to the University of Florida and Reinecker will enroll in the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mustang seniors earn $57,000 in scholarships

South Western was this year’s winner on the boys’ side.

Gianna Batty-Harrison
Katherine Mooney
Ali Reinecker