Penn State All-America linebacker Dan Connor has been named to the watch lists for a pair of college football’s top individual awards.
Connor is among the candidates for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the nation’s top defensive player by the Maxwell Football Club. He was among the three finalists for the 2006 Bednarik, which was captured by teammate Paul Posluszny for the second consecutive year. The award was first presented in 1995 in honor of former Philadelphia Eagles standout Chuck Bednarik.
Last year, Penn State became the first school to have a pair of Bednarik Award finalists in the 12 years the honor had been presented. Former Nittany Lion All-America linebacker LaVar Arrington won the Bednarik Award in 1999.
Connor also is among the candidates for the Lott Trophy, awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.
Crestwood senior field hockey standout Alisha Moran made a verbal commitment to attend James Madison University for the 2008-09 school year, where she will continue both her academic and athletic careers.
James Madison has offered the Comets forward a full athletic scholarship to attend the university.
Moran will follow Crestwood field hockey teammate Amy Daniel, who will attend JMU in the fall as a student-athlete.
Former Wyoming Seminary ice hockey standout Eric Tangradi was selected in the second round of the NHL draft by the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks this past weekend.
The 6-foot, 3-inch winger was taken at No. 42 overall.
The Philadelphia native skated this past season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Belleville Bulls and was ranked 93rd by the Central Scouting Service before the draft. Tangradi was one of four Belleville players selected.
Tangradi follows Dennis Packard, the only other Blue Knight to have previously been drafted into the NHL. Packard now plays for the Providence Bruins of the AHL. Aprhad Mihaly, a 1999 Sem graduate, now plays for the ECHL’s Las Vegas Rattlers; and Ales Pares, also a ’99 grad, plays for the English Elite League’s Manchester Phoenix.
King’s College standout Lindsay Sabo was recently named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine National Academic All-American Team as a first-team college division selection as voted upon by the College Sport Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Eligible athletes must maintain a minimum 3.20 grade point average and be at least a sophomore in good standing. Sabo was one of just 46 athletes from Division II and III from 111 colleges to be named to the first, second and third teams.
Sabo was a two-sport athlete in field hockey and lacrosse, scoring a combined 462 points on 258 goals and 169 assists between the two sports. She was honored for her success by being named King’s Senior Female Athlete of the Year.