College Sports

Campus Corner: Philipsburg-Osceola grad Michael John lands academic honor at Juniata

Juniata running back and Philipsburg-Osceola graduate Michael John (8) was recently inducted into the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society.
Juniata running back and Philipsburg-Osceola graduate Michael John (8) was recently inducted into the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society. Photo courtesy of Juniata Athletics

Former Philipsburg-Osceola football player Michael John finished his playing career at Juniata by earning an academic honor.

John, a running back, was one of four Eagle players to be inducted into the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society. To qualify for the honor, a player must have at least a 3.2 GPA and be a starter in his senior year. A total of 868 players from 275 schools in all divisions received the honor.

John appeared in seven games last fall, with eight carries for 18 yards.


Saige Jenco (State College, Virginia Tech) is hitting .333, second on the team, and has scored 29 runs while driving in 27. He has 68 hits including 13 doubles, three triples and three home runs. He is also 10 for 11 in stolen base attempts. Virginia Teach is 15-29.

Anthony Montresor (Penns Valley, PSU Altoona) finished his season hitting .111.

Jared Dailey (State College, PSU Altoona) had a 2-2 record and a 9.69 ERA with one save. While working 26 innings he allowed 44 hits and 35 runs, 28 earned, while walking 14 and striking out 21. Altoona finished the season with an 11-28 record.

Parker Watson (P-O, Lock Haven) wrapped up his senior season with a 2-6 record and a 5.47 ERA. In 54 1/3 innings he allowed 76 hits and 41 runs, 33 earned, while walking 10 and striking out 42. Lock Haven finished 21-28-1.

Mark Curtis (P-O, Shippensburg) has a 5-6 record and a 5.29 ERA. In 63 innings he has allowed 69 hits and 39 runs, 37 earned, while walking 28 and striking out 42. Shippensburg is 25-25 and has qualified for the PSAC playoffs. As the No. 4 seed in the East, it will face Mercyhurst, the No. 1 seed in the West, on Sunday in the first round.

Mike Marcinko (P-O, Shippensburg) is second on the team in hitting with a .362 mark. He has scored 51 runs and driven in 21. He has 11 doubles, two triples and six homers among his 64 hits. He is also 29 for 32 in stolen base tries.

Caleb Pepperday (P-O, Juniata) finished the season with an 0-6 record and a 7.30 ERA. In 40 2/3 innings he gave up 58 hits and 45 runs, 33 earned, while walking 26 and striking out 17. Juniata finished with a 9-30 record.

Kyle Peterson (State College, Millersville) is 5-0 with a 3.09 ERA for the No. 2-ranked Millersville squad. He has worked 23 1/3 innings and allowed 18 hits and 10 runs, eight earned, walked 14 and struck out 17. He earned the win Monday in the regular-season finale, a 9-5 win against Wilmington. Millersville is 43-4 and will face Calofornia, Pa., in the first round of the PSAC tournament Sunday.

Trey Nicosia (State College, Wagner) is hitting .343. He has scored 23 runs and has 36 hits, nine doubles and 12 RBIs. Wagner is 13-28.

Kerry Meyers (State College, PSU Wilkes-Barre) finished his season batting .377 with 26 hits, two doubles, a triple, 14 runs scored and eight RBIs while stealing six bases for Wilkes-Barre (8-13).


Clarissa Keller (Penns Valley, PSU Altoona) has a team-high batting average of .486 with 36 runs scored, 53 hits, nine doubles, a triple and three homers. She has driven in 19 runs and also leads the team in stolen bases with 15 out of 19 attempts. Altoona is 25-4 and finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference with D’Youville and Penn State Behrend. Each had 15-3 conference records. The AMCC tournament starts Friday.

Allison Simpson (BEA, PSU Altoona) is hitting .292 with 14 runs scored, 28 hits, five doubles, a triple and 16 RBIs.

Ashley Struble (Penns Valley, PSU Altoona) is hitting .324 with 12 runs scored, 33 hits, five doubles, a homer and a team-high 22 RBIs. In the pitching circle she is 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA and one save. In 26 1/3 innings she has allowed 32 hits and 12 runs, 10 earned while walking 12 and striking out eight.

Kate Burge (P-O, PSU Altoona) broke the single-season school record for wins Sunday when she beat Penn State Behrend 4-0 for her 20th victory, breaking the old record 19 set by Bellefonte graduate Raychel DeArmitt. Burge is 20-7 with a 1.64 ERA and one save. In 183 2/3 innings she has given up 147 hits and 66 runs, 43 earned, while walking 52 and striking out 147. At the plate she is hitting .304 with 10 runs scored, 28 hits, 10 doubles, a triple, three homers and 20 RBIs.

Haley Giedroc (BEA, PSU Altoona) is hitting .269 with 19 runs scored, 29 hits, six doubles, three triples and nine RBIs. She has been caught only once n 13 steal attempts.

Chelsey Poorman (BEA, Lycoming) finished her senior season with a .282 average, 15 runs scored, 22 hits, three doubles, two triples and nine RBIs. Lycoming closed at 20-19.

Hannah Cooper (Bellefonte, Central Connecticut State) ended her career with a .159 average, eight runs scored, 11 hits, four doubles, a homer and 11 RBIs. CCSU finished with a 16-24-1 record.

Vanessa Cooper (Bellefonte, UMass-Lowell) hit .232 this year with four runs scored, 22 hits, six doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs. Lowell posted an 11-39 record.

Mackenzie Burge (P-O, St. Francis) is hitting .211 with eight runs scored, eight hits, two doubles and four RBIs. St. Francis is 30-21, winning at least 30 games for the second straight year and the third time in school history.

Allie Baney (State College, Juniata) has a .305 average with 19 runs scored, 29 hits, three doubles, two triples, a homer and eight RBIs. Juniata is 12-23 and will finish its season Tuesday when it entertains Pitt-Bradford.

Track & field

John Crowe (State College, Susquehanna) ran a personal-best 4:07.29 to place 14th in the 1,500-meter run at the Paul Short Invitational at Shippensburg.

Tyler Shawver (Penns Valley, Lock Haven) threw the hammer 128 feet, 10 inches (39.27 meters) to place 12th at the Big Red Invitational at Cornell. He also placed 15th in the discus with a throw of 101-1 1/4 (30.82 meters).

Maddie Cingle (BEA, Lock Haven) was second in the 3,000 steeplechase in 13:13.51 at the Big Red Invitational.

Eric Heatwole (State College, Bloomsburg) was sixth in the 800 in 1:59.19 at the Maroon & Gold Invitational at Bloomsburg.


Brady Franks (State College Widener) has five goals and seven assists. Widener is 7-7 and will play in the MAC tournament Wednesday.

Olivia Stahl (State College, Savannah College of Art & Design) was named to the NWLL All-America first team. She has eight goals, six assists, 42 ground balls and has forced 23 turnovers as a freshman. SCAD lost to Davenport 11-9 in the NWLL tournament and will take a 12-2 record to the NAIA Invitational on Wednesday.