Zach Wasilewski

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Zach Wasilewski has earned the distinction of being 2014’s Joseph Jazz Diminick Male Scholar Athlete for the Ed Romance Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Zach has been a three-sport athlete for four years at Mount Carmel Area, starring in football, basketball, and track. Zach’s greatest successes have been with the Red Tornado football program. Zach took over the quarterback duties midway through his sophomore season in 2011. He play helped the Tornadoes to their 8th District Championship with a 28-0 victory over Bloomsburg. In 2012, Zach again took the Tornadoes to the championship game before losing to eventual winner Danville. Wasilewski paced the young Tornadoes of 2013 into the District playoffs for the third consecutive year, losing in the quarter-finals.

Zach has positioned himself throughout the Tornado record book as a result of his 262 completions for 3653 yards and 35 touchdowns. The completions rank 4th one the all-time list behind hus brother Marcus (408), Dave Shinskie (400) and Mike Higgins (355). The 3653 yards passing and 36 touchdowns rank 5th on the all-time list. Zach also set the single game mark of 315 yards passing in a game against North Schuylkill in 2012, surpassing the 309 by brother Marcus against Chichester in 2007. His 4 TD passes vs North Schuylkill ties as the second best game in MCA history. Zach’s toughness is born out with his 700 plus yards rushing, the most by a quarterback at MCA since Nick Sebes.

Zach was the named the Mike Terry Award winner in the season’s finale with Shamokin, MCA’s 18th consecutive victory over its arch rival. Zach was also named the Len Eshmont Award winner, the Glenn “Bonesey” Adams Award winner, and the Joseph F. Greco Kiwanis Award winner.

Zach was also a three-year letter-winner for Coach John Lazicki’s basketball team, appearing in playoffs the last two seasons. He is also a three-year letterman for MCA baseball.

In the classroom, Zach is a member of the interact club and is the Vice President of the Spanish Club. He is a distinguished honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society. In addition, he is an altar server at his church and enjoys outdoor activities including fishing, snowboarding, and golfing. He is the son of Mark Wasilewski and the late Lisa Wasilewski of Denmar Gardens. Zack will be attending Penn State University.  He has been accepted into the college of Health & Human Development as a Kinesiology major and currently has an interest in Physical Therapy

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