Four Falcons earn NJCAA All-American honors
Old Forge grad Schuback among those named to team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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