Campus clippings: Dukes’ Mason makes easy transition
Duquesne sophomore Micah Mason (Highlands) made a smooth transition from shooting guard to point guard, scoring 16 points in the Dukes’ season-opening 91-51 win over Bluefield State on Saturday at Palumbo Center.
Point guard is a new-but-old position for Mason, who played there during his high school career.
Mason, who led all Division I shooters in 3-point accuracy last season after transferring from Drake, connected on 3 of 6 3-pointers and finished with 16 points. He added a career-high nine assists.
Last season, he finished one assist shy of leading the country in a second category: assist-to-turnover ratio. His was 5.69 to 1.
Senior guard Brian Heinle (St. Joseph) scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds, and teammate Mike Connelly (St. Joseph) added 12 points, but the Bobcats dropped their season opener to Carnegie Mellon, 99-93.
The Bearcats are predicted to win their third straight PAC title this season, at least according to a preseason coaches’ poll. Three A-K Valley players are expected to make contributions off the bench: juniors Geoff Fuquay (Valley) and Thomas Weremeychik (Valley), and freshman Austin Dedert (Plum). Fuquay is a guard, and Weremeychik and Dedert are forwards.
Washington & Jefferson
Freshman guard Adam Robison (Kiski Area) started the first two games of the season for the Presidents (0-2). He transferred from Marietta.
Sophomore guard Johnny Arcuri (St. Joseph) scored 14 points in the Titans’ season-opening 93-81 victory over Kenyon in the Buzz Ridl Classic.
Sophomore quarterback Dakota Bruggeman (Knoch) threw for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Battlers’ 51-28 victory over Cumberland Valley in the regular-season finale. Bruggeman split time under center with Wilson Vaughn. Alderson-Broaddus finished 7-4 and is awaiting bowl consideration.
Senior linebacker Brian Palmiere (Deer Lakes) made eight tackles, recorded a sack and had an interception in a season-ending 41-35 loss to Kutztown in overtime. Another local product, sophomore wide receiver Matt Lehman (Burrell) caught a touchdown pass in the loss for the Golden Eagles (2-9).
Sophomore kicker Dylan Kondis (Plum) connected on a 29-yard field goal and went 8 for 8 on extra points in the Lakers’ 59-49 win over Cal (Pa.).
Redshirt freshman safety Sean Dugan (Springdale) had a team-best nine tackles, 3.5 for loss, and two sacks in a 21-9 loss to Edinboro. Millersville’s defense held the Fighting Scots to minus-17 yards rushing.
Men’s cross country
Penn State Behrend
Freshman Alan Yocca (Plum) ran his best 8K time of the year, finishing in a time of 27:14.5, in his first appearance at the NCAA Regional meet at Dickinson College. Yocca was 110th overall.
Penn State Behrend
Sophomore Alyssa Samarco (Plum) was named to the All-AMCC first team. She led Behrend in kills with 377, a total that was second-best in the conference. She also had 455 digs, sixth-most in the AMCC.
Sophomore outside hitter Arden Fisher (Riverview) registered 11 kills and 14 digs for her 13th double-double of the season and 22nd of her career as the Colonials (14-16, 12-2 NEC) blanked St. Francis (N.Y.), 3-0.
Junior Kourtney Skinner (Apollo-Ridge) was named an All-PAC honorable mention at outside hitter. Skinner finished with a team-high 297 kills, fifth-best in the conference. She also was second in the team in digs (286) and service aces (21).