Campus Corner: Kalgren, Campman End Careers on High Note; Swales Scores Deciding TD in Lock Haven’s Streak-Breaker
OBERLIN, Ohio — Cornerback David Kalgren (Curwensville) was one of 16 seniors honored prior to Oberlin’s finale at Savage Field Saturday and then punctuated an outstanding four-year career with a solid all-around effort against North Coast Conference co-champion Wittenberg (9-1), which locked up a bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs with a 47-20 win to disappoint the crowd of 1,976.
The 6-0, 195-pounder registered six solo tackles and logged his seventh interception of the season for the Yeomen’s defense, caught three passes for 41 yards and threw one incomplete pass for the offense and returned one kickoff 26 yards.
He did complete one pass for what would have been a 17-yard touchdown, but the play was nullified because of an illegal formation penalty.
At 3-4, Oberlin (4-6) placed eighth in the 11-team NCAC.
Kalgren tied for first in interceptions in the conference and, with seven break-ups, led in passes defended with 14.
His 133 interception return yards and two interception returns for touchdowns also were tops in the NCAC.
Current D-III statistics show Kalgren tied for third in interceptions and 11th in return yardage. Only two defenders have more than his pair of TD runbacks.
He also is No. 68 in punt return average at 8.5 yards for 17 runbacks.
Kalgren tied for fifth on the Oberlin defense with 37 solo tackles and was eighth with 48 total stops.
He was second for kickoff returns with 11 for an 18.7-yard average.
In the last two games, he had four pass receptions for 91 yards and one score to finish with 574 all-purpose yards, ranking third on the team.
Kalgren started 37 of the 40 games he played for Oberlin, including seven at quarterback in his freshman season when he was moved to offense because of injuries during the preseason. He netted 504 yards and scored three touchdowns on 120 rushes and connected on 95 of 187 aerials for 964 yards and six TDs.
On defense, Kalgren accumulated 176 tackles, 13 interceptions for 243 yards and 18 pass break-ups.
He returned 51 kickoffs for 1,026 yards, a 20.1 average, and 38 punts for 300 yards, a 7.9 average.
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DALLAS, Pa. — Senior wide receiver Jarrin Campman (Clearfield) pulled in a career-high eight passes for 76 yards and one touchdown in his final game for Lycoming (8-2) Saturday as the Warriors rolled to a 38-0 win over host Misericordia (0-10) in Middle Atlantic Conference action that attracted 750 fans to Mangelsdorf Field.
Lycoming settled for sole possession of second place at 8-1 because Widener (9-0, 8-0) averted a three-way tie for the 2012 championship by turning back Delaware Valley (7-3, 7-2) 42-23.
Campman grabbed a six-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Tyler Jenny (Coalport/Glendale High School) to put Lycoming on the scoreboard with 10 seconds left in the first quarter.
Jenny completed 16 of 26 aerials for 164 yards.
Campman also fielded two punts, but lost five yards on the returns.
For the season, the 6-0, 180-pounder had 43 receptions for 561 yards, a 13.0 average, with 11 touchdowns and had 17 punt returns for 238 yards, a 14.0 average, with one TD.
The Warriors’ No. 1 receiver led the team in scoring with 72 points to rank sixth in the MAC in touchdown scoring.
Among MAC receivers, Campman tied for fourth in receptions and was seventh in receiving yards.
He didn’t qualify for conference honors in punt returns, but his average was higher than the leader’s 13.1, and his 799 yards were just outside the top 10 in total offense.
In NCAA Division III statistics, Campman is No. 13 in punt return average, 21st in return yards, tied for 46th in TDs and tied for 89th in scoring with 7.2 points per game.
During his four-year career, Campman appeared in 31 games, starting 20 the last two seasons with 70 receptions for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He had 18 punt runbacks for 249 yards and one TD and also was credited with a rushing TD for recovering a teammate’s fumble in the end zone as a junior.
Jenny ended his first year as Warrior signal-caller with 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns for 150 completions in 248 pass attempts, a 60.5 percentage. He suffered only four interceptions, and his 130.64 passing efficiency rating ranks 75th in D-III.
Freshman offensive lineman Corey Knepp (Bigler/Clearfield Area High School) played in two games.
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LOCK HAVEN — Freshman running Beau Swales (Clearfield) blasted over left tackle and carried a Cheyney tackler across the goal line for a two-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter that proved to be the deciding points as Lock Haven (1-10) ended the longest losing streak in NCAA Division II history at 52 games with a 15-7 victory at Hubert Jack Stadium Saturday afternoon.
His first career six-pointer, and just the fourth rushing TD by the Bald Eagles this season, gave Lock Haven a 12-0 lead with 14:23 remaining in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference cross-over game.
Noah Heimer (Lock Haven/Central Mountain H.S.) added a late field goal after Cheyney (1-10) scored.
A safety and a 37-yard field goal by freshman Alex Boumerhi (Philipsburg/Philipsburg-Osceola Area H.S.) provided the only scoring before Swales, who also had one pass reception for 25 yards, gave the 2,423 fans reason to believe the Bald Eagles were headed for their first win since a 17-14 overtime squeaker at Clarion on Nov. 10, 2007.
Redshirt senior wide receiver Jesse Hoover (Curwensville) caught one pass for 24 yards while redshirt freshman offensive tackle Kyle Barrett (Curwensville) also saw action for Lock Haven.
Hoover, who started at wideout in nine games, led the Bald Eagles in scoring with three touchdowns among his 16 receptions for 250 yards. He was second in receiving yards.
Swales appeared in every game, too, rushing 49 times for 107 yards and catching four passes for 39 yards. He also returned two kickoffs for 34 yards and assisted on one tackle.
Knepp played in nine games with six starts.
Lock Haven finished 0-7 in its final season in the PSAC Western Division.
With Pitt-Johnstown and Seton Hill joining the conference and competing in the Western Division next year, Lock Haven is moving to the Eastern Division.
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SAN DIEGO, Cal. — Air Force senior kicking specialist Parker Herrington (Clearfield) booted a 22-yard field for the first points in Saturday’s Mountain West Conference clash with co-leader San Diego State (8-3, 6-1), but the Falcons didn’t score again until the final minute of the third quarter and came out on the short end of a 28-9 final in front of 30,266 at Qualcomm Stadium.
Herrington missed the extra point following the lone Falcon touchdown, ending his streak of successful PAT conversions at 64, the fifth longest in MWC history. His last miss was at Boise State on Oct. 22, 2011.
Herrington was wide right on a 42-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half as Air Force (5-5) fell into fourth place at 4-2 in the MWC.
His 52 points via 40-of-41 PATs and 4-of-10 field goals lead the Falcons and rank seventh in the MWC in kick scoring.
He ranks eighth in Air Force history in career extra point percentage (95.5) with 85 PATs in 89 attempts.
Air Force will host Hawaii Friday in a MWC game that will be televised on ESPN2 at 9:30 p.m.
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CLARION — One of 13 Clarion seniors honored during pre-game ceremonies Saturday, linebacker Nate Sipes (Curwensville) recorded five tackles and a fumble recovery in his final Memorial Stadium appearance that West Chester (7-4) spoiled for the 1,500 fans with a 33-12 victory in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference cross-over action.
Freshman center Eric White (Clearfield) again did all of the longsnapping for the Golden Eagles, who wound up 2-5 in the PSAC Western Division and 4-7 overall.
Sipes was one of Clarion’s top tacklers before suffering a foot injury that kept him out of two games and limited him in three others. He tied for seventh with 46 tackles and also blocked one field goal.
In his two seasons at Clarion, Sipes totaled 145 stops, five tackles for losses, one sack, two pass break-ups and three fumbles recoveries plus the one blocked kick.
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INDIANA — Freshman running back Alex Holland (Curwensville) gained four yards on two rushes and was involved in one tackle for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (10-1) kickoff unit as the Crimson Hawks handled Shippensburg (10-1) in surprisingly easy fashion, 41-10, in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship game at George P. Miller Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Eastern Division champion Red Raiders, who were ranked No. 7 in the American Football Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, boasted the nation’s No. 1 offense, but the crowd of 4,576 watched No. 13 IUP’s top-ranked defense surrender only 271 yards.
Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Trey Campman (Clearfield) also is a member of the school’s first PSAC title team since 1987.
The Crimson Hawks, who amassed 566 yards, are seeded third for the NCAA D-II Super Region One Playoffs and will host West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion Shepherd (8-2) in a noon kickoff Saturday.
Holland has appeared in 10 games with 25 carries for 116 yards and three touchdowns as well as two solo tackles and two assists.
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SLIPPERY ROCK — Redshirt freshman strong safety Derek Morgan (Clearfield) assisted on one tackle for a loss of one yard in Slippery Rock’s 49-41 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference cross-over game loss to Eastern Division runner-up and No. 12-ranked Bloomsburg (10-1) in front of 3,194 fans at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Rock finished 6-5 and wound up fourth in the Western Division at 5-2.
Morgan ended his rookie season with 36 tackles, including 19 solo stops. He had one interception that he returned 46 yards and broke up three passes.
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PITTSBURGH — Redshirt junior Nick Redden (Clearfield) started his 10th game at center in the Duquesne (5-5) home finale Saturday, but Northeast Conference co-leader Albany (N.Y.) disappointed the crowd of 2,193 at Rooney Field by outlasting the Dukes 38-31.
Duquesne fell to 3-4 in the conference, with all four setbacks by one touchdown or less.
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PITTSBURGH — In his first collegiate action, Pitt freshman 141-pounder Jake Keller (Curwensville) won five of seven bouts before bowing out in the consolation semifinals of the Knight Point Open hosted by Clarion on Nov. 4.
The former Golden Tide standout lost 8-1 to eventual third-placer Alex Johnson (Navy) in the first round but bounced back to pin Matt Ostrander (Mercyhurst-Northeast) in 2:12, Lucas Wisniewski (Lycoming) in 3:28, Caleb Wiley (Lycoming) in 3:50 and Shane Archiga (Maryland-unattached) in 2:39 before defeating Robert Davis (Navy-unattached) 13-6 to reach the final six of a weight class that had 35 entries.
Shyheim Brown (Maryland-unattached) ended Keller’s long day with a 10-4 decision.
Brown, who had edged Johnson 3-2 in the championship second round, then forfeited to Davis in the consy finals.
Ty Lydic of Pitt was the runner-up, losing 8-1 to Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) in the championship bout.
In Pitt’s annual Blue-Gold Match on Nov. 1, Keller dropped his prelim bout 4-1 to Jason Stephen, who represented the Blue and was beaten 8-2 by the Lydic.
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UNIVERSITY PARK — Senior still rings specialist Scott Rosenthal (Clearfield) has been the recipient of two awards since anchoring the Penn State still rings team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the 2011-12 season.
He was one of 24 student-athletes named Big Ten Conference Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2011-12 academic and one of six Penn State gymnasts to achieve First Team All-American Scholar-Athlete recognition by the College Gymnastics Association.
One member of each varsity sports team on every Big Ten campus was chose by his or her institution as an honoree, and then two winners were selected from each university’s list.
Rosenthal and senior women’s gymnast Natalie Ettl were selected from among 300 student-athletes honored during the year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.
All honorees distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior and must have been in good academic standing and demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting, according to the Penn State gymnastics website release.
Rosenthal was named a Big Ten Distinguished Honors Scholar in 2011 and was a two-time CGA First Team All-American Scholar-Athlete and two-time All-Big Ten Academic honoree at the time.
His third CGA First Team All-American Scholar-Athlete Award resulted from earning a GPA in the 3.80-3.899 range as a junior.
At least a 3.50 GPA is the prerequisite for first-team status, and Rosenthal was joined by Nittany Lion teammates Miguel Pineda, Logan Wyman, Adrian Evans, Felix Aronovich and Preston Gall.
Penn State’s Nihir Kothari, Parker Raque, Craig Hernandez, Matthew Chelberg, Mackenzie Dow, Matthew Felleman and Warren Yang qualified for the second team, which requires a GPA between 3.20 and 3.499.
The Nittany Lion squad was eighth overall with a collective GPA of 3.078, fourth highest in the Big Ten.
Rosenthal, who claimed the Penn State still rings record with a 16.300 score in the 2012 season opener against Army, is one of seven All-Americans and 16 lettermen for the Nittany Lions, who are ranked behind Illinois, Michigan and Oklahoma in GymInfo’s Preseason Coaches Poll.
Rosenthal enters his final year with 22 titles and 34 top three finishes for dual meets and open and championship events.
Last spring, he won the Big Ten Conference championship and was runner-up at the National Collegiate Championships to become a two-time All-American.
Penn State will host the 2013 National Collegiate Championships in Rec Hall April 19-21.