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- January 11, 2024
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JAMES M. BACH SCHOLAR ATHLETE
The first-ever recipient of the James M. Bach Scholar Athlete Award is Chris Johnson. Chris is a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School and has been a four-year standout in basketball, football, and baseball. Johnson’s hard work and determination has allowed him to become a four-year starter for Coach Pete Long’s Red Raider basketball team as a point guard and shooting guard. Chris has consistently been among the region’s top scorers and has been named to the News-Item All Area team as a first team guard. Chris’s play has helped the Raiders to a third place finish in District IV Playoffs in 2005 and 2006 and eventually into the state playoffs. Johnson’s leadership helped the Raiders win the Division III crown of the Schuylkill League in 2008 with a 17-7 regular season record. The Raiders took North Schuylkill, the Div II champions to the buzzer before losing by a 28-34 score in the Schuylkill League semi finals. The Raiders would eventually lose the District IV Championship game to North Penn with Chris leading the way with 11 points. They would finish at 19-10 with Johnson averaging 10.9 pts per game.
In addition to basketball, Chris also takes to the gridiron for Coach Mike Klembara and the Red Raider football team. He was a three-year starter at linebacker and wide receiver. He has been an area leader in receptions and has paced the Raiders from the defensive side of the ball. He was named to the first team of the All-American Football Conference as a wide receiver and linebacker following the 2007 season..
Johnson has been a starter for the Raider baseball team since his freshman year and has won the award for highest batting average for two consecutive seasons,
In addition to his success in the athletic area, Chris currently ranks #1 in his class of 50 at Our Lady Of Lourdes Regional High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been an active part of Student Council throughout his high school career. He also takes part in the Respect for Life Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, the Business Club, Boys Service Club, as well as, many others. He is also an active member of Divine Redeemer Parish in Mount Carmel.
Chris is the son of Ed and Colleen Johnson of Wilburton and plans to attend Penn State University to begin pursuit of a medical degree with an emphasis in anesthesiology.