The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 3, 2013

College notebook: Valley athletes wrap up careers


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BLOOMSBURG -- Two local athletes wrapped up outstanding careers on the Bloomsburg University football team in the Huskies' 40-38 loss to West Chester this past Saturday in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Mount Carmel graduate Chris Steck was a senior captain and four-year starter at center for the Huskies. Steck started all 48 games in his career for a Huskies' offense that averaged 315.8 yards per game on the ground last year and 317 yards per game this year.

Steck was a multi-time all-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference selection and was a 2012 NCAA-Division II All Super Region I selection.

Selinsgrove graduate Matt Wenrich started 11 games this season at fullback as the lead blocker for the top rusher in Division II, Franklyn Quiteh.

Wenrich had 15 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns this season, while catching one pass.

Shikellamy graduate Garrett Pope started at outside linebacker for the Huskies. Pope, a redshirt sophomore, made 38 tackles for the Huskies in his first season as a starter at linebacker.

Former Milton High running back Domair Anderson played in eight games this season for the Huskies. Anderson, a sophomore fullback, carried the ball twice for eight yards.

Southern Columbia graduate Tyrell Thomas was a redshirt freshman tailback for Bloomsburg.

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Another outstanding former local football player wrapped up his career at Bucknell University on Nov. 23 in Bucknell's 35-23 victory over Virginia Military Institute.

Shamokin graduate Brett Forbes appeared in 10 games for the Bison, starting eight. The defensive tackle finished with nine tackles, including 1.5 for a loss. He had two passes defended and a fumble recovery.

Forbes was also adept on special teams, blocking two kicks this season and four in his career at Bucknell.

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Former Selinsgrove tight end Kyle Schuck wrapped up his junior season at Juniata College when the Eagles lost to Albright 45-34 in the East Coast Athletic Conference Southwest Bowl on Nov. 23

Schuck had just one catch in his final game of the season for the Eagles, but it was a big one, a 21-yard TD grab with two minutes left in the game.

Schuck helped the Eagles to their first postseason appearance in 40 years and Juniata's 7-3 record was its best season since 1990.

Schuck finished the season 19 catches for 267 yards and four touchdowns.

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Lewisburg graduate Nathaniel Brown is a junior 184-pound wrestler for the Mountain Hawks. Brown has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in his first two seasons at Lehigh, but was unable to compete due to an injury as a freshman.

Brown is 11-2 this season at 181 pounds for the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh is 4-3 overall, 1-1 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association.

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Warrior Run graduate Elias Biddle is a junior 157-pound wrestler for Lock Haven University this season.

Biddle has wrestled matches at both 157 and 165 pounds for the Bald Eagles.

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Milton graduate Ryan Solomon, a two-time state champion, is a freshman 197-pounder for the University of Pittsburgh wrestling team.

Solomon wrestled unattached at the Clarion Open on Nov. 4. After losing his opening-round match to John Bolich of Lehigh, Solomon won six consecutive matches in the elimination bracket before falling to Bolich again in the consolation final.

n Compiled by sports correspondent Todd Hummel