Zack Zarkowski

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The 2017 recipient of the James M. Bach Scholar Athlete Award is Zachary Zarkowski. Zachary is a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School. Zachary has been an integral member of the varsity football and track and field teams for the Mt. Carmel Red Tornadoes through the Cooperative Sports Program between Mt. Carmel Area High School and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School.

During his freshman year, Zachary played basketball for Our Lady of Lourdes Red Raiders under Coach William Gilger.

For the past four seasons, Zachary has been a member of the Mt. Carmel Red Tornadoes Football Team. He has played in the running back position under the direction of past head Coach Carmen DeFrancesco and the current Coach John Darrah. During the course of his career, Zach was able to run for a workman-like 687 yards with 6 TD’s and a 5.1 yard average. He also contributed 53 tackles and 252 yards in kick returns. For his efforts, he recently received the Joseph Buchinski Award at the 98th annual Rotary Football Banquet honoring the 2016 Red Tornado Football team.

Zach is also a member of the Mt. Carmel Red Tornadoes Track and Field Team under Coach Chris Catton, where he participates in the sprints and the hurdles.

In addition to athletics, Zachary is an exemplary student and has maintained honors status throughout his high school academic career. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the Spanish Honor Society. His other extracurricular activities include Spanish Club, Boys Service Club, Respect Life, and Students against Destructive Decisions.

Zach is an active member of Divine Redeemer Parish where he has been an altar server, is involved with the parish’s youth group and assists with various fund raising projects.

Zarkowski has enlisted in the United States Army National Guard where he has fulfilled the requirement of basic training and will continue with his advanced individual training in Infantry in the summer of 2017. Zach will serve in the Army National Guard while he attains his college degree in Exercise Science at Shippensburg University.

Zach is the son of Albert Zarkowski of Elysburg and Carrie Zarkowski of Ashland.

Categories: 2017 Hall of Fame