Gateway grad Toran named to academic football team at Hobart
Gateway graduate Nolan Toran, a senior on the Hobart College football team, is one of four team members to earn a spot on the 2014 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Football Team.
Toran is making his second consecutive appearance on the All-District team.
The international relations major is a starting outside linebacker on the Hobart defense.
He made three tackles in a 29-27 victory over St. Lawrence on Saturday in Canton, N.Y.
The win put Hobart at 9-0 overall, and the Statesmen secured their fourth straight Liberty League title.
Hobart will attempt to close out its third consecutive undefeated regular season on Saturday when it hosts the University of Rochester at noon.
Toran has 27 tackles this season, including a season-high seven in a 33-21 season-opening victory over Dickinson on Sept. 6.
In 36 career games, he has 113 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, 10 pass breakups, five forced fumbles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
To earn a spot on the Academic All-District teams, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade-point average, be a starter or significant reserve and be at least a sophomore academically.
CoSIDA selects All-District teams from eight geographic regions across the United States and Canada. All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team Academic All-American honorees will be selected.
The qualifying times for the 2016 Olympic Trials recently were released, and Gateway graduate Luke Nosbisch, a senior on the Pitt men’s swim team, made the cut with a performance at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships in August.
Nosbisch, who swam at the 2012 Olympic Trials, qualified for the 2016 event in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 15.89 seconds, a full two and a half seconds faster than the cut time.
He joins Panthers teammate Zach Lierley in qualifying for the Olympic Trials, as Lierley made it in the 200-meter backstroke.
Lierley’s time of 2:03.14 was 65 one-hundredths of a seconds faster than the qualifying standard.
Pitt just wrapped up its first month of competition, and the Panthers faced Virginia and Notre Dame in an Atlantic Coast Conference tri-meet at Notre Dame’s Rolf Aquatics Center on Friday and Saturday.
The Panthers suffered losses to both the Irish and the Cavaliers.
Pitt won back-to-back dual meets against St. Bonaventure and Bucknell in late October.
Nosbisch recorded two individual victories in the meet against the Bison. He won the 100 breast in 57.17 and the 200 breast in a season-best time of 2:04.13.
He also was part of the 200-yard medley relay which won in a time of 1:31.27.
Nosbisch owns the Pitt school record in the 200 breast, as he swam an all-time best of 1:56.81 at the 2014 ACC Championships.
He also is a member of the record-holding Panthers 200 medley relay, and that time — 1:27.21 — also was set at last season’s ACC Championships.
Gateway graduate Armstead Williams has made his mark for the Duquesne University football team after transferring from Purdue at the middle point of the 2013-14 academic year.
The junior linebacker for the Dukes practiced with his new team in the spring and began the year with expectations of getting a great deal of playing time on the defensive side of the ball.
Williams got the start at outside linebacker against Northeast Conference leading Bryant on Saturday.
It was his ninth start of the season, and he has appeared in all 10 games.
Duquesne had a chance to tie Bryant with 58 seconds remaining in the game, but a missed 28-yard field goal scuttled the comeback attempt and gave Bryant a 20-17 victory.
Bryant improved to 8-1 on the season and is 4-0 in the conference.
Williams has 23 tackles on the season and a forced fumble to his credit.
He is a redshirt junior after playing two seasons for the Boilermakers in the Big 10.
Williams played in all 12 games as a sophomore in 2013 and made two starts. He posted nine tackles and had a fumble recovery.
He was a backup at linebacker as a redshirt freshman in 2012 and saw action in 11 of 13 games. He finished with eight tackles.
The 2011 Gateway graduate was a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 selection as a senior in 2010 and earned all-state honors at linebacker by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers and the Pennsylvania Football News.
Duquesne, 5-5 overall and 1-3 in the NEC, has two games remaining on its regular-season schedule.
The Dukes travel to Staten Island, N.Y., on Saturday for a noon kickoff against NEC foe Wagner.
Duquesne then will close out its slate at home Nov. 22 against rival Robert Morris. Kickoff at Rooney Field on the Duquesne campus is set for noon.
Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at [email protected].