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BETHANY’S STEFANIZZI REPEATS AS SECOND TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT

Nov. 5 - BETHANY, W.Va. – For the second consecutive year, Bethany senior Tim Stefanizzi (Brave, Pa./Waynesburg Central) has earned ESPN the Magazine Second Team Academic All-District II Football team honors, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current institution and be nominated by their sports information director. All Division II, III and NAIA institutions in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia make up District II.

This is Stefanizzi’s fourth year with the Bison program as a defensive lineman. The 6-0, 240-pound senior has appeared in all eight contests this year. He’s made eight stops so far, including two tackles against Grove City, Thiel and Geneva. One of his hits against Grove City went for a loss, as did his tackle in the game at Thomas More.

In the classroom, Stefanizzi has a GPA just under 3.4 as a forensic chemistry major. In addition to making the Dean’s List three semesters and earning PAC Academic Honor Roll honors once, he was named the Male PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) Student-Athlete of the Month for Sept., 2009. Stefanizzi is a member of the American Chemical Society and Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society and worked at West Virginia University in the Forensic and Investigative Science Department in the summer of 2009.

“Tim has been a true team guy since the day he got here,” said Bethany head coach Tim Weaver. “He has played every position on the defensive line for us at some point in his career and has improved as a player as much as anyone in our program over the last three years. His performance in the classroom is indicative of how focused he is and how hard he works. We're proud to have him in our program and we know he'll be very successful when he graduates.”

Tim is the son of Amy Beatty and John Stefanizzi of Brave, Pa.