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Ruisch ends SU career with 9,186 passing yards

Several former Parkland School District area athletes competed on college athletic teams during the fall 2022 season. Some are in their fourth or fifth year of postsecondary education and missed entire seasons in 2021 due to the pandemic. On the other hand, many freshmen and sophomores are competing for playing time with graduate students and fifth-year seniors. Here’s a look at some former Trojans who are now competing at the next level.

Susquehanna University graduate student Micheal Ruisch passed for 2,536 yards in 2022, eclipsing the 2,000-yard threshold for the third straight season. The regular season, the former Trojan completed 180 of 300 attempts and 22 touchdowns. He posted a 146.54 passer rating this fall. He’s passed for 9,186 yards in 44 games over four seasons. He threw 89 TD passes in his college career, while also running for 885 yards and 18 scores. The River Hawks (10-1 overall; 9-0 Centennial Conference) won their league title and before falling in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Freshman linebacker Jesse Ruisch played in nine games for the River Hawks, making 27 tackles (19 solo), including 3.5 tackles for loss. Parkland graduate Jackson Reed is also on the roster at Susquehanna listed as a freshman wide receiver.

A group of former Trojans were part of the East Stroudsburg University football team this fall. Graduate student Jahan Worth used his fifth year of eligibility to play for the Warriors after spending his first four college seasons at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. In his career with the Dukes, Worth played in 32 games and made 102 tackles (64 solo). He earned All-NEC First Team honors in the fall of 2021 and was a second-team all-league selection in the five-game spring season in 2021. He was second on the team at ESU this fall with 82 tackles (38 solo), including 8 tackles for loss for the Warriors (4-7 overall; 3-4 PSAC). Wide receiver JT Siggins was second on the team with 24 receptions for 322 yards and three touchdowns. The sophomore’s longest catch of the season was a 58-yard grab in the season-opener. He averaged 13.42 yards per catch and 29.27 per game this season for the Warriors. Place-kicker Devin Bartholomew made 17 of 23 field goal attempts this fall at East Stroudsburg University. The redshirt junior’s longest of the season was a 50-yard boot at Seton Hill on Sept. 10. The former Trojan averaged 60.9 yards per kick off with 14 touchbacks in 51 kicks offs this fall. East Stroudsburg University defensive lineman Jared Fenstermaker had made three tackles this season for the Warriors, including one tackle for loss.

Sophomore wide receiver Jordan Lewis caught 19 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns this season for the Moravian College football team. The former Trojan multisport athlete also threw a touchdown pass for 17 yards against Ursinus last month.

Two former Trojans played on the Wilkes University football team’s defense in 2022. Angel Ramos was third on the team in tackles this fall. The defensive lineman had team-highs in tackles for loss (15 for 69 yards), sacks (10 for 60 yards) and forced fumbles (3) for the Colonels (7-3 overall; 5-3 MAC). He was third on the team with 58 tackles (23 solo). Over two seasons Ramos has 96 tackles (38 solo), 24 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. Adam Piston played in 10 games in 2022. He made 42 tackles (23 solo), including 8.5 for loss. The senior defensive lineman also scored the first touchdown of his college career when he recovered a fumble in the end zone in the season opener against Keystone.

Sophomore quarterback Tanner Lewis played in nine games at Lebanon Valley College this fall. He completed 62 of 108 passes and threw a pair of touchdowns. He also ran for 255 yards on 54 carries with two rushing touchdowns. Freshman center Adler Billig was also on the Dutchmen’s football roster this season.

Five former Trojan football players were on the roster at Franklin and Marshall College this fall.

Dante Medlar played in all 10 games for the Diplomats, making 37 tackles (23 solo). The junior defensive back also made three interceptions and broke up a pair of passes in 2022. Ty Tremba played in eight games and competed 112 of 181 passes (61.9 percent) for 1,633 yards and 10 touchdowns. The freshman quarterback also ran the ball 99 times for 200 yards and four scores. Luke Dauberman, a junior defensive back, played in eight games and made one tackled. In three seasons Dauberman has played in 16 games and made 13 tackles. Nick Johnston, a junior wide receiver, played in three games this fall and has played in four during his career at F&M. Nico Medlar, a freshman linebacker, appeared in six games in his first season in Lancaster County. he made one assisted tackle.

Offensive lineman Kobe Thomas played in 10 games this fall for the University at Albany football team. The junior has played in 38 games over four season, including 10 or more games every season except the pandemic-shortented 2020 season. Brock Boyer, a freshman defensive lineman, was also on the Great Danes’ roster this fall.

Andrew Kalifi, a freshman linebacker, appread in one game for the Colgate University football team this past fall. he made one assisted tackle in the game against Fordham on Nov. 19.

Sophomore wide receiver Bryan Monge played in nine games this season at Moravian. He caught 11 passes for 85 yards.

Sophomore linebacker Connor Neith played in two games for the Muhlenberg College football team in 2022.

Freshman offensive lineman Marko Galetovic played in two games this season for the Kings College football team.

Two former Parkland football players helped Delaware Valley University to one of its best seasons in school history. Sophomore wide receiver Luan Avdijaj played in 11 games and caught 7 passes for 59 yards and one touchdown. Freshman linebacker Jayden Sanchez was also on the Aggies’ roster this fall. Delaware Valley went 12-1 to tie a program record for wins. The Aggies posted an undefeated regular season in which they took the Middle Atlantic Conference title before advancing to the NCAA Division III playoffs and beating Gallaudet and Randolph Macon before falling to perennial Division III powerhouse Mount Union in the quarterfinal round

Junior midfielder Alex Wilsterman played in 15 games and started nine for the Bloomsburg University mens soccer team. He scored two goals this fall while helping the Huskies go 14-5-1 overall and 8-3-1 in the PSAC East before losing to Mercyhurst in league title game. Freshman forward Zach Morales was also part of the team, playing in six games in his first college season.

A pair of former Trojans are teammates on the Lock Haven University mens soccer team. Connor Burke played in 17 games and made 16 starts for the. A defender, Burke scored one goal this season and has two over his three-season career, which includes 47 games played and 38 starts. Defender/midfielder Justin Douglas played in 15 games in 2022 and made two starts. He has also played in 47 games over three season while making 24 starts. Douglas has scored one career goal.

Freshman Will Wagstaff played in 19 games and made 12 starts for the Wilkes University mens soccer team in 2022. The midfielder scored two goals and assisted on two others in his first season with the Colonel.

Freshman defender Anthony Cusumano played in eight games for the DeSales University mens soccer team this fall, registering one shot while logging 165 minutes.

Freshman defender Evan Davidson played in 18 games this fall for the Kings College mens soccer team.

Two former Trojans were part of the Penn State University field hockey team in 2022. Senior Brie Barraco was honored as a first team All-Region pick after earning second team laurels a year ago. The Nittany Lion goalie ended 2022 with 91 saves, a .791 percentage and eight shutouts. Barraco was a first team All-Big Ten selection this year and was on the 2022 All-Big Ten Tournament Team. She’s started 75 games over four seasons in State College with 350 careers saves and a .749 career save percentage while giving up an average of just 1.54 goals per game. Red-shirt freshman forward Aubrey Semler played in 10 games this fall and took eight shots with three shots on goal. The Lions went 17-4 overall and 7-1 in the Big 10 in 2022, reaching the NCAA semifinals before losing to eventual champ North Carolina.

Two former Trojans competed on the Temple University field hockey team this fall. Junior Maddie Molchany played in 19 games and made 18 starts for the. The forward scored two goals and assisted on one for the Owls in 2022. Junior defender Olivia Viccari played in 16 games and scored three goals this fall.

Freshman defender Emily Ervin played in 18 games and made 14 starts in her first season on the Misericordia University field hockey team. She scored a pair of goals and assisted on one for the Cougars.

Freshman defender Carolina Catilao-Sanchez played in eight field hockey games this fall at Moravian College, recording one shot in her first season with the Greyhounds.

Junior defender Erica Steele played in 16 games and made 15 starts for the Lehigh University field hockey team this fall. The former Trojan played 917 minutes in her third season in Bethlehem. For her career she’s played in 34 games and made 18 starts while scoring two goals, both in 2021.

Freshman forward/midfielder Makayla Brunnabend played in five games this fall for the Millersville University field hockey team, helping the Maruaders go 16-5 overall and reach the PSAC title game and NCAA Division II Regional.

Freshman goalie Tess Garchinsky played in four games and made two starts this fall for the West Chester University field hockey team. The former Trojan made 12 saves in 295 minutes of action while going 2-1 for the (15-5 overall; 6-3 PSAC). West Chester lost in the PSAC quarterfinals before going on to beat Adelphi University in the first round of the NCAA quarterfinals then falling to conference rival Shippensburg in the semifinals.

Lehigh University seniors Madison Zaun and Riley Williamson were both part of the Mountain Hawks’ cross country teams this fall. Zaun was the womens team’s top runner in several meets in 2022. She finished third on the team and 48th overall at the ECAC Championships last month. She was third on the team and 28th overall at the Patriot League Championships and fourth on the team and 85th overall at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. The Mountain Hawks finished 15th at a team at regionals and fourth as a team at the league championships. Williamson finished 88th at last month’s Patriot League Cross Country Championships. The former Trojan ran a time of 22:29.7 over 8,050 meters to help the Mountain Hawks finish sixth as a team.

Kutztown University junior Julianna Elsesser competed on the Golden Bear Cross Country team this fall. She finished 30th overall out of 203 runners at the DeSales Invitational last month and was 33rd at KU’s Division II/III Challenge. The former Trojan made the Dean’s List during her first two college seasons and has been a PSAC Scholar-Athlete in both seasons.

Freshman Ali Elsesser led the Wilkes womens cross country team with a 118th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional. She ran the 6k in 25:38.16. The former Trojan was second on the team and 77th overall in her first MAC Championship meet in October. She led the Colonels in most meets this season, including a seventh place finish at their Blue and Gold Invitational.

Sophomore Ava Bendetti had a 19th-place finish at the DeSales Invitational this season as part of the Kutztown University cross country team. She also ran to a 35th-place finish at the Paul Short Invitational (White), where 334 runners competed.

Freshman Emily Beers competed for the Millersville University cross country team this fall, finishing 30th at the Alumni 5K and taking 72nd place in the Lock Haven University Invitational.

Freshman Lydia Jenkins-Ford finished 126th at the NCAA Metro Regional Cross Country Championships. She was sixth on her team with a time of 29:29. Jenkins-Ford was also sixth on the team in finishing 89th at the Centennial League Championships in 28:42.1. Former Trojan runner Nathan Reimer (junior) was a member of the Mules mens team in 2022.

Kutztown University junior Logan Iacobelli was the top finisher for the Golden Bear cross country team in a few meets this season. He finished seventh at the Kutztown Division II/III Challenge, was 19th at the Salisbury Fall Classic and was 31st out of 334 runners in the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh, leading his team in all three races.

Matt Santacoloma earned all NCAA All-Region honors as he finished 19th overall at the Division III Metro Regional Cross Country Championships on Nov. 12. The senior ran the race in 26:33 to help DeSales’ mens team finish sixth as a team, its best finish at a regional meet in program history. The senior was 15th overall (third on his team) at the MAC Conference Championships, where DeSales took third overall as a team. This fall was Santacoloma’s third time competing in MAC Championships as he’s been one of the Bulldogs’ top runners throughout his college career. Sophomore Jordan Gallo also competed for the Bulldogs this fall. He ran a season-best time of 33:07.8 at the DeSales Invitational.

Parkland graduate Emma Garchinsky was a member of the Moravian College cross country team this fall.

Former Trojan Kayla Kinney was a member of the Bloomsburg University womens cross country team in 2022. The junior posted a career-best time of 26:01 to take 43rd place at the Lock Haven University Open.

Junior forward Ava Schaller and sophomore midfielder Zoe Schutter were both members of the Lehigh University womens soccer team in 2022. Schaller played in 16 games and made 10 starts. She score three goals on the season and has seven goals and three assists over three years of college soccer. Schutter played in 12 games and made one start while scoring one goal this fall, which came in the Mountain Hawks’ first game of the season, Aug. 25 against Drexel.

Sophomore defender Jocelyn Fowler was on the roster for the Kutztown University field hockey team, which had a successful 2022 season. The Golden Bears made the national Sweet 16 for just the second time in school history while going 11-6-4 overall, marking the 20th straight season the team has won 10 or more games.

Moravian College freshman defender Grace Blenis played in 16 games and started 14 for the Greyhound womens soccer team in 2022. She recorded two shots in her first college season.

Sophomore goal keeper Katey Kunz played in one game this fall for the DeSales University womens soccer team. Freshman midfielder/defender Sarah Janukowicz played in 10 games for the DeSales University womens soccer team in 2022, assisting on one goal while logging 196 minutes in her first season with the Bulldogs.

Kutztown University volleyball player Kat Ferole played in 53 sets (20 matches) and had 35 digs this fall for the Golden Bears (13-12 overall, 7-7 PSAC). The junior also had seven assists, 15 aces and one kill this past season.

Senior Brooke Kratzer played in 21 sets and eight matches this fall for the Bloomsburg University womens volleyball team. The setter was third on the teams with 70 assists in 2022. Over her three seasons with the Huskies the former Trojan played in 104 sets and 37 matches, compiling 398 assists to go along with 30 aces and six career kills.

Freshman Brynn Dreisbach played in 103 sets and 30 matches this fall for the West Chester University womens volleyball team. The outside hitter was second on the team with 263 kills and hitting percentage at .247. She also logged 14 assists and 17 service aces for the Rams (20-11 overall, 8-6 PSAC).

Freshman Jimmy Kelly averaged a team-low 79 strokes in six rounds this fall for the DeSales University golf team. He led the team in most of their events with his lowest rounds of the season being a 75 against Delaware Valley and a 77 at the Golden Oaks Shootout.

Junior Sam Mortazavi and sophomore Jacob Donmoyer each played in one match this fall for the Moravian College golf team.

Editor’s Note: If you know of athletes from the Parkland School District area that competed in fall college athletics and deserve recognition in the Press, please email their name, school and sport to Mike Haines at mhaines@tnonline.com.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Michael Ruisch recently finished his third straight season with over 2,000 passing yards at Susquehanna University.