---- — By The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- He is a part of the history of Bucknell University basketball and Joe Diblin will be honored during Saturday's Patriot League men's game versus the Naval Academy at Sojka Pavilion.
On the 75th anniversary of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the 95-year-old Diblin, of Northumberland, is the oldest living member of the Bison basketball team of 75 years ago.
Diblin, who writes a weekly aviation column for The Daily Item, was a World War II flight instructor.
MORE HONORS: Bucknell seniors Bryson Johnson and Mike Muscala grabbed two of the five spots on the Capital One Academic All-District 2 Men's Basketball Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. Johnson and Muscala both garnered their second career all-district citations, and both are now eligible for the national Academic All-America ballot.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, be a starter or key reserve and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or better.
Johnson is a member of the team for the second year in a row. An economics major with a 3.40 GPA, Johnson is a starting guard on a Bison squad that is currently 18-4 overall and tied for the Patriot League lead with a 5-1 conference record. He is averaging 11.0 points per game on the season and has hit a team-high 44 3-pointers.
With 294 career 3-pointers, Johnson has tied Kevin Bettencourt for the program record, and he is just eight treys away from the Patriot League's all-time record. Johnson has scored 1,249 career points, good for 14th on Bucknell's all-time list.
Muscala, a management major with a 3.36 GPA, made the team as a sophomore in 2010-11 when he was also the Patriot League Player of the Year. Muscala joined Johnson on the Academic All-Patriot League Team last season, and this year he is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes for their success on the court, in the classroom and for their character and service in the community.
Muscala is in the midst of a sensational senior year, and he is stamping his name as one of the top players in Bucknell and Patriot League history. The 6-foot-11 senior leads the league in scoring (19.4), rebounding (11.1) and blocked shots (2.9), and he also leads the team in assists with 61. He is one of only three players in the nation leading his team in all four of those categories, and he is the only Division I player in the country averaging at least 18 points and 11 rebounds per game.
Muscala also leads the country in double-doubles with 15, and his Academic All-District honor comes less than 24 hours after hitting the game-winning shot with 0.8 seconds left in a 56-55 road win over American on Wednesday night.
Bison hockey players earn honor: Bucknell field hockey placed 10 student-athletes on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Thursday.
Leading the Bison were Tayler Siegrist, the 2012 Patriot League Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Abby Watson), who posted a perfect grade-point average of 4.0 in the fall semester.
With 10 selections, Bucknell was tied for fourth in the Patriot League in terms of total honorees.
Siegrist became the second Bison in three years to be named the Patriot League Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year in November. The senior earned the latest honor with a 3.78 GPA in the fall as an accounting major. Watson posted the team's highest average with a perfect 4.0 as a civil engineering major. Additionally, all five of Bucknell's All-Patriot League selections were named to the honor roll. Joining Siegrist with that distinction was fellow first-team selection Kelsey Mucelli, second-teamers Rachel Misko, Erica Perrine and Vickie Resh.