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- January 12, 2024
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JOSEPH “JAZZ” DIMINICK MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE
Just as some of the hall of fame greats like Bob Sacavage, Greg Sacavage, Marc Sassani, and Walt Wywadis: Allen Yancoskie has parlayed the combination of football and wrestling into a very successful career. That, along with his academic prowess, has allowed Allen to be named this year’s Joseph Jazz Diminick Male Scholar Athlete. Allen has been a tw0-year leader of the defense for MCA football, leading the team in tackles as a junior and senior. He registered 105 in 2015 and 111 in 2014, becoming one of only a handful of players to go over 100 two times in a career. He has accumulated 114 solo and 115 assisted for a total of 229 tackles in his career with 25 of those for loss. He has added 7 and ½ QB sacks for 49 yards lost and 6 quarterback hurries. He is a two-time Heartland Athletic Conference linebacker, two-times Press Enterprise and two-time News Item performer. He also earned an honorable mention spot with Eastern PA Football in 2015. He is a two-time Keystone Club member for tackles with Pennsylvania Football News.
As one of the captains in 2015, Allen added 186 yards rushing and 13 receptions as a fullback. His leadership will be sorely missed as the Tornadoes move forward.
Allen has also been a very successful wrestler at MCA, qualifying for Districts in each of his four seasons at MCA. He was also a Northeast Regional 5th place finisher in 205. Allen’s season records stand at 20-11, 19-16, 31-11, and 30-7 for a career total of 100-46. He was a third place finisher in District IV, qualifying him for the Northeast Regional Championships where he earned his 100th victory in the ¼ finals over Namir Murphy of Myers on a 13-4 decision. He has won many title matches at MCA, including championships at the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament and the Darren Klingerman Invitational.
Academically, Allen is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Athletic Honor Society and a top 10 student. He serves as the Student Council president and the AP Calc Club president. He is a member of the Reading Club, Interact Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Teachers of America, Spanish Club, Tech Ed Club, and Chemistry Club. He was also a participant in the Lock Haven Math Competition and was chosen a Rotary Student of the Month and Ed Romance Chapter Athlete of the month for February. Allen plans to attend either the Naval Academy or Penn State and its NROTC program to major in civil engineering. He is the son of Allen and Jessica Yancoskie of Mount Carmel.