- Post by: mcalibrary
- January 12, 2024
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RUSS AND JO ANN CESARI SCHOLARSHIP
Mason Duran is this year’s recipient of the Russ and Jo Ann Cesari Scholarship, going to an MCA lineman planning to continue playing in college. Duran really came into his own during the 2015 season as a two-way performer for Head Coach John Darrah. Duran was one of the leaders of the much-improved defensive front and contributed 29 solo, 26 assisted and total of 55 tackles, good enough for third highest on the team. The 13 tackles for loss and 5 and ½ quarterback sacks paced the Red Tornadoes, as did his 11 quarterback hurries. Mason also added 7 receptions for 51 yards as the tight end in MCA’s double tight offense. His play earned him an honorable mention notice with Eastern PA Football. He was named to the first team of the Heartland Athletic Conference and to the second team by the Sunbury Daily Item and the Press Enterprise. He was named the Lions Club Outstanding Defensive Lineman at the annual Rotary Football Banquet. Mason also placed his name on the long list of Mike Terry Award winners following his outstanding performance in the annual game with Shamokin.
Duran would finish his career with 41 solo, 51 assisted and total of 92 tackles with 19 of them for loss. He added 8 and ½ QB sack for 75 yards lost, 11 QB hurries, 2 fumble recoveries and one pass broken up. It was his newly found physical style of play that forced opposing offenses to alter the way they attacked the Tornadoes.
Mason also is a 4-year letterman with MCA track and field. Most of his concentration has been with the jumps – long and triple. He was a 2-time Freshmen-Sophomore Long and Triple Jump Gold Medalist. He has volunteered with the Special Olympics and was a Tornado Trot and Glow Run Staff Member.
An outstanding student, Mason is a member of the National Athletic Honor Society and the National Honor Society. He is a part of the Gifted Program and is a National Academy of future Scientists and Technologist nominee, as well as a National Academy of future Physicians and Medical Scientist nominee. He is also a member of Future Teachers of America, Latin Club, and Tech Ed Club.
He plans to attend either Assumption College or the University of San Diego to play football and is currently undecided on a major. He is the son of Mike and Kris Duran of Kulpmont.