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- January 12, 2024
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JOSEPH D. WASILEWSKI FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE
In what may have been the most lopsided vote since Tom Seaver received 98.84% of the baseball writer’s Hall of Fame votes, Alison Varano has been chosen MCA’s Joseph Wasilewski Female Scholar Athlete. Ali has excelled at everything she has attempted, both on the athletic playing fields and in the class room. Ms. Varano ranks number one in her class and has earned 13 varsity letters in 4 different sports. As to which is her best, just pick the one that is in season.
Ali, along with her mother Lisa, has been an integral part of the remarkable success of the Tornadoes basketball program over the last four years. The Tornadoes have won an unprecedented four consecutive District IV Championships and have gone 97-14 over that span. Her Tornadoes have won four consecutive PHAC Division II Championships and added the overall PHAC Championship this season. The 97 wins are the most ever in a four year period surpassing the 77 from 2009-2012. The 27 wins registered in 2012 are the most ever in school history as is the 27 game win streak. Ali recently became only the 11th female in school history to score 1000 points in her career while adding a more than 450 steals to go along with it. She was part of the schools 500th win in the thrilling OT win over Warrior Run in 2013 and had a career high 29 points in a win over Shikellamy. She was named to PHAC conference first team all star team the last two years.
As the captain of the MCA soccer team, Ali became only the second athlete in MCA history to score over 100 goals during her career (101). In 2012, she helped her 8th seeded District IV team to a third place medal and a trip into the state tournament. They would make it to the 1/4 finals, the best finish ever for MCA girls soccer. She was also a PHAC first team performer for three years running. She also participates with the CSSC Legends and BTSC Teal Waver Soccer Clubs and has won numerous awards and championships.
As a track athlete, Ali broke the school record in the 200 meters with a time of 26.34 and qualified for the state meet in the long jump. She has earned 8 District IV medals in a variety of events including the 100M, 200M, 400M, 4 x 100M relay, 4 x 400 M relay, long jump and 300 meter intermediate hurdles. It comes as no surprise that she may eventually compete in the women’s heptathlon on the collegiate level. Ali was also chosen as the Sunbury Daily Item Female Athlete of the Year in 2013.
In the classroom, Ali is the senior class president, a member of the National Honor Society, National Athletic Honor Society, and Future Teachers of America, She also participates in the Spanish and Interact Clubs, and was the Rotary Student of the Month for October. She is a member of the Hope Community Church in Mount Carmel and is the daughter of Robert and Lisa Varano. Her future plans are to attend Bucknell University and major in Biology. Alison plans to run track for the Bison.