Former Hanover Area star Dave Paveletz holds every running record in Susquehanna University’ long history.Submitted photo
Dave Paveletz has just three games remaining in his fabulous career with the Susquehanna University football team.
Paveletz, a 5-foot-9, 225-pound senior (Hanover Area), holds every running record in the school’s long history – single game, season and career.
The stats are great – 4,368 career yards and 46 career touchdowns; three straight 1,000-plus seasons including a school record 1,314 last season and 1,051 thus far this season, and 288 yards in a single game. He rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns in the Crusaders’ last game, a 35-30 triumph over RPI.
But those are just statistics. What about Dave Paveletz – the player and the person?
“Davs is our leader,” head coach Steve Briggs said. “When he goes, we go. He works hard with everything that he does. He listens and simply does what is expected of him. He’s a great young man that is very enjoyable to be around.”
Offensive coordinator Nate Milne says that having Paveletz on the team makes his life that much easier.
“When Dave is in the zone like he has been for most of the season, it makes my job as a play-caller very easy,” Milne said. “It’s David right and David left.”
Milne says that Paveletz is a student of the game.
“During the week, Dave is always in watching film to make sure he is seeing the same thing the coaches are,” Milne said. “He is a very smart player and can usually make our run game checks even before the quarterback does.”
Sophomore quarterback Rich Palazzi of Wallenpaupack benefits from his teammates’ play.
“It’s great to play with him because he makes my job a lot easier,” Palazzi said. “He runs the ball with great power and always fights for that extra yard. He’s a team leader on and off the field and a great teammate.”
Junior guard Paul Russick (Pittston Area) is one of the guys up front who open the holes for Paveletz.
“Dave really emulates the ideal running back to the type of offensive line we are and the type of offense we like,” Russick said. “For all his accolades and accomplishments, he is a very down-to-earth and hard-nosed guy. He’s a blue collar type running back and easily the best runner I’ve ever blocked for.”
Susquehanna has three games remaining – at St Lawrence, at home Saturday, against Worcester Poly and at Union College.
MALISHSHAK COMES THROUGH – Victories for the young Slippery Rock field hockey team have been scarce, but freshman Gabby Malishchak (Nanticoke) came up big last Saturday as The Rock defeated Bellarmine 3-1. She scored the go-ahead goal and assisted on the third goal.
Malishchak has started all 19 games and leads the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists.
“Gabby is a spark on our midfield line,” coach Stacey Hart said. “Her stick skill and field sense are impeccable. She is a talented freshman and will only continue to improve.”
Erin Moran (Wyoming Valley West) is another freshman on a squad that doesn’t have a senior on its roster. She has started all 19 games on defense.
“Erin is a strong center back,” Hart said. “She has an excellent block tackle and is one of our most solid defenders. She takes charge of the backfield and always steps up to ball when we need her two. I anticipate Erin will continue to improve and be a powerhouse for us.”
The Rock is just 3-16 overall and 1-6 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. There are seven juniors, 10 sophomores and seven freshmen on the roster.
“I can’t wait to see what is to come from all of these young athletes,” Hart said.
PIERCE WITH POWERHOUSE – Freshman Kevin Pierce (Dallas) is seeing action off the bench for the Carnegie-Mellon men’s soccer team which is 13-1 overall and 6-0 in the University Athletic Association.
Pierce, a 6-foot midfielder, has played in five games and recorded his first collegiate goal in a recent 6-0 victory over PSU-Altoona.
“Kevin has had a solid freshman year so far,” coach Aaron Lujan said. “He has adjusted well to the college game. We hope that he will continue to improve.”
JONES STARTING – Red-shirt junior Brent Jones (Meyers) is starting at fullback for the East Stroudsburg football team, which is 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the PSAC East after a 42-24 loss to CW Post last Saturday.
Jones, a 6-foot, 255-pounder, carried the ball twice for 14 yards and caught three passes for 21 yards for the Warriors in the setback.
“Brent is a devastating blocker and one of the reasons for the success of our offense both running and passing the football,” coach Greg Knowlden said. “And he’s also scored some touchdowns on short-yardage plays.”
Jones has four touchdowns and rushed for 29 yards on nine carries and caught nine passes for 63 yards on the season.
SORBER AT HER BEST – Hannah Sorber is a member of the Shippensburg women’s volleyball team and the 5-foot-11 senior is having a big season.
Sorber leads the Raiders in kills (228), is second in blocks (58) and third in digs (177). She also has 26 assists and 22 service aces.
“Hannah is having her best year here at Ship,” coach Leanne Piscotty said. “My hopes for her are to continue to be a performance leader as well as an emotional leader on the court. She is a fierce competitor. She is a very versatile athlete and plays the right side, can play as a middle blocker and would be a very good setter if we needed her in that role.”
The Raiders are 13-16 overall and 6-9 in the PSAC East.
FOUR HELP HUSKIES – The Bloomsburg field hockey team is ranked No. 1 in Division II and four former Wyoming Valley Conference women are playing roles in the team’s success.
Junior Aime Sgarlat (Lake-Lehman) is a key performer for the Huskies while freshman Lauren McGinley (Coughlin), Rachel Zerfoss (Nanticoke) and Michelle Cragle (Northwest) are chipping in playing with a veteran team that is the defending NCAA Division II champion.
Sgarlat has four goals and four assists including a goal in Bloomsburg’s big 4-0 victory over No. 9 Millersville last Saturday. The Huskies are 17-1 overall and 7-1 in the PSAC East, the only loss a 2-1 decision to Kutztown.
“Aime has become a very strong player on the attack line,” coach Janet Hutchinson said. “She has a very good feel for the passing game, possesses strong one-on-one stick work skills and is a workhorse when it comes to pressuring other teams and tackling back. Aime is improving each season and you can see her confidence growing. She will be a major player for Bloomsburg in the playoffs.”
McGinley has played in nine games and has contributed three goals.
“Lauren missed most of preseason and the first couple of weeks of school with an illness,” Hutchinson said. “When she came back, she had to work hard to catch up and regain her top physical conditioning. The last two or three weeks we have seen a huge improvement in her play. She’s fast and determined and is definitely pushing for more playing time.”
Zerfoss, who missed last season with an injury, has seen action in nine games with the Huskies defense, which has allowed just 14 goals and has nine shutouts in 18 games.
“Rachel came into this year a little behind due to the lack of playing time last year,” Hutchinson said. “Recently she has just exploded and is definitely pushing for starting time. She is tenacious as a defender and has the speed and skills to go with her determination.”
Cragle has played in three games as a backup goalkeeper and has two saves and hasn’t given up a goal.
“Michelle is a very naturally gifted athlete with quick reactions, good eye/hand and eye/foot coordination which is a necessity for goalkeepers,” Hutchinson said. “She didn’t enter our program having had as much exposure to goalkeeping techniques as our other two keepers but she has worked hard and has improved. The sky is the limit for her if she wants to continue on this path of improvement.”