- Post by: mcalibrary
- January 3, 2024
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FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE
This year’s female scholar athlete is Ana Ditchey, Mount Carmel Area’s outstanding track and field and basketball athlete. Ana has been a four year letter winner and starter for coach Steve Lapotsky’s Lady Tornado basketball team. During the 1998 season, Ana helped the girls team to a 3rd place finish in the Dist. IV basketball tourney, the highest finish since the 1985 District Championship. During this past season, Ana became only the 7th girl in school history to surpass the 1000 point scoring plateau. As the only senior and Captain of this year’s squad, Ana has led the team into Dist. IV playoff competition once again by averaging 17 points per game and shooting over 70% from the foul line.
In the spring Ana takes her talents to the Silver Bowl as a member of the Lady Tornado track and field team. She has won the Dist. IV javelin Championship in both her sophomore and junior campaigns and has finished 11th and 1oth at the State Track and Field Meets in 1998 and 1999. As a sophomore Ditchey broke the 20 year old Javelin mark held by Cheryl Kent and has since upped the marl to 138’9”, noted by Track and Field Magazine as the 6th best throw in the country in 1999. She is most proud of the fact that her teams have won three consecutive Schuylkill League Championships and have gone 24-0 during the past three season.
Ana has extended her athletic versatility as the first ever female of the golf team at MCA, winning a letter in the sport in 1999.
Ditchey has qualified for this honor by ranking 11th in her class and posting a 95.1 GPA. She has attained a 1070 in her SAT’s and has been recognized in Who’s Who Among High School Students. She presently serves as Senior Class Secretary, President of the Pep Club, and is a member of Student Council, SADD, Future Teachers of America and Interact Club.
Ana is the daughter of Tootsie and Bill Ditchey, Mount Carmel and plans to attend either Susquehanna University or Penn State University.