By Paul Miller
Knightly News Co-Adviser
Sydney Bubb took home the third-ever Knightly News Athlete of the Year Award from the Activities and Athletics Banquet, held Aug. 4 in the college’s Conference Center.
Due to the Knightly News working very closely with Central Penn Knights athletics in livestreaming nearly 20 games this year (about 80 total since 2018), the club developed this award to recognize a student-athlete who excels in three key areas. These areas represent their work on the court or field, their accolades in the classroom, and their willingness to provide access or assistance to student and faculty reporters.
Previous winners include Central Penn Knights baseball left fielder Connor Graham (2019) and Lady Knights legend Ja-Lynn Burton-Jones (2020).
After a month-long deliberation as a club, the Knightly News membership determined that, based on these criteria, Bubb was the student-athlete that excelled in all three of these areas.
Performance on the court
As a freshman, Bubb was tied for the team lead in starts, with 14, a consistent presence for the team. She averaged just under 10 points a game (9.3) and was third in minutes per game (23.6) of those who played in more than half the games on the season. The team got into a groove in the second half of the season, as Bubb was a catalyst of a run in the new year for the Lady Knights, winning six of their final eight games.
In addition, Bubb took home the Knightly News Player of the Game honors on Feb. 12, with 16 points and 4 rebounds as the Lady Knights won a crucial game against Berkeley.
Performance in the classroom
Bubb exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete. She is a multiple-time dean’s list recipient, including both terms during the season, fall 2021 and winter 2022. Her professors describe her using words like “leader,” “dedicated,” “authentic” and “genuine” when asked to describe Bubb’s character.
Access for student and faculty reporters
Not only was Bubb open with her time in developing our articles and broadcasts, but she was also instrumental in assisting us with our baseball broadcasts as one of the student baseball managers. Bubb consistently provided our broadcast team with the necessary information to conduct these broadcasts, including information about player statuses, lineup cards and other essential elements.
In speaking with Bubb about this honor, she shared, “I am honored to have been chosen and am very grateful for this distinction. Winning this award means so much. I work hard in all aspects of my life (the classroom, the court and helping as manager of the baseball team). It means a lot to be recognized for this in front of my friends and family. This shows me that I am doing what I am supposed to do while enjoying every minute of it.”
The Lady Knights will return to the court in November with Bubb as a team leader.
The Knightly News looks forward to Bubb’s continued growth as a valued student-athlete and commends her on a fantastic freshman season.
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