By Paul Miller
Knightly News Adviser
Connor Graham took home the first-ever Knightly News Athlete of the Year Award at the Activities and Athletics Banquet at Central Penn College on May 21.
Graham, an outfielder for the Central Penn Knights men’s baseball team, had a remarkable season for the team. He led the Knights in hits, triples, and RBI, while finishing second on the team in runs, home runs, steals, and average.
A true leader on the team, Graham was grateful to receive the award. He issued this statement, “It is an absolute honor to win the Knightly News Athlete of the Year. To me, the award should be given to wholistic student-athletes. These student-athletes are people who bring value to their team, the Knightly News and the institution as a whole. The winners of this award should be notable and recognizable for their achievements. The Knightly News Athlete of the Year is someone who is distinguished among their peers.”
The upcoming offseason will be a memorable one for Graham, as we will be playing summer ball with the AAU International team in Spain and Scotland.
Graham will return to the Knights next year for his senior season, where he will lead a strong core of players into competition.
Connor Graham, Knightly News Athlete of the Year. Photo courtesy of Central Penn College.
The Knightly News suggested the award to Student Engagement Director Adrienne Thoman due to the interaction of the club with the sports teams across the 13 different sporting events livestreamed during the 2018-19 season.
The Knightly News livestreamed men’s baseball, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, and women’s soccer during the season, and plans to extend streaming to all sports in the upcoming season.
When considering nominees for the award, the Knightly News looked at contributions on the field, in the classroom, but also the way they portrayed what it means to be a Central Penn Knight student-athlete.
After a careful deliberation among club members, Graham rose to the top and was selected for the award.
Graham is shown, center, with Professor Paul Miller (left) and Brian Christiana (right), president of the Knightly News Media Club. Photo by Joe Caviston.
Relive the all of the livestreams from this season by checking out the Knightly News YouTube channel.