Boys Varsity Lacrosse, Girls Varsity Volleyball · Starkey and Leigh named Mr. and Miss Bruin

On Friday Morning, the Padua Community gathered for the Annual Senior Awards Assembly for the Graduating Class.  Senior Ben Starkey was named Mr. Bruin and Abby Leigh was named Miss Bruin for their Athletic Careers at Padua Franciscan High School. The following students were nominated for Mr. Bruin: Jimmy Balazy, Nick Frostino, Sam LoFaso, Crishawn Long, Ben Starkey and Sam Verderber. The following students were nominated for Miss Bruin: Mary Claire Casper, Addison Conroy, Sydney Jenko, Abby Leigh, Alex Pillin and Paityn Tabor.

Below is some information on each award winner:

  • Ben Starkey – Lacrosse (4 letters), Football (1 letter); Lacrosse team captain (SR, JR); All-Ohio lacrosse 1st team (JR), All-Region lacrosse 1st team (SR, JR), All-Region Player and Midfielder of the Year (SR), All-Region lacrosse 2nd team (SOPH), NCL lacrosse MVP (SR, JR), NCL lacrosse 1st team (SOPH); Padua lacrosse record holder for Goals (114), Assists (45) and Points (114) in season and career; attending Robert Morris University for lacrosse
  • Abby Leigh – Volleyball (3 letters); Volleyball team captain (SR, JR), State Champion volleyball team (SOPH, JR), State Runner-up volleyball team (SR); All-Ohio 1st team (SR), All-Ohio 3rd team (JR); All-District 1st team (JR, SR); NCL volleyball MVP (SR); NCL volleyball 1st team (JR), NCL HM (SOPH); attending University at Buffalo for volleyball

Some other seniors were also recognized during this Assembly by different Associations.  Below are those award winners:

  • NCL John Peyton Meritorious Award: Jenevieve Rusin
  • Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award: Paityn Tabor & Nick Frostino
  • Parma Amateur Athletic Federation: Katie Byram & Matt Bildstein
  • OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award: Ava Barone & Sam Verderber
  • Marine Distinguished Athlete Award: Sydney Jenko & Jimmy Balazy
  • Army Scholar Athlete Award: Kacey Pagano & Sam LoFaso
  • NFHS Award of Excellence: Mary Claire Casper & Crishawn Long


Congratulations to All of these Seniors on their Accomplishments these past four years at Padua High School.