by Hannah Brown, Student Reporter
Congratulations to Central Penn’s January Athletes of the Month, Leana (Lee) Borreli from the women’s basketball team and Ryan Lawrence from the men’s basketball team. These two student athletes have exceeded expectations on the court. Borreli and Lawrence play key roles on their teams, resulting in big wins this past month.
Leana Borreli: 5’9”, Business Administration Major
A freshman from Harrisburg, Borreli is currently playing guard for the Lady Knights under Coach Kasey Hicks. Borreli’s versatility and athleticism have allowed her to grow her game since the beginning of the season. Although the Lady Knights have gone through some changes within their roster, Borreli has been nothing but consistent, yet also progressive. She has taken on a leadership role this past month and has helped carry her team to multiple impressive wins.
Prior to January, Borreli averaged between 22 and 26 minutes per game and about 5 points to go along with her minutes. During this past month, Borreli has not only raised her game, but also her stats. She is averaging around 34 minutes, as well as 10 points a game, shooting over 30% from behind the 3-point line. Possibly the most impressive aspect of Borreli’s game is her ability to distribute the basketball to her teammates. She has averaged more than 5 assists per game, leading her team at Pratt in assists with 8 in her 39 minutes of play.
Coach Hicks complimented Borreli stating, “Lee has come in as a freshman and made a big impact on our program. She is a natural leader that the entire team looks to, both on the court and in the classroom. As coaches, we have challenged her to grow in a lot of different ways and she has always tried to rise to the occasion. It’s been a long process, building a program like this, but adding Lee is an extra bonus for us. She is a phenomenal playmaker, a natural leader and someone we can always count on to bring laughter and intensity to the locker room.”
As inspiration for continually improving her game, Borreli looks to her favorite quote, “Our biggest fears are not that we are inadequate, our biggest fears are that we are powerful beyond measure.”
Borreli has certainly established her own power this season for the Lady Knights. When asked how important this accomplishment is to her, she was nothing but humble, “I appreciate being recognized for my hard work and I am honored to receive athlete of the month. This makes me want to push harder, so that I can continue on the path that I am on.”
Ryan Lawrence: 6’3”, Business Administration Major
After playing basketball for Lakewood High School in Lakewood, N.J., Ryan Lawrence decided to come to Central Penn College based in large part on the campus' secluded setting. He says that this environment makes it easier for him to focus on academics and sports with very few distractions.
A junior guard, Lawrence has played in all 14 games this season. Prior to January, he has averaged between 24 and 27 minutes per game, while shooting 38% from field goal range, 40% from 3-point range and averaging 12 points per game. On top of this impressive resume, Lawrence has seen an increase in his minutes per game during this past month. He has scored in double digits in each game this month, as well as averaging almost 30 minutes a game. He increased his overall field goal percentage to 46% and 41% from behind the arc, while averaging 17 points a game. He has a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio, providing his teammates with the ability to score while playing smart and eliminating mistakes on his end.
The sport is much more than a game to Lawrence, as he says, “Basketball has taught me patience, persistence, faith, hard work and dedication. The sport itself has taught me how to deal with stressful situations, how to better communicate with people and has helped me understand that there are always different angles in which someone might be able to look at something.”
In his free time, Lawrence enjoys working out at the gym, listening to music, looking at various pieces of art (photography, paintings/drawings, etc.), watching movies and sports, and cooking.
Congratulations again to these two student athletes on their outstanding performances. They have raised the expectations for Central Penn basketball as a whole. The Lady Knights will play Alfred State at home this Thursday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. at East Pennsborough High School. The men’s team will not return home until early February.