Inter-Ac awards go to GA, PC, SCH graduating athletes

by Tom Utescher
Posted 6/16/21

At the end of each school year, the Inter-Ac League Athletic Directors recognize outstanding multi-sport athletes in the graduating class. At the three coeducational schools in the league in this …

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Inter-Ac awards go to GA, PC, SCH graduating athletes

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At the end of each school year, the Inter-Ac League Athletic Directors recognize outstanding multi-sport athletes in the graduating class. At the three coeducational schools in the league in this area, the AD's Award is presented to one boy and one girl at each institution.

In the Class of 2021, Germantown Academy selected Jordan Longino and Elise Smigiel, Penn Charter picked Aaron Maione and Janae Stewart, and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy designated Bobby Markey and Esther Lamb.

GA's Longino is best known for his basketball prowess, and he is headed for one of the best college programs in the nation at Villanova University. A 6'6" guard, Longino was also a decision maker on the football field, where he played quarterback for the Patriots.

On the basketball court he was a formidable outside shooter, and in February he broke Germantown Academy's career scoring record. The old mark belonged to Alvin Williams, who also went on from GA to Villanova, and from there to the NBA.

GA's Smigiel shares some common background with SCH's Lamb, as both are graduates of Chestnut Hill's Norwood Fontbonne Academy. Smigiel started her high school career at Mount St. Joseph Academy before transferring to GA for the start of her sophomore year. She will play lacrosse, her primary sport, at Marquette University. Smigiel swam at GA during her sophomore and junior years, then played basketball as a senior. She was a team captain in both lacrosse and swimming.

In the strong soccer program at Springside Chestnut Hill, Lamb became a starter while still a freshman. The fleet defender helped her team win the Pa. Independent Schools championship that season, and in her junior year in 2019 the Blue Devils made a rare undefeated run to the Inter-Ac championship.

Lamb was a hurdler in both indoor and outdoor track, winning the 100- meter hurdles at the Inter-Ac championships as a sophomore. She will be playing soccer at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

SCH's Markey was not an immediate impact player for the Blue Devils in football, the sport he will be playing at Dickinson College. By his senior year his diligence had allowed him to develop into one of the better wide receivers in the Inter-Ac League.

He was a three-sport athlete, moving off the gridiron onto the basketball court in the winter, and then to the baseball diamond in the spring. He was an SCH team captain in both football and basketball.

Stewart, a Penn Charter soccer phenom early on, was integral member of the offense that powered the Quakers to the Inter-Ac championship in 2018 and to the Pa. Independent Schools title the following season. She was a high-scoring, aggressive player who always stood out on the field, as she is aiming to do at the University of Pennsylvania.

Early in 2020, Stewart was selected for a US Youth Soccer ODP team that had been scheduled to play in Paris before COVID-19 shut down sports around the world. She played basketball in the wintertime, and in the spring she was a member of the track and field squad, winning the long jump at the Inter-Ac championships as a sophomore.

Maione was a four-year starter for Penn Charter in football, the sport he'll continue to play at Davidson College. A receiver who also plays on defense and special teams, Maione performed in the Pennsylvania East-West Small School All-Star Game last month and was named MVP for the East Team.

He ran indoor track during the winter season, and in the spring season he made the switch from varsity baseball to lacrosse during his upper school career.

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