Former Clarion Basketball Coach And Teammates Have Surprise Reunion With Jonathan Smith (02/14/20)
(Above Photo submitted) Clarion players and Coach during reunion with Jonathan Smith: (L-R) Reed Anthony, Spencer Miller, Brendan Miller, Jonathan Smith, Coach Jess Quinn, Ryan Anthony, Cam Craig, Austin Hummel, and Ty Burford.
Medaille College senior forward Jonathan Smith, got a big surprise on Wednesday, February 12th, with his Clarion Area Head Coach Jess Quinn and a number of his former Bobcats teammates attending the Mavericks’ Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) game against the Penn State Behrend Lions, at Behrend’s Junker Center.
Jonathan, a Criminal Justice major, recently scored his 1,000th career point for the Mavericks and also became the team’s all-time rebounds leader. Jonathan was named the AMCC Player of the Week, for the week of January, 19th-25th, the week he broke the rebounding record.
Coach Quinn shared his thoughts on Jonathan’s play during the game and the surprise reunion:
“The Mavericks lost 81-74 in what was a close game in the last minute., with Penn State Behrend going 4-4 from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to pull ahead for good. Jonathan Smith had a double-double for the Mavericks with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
“I can tell you that this mini reunion was amazing for us all. We kept it a secret from Jonathan and he was very surprised that we all came to support him and watch him play. We spoke with Jon for over an hour after his game. He asked about all his former teammates and classmates at Clarion.
“We are all proud of his accomplishments at Medaille, scoring over 1,000 points in his career and becoming their all-time leading rebounder.
“Job well done Jonathan, and thank you to the boys who went to see him. You’re are all incredible young men. I am very fortunate to have been your coach. I’m proud of you all!”
(Bobcats Forever! You guys will remember this forever. Congratulations Jonathan!!!!)
(Jonathan’s Bobcat Bio: Jonathan played for the Bobcats, as a senior (2015-16) after transferring from Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, Maryland, and definitely made his presence felt on the court, with 20.7 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists per game. Jonathan was named to the First Team of the Tri-County Sunday/Courier Express, D9Sports.com., and KSAC All-Conference teams. He played in the Sportsmanship I All-Star Game and the 40th Annual Roundball Showcase All-Star Game held in Harrisburg, as a member of the East Coast North Team. The Showcase featured athletes from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and New York. / Jonathan was recruited and played for former Bobcat player and Medaille Assistant Coach Greg Bean [now an Assistant Coach at Allegheny College].)