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- December 14, 2023
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FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE
Cheryl Kent and Joseph Schicatano have been chosen winners of the 1979 Scholar-Athlete Awards as presented by the Ed Romance Lower Anthracite Chapter of the of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Kent, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Kent, Atlas, put girls sports at Mount Carmel on the map. She holds the school scoring record for both boys and girls in basketball with 1,557 career points, She led the Schuylkill County League in scoring her junior and senior years and was names first team to all-star teams selected by the Pottsville Republican and Reading Eagle.
She led the team in rebounding the last two seasons and had 978 rebounds, 390 steals and 182 assists in 89 career games. She scored 36 points in one game, was selected to “High School All Americans” two consecutive years and to “Who’s Who” Among All American High School Students. Her basketball jersey- no. 23- was retired.
In track and field, she was undefeated four consecutive seasons in dual meets in the discus. She holds school records in the javelin, 120-3; discus, 127-8; shot put, 36-3; and was on the school record 80-yard hurdle relay team. She holds the District Four record in the discus (120-9) and the javelin (144-1) In addition, she holds records in several events established at various invitational meets during her career.
She was the District Four champion in the discus four consecutive years (1976-79) and placed in the top six in the discus at the state meet four years in a row.
She is a member of the National Athletic Honor Society, and the Pep Club and Glee Club at Mount Carmel Area High School in 1979 and was also the recipient of the Babe Ruth Award, which is voted on by the students.
She will attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah this fall, where she will major in Communications and Journalism and play basketball.