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ROYERSFORD - Ryan Kraft and Renee Maniscalco posted impressive numbers during their Spring-Ford athletic careers in basketball and lacrosse, respectively.

Even more important, they were team leaders and helped their teams achieve winning seasons.

On Tuesday night, at the Spring-Ford Senior Athletic Banquet at the Spring-Ford Country Club, the two Ram seniors received the Genuardi Award as the Most Outstanding Male and Female Athlete for the 2003-04 school year A crowd of 300 people watched as Superintendent Dr. Genevieve D. Coale made the presentations..

A 6-foot-5 guard/forward, Kraft helped the Rams capture the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship this winter to cap a four-year varsity career. Kraft tallied 440 points this year with a 17-point average per game along with 5.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

He joined the coveted 1,000-point club for his career in becoming the sixth Spring-Ford player to do so. He ended his career with 1,128 points.

When asked about his fondest memories, Kraft spoke in terms of individual and team accomplishments while playing for coach Dave Caldwell.

"It coincided," Kraft said. "Scoring 1,000 points and winning a PAC-10 championship. They go hand-in-hand."

Kraft, a Royersford resident, became the first Spring-Ford male to earn a full basketball scholarship to Division II Shippensburg University in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). He was also the second Ram player to compete in the All-Star Labor Classic.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "I got to play with a lot of great ballplayers."

Kraft, who plans on majoring in business with a minor in pre-law, is a Royersford resident.

"I hope to start my freshman year as a shooting guard," he said.

Kraft was also the starting shortstop for the baseball team and No. 3 batter in the order.

Maniscalco was a three-year starter and captain in lacrosse for coach Joann Judge. She led the team this year with 73 goals and 29 assists to extend her career totals to 121 goals and 43 assists. She garnered honorable mention recognition as an All-American on the United States scholastic lacrosse team.

She won the W.D. Gadzicki Award as the Outstanding Senior in girls lacrosse as well as the Coaches Award in field hockey.

The Upper Providence resident is headed for East Stroudsburg University to play lacrosse. She has not declared a major field of study.

Retired Spring-Ford English teacher Jean F. Wherley presented the cheerleaders award in her name to Maria D'Angelo and the Joseph J. Wherley Award for softball to Michelle Reffner That award is named in memory of her late husband and both were longtime S-F sports fans. Athletic director Mickey McDaniel also presented a special picture plaque to Mrs. Wherley.

Spring-Ford Booster Club Awards to scholar/athletes with at least a 90 percent grade point average went to Julia Avans and Lauren Leister for females and Drew Kurtz and Tom Murphy for males.

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