Grosh Scholarship Awards go to Bertrando and Clark

By on June 6, 2018

Talia Bertrando and Evan Clark were named as the Dr. Joseph Grosh Scholarship Award winners on Monday night at the Warwick Senior Athlete Recognition and Awards Dessert Social. Photo by Bruce Morgan

Between them, seniors Talia Bertrando and Evan Clark combined for 17 varsity letters in their athletic careers at Warwick High School.

Not only did they compete in multiple sports, but the two student-athletes excelled as well — evidenced by numerous All-Star selections.

On Monday night at Warwick’s Senior Athlete Recognition and Awards Dessert Social at Warwick Middle School, Bertrando and Clark took home even more accolades when they were named recipients of the Warriors’ top athletic honor — the Dr. Joseph W. Grosh Scholarship Award.

Bertrando, who earned eight varsity letters in soccer and lacrosse, will play both sports while attending Juniata College.

Clark, meanwhile, collected 10 participations and nine letters in football, wrestling and and baseball, is set to continue his grappling career at Davidson College in North Carolina.

“Talia is probably single-handedly one of the hardest workers and one of the most dedicated people to anything that she does,” Warwick girls lax coach Sarah Miller said. “I was just thrilled. (Hearing the news) put a smile on my face and I couldn’t think of anything more deserving of it.”

Speaking of Clark, Warrior football and baseball coach Bob Locker said, “Start with the notion of a three-sport athlete — that’s not overly common anymore in this world, and to be a three-sport athlete is one thing, but to be a three-sport athlete and excel at all three? It’s pretty special. It takes a special athlete and a special kind of person. So I thought he was extremely deserving.”

Bertrando’s 2017-18 school year started with her helping the Lady Warrior soccer team (7-9-1) advance to the District Three 4A playoffs for the second year in a row last October, where they gave Manheim Township a scare before suffering a hard-fought 2-1 setback in the first-round.

Asked about the characteristics that she brought to the team on and off the field, Warwick coach Wendell Hannaford said, “Energetic, determined, work ethic, desire, leader. She’s a natural leader and the impact she made on the team was one that goes beyond wins and losses. She’s a talented and skilled player, but those intangibles put her close to the top.”

In all, she finished among the top five in goal-scoring with her team-high seven goals, to go with one assist, while earning Section One Second-Team All-Star honors.

“Talia set the bar for what it means to be a Warwick student-athlete,” Hannaford said. “She excels on the field and in the classroom. She’s involved with many different clubs and extra-curricular activities, and still is able to maintain high grades. She’s a leader, genuine, and cares for others. Talia doesn’t let her talents or accolades go to her head, and is an extremely grounded and aware kid. This award means something to her and I know she will make this school and community proud.”

Her extra-curricular activities include singing, and as Miller will tell you, it’s top-notch.

“She sang the national anthem before our home games, and she has an incredible voice,” Miller said.

Once the games started, her talent between the white lines was special too, finishing the season with a team-best 45 goals, along with five assists. At season’s end, she was named a Second-Team star.

“Talia masters more talent than just lacrosse and soccer. She puts her heart and soul into everything that she does with a smile,” Miller said. “She sets the example for her teammates, as well as coaches with a positive attitude at all times, no matter how hard things are. She’s just an incredible kid.”

Clark, meanwhile, mastered the art of playing on the line for the Warrior football team. After posting 56 tackle points, 2 1/2 sacks and two fumble recoveries while helping Warwick finish 6-4 last fall, he was named a Second-Team interior lineman on defense and an Honorable Mention guard.

Asked about his strengths, Locker said, “First and foremost, quiet leadership. He will speak when necessary, but just day-to-day perseverance in what he does. He just goes out and does what’s expected of him on a daily basis. He works hard, is always extremely coachable, and my perspective is he’s also an outstanding teammate. I think he’s the kind of young man other people want to play with and want to follow or be associated with.”

The 5-foot-8, 230-pounder played a key part on the team in 2016 when the Warriors returned to the District playoffs for the first time in six years.

Locker didn’t hesitate when talking about how much he will be missed on the team.

“He’s been a letter winner all three years, and as a football player, he was just fundamentally sound, hard-nosed, went about his business the right way and was a tough kid,” Locker said. “He’s a tough kid in the trenches and you can never find enough of those kids.”

Clark was a tough kid on the mats as well. Following a junior season in which he finished 32-6 and qualified for Districts while battling a knee injury, he came back as a senior to win the 220-pound title at the Bethlehem Classic, then repeated as a Sectional champ to qualify for Districts before ultimately falling just one win shy of States.

“He was deserving (of the Grosh Award),” Warrior wrestling coach Ned Bushong said. “I thought it was nice that he won it. You don’t have that many three-sport athletes. Nine varsity letters and maintains a tremendous GPA … all that stuff goes together. Just the fact that they want people who are multiple-sport athletes, and I think of all the people there, he was the best choice for it.”

Completing his season with a 34-4 record, Clark earned Section One First-Team and Academic All-Star accolades.

“He was a good leader,” Bushong said. “He worked through injuries the last couple of years. But he was still there, still worked and was very successful. He was very successful in all his sports.”

That, of course, includes baseball, where he played third base for a Warrior team which finished 10-6 in second place in Section One (13-9 overall), advancing to the L-L playoff semi-finals and District Three 6A quarterfinals.

In 2017, Warwick advanced to the District semi-finals for the second time in three years.

“He was just a good leader,” Locker said. “I thought he developed into a real good third baseman. We joke around sometimes, it wasn’t always the prettiest, but he made plays. There’s a lot to be said for that, and he was a good stick as well.”

Other award winners included:

  • E. Jerry Brooks Academic Excellence Award — Talia Bertrando and Evan Clark;
  • Nick Berkey Scholarship — Evan Clark and Patrick Quinn;
  • Warrior Award — Carter Forney and Lauryn Ober.

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