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Trio of former Central Mountain athletes earn college honors

PHOTO PROVIDED Central Mountain grad Erin Reese earned two Landmark Conference Senior Scholar-Athlete honors this week at Susquehanna University.

Former Central Mountain track and field runner Erin Reese became the first-ever Susquehanna University student-athlete to garner two Landmark Conference Senior Scholar-Athlete honors.

She was named the 2020 Landmark Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Senior Scholar-Athlete and 2019 Landmark Women’s Cross Country Senior Scholar-Athlete.

In addition, Central Mountain graduate Sloane Tressler was named the Penn College Female Newcomer of the Year at the college’s awards banquet Wednesday. Another Central Mountain graduate that received recognition was Brody Baker, who was honored as a finalist for Scholar-Athlete of the Year at Penn College.

Reese is the fourth women’s outdoor track and field athlete to earn the award.

“We are so proud of Erin and all of her accomplishments in and out of the classroom. The sky is the limit for this young woman. Being able to maintain nearly perfect academic standing while competing year-round in three sports and being involved in the community as much as she has been speaks volumes for her dedication and commitment to her life goals,” Susquehanna track and field coach Ethan Senecal said. “We are excited for what comes next and wish her the best luck.”

She set the school record in the 10,000-meter at the 2018 Bison Outdoor Classic with a time of 38:28.14, shattering the 9-year-old mark by nearly 18 seconds. She also was the 2018 Landmark champion in the 10,000 and took second in 2017 for All-Landmark second-team honors. She was a top-eight contender every season in the 5,000, placing fifth in 2018.

In total, Reese was a six-time medalist at the Landmark championships.

Tressler was a standout women’s soccer player and Baker was a men’s basketball standout, both at Penn College.

Tressler started in all 20 games for the Wildcats and was an All-NEAC third-team all-star. She helped the defense limit opponents to just 36 goals while also being a threat on offense with 12 shots and two assists.

Baker started in 18 games and played in 26 for the Wildcats.

He had 58 rebounds this past season, 47 on the offensive end, while averaging 4.0 points per game and scoring 105. Baker also had 47 assists and 18 steals.

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