Four students named PSC Outstanding Athletes of the Year

Four students named PSC Outstanding Athletes of the Year

Campus President Jennifer Orlikoff  (l-r) presented student athletes Anya Murray and Kylie Bussard with Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year Awards, as well as Joe LaRocca and Tyler Sisler with Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year Awards, during the annual Athletic Hall of Fame banquet at West Virginia University’s Potomac State College.  Athletic Director Shawn White also presented the awards.

During the annual Athletic Hall of Fame banquet at West Virginia University’s Potomac State College, students Kylie Bussard and Anya Murray were recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Female Athletes of the Year.  Joe LaRocca and Tyler Sisler were recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Male Athletes of the Year.

Bussard, a sophomore from Hopewell, Pa. majoring in pre-veterinary medicine, earned accolades for her performance as a forward on the soccer field.  Bussard scored 19 goals this season earning her a second-place slot in the Potomac State record books for highest goal total for a season.  Her two-year total consisted of 23 goals with 5 assists. 

“Kylie played some of her time as a midfielder which cut down on her scoring opportunities significantly,” stated Mark Sprouse, women’s head soccer coach.  Adding, “Kylie was an excellent student and an exceptional leader, on and off the field.”

Murray, a general studies major from Cumberland, Md., served in the position of outside hitter on the volleyball team.  She was named Most Valuable Player in the College’s first-ever Region XX Tournament this season.  As a freshman, she received All-Region XX First Team honors while leading in kills per game and hitting percentage.  As a sophomore, Murray averaged 2.2 kills per game while hitting .257 and averaging 1.2 digs per game.  Murray also earned a slot in the PSC record books, ranking fourth in total kills. 

LaRocca is a business administration major from Bridgeport, W.Va., who played second base on the Catamount baseball team.  “Joe is a stellar defensive player and a leader,” agreed Head Baseball Coach Doug Little.  During a two year period of playing for the Catamounts, LaRocca had 69 hits, 9 doubles, 3 home runs, and 61 RBIs. 

Sisler is a sophomore elementary education major from Ellerslie, Md.  As a forward on the soccer team, he amassed 18 goals and 9 assists his freshman year and 5 goals with 3 assists during his sophomore year.  He also served as team captain and could play every position on the soccer team.