Few Choice Words: Nov. 30

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 4:55 PM

As the final fall sport, women’s volleyball, awaits their NCAA tournament fate, other teams have entered the offseason.

Men’s football impressed all, proving their early season success was no fluke, losing only two games all season. Nationally ranked programs IUP and Cal University would ultimately get the best of the Scots.

Earning PSAC West honors upon the year’s completion, head coach Justin Lustig represented this year’s coach of the year, while freshman Ta’Nauz Gregory was the freshman of the year, thanks to his impressive showing with the special teams unit. They would finish seventh as a team in the concluding Super Region One rankings.

Quarterback Jake Sisson set school records in multiple categories. Breaking Edinboro alumni and CFL player Trevor Harris’ previous record for passing yards in a season by nearly 300, Sisson would couple that with improving on Harris’ touchdowns in a single season record by 11.

Following the loss of the former Edinboro female athlete of the year, Jensen Hartmann, the women’s soccer team surely represented the motto “next woman up.”

Seniors Alex Brown, Shannon Regan and Grace Kereky, the elder statesman, helped a relatively young squad through the tough grind that the season can be, managing to stay in the national spotlight throughout a campaign where health was a constant problem.

Unable to finish their season on a high note, Edinboro’s cross country team did more for a faltering program then anything else. After a tumultuous divide stemming from a bad reflection of the program as a whole, the Rick Hammer era can finally be put to rest.

Thanks to an encouraging first year as the Scots head coach, Ryan Foster and assistant Kara Foster, have set themselves up nicely for recruitment and runner development alike.

Winter is Coming

With the talent to make a splash in the eventual PSAC tournament, the women’s basketball team boasts the most promising young star in the PSAC, Michelle Jahn, and the perfect engine to run coach Stan Swank’s offense in Katie Fischer.

Other key pieces include Jontay Walton, Michaela Barnes, and Ciara Rosten, all of which are playing their first season in a Scots uniform.

On the men’s side, Jaymon Mason could be the best overall talent in the PSAC, but he needs some help. Once again, some of that will have to come from newly acquired players like Jack Frank and Andre Frederick.

Adjustments will be the mantra throughout the season as both teams search for a sustainable unit, efficient on both sides of the ball.

A shaky start of the season for Edinboro wrestling has put them at 0-3 for the season so far.

A career performance from Billy Miller against Lehigh puts him into national contention even more so than before. Along with Sean Russell, Patricio Lugo, Austin Matthews, and Miller, the Scots could potentially place even more wrestlers in the national rankings.

Impressive debuts from redshirt freshman Korbin Myers and true freshman Ozzy Lugo have bolstered weak spots in the lineup.

The Mike Kowal Indoor Multi here at our own Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Dome will signify the start of the indoor track and field season. 

— Michael Lantinen 

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