Scheer Named Region III's Top Female AthleteAugust 19, 2011
Tompkins Cortland Community College student-athlete Samijo Scheer (Corning East H.S./Corning) has been named the 2010-11 NJCAA Region III Female Athlete of the Year. This is the tenth year the award has been given, and the first time a Tompkins Cortland student has been honored. There are 26 member institutions in Region III.
"Jo is certainly deserving of the Region III Athlete of the Year Award," said Mick McDaniel, Tompkins Cortland Community College's director of athletics and women's soccer coach. "In my many years at the College, 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, and she earned All-American honors in two sports. In the fall, she was named the best goalkeeper in the nation after posting six shutouts and goals against average of just over one. In addition to first-team All American, she was also voted to the all-region 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. She works hard at both academics and athletics and really demonstrates the type of success that can be achieved with a little perseverance," said Brent Doane, the College's softball coach. "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."
In the spring, she took her talents to the softball diamond. While a fixture in the cleanup spot of the batting order, she showed tremendous versatility in the field. She saw time at several positions while earning All-American recognition as an outfielder. She hit .393 with a slugging percentage of .641. She ripped 10 doubles, five home runs, and drove in 30 runs while helping the Panthers win the region championship and take third place in the national tournament. A liberal arts and sciences: general studies major, Scheer was voted second-team softball All American and first-team all region and all conference.
Scheer's sophomore soccer season begins with the Panthers opener on August 27. "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!"