A. Landis Brackbill Award recipients: Penn Manor's Alyssa Schriver and Nicholas Fafel

Penn Manor's Alyssa Schriver and Nicholas Fafel received the A. Landis Brackbill Award for academic and athletic excellence Tuesday at the Eden Resort & Suites.

For the second time in the 30-year history of the A. Landis Brackbill Awards, and the first time since 2004, the award recipients hailed from the same Lancaster-Lebanon League School.

Penn Manor's Alyssa Schriver and Nicholas Fafel were presented the awards Tuesday at the Eden Resort & Suites, the first Comets to receive the honor for senior student-athletes since Alyssa Girvin received the award in 2008.

In order to qualify for the Brackbill Award, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.5 grade-point average and letter in or play in 75 percent of at least two PIAA-sponsored sports in one year.

The award also carries a $1,000 scholarship from the Manheim Touchdown Club.

A committee set up by the L-L League chose the winners from nominations made by each of the league's high schools.

Here is a closer look at the two winners:

Alyssa Schriver

High school: Penn Manor.

College: Penn State.

Area of study: Pre-med.

Varsity letters: Field hockey (4), basketball (4), track and field (2), softball (1). Was a three-time team captain.

Athletic achievements

Field hockey: Two-time state champion (2014, 2017), First Team All-State twice and Second Team once, three-time L-L League All-League and Section One First Team all-star.

Basketball: First-Team L-L League All-Star, WGAL/Toyota High School Athlete of the Week, nominated for McDonald's All-American Team and Miss PA Basketball.

Track and field: Owns school record in the 400-meter dash and contributed to school record in 4x100-meter relay.

Academic laurels: Grade-point average 3.693, National Honor Society, L-L League All-Academic Team, National Field Hockey Coaches Association's National Academic Squad, Lions Club Student of the Month.

Extracurriculars/community service: Four-year class officer, Serteen Club officer, school yearbook, volunteer with Millersville Parade, Turkey Trot Run, Turkey Hill Country Classic Race, youth basketball and field hockey camps.


On the role of sports: "Just growing up, my parents played sports all the time, so I was always around sports since I was little. I always wanted to play, and I have an older brother, so we'd always compete in things. I've always been competitive, and sports just take me away from everything else. They're a stress reliever. They take your mind off things."

Career highlight as a student-athlete: "When we won our state championship this year. After winning it out freshman year, and losing in the semifinals for a couple years, it was really cool to win it this year. Everyone just came together."

Nicholas Fafel

High school: Penn Manor.

College: University of Delaware.

Area of study: Chemical engineering.

Varsity letters: Cross country (4), wrestling (3), track and field (3).

Athletic achievements

Cross country: Team captain, qualified for and finished 24th at PIAA Championships, seventh-place at L-L League meet, L-L League First Team All-Star.

Wrestling: L-L League Senior All-Star, L-L League First Team All-Star once and Section Team All-Star twice, district tournament qualifier, finished second at sectionals and third at leagues.

Track and field: Member of Section One and L-L League championship team, finished ninth in leagues and qualified for districts in 3,200-meter run.

Academic laurels: Grade-point average of 4.0, ranked first in class, National Honor Society, Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences, course honors distinction at Millersville University in ordinary differential equations, liner algebra, Calculus III, Lancaster Rotary Club Student of the Month, regional finalist in American Chemical Society.

Academic scholarships: Named Eugene du Pont Scholar, Niles & Nancy Noblitt Scholarship, Rensselaer Medal Award, Elks Most Valuable Student national semifinalist.


How sports help with academics: "After a long day of school, your thoughts are just kind of muddled up, and you have a lot of stuff to think about with all your classes. Just to be able to go out and exhaust yourself physically, it kind of gives your mind a break."

How academics help with sports: "A lot of my (wrestling) opponents are a lot shorter than me, so I just try to understand a bunch of physics in it, the torque you need to make yourself longer at times to be able to roll someone over. Stuff like that. There's definitely a combination of the academics in the athletics."

Female finalists

Jamie Zamrin, Cocalico (will attend Lehigh); Anne Sensenig, Ephrata (University of Chicago); Hanna Garber, Lampeter-Strasburg (Delaware); Isabella Fife, McCaskey (Dickinson).

Female nominees

Harper Sellers, Annville-Cleona (Eastern); Rachel Witherite, Cedar Crest (Villanova); Jordan Haberstroh, Columbia (York); Karli Monger, Conestoga Valley (Auburn); Grace Miller, Donegal (Delaware); Katie Fields, Elco (Penn State); Hannah McConnell, Elizabethtown (Elizabethtown); Angela Strock, Garden Spot (Lebanon Valley); Bethany Bronkema, Lancaster Mennonite (Swarthmore); Margaret Hinkel, Lebanon (Susquehanna); Hannah Callihan, Lebanon Catholic (Villanova); Brooke Breinich, Manheim Central (Messiah); Megan Baldassarre, Manheim Township (Penn State); Cassiah Ray, Northern Lebanon (Lebanon Valley); Lydia Cacciola, Pequea Valley (Messiah); Lydia Fetterman, Solanco (PA College of Health Sciences); Talia Bertando, Warwick (Juniata).

Male finalists

Jacob Musselman, Cocalico (Westminster); Mason Bennetch, Elco (Cabrini); Alex Morales, Ephrata (Stevenson); Evan Clark, Warwick (Davidson).

Male nominees

Shelby Bauer, Annville-Cleona (Penn State); Tanner Miller, Cedar Crest (undecided); Carter Lam, Conestoga Valley (Penn State); Nicholas Ketner, Donegal (Bloomsburg); David Buckwalter, Elizabethtown (Penn State); Christian Groff, Hempfield (Vermont); David Martin-Robinson, Hempfield (Temple); Peyton Denlinger, Lampeter-Strasburg (McDaniel); Miles McCaskey, Lancaster Catholic (Temple): Robert VanTash, Lancaster Catholic (Temple); Carter Hurst, Lancaster Mennonite (undecided); Luke Foster, Lebanon (Mount St. Mary's); Nathan Hatzfield, Northern Lebanon (DeSales); Noah Bergey, McCaskey (Pittsburgh); Gabriel Stewart, Manheim Central (Penn State); Grayson Sallade, Manheim Township (University of Virginia); Dante DiAngelis, Northern Lebanon (West Point); Nathan Kovalick, Pequea Valley (Penn State); Jonathan Rush, Solanco (Millersville).