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Five-year letterwinner playing baseball at Tioga Central High School playing for head coach Bob Seymour ... Ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 23 third baseman nationally and No. 432 overall ... Ranked as the ninth-best player out of New York and the second-best third baseman ... USA Today New York All-State first team, Team MVP and captain as a senior ... Two-time NY Sports Writers first-team All-State ... Three-time Towanda Review first-team All-Region, Morning Times Player of the Year and Valley Sports Report First Team All-Region and Player of the Year ... Also the Towanda Review Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore ... Batted .645 as a senior, which ranks ninth all-time in New York and is a school record ... Tallied 20 career triples which ranks fifth all-time in the state and is a school record ... Also graduated with Tioga Central records for career hits (164), career batting average (.521), hits in a season (49, twice), career doubles (45), career RBIs (125), career runs scored (154) and career OPS (1.899) ... Helped lead team to one state final four, one regional championship, one sectional championship, two conference championships and five division championships ... Also lettered two years on the basketball team ... High honors student ranking in the Top 25 of graduating class ... Volunteered time at local little leagues and youth organizations.
Full name is Parker Thomas Hendershot ... Born December 8, 1998 in Sayre, Pennsylvania ... Parents are Tom and Kathy Hendershot ... Has three older siblings, Brandon, Brian and Paige, and one younger brother, Pierce ... Has two uncles, two aunts and three cousins that attended Penn State ... Father, Tom, played baseball at Kings College ... Mother, Kathy, swam at Alfred State ... Uncle, Dave Keene, played baseball at Appalachian State ... Grandfather, Ralph Hendershot, played baseball at Wilkes University ... Intends to major in business and aspires to earn an MBA in accounting or finance ... Hobbies include fishing and swimming.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
“I chose Penn State because of the great opportunities both athletically and, more importantly, academically. Penn State will give me the complete college experience, such as the great facilities, baseball program and coaching staff, and chances to succeed at a first-class school.”
Coach Cooper: “Parker is an amazing young man who is committed to winning. He has a great work ethic and will give us some flexibility in the infield and outfield. We are excited about his future in Happy Valley.”