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- January 12, 2024
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JOSEPH “JAZZ” DIMINICK MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE
This year’s recipient of the Joseph Jazz Diminick Male Scholar Athlete Award is Lee Amarose, a son of Ed and Lee Amarose. Lee has worked very hard over the last four years to put himself in the position to be considered for this award. He has spent countless hours in the weight room with weight coach Tony Scicchitano and at Star Physical Therapy with Tom Swaldi and Jeff Sluck. His work paid off as he began getting playing time as a sophomore for Coach Carmen DeFrancesco’s Red Tornado Football Team. He helped the Tornadoes to three consecutive playoff experiences, losing the District IV Championship in 2012 to a very good Danville team. Lee was a stalwart at both the guard and tackle positions and was available as a back up center if needed. Lee was named the Joe Grey Award winner following the 2014 season, given annually to the team’s best lineman. He was named to the Heartland Conference, News-Item, and Press Enterprise All Area teams as a first team lineman and was given an honorable mention nod by PIAA Eastern PA Football.com. He has been selected to play in the District IV All Star game in June. He was elected to serve as one of the co-captains of the 2014 football team.
Amarose has also lettered for three years as a member of John Lazicki’s MCA Boys Basketball Team, serving as its captain in 2015. The team has qualified for District IV playoffs during all three years and posted playoff wins in 2015 over Bloomsburg and over Williamson in 2013. Lee has been the enforcer inside for the Tornadoes and has contributed with 5 points and 5 rebounds per game. His coach, John Lazicki, said that Lee was a tremendous leader and gave everything he had every minute he was on the court. Lee also participated for one year with the MCA trackmen.
Lee is a two-year member of the Junior National Honor Society and a three year member of the National Honor Society and National Athletic Honor Society. He was elected class president during his freshman and sophomore years. He participates in Future Business Leaders of America, the Calculus Club, Spanish Club, Interact Club and Future Teachers of America. Lee has volunteered as a life guard for the Special Olympics and is an altar server at Divine Redeemer Church in Mount Carmel.
Lee plans to continue his playing career at either Misericordia or Lock Haven University while pursuing a political science degree with the hope of moving on to law school.