Eberle honored for kicking at W&J
WASHINGTON - Washington & Jefferson College junior placekicker Eric Eberle, a graduate of Juniata high school, was selected as a Division III All-American.
Eberle, who was named to the second team, is the first kicker to garner All-American honors in W&J football history. He previously earned first team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference and D3Football.com third team All-South Region honors.
Eberle connected on 11-of-14 field goals, including his final seven attempts, and 31-of-32 extra-point tries. He drilled a 44-yard field goal at Thiel, the longest by a Presidents' kicker since the 1995 season. Overall, Eberle was 3-of-3 from 40 yards or longer. He tied for 20th in NCAA Division III in field goals per game (1.0) and was the first W&J kicker since current Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (2003) to make 11 field goals in a season.
A total of 22 of Eberle's 61 punts landed inside the 20-yard line, while seven of his boots sailed over 50 yards. Eberle was third in the PAC with a net average of 37.0 yards per punt. He also served as the team's kickoff specialist and sent five kicks for touchbacks.
He has connected on 95 percent (53-56) of his extra-point attempts and 75 percent (15-20) of his field-goal tries during 32 career games. He will enter his senior year with a streak of 29 consecutive made extra points.
W&J completed its season with an 8-3 (7-1 PAC) record after claiming its 23rd PAC championship and reaching the NCAA playoffs for the 22nd time.
Greenwood players make national squad
MILLERSTOWN - A pair of field hockey team members from Greenwood High School have been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's all-region team for Pennsylvania.
Midfielder Taylor Tompkins and goalie Katie Osborne each were selected to the second team.
The NFHCA chooses 10 region teams; the Pennsylvania region is the only one that warrants two squads.
Ocker honored by Penn College
WILLIAMSPORT - Jasper Ocker III, son of Ed and Pam Ferentz and a graduate of Indian Valley, is Penn College's athlete of the week for the week ending Dec. 9.
Ocker, a sophomore wrestler, went 3-0 that week while the team won four matches, pinning three opponents, the fastest a season-best 49 seconds. He is 5-3 to date this season.
The electrical technology major wrestles at 197 pounds for the Wildcats.