Irv Sigler, former George Washington High football star, will be inducted into the Bloomsburg University Hall of Fame on November 2. Sigler was a four-year football player for the Huskies who was named the school’s first and only winner of the Harlon Hill Award as the top player in Division II. Despite being just 17 when beginning his career for the Huskies and only being a two-year starter, Sigler was named first-team All-PSAC three times, including being named the 1996 and 1997 PSAC Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Year.
In 1997, Sigler won the Harlon Hill Award as the top player in Division II after he finished second in rushing (203.8), fourth in scoring (12.0 ppg), and third in all-purpose yards (213.1). He also established the PSAC record for rushing yards in a season with 2,038. In 1997, he was one of only two running backs in Division II history to average more than 200 yards a game in a season and gained 100 yards or more in all 10 games for the Huskies, including a string of five straight games with 200 yards or more. He also scored five touchdowns in a 68-6 win over Cheyney, becoming the first PSAC player to accomplish that feat twice in a career. He was also named to three All-American teams that year, including first team AP Little All-America. In addition, Sigler started and scored the only rushing TD for the East All Stars in the North Dakota Snow Bowl National All Star Contest following the regular season.
During his career, Sigler set or tied 29 national and school records. He rushed for a combined 3,802 yards during junior and senior seasons, scoring 45 touchdowns in that span. Sigler graduated as the all-time leading rusher in PSAC history with 5,105 career rushing yards.
Since graduating from Bloomsburg in 1999 Sigler has worked primarily in behavioral health and educational fields since receiving his BS in business management in August 1999. Since then, he has worked as therapeutic support personnel from 2001 to 2004 in various schools and home based working environments. From 2004 to 2007, he was a health and physical education teacher for the School District of Philadelphia.
While working with grades 1–12 during that time, he was a middle school head basketball coach for Blaine Elementary and Fitzsimons Young Men’s Leadership Academy, as well as started, prepared and was the first junior varsity and varsity football coach at Fitzsimons School history during the time he was getting his master’s degree in education at Philadelphia Biblical University.
After working for the school district, Sigler worked as a financial consultant with a Wall Street investment firm (First Investor’s Corporation) prior to returning to behavioral health and education as his major fields of focus. He is now working back in behavioral health as he heads back to school in the fall to finish his master’s degree in education.
Sigler and his wife Sommer have three children, Irvin III (8 years old), daughter Taylor Delaine (5 years old) and Ronald III (2 years old) and reside in Philadelphia.
DeSean Jackson Youth Football Camp this weekend
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, will hold his second annual football camp at the Moorestown Upper Elementary School, 325 Borton Landing Road, Moorestown, N.J., from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 29–30. For more information on the camp, go to www.twenty10sports.com/deseanjackson.
Brown, McManus named to Preseason Watch Lists
The College Football Performance Awards have named two Temple football players to its 2012 preseason watch lists. Senior running back Matt Brown has been named to the All-Purpose Trophy Watch List. In addition to the backfield, the 5-foot-5 Owl handles kickoff and punt returns.
Senior placekicker and punter Brandon McManus is listed on two watch lists, for placekicker and specialist.
CFPA honors players at each position weekly throughout the season. The official 2012 annual awards announcement is slated for January 9, 2013.
Brown played in all 13 games last season with three starts at running back. He finished second in team rushing with 916 yards and six touchdowns on 155 carries. The team’s top kickoff returner, he had 703 yards and a TD on 28 returns. At punt returner, he led Temple with 182 yards on 18 returns on the season.
Temple’s placekicker for three seasons, McManus took over punting duties in 2011. In 13 games, McManus was second in team scoring with 98 points. He led the MAC with a perfect 50-of-50 in PATs. McManus punted 46 times for 2,105 yards. Fifteen of those 46 landed inside the 20, while 16 were longer than 50 yards. McManus earned national specialist honors seven times during the season.
Under the guidance of second year head coach Steve Addazio, this season’s team returns 35 lettermen, including nine starters. Temple opens the season with Villanova in the fourth annual Mayor’s Cup on August 31 at Lincoln Financial Field.
American gymnast Gabby Douglas, winner of gymnastics most coveted prize, the all-around gold medal from the Summer Olympics in London, brings her “flying squirrel” routine to the Wells Fargo Center on November 9 as part of The 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions.
In addition to Douglas, the tour will include fellow Olympians: Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Jake Dalton, Jonathan Horton, Danell Leyva, Sam Mikulak and John Orozco. Additionally, the tour will include 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin, members of the men’s and women’s 2011 World Championships, along with past Olympians and U.S. medalists in men’s, women’s rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling.
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Former student-athletes at Lincoln University
Lincoln University’s athletic department cordially invites former student athletes to attend the opening ceremony of the new outdoor complex at 5 p.m. on August 31. The event will commemorate another historic moment in Lincoln’s rich history.
On Saturday, Sept. 1, Lincoln will face Cheyney University in the annual “Battle of the First.” Tailgating begins at 9 a.m. The gates to the new stadium will open at 11 a.m. as the football game will cap the weekend activities.
The athletic department is looking to “Pack the DEN” with former student-athletes and friends of Lincoln University’s athletics program.
Five Owls to receive preseason All-Big East honors
College Sports Madness has five Temple football players as members of its preseason All-Big East Conference teams. Junior defensive tackle Levi Brown is the only Owl named to the All-Big East first team.
All-Big East second team honorees are seniors Matt Brown (running back) and Justin Gildea (safety). Earning third-team recognition are seniors offensive lineman Martin Wallace, placekicker Brandon McManus and Brown at kick returner.
Under the guidance of second-year head coach Steve Addazio, this season’s squad returns 35 lettermen, including nine starters. Temple opens the season with Villanova in the fourth annual Mayor’s Cup on Friday, August 31 at Lincoln Financial Field.
Phil Steele has honored five Temple football players as members of his preseason All-Big East Conference teams. Named to the All-Big east second team were junior defensive tackle Levi Brown and senior punt returner Matt Brown. Brown also earned third-team recognition at running back and fourth team recognition at kickoff returner.
Additional Owls earning fourth-team recognition were offensive lineman Martin Wallace, safety Justin Gildea and punter Brandon McManus. Under the guidance of second-year head coach Steve Addazio, this season’s squad returns 35 lettermen, including nine starters.
Temple opens the season with Villanova in the fourth annual Mayor’s Cup on Aug. 31 at Lincoln Financial Field.
MEAC/SWAC 8th Challenge scheduled Sept. 2
The eighth installment of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney — featuring Bethune-Cookman of the MEAC against Alabama State of the SWAC will take place on Sept. 2 at Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The yearly event features teams from two prominent HBCUs.
Eagles, Nick Foles have 4-year deal
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with third-round draft selection quarterback Nick Foles on a four-year deal. Foles, the highest drafted Arizona quarterback since 1962 (Eddie Wilson), finished his collegiate career as the Wildcats all-time leading passer in terms of yards (10,011), touchdowns (67), attempts (1,369) and completions (933) en route to earning three consecutive All-Pac 10 honorable mentions from 2009 to 2011. Foles, a native of Austin, Texas, also shattered Wildcat single-season records in attempts (560), completions (387) and yards (4,334) while adding 28 touchdowns as a senior in 2011. He was named the team’s Offensive co-MVP as a junior in 2010, throwing for 3,191 yards and 20 TDs.
Six Temple football players have received All Big East honors. Matt Brown, Owls running back, was named the special teams player of the year and freshman linebacker Tyler Matakevich obtained rookie of the year honors. The awards were selected by the league coaches.
Running back Montel Harris, Brown and Brandon McManus were named first team all-conference. Brown made it as a return specialist. McManus was selected as the punter. Offensive lineman Martin Wallace, McManus, defensive lineman John Youboty and Matakevich earned second team honors. McManus was chosen as the placekicker.
The six honorees at seven positions are the most in Temple’s 15-year Big East history. The previous high was four honorees in 1991. The player of the year honors are the first in school history for the Owls.
Winston-Salem State ranked No. 1 in HBCU football
SBN Sports Network has released its weekly Black College Football Poll. The poll lists the top HBCU football programs in the country.
Lincoln University cited for ‘environment excellence’
Lincoln University received the NCAA Division II 2012 Game Environment Award of Excellence for its Legacy Walk. The Game Environment Award of Excellence recognizes athletics programs that strive to engage their communities and put together a positive game environment which stress civility, and cater to the comfort of fans and participants.
The contest was open to Division II schools in the NCAA. In spite of the school being a Division II member for less than three years with the football program recently returning after a 48-year hiatus, Lincoln was among 11 schools to receive the award in the conference category.
Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes has been named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America team following a great redshirt freshman season.
Barnes, a Northeast High product, was also named the Big Ten Thompson-Randel El Freshman of the Year and the ESPN.com and BTN.com Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The former Public League star joined tailback Curtis Enis (1995) as the only other Nittany Lion to be selected Freshman of the Year.
Barnes led Penn State with six sacks (minus-30), ranking sixth in the Big Ten, to go with 10 tackles for loss good for No. 13 in the conference. He was tied for fourth in the Big Ten with three forced fumbles. Playing in every game, Barnes made 26 tackles (14 solo) and had one pass break-up. Barnes was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after recording five tackles and a sack in Penn State’s 34-7 win over Navy. He made a season-high six tackles (four solo) and 3.0 tackles for loss for minus-13 yards on Nov. 10 against Legends Division champion Nebraska.
Three Temple standouts play in all-star games
Three Temple seniors will showcase their football skills in all-star games this month. Running back Montel Harris has been picked to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (4 p.m. on NFL Network). Harris will play on the East team for head coach Jerry Glanville.
Placekicker/punter Brandon McManus has been chosen to play in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game on Friday, Jan. 11 at Kino Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. (7 p.m. ESPN3). He will play on the East team coached by Dick Tomey.
Offensive tackle Martin Wallace has been selected to play in the inaugural RAYCOM College Football All-Star Classic on Jan. 19 at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. (1 p.m. on CBS). He will play on the Stripes squad for head coach Dan Reeves.
Germantown High girls in King basketball invitational
The Germantown High girls’ varsity team has been invited to the National Martin Luther King High School Basketball Classic held in Chicago during the weekend of King’s birthday. The tournament started in 1999 with four teams and has grown to 64 teams from 10 different states.
Germantown High has accepted the invitation and has started a fund drive to pay for transportation to Chicago. The goal is to raise $5,000 for the cost of transportation. Food and lodging will be provided by the tournament. They are $2,000 away from the goal.
The school is accepting donations and checks should be made payable to “Germantown High School Athletic Fund.” In the memo space put “girls’ basketball.” They need your donations by Jan. 15, which can be sent to: Germantown High School, Germantown Avenue and High Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144 to the attention of Michael Hawkins, the school’s athletic director.
Penn football clinched its third outright Ivy League title in four years with a 35-28 win over Cornell. The Quakers have won 16 league crowns. Penn has won 13 of them outright, a league record.
The Quakers (6-4 overall, 6-1 league) also won the Trustees’ Cup for the fifth time in six years. The Cup is awarded to the winner of the nation’s fifth-oldest rivalry. This was the 119th meeting between the two schools.
Widener to host Salisbury in NCAA second round
Ninth-ranked Widener will return to Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium for another home game as it battles No. 11 Salisbury in the second round of the Division III NCAA tournament on Saturday, Nov. 24. The kickoff will be at noon.
Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. No complimentary tickets are available and all need to pay admission to gain entrance. Widener (10-0 overall, 8-0 MAC) is making its 13th trip to the NCAA tournament and its first since 2007, when it last won the Middle Atlantic Conference prior to this season. The Pride are 16-10 in the tournament with two national championships (1977, 1981).
Widener is also on a 13-game winning streak at Leslie C. Quick Stadium, one shy of the stadium record from 2000-02. Today marks the third consecutive week the squad has a home contest. The Pride advanced thanks to last Saturday’s 44-14 victory over Bridgewater State in the first round.
Villanova to face Stony Brook in first round of FCS playoffs
Villanova will battle Stony Brook on Saturday, Nov. 24 in the first round of the FCS playoffs. The Wildcats (8-3) will visit Stony Brook (9-2) at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. The kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.
Andy Talley, Villanova head football coach, is leading the Wildcats into the postseason for the 10th time in his career, including the fourth time in the last five years. This year’s selection marks the second time since 2009 that the Wildcats have gone into the Division I Football Championship as the CAA automatic bid.
Temple’s Harris, McManus earn Big East honors
Temple running back Montel Harris and placekicker/punter Brandon McManus who helped the Owls to a record-setting victory at Army, have earned Big East Conference honors. Harris was named the offensive player of the week.
In Temple’s 63-32 win at Army, Harris recorded his fourth 100-yard performance as an Owl. He led the Owls in rushing with a career-high 351 yards and a career-best seven touchdowns, both Big East and school records, on 36 carries. He had 173 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in the first half alone. It marked the 26th 100-yard rushing game of his career (fourth at Temple, 22 at Boston College) which leads the nation. It also marked the first 300-yard rushing performance of his career.
In nine games, Harris is the Owls’ leading rusher with 948 yards and 12 touchdowns on 165 carries. He is also the team scoring leader with 72 points. Harris also leads the Big East Conference in rushing and scoring. In the NCAA stats, Harris is No. 25 in rushing (105.33), No. 49 in scoring (8.00) and No. 49 in all-purpose running (117.78).
With his fourth PAT in the second quarter, McManus became Temple’s career scoring leader, surpassing former running back Bernard Pierce (2007-09) who finished with 324 career points. He finished the game with a school record nine PAT made and a school record nine PAT attempts on the day and now has 330 career points. He is also Temple’s career leader in field goals made (58), field goal attempts (81), and punting average (45.4).
McManus also kicked off a career-high 10 times for a career-best 648 yards against Army. In 10 games, McManus is 30-of-31 in PAT and 12-of-15 in field goals. He is second in team scoring with 66 points. His kickoffs average 63.6 yards. McManus leads the Big East Conference in punting (45.2). In the NCAA stats, McManus is No. 8 in punting (45.16) and No. 45 in field goals (1.20).
Temple (4-6 overall, 2-4 league) closes out the conference schedule with Syracuse (6-5 overall, 4-2 league) on Friday, Nov. 23 at Lincoln Financial Field. The kickoff is set for 11 a.m.