By William Bowman
The Daily Item
Bloomsburg University running back Franklyn Quiteh headlines the 2012 AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Team, named by the American Football Coaches Association.
The AFCA has picked an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in five divisions.
Quiteh led the nation in rushing (2,121 yards), touchdowns (24) and rushing yards per game (176.75). The junior rushed for more than 100 yards in every game in 2012 and has a current streak of 17 straight games with 100 yards or more. He rushed for more than 200 yards four times this season and his career numbers stand at 5,328 yards rushing with 58 touchdowns. He is a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which will be awarded to the most valuable player in Division II on Friday.
In addition to the AFCA honor, Quiteh has also been named first team All-PSAC East; first team Daktronics All-Region One and first team All-American by the Beyond Sports Network (BSN).
ANONG THE BEST: The top two players in the Patriot League -- Bucknell's Mike Muscala and Lehigh's C.J. McCollum -- are among the nation's best in two of the top two statisical catergories.
Muscala, a senior from Minnesota, is sixth nationally in rebounding at 11.4 boards a game. He had a season-high 19 boards in a win at Columbia on Dec. 1 and has also scored 29 and 27 points in his last two games.
McCollum, already the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer, is the nation's leading scorer, averaging 24.9 points game for the Mountain Hawks. McCollum has already scored 249 points for Lehigh in 10 games this year.
The Bison also rank in the top 10 nationally in turnovers per game. Bucknell averages 9.9 turnovers a game, fifth best in the nation.
Bucknell is back in action on Saturday when it takes part in a doubleheader with the women. The BU women host Longwood at 4 at Sojka Pavilion with the men hosting La Salle at 7.
SU BOOTERS GRAB MORE HONORS: The Susquehanna men's soccer team had five players named to the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III All-Mid-Atlantic Region team.
Senior back Brandon Kates was named to the first team. Kates, who was also named first-team All-Landmark, started all 22 matches and tallied five goals and an assist.
Senior back Sean Raffetto earned Second-Team honors. A First-Team All-Landmark Conference member, Raffetto scored the game-winner against the University of Rochester in the NCAA second round, his first career goal.
Senior goalkeeper Matt Salsman, a Selinsgrove grad, sophomore midfielder David Trank and junior forward Patrick Fry all grabbed third-team accolades.
An All-Landmark Conference selection, Salsman started every match and recorded 12 shutouts, the most in school history, and ended the season with a 0.54 gaa and a .850 save percentage. He stopped two of Cabrini's final three penalty kicks to send the Crusaders to the second round of the NCAA DIII Tournament.
FOURTH TIME: Bucknell senior soccer player Brendan Burgdorf earned a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Mid-Atlantic Team on Monday, making him the first Bison player in nearly a quarter-century to garner all-region honors four times. Burgdorf was a first-team selection in 2010 and 2011, a third-team selection as a freshman in 2009, and now he is a second-team choice in 2012.
Burgdorf had another outstanding season both on and off the field this fall. He was a Second Team All-Patriot League selection after leading the Bison in scoring with 11 points on three goals and five assists. The 2010 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
A physics major at Bucknell, Burgdorf was also selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Team and the Patriot League Men's Soccer All-Academic Team.
ALL-CENTURY: Twenty Lycoming College football players earned mention on the Middle Atlantic Conference's Century Team, the conference announced on Friday.
The Century Team was split into five eras: 1912-69, 1970-82, 1983-92, 1993-01 and 2002-11. Among the honorees was 1975 Lyco grad Tom Vanaskie.
Vanaskie, from Shamokin, had a decorated career as a defensive back for the Warriors, finishing his career with nine career interceptions. He was First Team All-MAC as a senior and also earned Honorable Mention AP Little All-American honors. He also became the school's first football player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors and won the school's Tomahawk Award as its best male athlete.
He was inducted into the Lycoming College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. Vanaskie went on to graduate from Penn State's Dickinson School of Law and he has served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit since 2010.
HUSKIES THIRD AT PSAC: The Bloomsburg wrestling team crowned four champions and finished third at the 2012 PSAC Championships at Kutztown on Saturday. Bloomsburg finished with 134 points to take third behind Edinboro and Clarion.
Winning PSAC titles for the Huskies were Josh Veltre at 165 pounds; Chris Smith at 174; Richard Perry at 197 pounds and Justin Grant at 285 pounds.
Bloomsburg wrestled without Frank Hickman, the defending 157-pound champion, who missed the tournament due to an injury.