WILLIAMSPORT - After earning honorable mention All-American honors as a sophomore, Lycoming College football junior Zack Czap, a Philipsburg-Osceola graduate, has earned his first career preseason All-American honors, as Beyond Sports College Network placed him on the website's third team as a placekicker.
Czap, who earned his first postseason All-American honors from Beyond Sports as a sophomore, was the Middle Atlantic Conference's top placekicker in 2011. He led the MAC in scoring by kickers at 7.3 points per game and added a league-topping 12 made field goals. Czap, a First Team All-MAC kicker in 2011 and a second team punter, hit the longest field goal in the MAC during the season, canning a 45-yarder at Stevenson.
He nailed his last nine attempts of the year, all of which came in conference play. He also earned three MAC Special Teams of the Week awards, giving him five in his career.
As a punter, Czap, who was a First Team All-MAC punter as a freshman, finished sixth in the league with a 33.0 yard average, but he booted 16 of his 49 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Two Flash recognized
LORETTO - The Beyond Sports College Network announced its preseason All-American team this week with a pair of members from the St. Francis University football team.
The Beyond Sports College Network placed both Kyle Harbridge and Anthony Bowman on its honorable mention preseason All-American squad after both posted big numbers in 2011. Harbridge set a new SFU single-season rushing record in 2011 with 1,430-yards on the ground while Bowman missed the school record in tackles by one with a Northeast Conference-leading 141 stops.
"Both Kyle and Anthony had excellent seasons in 2011 and are very deserving of this honor," football coach Chris Villarrial said. "We need both of them to continue to progress in 2012 so that we can continue to grow as a program."
The Red Flash open the season Sept. 1 with a road game at James Madison.
Kirsch can't qualify
SOMERSET - Central Cambria's Max Kirsch failed to qualify for the USGA U.S. Junior Amateur at Somerset County Club.
Kirsch, a senior, carded a 155 and finished 14 strokes off of the leader, Slippery Rock's Brett Rinker.