SU Sports a Family Affair
With the help of some special sports siblings, Susquehanna is excelling on the court, track and turf.
As a member of Susquehanna’s champion men’s cross country team, David Haklar ’11 has reason to gloat. The team won back-to-back championships in the Landmark Conference this season and last, giving the entire team some bragging rights. But as a quadruplet, Haklar has plenty of family members around to keep him grounded, none closer than his brother Greg ’11, who competes alongside him in men’s track & field. The Coopersburg, Pa., brothers have made positive impacts on the track & field and cross country teams. “We have always competed in different events, myself as a runner and Greg as a thrower,” says David. “Growing up, our family was open to letting us choose our own sports. They come to every meet we have. Sometimes I think they like it more than we do.”
Greg, whose career aspiration is to work for the FBI, says, “When visiting schools, I found the environment at Susquehanna better than the others we looked at, and being able to play sports was a huge plus.”
Natalie Cicioni ’12 decided to attend Susquehanna for many of the same reasons, not to mention the fact that her sister, Jessica ’10, was already here playing volleyball and majoring in biology, just as she planned to do.
“Jess has really helped me make the transition to college life. Playing volleyball with her is just an added bonus,” says Natalie. However, being listed at the same position on the women’s volleyball roster could give the Frackville, Pa., siblings plenty of reasons to squabble over playing time. But head volleyball coach John “Kuuipo” Tom has a way of averting such conflicts. “I don’t have them compete for the same position, but instead interchange them for that position [middle hitter],” says Tom. “When they’re out on the court, the positives heavily outweigh the negatives; they’re both genetically wired for this game.”
Coming off a program-best 27 victories in 2008, the Susquehanna volleyball team will lose just one senior for next season. With the Cicioni sisters back on the hardwood, all signs point to another successful campaign.
Twins Bryan and Erich Majors ’10, of Harrisburg, Pa., have more than just looks in common. They are both used to good grades and success in sports.
While growing up, Bryan and Erich were held to certain academic standards. “We had to focus on the books first,” says Bryan, “but at the same time, our parents were our biggest fans and never missed a game.”
Playing on the same basketball team at Harrisburg High School, the brothers often played one-on-one at the end of practices. “(Erich) still thinks he can get the best of me. We both played point guard and played the game the same way,” Bryan says. “We may be each other’s biggest critics, but we’re also each other’s biggest fans.”
At Susquehanna, Erich has improved in every football season, going from two to 35 to 45 tackles this past year, which tied for sixth on the team. “Erich has twice as many big hits as any other player,” says head football coach Steve Briggs. “The neat thing is that, off the field, he’s a genuine, polite young man.”
In turn, Bryan is excelling on the basketball court as SU’s starting point guard for the third straight season. He is one of the top Landmark Conference assists men, and his tenacious defense is a key component of the team’s success.
Contributing writers to Scoreboard are Robert Edward Healy III, Cory Prescott ‘10 and Kelly Stemcosky ‘11.