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Area scholar-athletes recognized by section with Lacky Scholarships

Sierra High three-sport standout Heather Scharmann is one of just 10 student-athletes from the Sac-Joaquin Section selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship.

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POSTED April 4, 2009 6:22 a.m.
They’re as impressive as athletes as they are students and community members.

Sierra High three-sport star Heather Scharmann and Ripon Christian’s Matt Unruh were among 50 student-athletes in the Sac-Joaquin Section to be awarded the A. Dale Lacky Scholarship, the section announced Friday.

The section will dish out a total of $34,000 in scholarships to high school seniors that excelled on the playing field and in the classroom while serving their communities.

Ten of the 50 (five girls, five boys) honorees will receive $1,000 in scholarship money, while the rest will be awarded $600.

The section raked in $22,000 through Foundation Games during the volleyball and basketball seasons, and all of it will go to the scholarship winners. The remaining funds were covered by an annual golf tournament and other sponsors.

Scharmann — a three-year varsity athlete in basketball and softball and two-year varsity volleyball player — is one of the 10 that will be presented $1,000 at the section’s breakfast awards ceremony April 21 at Elkhorn Country Club in Stockton.

“I’m real proud of Heather,” said Sierra athletic director Greg Leland. “She’s just a wonderful and well-rounded person. She represents all the best qualities of a high school student.”

Scharmann has earned all-Valley Oak League honors in every sport she plays, and last year she was voted the Manteca Chamber of Commerce Best Female Athlete.

On top of her athletic accomplishments, Scharmann is involved with many on-campus endeavors. She served as freshman class president, Associated Student Body vice president and is currently the ASB president. She is also a part of the Wolfpack Spirit Club, Link Crew, Interact Club and is one of the school’s daily-announcement broadcasters.

Scharmann, who has a 4.04 grade point average, plans to attend Fresno State or Fresno Pacific while pursuing a career as a teacher and coach.

Unruh is in his third season with Ripon Christian’s varsity squad as a starting second baseman. Last year, he was a key member of the Knights baseball team that made a surprising run to the section playoffs. He was named to the all-Trans Valley League first team.

Unruh is a member of his church’s band and sings for the school choir. He is a member of Close Up, California Scholarship Federation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is also involved community organizations such as Interfaith and the Stockton Gospel Mission.

Unruh is a 4.14 GPA student and will head to Cal Baptist University this fall, where he will continue his baseball career. He plans on majoring in business administration and marketing.

“He’s very deserving of the award,” Ripon Christian A.D. and head varsity baseball coach Joe Darretta said. “He’s an exceptional student who works hard and is diligent in everything he does.”
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