Yocum mak­ing most of chances for Ship­pens­burg foot­ball

The Southern Berks News - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault

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,


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.”

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