August 20, 2011
TC3’s Scheer named Region 3’s top female athlete
DRYDEN — Tompkins Cortland Community College student-athlete Samijo Scheer has been honored as the 2010-11 NJCAA Region 3 Female Athlete of the Year.
“Jo is certainly deserving of the award,” said Mick McDaniel, TC3’s director of athletics and women’s soccer coach. “In my many years at TC3, I have never seen a student-athlete with the accolades that she’s earned over just one year.
“Jo is an All-American in two sports, has excellent grades, and works part-time. In addition, she is one of the nicest young ladies on our campus and that makes it even more gratifying to be celebrating her award.”
The 2010-11 year was a special one for Scheer, as she earned All-American honors in soccer and softball. In the fall, she was named the best goalkeeper in the nation after posting six shutouts and goals against average of just over one per game. In addition to first-team All-American, she was also voted to the All-Region 3 first team and the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference team.
“Samijo is the example of the type of student athletes we are looking for here,” said Brent Doane, TC3’s softball coach. “She works hard at both academics and athletics and really demonstrates the type of success that can be achieved with a little perseverance. As a softball player, she was a pivotal piece in our run to a third-place finish at the national championships and a deserving All-American.”
While a fixture in the cleanup spot of the batting order for the softball team, Scheer showed tremendous versatility in the field. She saw time at several positions while earning All-American recognition as an outfielder.
Scheer hit .393 and had a slugging percentage of .641 with ripped 10 doubles, five home runs and 30 RBIs while helping the Panthers win the Region 3 championship and take third in the national tournament. A liberal arts and sciences: general studies major, Scheer was voted a second-team softball All-American and first-team All-Region 3 and all conference.
Scheer’s sophomore soccer season begins with TC3’s opener a week from today. “We are all very happy that Jo will be back in Panther uniforms this year,” said McDaniel, “although I imagine our competition is certainly not as thrilled about it!”
This is the 10th year the Region 3 Female Athlete of the Year Award has been given, and the first time a TC3 student has been honored. There are 26 member institutions in Region 3.
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