Sturm peaks late for Bent­ley foot­ball

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The fu­ture was now for Stephen Sturm.

Sturm, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound quar­ter­back, started all 10 games as a sopho­more for the Bent­ley foot­ball team, the Fal­cons fin­ish­ing 4-6 but win­ning three of the last four in­clud­ing a big 28-20 vic­tory over Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional to wrap up the sea­son on Nov. 9 in Spring­field, Mass.

Sturm started slowly. He was 13-for-29 passes for 55 yards as the team started 1-1. But then he got it to­gether and had five games with over 200 yards pass­ing and had a sea­son-high 331 yards in the AIC vic­tory. He com­pleted 22 of 40 passes with two touch­downs and just one in­ter­cep­tion.

On the sea­son, Sturm con­nected on 136 of 256 passes for 1,681 yards and nine touch­downs.

“Stephen has the phys­i­cal tools that al­low him to make plays on the field,” coach Wil­liam Ka­vanaugh said. “His best at­tribute is by far his poise in all sit­u­a­tions on and off the field. He is calm, cool and col­lected. You would never tell by look­ing at him the re­sult of the pre­vi­ous play.”

De­spite be­ing an un­der­class­man, the coach was im­pressed at how Sturm has ma­tured as a leader.

“Stephen is at the core of our pro­gram as we move for­ward,” Ka­vanaugh said. “He is an ex­cel­lent stu­dent and role model. He keeps his mouth closed and grinds like an of­fen­sive line­man. That’s the rea­son he’s so well re­spected by the play­ers and coaches in the pro­gram.”

ERIC RECKE (BOY­ER­TOWN) >> The 6-foot, 155-pound sopho­more had a solid sea­son for the Wash­ing­ton & Lee men’s soc­cer team de­spite miss­ing four games in the mid­dle of the sea­son. In 15 games and 13 starts he had two goals. The first de­feated Roanoke 1-0 on Oct. 13 and the sec­ond came in a 3-0 vic­tory over Bridge­wa­ter in the Old Do­min­ion Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle game on Nov. 4 in Lex­ing­ton, Va. The Gen­er­als fin­ished 14-3-2 over­all and 9-0-1 in league play but saw the sea­son end with a 4-2 penalty kick loss to Johns Hop­kins in the first round of the NCAA Tour­na­ment on Nov. 10 in Bal­ti­more, Md.

MICHAEL ALLEN (FLEET­WOOD) >> The 5-foot-10, 185-pound red­shirt ju­nior wide re­ceiver earned All-PSAC East sec­ond team hon­ors Nov. 14 for his play with the Blooms­burg foot­ball team, the Huskies fin­ish­ing 6-5 over­all and 4-2 in league play. Allen led the team with 45 re­cep­tions good for 532 yards (11.80 per re­cep­tion) with seven touch­downs. He had two scores in a 28-24 vic­tory over Ship­pens­burg on Sept. 22 in Blooms­burg and two touch­downs in a 33-7 tri­umph over Lock Haven on Oct. 20. He has 78 re­cep­tions for 1,114 yards and nine touch­downs for his ca­reer. Allen also re­turned 21 punts for 209 yards and two kick­offs for 38 yards.

“Michael has been our ‘go to’ re­ceiver since he ar­rived on cam­pus,” coach Paul Dar­ragh said. “He is also an ex­tremely de­pend­able re­turner and brings big-play ca­pa­bil­ity to our spe­cial teams. He’s a tremen­dous young man with a great work ethic.”

TYLER EMGE (FLEET­WOOD) >> The 6-foot-1, 225-pound se­nior line­backer was named to the PSAC East first team on Nov. 14 after a big sea­son with the Ship­pens­burg foot­ball team. Emge led the Raiders with 80 tack­les in­clud­ing 41 unas­sisted. He had 10 tack­les for losses of 40 yards and a sack. He also in­ter­cepted two passes and had three quar­ter­back hits. Ship­pens­burg fin­ished 6-5 over­all and 3-3 in league play after a 45-21 vic­tory over In­di­ana on Nov. 10. Emge had nine tack­les and re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 20 yards for a score. He was named PSAC East De­fen­sive Player of the Week on Nov. 12. MITCH BRAD­FORD (OWEN J. ROBERTS) >> The ju­nior de­fen­sive back was named to the All-Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence sec­ond team for his play with the Ursi­nus foot­ball team which closed out its sea­son 8-3 after de­feat­ing Mis­eri­cor­dia 70-14 in the Cen­ten­nial-MAC bowl se­ries Satur­day in Dal­las. Brad­ford fin­ished the sea­son with 29 tack­les, five in­ter­cep­tions and a blocked kick. Se­nior kicker Kirk Ch­er­neskie, of Pottstown (The Hill School), was named the league’s All-Sports­man­ship team. He hit four of eight field goals and 38 out of 41 ex­tra points. SAMMI STEELE (METHAC­TON) >> The red-shirt ju­nior had an­other solid sea­son in goal for the Duke field hockey team, the Blue Dev­ils fin­ish­ing 16-6 after drop­ping a 1-0 dou­ble-over­time loss to Wake For­est in the NCAA sec­ond round on Nov. 11 in Durham, N.C. Steele had three saves in the game and fin­ished giv­ing up 33 goals (1.46 goals against av­er­age) with 66 saves and eight shutouts play­ing all but 27 min­utes dur­ing the sea­son. She was named to the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence sec­ond team for the sec­ond straight sea­son after lead­ing the team to a 7-1 league record. For her ca­reer, Steele has a 48-14 record, giv­ing up 88 goals (1.82 goals against av­er­age) with 213 saves with 18 shutouts start­ing in all 63 games for the team the past three sea­sons. MARK DUKES (POTTSGROVE) >> The 5-foot-7, 195-pound run­ning back was the sec­ond lead­ing scorer on the West Ch­ester foot­ball team, the Golden Rams fin­ish­ing 10-1 after los­ing their first game of the sea­son 35-28 to New Haven in the first round of the NCAA Divi­sion II Tour­na­ment last Satur­day in West Ch­ester. On the sea­son, Dukes car­ried the ball 127 times for 640 yards with six touch­downs. He also caught 16 passes for 186 yards and two scores. He fin­ished his ca­reer with 1,160 yards rush­ing with 12 touch­downs in 42 games.

BAI­LEY QUINN (PHOENIVILLE) >> The 5-foot-4 se­nior mid­fielder was named to the PSAC first team for her play with the East Strouds­burg field hockey team. The War­riors saw their sea­son end los­ing a 3-0 de­ci­sion to Ship­pens­burg in the PSAC semi­fi­nals last Fri­day in West Ch­ester. Quinn started all 19 games for the 15-4 War­riors and was sec­ond on the team in scor­ing with 22 points on 10 goals and two as­sists. She fin­ished her ca­reer with 31 goals and four as­sists for 66 points in 41 games. She was an All-PSAC sec­ond team pick as a ju­nior.

JOSH EHST (DANIEL BOONE) >> The 6-foot, 185-pound true fresh­man wrapped up a spec­tac­u­lar sea­son at quar­ter­back for the Grove City foot­ball team. Ehst led the Wolver­ines to a 56-48 vic­tory over Mor­risville in the ECAC James Ly­nah Bowl last Satur­day in Grove City. He hit on 10 of 13 passes for 212 yards and two touch­downs giv­ing him 92 com­plet­ing on 157 at­tempts for 1,495 yards and 17 touch­downs. Grove City fin­ished 8-3 but was 7-1 with Ehst at quar­ter­back.

DEVON FINK (POTTSGROVE) >> The se­nior earned hon­or­able men­tion hon­ors in the Mid­dle At­lantic Con­fer­ence for his play with the 5-5 Wilkes foot­ball team. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound de­fen­sive back had 27 tack­les, 23 unas­sisted, with three in­ter­cep­tions. The Colonels also got big de­fen­sive ef­forts from two other area play­ers. Se­nior line­backer Michael Mur­phy (Boy­er­town) had 49 tack­les and an in­ter­cep­tion and sopho­more line­backer Pat Ricci (Boy­er­town) fin­ished with 33 tack­les, a fum­ble and a re­cov­ery and 5.5 sacks.

AL­LIE MOONEY (OWEN ROBERTS) >> The sea­son came to a close for the red­shirt se­nior goal­keeper and the Ship­pens­burg field hockey team after a 3-1 loss to West Ch­ester in the PSAC ti­tle game Sun­day in West Ch­ester, the Raiders fin­ish­ing 16-4. Mooney had eight saves in the game. On the sea­son, she gave up 25 goals and had 92 saves with five shutouts. For her ca­reer, Mooney played 81 games and gave up 75 goals with 336 saves and 22 shutouts. She com­piled a 65-16 ca­reer record.

COUR­TESY BENT­LEY ATH­LET­ICS

Bent­ley quar­ter­back Stephen Sturm (Perkiomen Val­ley).

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