• BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - Academic All-Stars can come from anywhere. Academic All-Stars don't have to play on the best team. Over at Seton Catholic, senior Cassie Kane is shinning on the softball field despite the Saints' less than stellar record. Most importantly though, Kane does her best work in the classroom. Kane owns a 97 grade point average that helped her gain acceptance into the University of Albany where she plans on studying bio, going into pre-med and becoming a physician one day. "I've always liked the health field," said Kane. "I am in the New Visions Health Academy, so I get to shadow doctors every other week. It's been a lot of fun, I really like that field." Her teammate Emily Berg is in the new visions program with Kane and says it's quite the high school experience. "We go around and shadow different health care professionals in the morning, as well as we take college level courses," said Berg. "We have seen things from autopsies to inside the O.R. to doctor's offices. You name it, we have probably seen it." On the softball field, Kane excels there too. The senior has three home runs this season and the saying 'chicks dig the long ball' goes for hitting them as well. "I love hitting," said Kane. "I absolutely love hitting. I like hitting home runs. The ball off the bat feels really good to me, so I love playing softball for that." "She is an all-around athlete," said head coach Katie Loughlin. "She is a great student. She is a team leader. She's has a hot bat, she's has the second highest average on the team right now."" With sectionals starting shortly Kane has only one goal - keep her season going. "I really want to win," said Kane. "We've played one team in our class and we mercied them. I hope it goes really well as we keep going." Seton Catholic will open sectionals on Thursday at Tioga.

  • Academic All-Star: Thomas Pasquale

    Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Some things just run in the family. After all, Thomas Pasquale isn't the first athletic Pasquale in the group. Thomas is a two-sport athlete for the Tigers, an all-state baseball player and he ranks in the top 20 in his class with a 95 GPA.

  • Academic All-Star: Patrick Garey

    Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Sharp as a tack is an old figure of speech, but it's probably the best way to describe Johnson City's Patrick Garey. Sharp with his shot and with his grades, he's an Academic All-Star.

  • Academic All-Star: Ryan Ehrets

    Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) At 6'3", 250 pounds, Ryan Ehrets is a physical force. He's not just braun, but he's a whole lot of brains. That combination makes him an Academic-All Star.

  • Academic All-Star: Caitlyn Knapp

    Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) She still has a year and a half left of high school, but already Susquehanna Valley's Caitlyn Knapp has quite the resume: all-state player, state champ and multiple student of the year awards in school. This week's Academic All-Star is a jack of all trades for the Sabers.

  • Academic All-Star: Emily MacKay

    Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) She may not look all that fierce, but there's something you should know about Union-Endicott senior runner Emily MacKay.

  • Academic All-Star: Emilly Schutt

    Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In simple terms, Vestal's Emily Schutt never settles.

  • Academic All-Star: Sarah Miller

    Harpursville, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Harpursville's Sarah Miller plays volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and softball in the spring. A full schedule, but that's what she signed up for.

  • Academic All-Star: Maya Haykal

    Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With a strong desire to overcome obstacles, it should be no surprise Seton Catholic Central's Maya Haykal found her sport how she did.

  • Academic All-Star: Maggie Rose Pelella

    Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) No other sport stands up to running in Maggie Rose Pelella's estimation.

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