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Skaleski, Roncolato named Clyde Lamb Award winners

WC seniors honored for overall excellence

May 3, 2011

Katie Skaleski and Dan Roncolato are Wilmington College's 2011 Clyde Lamb Award winners.

Katie Skaleski and Dan Roncolato are Wilmington College's 2011 Clyde Lamb Award winners.

Seniors Katie Skaleski and Dan Roncolato have been chosen Wilmington College’s 2011 Clyde A. Lamb Award winners.

Each of the Ohio Athletic Conference’s 10 institutions selects a male and female Clyde Lamb winner. The Clyde Lamb Award is named in honor of the man who organized the Department of Health and Physical Education at Ohio Northern in 1929. He served as a coach, department chairman and athletics director at ONU from 1929-64.

Criteria for the award include at least two years participation in an OAC-sponsored sport, senior status, a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00 and sportsmanlike conduct in a manner that brought credit to the student-athlete and his/her institution.

The 20 Clyde Lamb Award winners will be honored at the 26th annual OAC Awards Banquet May 16 at the Holiday Inn-Worthington.

“This award honors the best of the best,” said Terry Rupert, Wilmington College’s director of athletics/vice president for athletics administration. “Katie and Dan represent the essence of NCAA Division III student-athletics. They strive for excellence in everything they do — in the classroom and on the field of competition. They also are tremendous leaders that their teammates and peers have great respect for.”

Skaleski (Beavercreek) turned in one of the top careers in the storied history of Wilmington College women’s soccer. The midfielder was a four-time All-OAC honoree and was twice named to the All-Great Lakes Region Team. A nightmare for other teams to mark, Skaleski made 69 starts and played in 79 contests for Wilmington.

In the classroom, Skaleski maintained a 3.88 GPA as a middle childhood education major. She was a three-time Academic All-OAC selection and was a 2010 All-East Region Scholar-Athlete honoree.

On campus, Skaleski is a member of Green Key Honor Society and Athletes In Action. Off campus, she has volunteered for March of Dimes and ministry outreaches in Dayton.

Roncolato (Meadville, Pa.) was one of the top hitters in the OAC. The left fielder/pitcher finished the 2010 season a single hit shy of batting .400 en route to earning All-OAC honors. He has a .366 career batting average, has hit seven home runs and driven in 68 runs.

In the classroom, Roncolato maintained a 3.50 GPA as an agriculture major. A member of the Wilmington College Dean’s List and WC Agricultural Honors Society, he was an Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree and was the April 2011 OAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month.

Roncolato is a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church and has been a volunteer for church mission work. He also has been a volunteer for Make A Difference Day in his hometown of Meadville, Pa.

All-Time WC Clyde Lamb Award Winners
2011 — Katie Skaleski (Soccer); Dan Roncolato (Baseball)
2010 — Callen Martin (Track and Field); John Creech (Swimming)
2009 — Kacie Otting (Swimming/Track and Field); Brandon Hiatt (Football)
2008 — Katie Streck (Basketball/Golf); Brent Scherz (Football)
2007 — Ashley Johnson (Track and Field/Swimming); Chad Otte (Football)
2006 — Katie Isaacs (Soccer); Joe Maus (Cross Country/Track and Field)
2005 — Siobhan Zerilla (Basketball); Brent Bird (Baseball)
2004 — Emily Herring (Track and Field); Bryan Kennedy (Football/Wrestling)
2003 — Megan Woodruff (Basketball); Kyle Wolf (Track and Field)
2002 — Dana Crow (Track and Field); Doug Wolf (Track and Field)
2001 — Tammy Venema (Soccer); Kevin Lucas (Track and Field)