Yocum making most of chances for Shippensburg football
When Shippensburg quarterback Chase Yocum gets his hands on the football near the goal line, it’s a good bet that he’ll tuck it under his arm and head to the end zone instead of tossing a pass.
The 5-foot-11, 205 pound senior from Reading and an Exeter Township grad doesn’t start for the Raiders but he sees plenty of action. However, he’s passed just six passes and has completed four for 13 yards with one touchdown. The team uses him in a Tim Tebowlike role when it gets into the Red Zone and he has carried the ball 31 times for 168 yards with a team-high eight rushing touchdowns. He is the career rushing leader for a quarterback in school history with 1,301 yards.
Yocum’s season and career performance was illustrated in a 48-7 victory over East Stroudsburg on Nov. 3 on Senior Day in Shippensburg when he carried the ball twice and both resulted in 6-yard touchdown runs and passed just once and it was good for a 2-yard score.
“Chase is a perfect embodiment for the Raider family,” coach Mark Maciejewski said. “He is a great young man and a fabulous leader. He is willing to contribute in any capacity for our team, whether on offense, on kick coverage or special teams.”
The coach said that Yocum’s work ethic is tremendous and that he’s also a phenomenal student.
“Chase is all over the place,” Maciejewski said. “He’s not afraid to mix it up.”
The victory over East Stroudsburg evened Shippensburg’s record to 5-5 overall and 3-3 in league play.
The true freshman quarterback led the Grove City football team to a big comefrom-behind 35-27 victory over Geneva in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference game on Nov. 3 in Beaver Falls. Geneva jumped out to a 20-0 first quarter lead but the Wolverines rallied with 21 points in the final quarter to pull the game out. It was the team’s first victory in Geneva since 1979.
That’s five straight victories with Ehst running the team. He was 18-for33 good for 204 yards with two touchdowns as the Wolverines moved to 6-3 on the season, the best mark over that stretch for the program since 1997. The 6-foot, 185-pounder didn’t play in the first three games but has rallied the team by completing 71 out of 129 passes for 1,083 yards and 13 touchdowns. He carried the ball 10 times for 54 yards against Geneva and has 277 yards with a touchdown on 62 carries for the season.
The 5-foot-11, 145-pound senior scored at the 78:08 mark give the Millersville men’s soccer team a 1-1 tie with West Chester in the PSAC Championship game on Nov. 4 in West Chester and the Marauders went on to win in a 4-2 shootout to earn a berth in the Division II Tournament. Burns has played in all 18 games with 17 starts and was second on the team in scoring with 19 points on eight goals and three assists. He led the team with five game-winners. Millersville will take a 10-3-6 record into the NCAAs.
The sophomore finished 21st out of 95 runners to help the Geneva men’s cross country team finish third at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Exeter graduate Chase Yocum runs into the end zone for a touchdown for Shippensburg.
Championship on Oct. 27 in Waynsburg. Mansell was the third finisher for the Golden Tornadoes with an 8,000 meter time of 29:07.56. He also finished 21st in the PAC title meet last year as a freshman. Senior Hannah Mansell, Josiah’s sister, finished 46th out of 114 runners in the women’s title race with a 6,000 meter time of 27:20.
The senior defender was named to the All-PSAC third team after helping the Lock Haven women’s soccer team post an 11-5-1 record this season. Jones started all 17 games and played 1,371 minutes. She picked up three assists and helped the defense give up 18 goals with five shutouts. The Bald Eagles, ranked seventh in the region, lost 2-0 to West Chester in the PSAC quarterfinals on Oct. 30 in West Chester. The team is hoping to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
JESSE TAYLOR (GOVERNOR MIFFLIN) >> The freshman was named National Christian College Athletic Association Division I Female Runner of the Week on Oct. 29 after a big effort for the Geneva women’s cross country team at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships Oct. 27 in Waynesburg. Taylor made up significant ground in the final meters of the race to finish seventh out of 116 runners with a 6,000 meter time of 24:58. That helped the Golden Tornadoes finish third out of eight teams.
The senior was named to the MAC Commonwealth second team after a solid season with the Albright women’s soccer team. She started all 18 games at midfield and finished with a career high four goals, including one each in the team’s first three games of the season. She also had two gamewinners. Prior to this season,
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Hecker was a defender, and had a goal and an assist coming into the season. The Lions finished 8-10 overall and 2-5 in league play and wrapped things up with a 1-0 non-league victory over McDaniel on Oct. 27 in Reading.
The Albright freshman was named to the MAC Commonwealth team in women’s soccer after helping the Lions post an 11-4-2 record this season, the team losing 3-0 to Arcadia in the league semifinals on Oct. 30 in Glenside. Beiber started all 17 games and had 17 points on four goals and nine assists, the assists leading the team and are second in the league.
“Autumn got better and better as the season went on,” coach Pat Stanco said. “She has great vision and is probably the best passer we have ever had in the program. She is the engine of our offense and I expect big things from her in the future.”