Juniata football players receive honors

ROSELAND, N.J. U.S.A. College Football recently announced its 2014 Division III Pre-Season All-Americans and it has a local flavor to it.

Juniata College senior fullback Josh Gongloff, a Bellwood-Antis High School graduate, senior linebacker Ethan Wilt of Altoona, senior tight end Kyle Schuck, senior wide receiver Isaiah Slutter and senior quarterback Ward Udinski have all earned Honorable Mention status.

All five men were members of the 2013 Juniata football team that:

n completed a 7-4 season, the first winning season for the Eagles since 1999.

n went 6-3 in Centennial Conference play.

n reclaimed the Goal Post trophy from Susquehanna University.

n participated in a post-season bowl for the first time since 1973 when the Eagles took on Albright College in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Southwest Bowl Championship.

“We have nine starters returning on offense and you can contribute the success of these four offensive guys to the entire offense,” Juniata coach Tim Launtz said. “They’ve been able to standout because of the success of the overall offense and we view that as a very strong part of this football team going into the season.”

Gongloff, Schuck, Slutter, and Udinski all earned second-team All-Centennial honors for the 2013 season. Wilt was selected to the honorable mention defensive team. All told, the 2013 team earned eight all-league selections, including three graduates from the Eagles defense and the Defensive Player of the Year, and Launtz and his staff earned coach of the year honors.

“Ethan Wilt is a three-year starter and Ethan will provide the leadership and guidance that I feel is necessary in replacing the individuals that have graduated from last years’ team,” Launtz said. “This honor for Ethan demonstrates that we have had success overall as a team and a defense and people recognize Ethan’s contributions.”

Schuck, Slutter, Udinski, and Wilt were named the four 2014 team captains for the upcoming season.

“Ward Udinski has been instrumental in developing the culture of this team,” said Launtz. “Isaiah, and Kyle, and (Josh) – they all play a very major role by the way they approach things as individuals and that results in our team having the success that it has had.

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LORETTO – The Saint Francis University women’s basketball team starts its international preseason tour to Italy on Aug. 3, but first the Flash will hold two practices open to the public inside DeGol Arena this Friday and Saturday.

Fans have the opportunity to watch the Red Flash practice four times in preparation for its three games overseas. The practices are on Friday from 1-3:30 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. and 2-4 p.m.