Four Fal­cons earn NJCAA All-Amer­i­can hon­ors

Old Forge grad Schuback among those named to team.

The Times-Tribune - - Local Sports - SCOTT WALSH Beat writer

Four Lack­awanna Col­lege football play­ers were named All-Amer­i­cans by the Na­tional Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion.

Head­ing the list is sophomore linebacker Shane Schuback (Old Forge), who was named to the sec­ond team.

Schuback to­taled 54 tack­les (27 solo, 27 as­sists) in 10 games, in­clud­ing 12.5 for losses and 5.5 sacks. He also had six fum­ble re­cov­er­ies and one in­ter­cep­tion. He was cho­sen a first­team North­east Football Con­fer­ence all-star.

Also se­lected to the NJCAA All-Amer­ica sec­ond team is cen­ter Quadrick Barnes. The sophomore an­chored an of­fen­sive line that en­abled the Fal­cons to av­er­age 485.7 yards and 46.8 points per game. Both of those ranked fourth in the NJCAA. They also were fifth in rush­ing of­fense with 255.7 yards per game.

Sophomore run­ning back Mar­cel­lias Sut­ton and sophomore quar­ter­back David Pin­dell re­ceived hon­or­able men­tion. Sut­ton led the team in rush­ing with 907 yards and 10 touch­downs on 135 car­ries. Pin­dell rushed for 459 yards and eight TDs and passed for 2,424 yards, 31 touch­downs and just seven in­ter­cep­tions.

Lack­awanna went 10-0 dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, then lost in the Val­ley of the Sun Bowl in Ari­zona to Mesa Com­mu­nity Col­lege in dou­ble over­time, 48-42.

To­gether again

Tonight’s women’s bas­ket­ball show­down in Cen­ter Val­ley be­tween Al­bright Col­lege (7-1) and DeSales Univer­sity (6-1) could dou­ble as a Lack­awanna League reunion.

Al­bright has ju­nior Jane Joyce (West Scran­ton). In eight starts, she is av­er­ag­ing 8.9 points, 4.3 re­bounds and 3.9 as­sists.

DeSales fea­tures four lo­cal play­ers. Mor­gan Birmelin (Hones­dale) av­er­ages 6.7 points, 4.9 re­bounds and 4.7 as­sists in seven games (six starts). Katie Miller (Hones­dale) av­er­ages 3.0 points, 2.0 re­bounds and 2.0 as­sists in seven games (two starts). Brid­get Walsh (Scran­ton Prep) has ap­peared in seven games av­er­ag­ing 2.6 points, 3.6 re­bounds and 1.0 blocks. Those sopho­mores are joined by fresh­man Molly Jansco (Wal­len­pau­pack), who has played in three games (one start), av­er­ag­ing 2.0 points and 2.3 re­bounds.

Sec­ond counts

Blooms­burg Univer­sity ju­nior Alex Prislup­sky (Mid Val­ley) made his sec­ond start of the sea­son Sun­day against Feli­cian Col­lege.

In 34 min­utes, Prislup­sky to­taled five points, seven re­bounds, four as­sists and one steal in the Huskies’ 79-70 win that stopped a three-game los­ing streak. For the sea­son, Prislup­sky is av­er­ag­ing 6.4 points and 3.0 re­bounds. Blooms­burg is 4-5 over­all.

Fast start

East Strouds­burg Univer­sity opened its in­door track and field sea­son Dec. 10 at the Le­high Univer­sity Fast Times Meet.

Pa­trick Mon­a­han (North Po­cono) placed sec­ond in the 60-me­ter dash in 7.01 sec­onds. Not only was that .08 sec­onds bet­ter than the sophomore’s pre­vi­ous per­sonal best, it also was .01 sec­onds be­hind Ian Mel­horn’s pro­gram record set in 2012.

Ju­nior Hope Decker (Wal­len­pau­pack) fin­ished fifth in the 500 me­ters in 1:19.28. That is a Penn­syl­va­nia State Ath­letic Con­fer­ence qual­i­fy­ing mark and the sixth-best time in pro­gram his­tory. Decker was also a mem­ber of the 4x800-me­ter re­lay team that was fourth in 10:16.97.

Fel­low ju­nior Danielle Swingle (Western Wayne) was part of the 4x400-me­ter re­lay team that took fourth in 4:07.84.

Quick con­nects

Penn State Univer­sity ju­nior cross coun­try run­ner Tessa Bar­rett (Abing­ton Heights) and ju­nior women’s soc­cer player Is­abelle Clauss (Abing­ton Heights) re­ceived Fall Aca­demic All-Big Ten hon­ors. To be eli­gi­ble, stu­dent-ath­letes must be in at least their sec­ond aca­demic year and carry a cu­mu­la­tive grade-point av­er­age of 3.0 or higher. Bar­rett is a man­age­ment ma­jor and Clauss is a bi­ol­ogy ma­jor . ... James Madi­son Univer­sity ju­nior quar­ter­back Bryan Schor (Delaware Val­ley) and Col­gate Univer­sity ju­nior of­fen­sive line­man Ryan Paul­ish (Old Forge) were named ECAC Divi­sion I FCS All-Star hon­or­able men­tions . ... Mary­wood Univer­sity’s base­ball and soft­ball fields, man­aged by Rob Galdieri, were re­cently rec­og­nized as the top col­le­giate fields in the coun­try by the Sports Turf Man­agers As­so­ci­a­tion.

SCOTT WALSH cov­ers area col­lege ath­letes and teams in Lo­cal Con­nec­tions. Con­tact him at swalsh@timessham­rock.com and fol­low him @swal­shTT on Twit­ter.

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