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- January 12, 2024
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RUSS AND JO ANN CESARI SCHOLASHIP
Lucas Amarose was recently named the first-ever recipient of the Russ and Jo Ann Cesari Scholarship. The Cesari’s are 1962 graduates of Mount Carmel Catholic High School, where Russ excelled at football for the Rams. The award goes to an interior lineman who plans to continue his education and football playing career in college.
Lucas first earned a starting position with the Red Tornadoes during the pre-season of the 2010 season. The 6’0 280 lb tackle would hold down the right tackle position for the nest two years. The most amazing part is that he did it with a severe shoulder injury sustained at the end of doubles in 2010. He had to persevere through a tremendous amount of pain in order to be productive. It took yards and yards of tape by the Star Physical Therapy group to keep Lucas on the field in 2010. His play would help the Tornadoes and Coach Carmen DeFrancesco to a fine 8-4 season and a spot in the District IV semi-finals.
As a senior, Lucas again manned the right tackle spot and helped the Tornadoes run for 3179 yards; a number that ranks as the 7th best rushing season in MCA history. He often lead the way for Myerick Lamb and Cody Shustack, who became the first set of running backs since 1970 to rush for over 1000 yards in a season. The 2011 Tornadoes rushed for over 200 yards in 10 of their games and went over the 300 yard mark against West Perry and Montoursville. Only 5 Tornado elevens would score more than the 38 TD’s rushing in 2011. The 5.7 yards per rush ranks 12th out of 50 modern era teams.
Lucas helped the Tornadoes win the Heartland Conference Division II Title and their 8th District Championship in a 28-0 shutout over the Bloomsburg Panthers. Amarose was also on the field when the Tornadoes recorded their 800th career victory in the 35-14 win over the Shikellamy Braves. Lucas was given the Star Physical Therapy Comeback Player Award after the 2010 season and the Mattucci Chef’s Award following the 2011 campaign. His shoulder injury precluded his playing basketball and baseball, but he plans to return to the baseball diamond this spring.
Lucas is also very active at MCA as a member of the Interact Club, Science Club, Chemistry Club, and the Tech Ed Club. He has given back to his community as a volunteer for the Relay for Life since fourth grade. He has also participated and worked at the Nate’s Mates Tournament since 7th grade. Luke is an active worker for the Divine Redeemer Church Picnic and has taken part in the Oak Street Clean-Up and Special Olympics along with his Red Tornado teammates.
Lucas is the son of Ed and Lisa Amarose of Atlas and plans to play for Mount Carmel graduate Frank Sheptock and the Wilkes Colonels in the fall. He will major in criminal justice.