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THE GANNON KNIGHT

Award-winning Knights: Several Golden Knights are honored with post-season awards as fall sports wrap up.

December 8, 2023/12:00a.m.

The 2023 fall semester has been one to remember for Gannon Athletics. Between football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball, Golden Knight Athletics finished the semester with a combined record of 67-17-5 and a 41-6-2 regular season record in the PSAC. The Golden Knights were truly dominant this semester, and it resulted in several post-season runs and a host of individual awards. In total, 31 different Golden Knights took home 56 total individual awards, and that number may continue to grow as All-American awards come out in the coming weeks.

Football

Posting a 5-6 and 5-2 record in PSAC play, Gannon Football finished 3rd in the PSAC West standings and had 10 players selected to All-PSAC West Teams and two CCA All-Super Region 1 selections.

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CCA Division 2 All-Super Region 1

Christopher Farnsworth, Defensive Back

Eric Scarpino, Kicker

First Team All-PSAC West

Obi Ezeigbo, Defensive End

Chris Farnsworth, Defensive Back

Jacob Petit, Offensive Line

Eric Scarpino, Kicker

Second Team All-PSAC West

Ke’John Batiste, Wide Receiver

Donny Marcus, Running Back

Joe Loiseau, Defensive Line

Montana Nietert, Offensive Line

Riley Noble, Offensive Line

Kam Snell, Defensive Back

Men’s Soccer

After an undefeated regular season and a deep run into the NCAA Elite 8, Gannon Men’s Soccer finished the 2023 season 18-2-2—tied for second in wins in school history. They swept post-season PSAC West awards and finished with many individual awards.

CCA Division 2 Atlantic Region Player of the Year

Tinashe Katsande, Forward

CCA Division 2 All-Atlantic Region First Team

Bautista Corti, Defense

Pau Ferrer, Defense

Tinashe Katsande, Forward

Sverre Orten, Midfield

James Pool, Midfield

PSAC West Athlete of the Year

Tinashe Katsande, Forward

PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Year

Pau Ferrer, Defense

PSAC West Freshman of the Year

Rafa Hyde, Forward

PSAC West Coach of the Year

Billy Colton

First Team All-PSAC West

Samuel Alarcon, Keeper

Bautista Corti, Defense

Pau Ferrer, Defense

Tinashe Katsande, Forward

Sverre Orten, Midfield

James Pool, Midfield

Second Team All-PSAC West

Herman Aanberg, Forward

Women’s Soccer

The Golden Knight Women’s Soccer team also had a historic season, finishing in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament—the deepest post-season run-in Gannon Women’s Soccer history. They finished 17-5-3 and had several major awards from this season.

D2CCA Atlantic Region Player of the Year

Brooklyn Respecki, Forward

D2CCA All-Atlantic Region First Team

Leah Bermudez, Defense

Grace Emanuel, Midfield

Brooklyn Respecki, Forward

United Soccer Coaches Division II All-Atlantic Region First Team

Grace Emanuel, Midfield

Brooklyn Respecki, Forward

United Soccer Coaches Division II All-Atlantic Region Second Team

Leah Bermudez, Defense

Morgan Sinan, Keeper

PSAC West Freshman of the Year

Brooklyn Respecki, Forward

First Team All-PSAC West

Leah Bermudez, Defense

Grace Emanuel, Midfield

Ella Fadale, Midfield

Brooklyn Respecki, Forward

Hannah Shepard, Defense

Second Team All-PSAC West

Gabby Bolden, Forward

Morgan Sinan, Keeper

 

Volleyball

PSAC Champion Gannon Volleyball finished 27-5 after falling to IUP in the Atlantic Regional Semifinals. Although the Golden Knights season ended sooner than it had the season before, the PSAC Champions finished with a host of individual awards.

AVCA All-Atlantic Region First Team

Journey Blevins, Outside Hitter

Emma Hall, Libero

AVCA All-Atlantic Region Second Team

Hailey Koch, Right Side Hitter

Madde Blake, Outside Hitter

CCA Division 2 All-Atlantic Region First Team

Journey Blevins, Outside Hitter

Emma Hall, Libero

First Team All-PSAC West

Journey Blevins, Outside Hitter

Madde Blake, Outside Hitter

Second Team All-PSAC

Emma Hall, Libero

Hailey Koch, Right Side Hitter

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Jonathan Williams, Sports Editor
This semester’s Sports Editor for the Gannon Knight is Jonathan Williams. He is a graduate student from Bamberg, South Carolina pursuing his master's in strategic communications. He graduated with a Bachelor's in English from LaGrange College in 2021, before transferring to Gannon last fall. This will be his first time writing for a newspaper; however, he is very excited about this opportunity. Upon graduating in December, he plans to pursue a career in sports journalism. In addition to the paper, Jonathan is a member of Gannon's football team and was named a PSAC Scholar Athlete for the 22-23 school year. He is also a part of Gannon's radio station: 90.5 WERG. In his downtime, he loves to play the piano, play soccer, and spend time with friends and teammates. Thank you for all of your support with The Gannon Knight!

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