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September 19, 2003
Vol. 45 No. 2

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Kodack and Gibboney honored

Senior linebacker/punter Dennis Kodack was selected the Middle Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after leading the Crusader football team to a 27-6 victory at Widener on Saturday, while sophomore free safety Ben Gibboney has been named the Middle Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Kodack averaged 36.3 yards on six punts, including four straight inside the 20 yard line in the second half, to keep Widener pinned in its territory all day. Kodack's punts left Widener starting at its 2, 14, 18 and 9 while trying to come back from a 21-6 halftime deficit.

Kodack is seventh in the conference in punting with an average of 37.6 yards on eight punts, with five of those eight punts downed the opponents 20-yard line.

Gibboney earned Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career after intercepting two passes and forcing a fumble to snap Wideners 14-game home winning streak.

For the season, Gibboney leads the Crusaders with 13 tackles, including 11 solo, and is among the conference leaders with four pass breakups in two games.

Hall of Famers to be inducted

The Susquehanna Sports Hall of Fame will increase to 159 on Saturday when five new members are inducted during ceremonies at halftime of the Crusaders Homecoming football game against Moravian.

The five inductees are Gerry Drabina '70, Scott Gabel 84, Jodi Henry 91 Hoover, Andy Watkins 93 and Kristie Maravalli 93.

Drabina was a four-year letterwinner on defense for the Crusader football team from 1966 to 1969, and earned Little All-America honors. Drabina was a three-time ECAC Division III All-Star and was named to the All-State team.

Gabel earned four letters as a forward on the Crusader mens basketball team from 1980-81 to 1983-84 and finished his career sixth in school history in scoring with 1,414 points and ninth in rebounding with 640 boards. Gabel was a Middle Atlantic Conference North Division First-Team All-Star selection in both 1982-83 and 1983-84.

Hoover received the Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete Award in 1991 after helping the Crusaders to a then-school record 23 victories during the 1990 season.

She was a four-year letterwinner and led the team with 243 digs during her senior season while tallying 144 kills and 39 aces, and earned MAC Northwest Section All-Star honors.

Watkins was a four-year letterwinner in both football and wrestling. He received the Blair Heaton Award in 1993 after earning All-American honors in both sports. In 1992, Watkins became the first defensive player to earn MAC Player of the Year honors since 1988.

In wrestling, Watkins was a two-time All-American at 190 pounds, finishing third in the nation in 1991. He was a three-time MAC champion, capturing gold at 190 pounds as a sophomore and junior and adding a heavyweight title as a senior.

Maravalli was a four-year letterwinner in both basketball and track and field. She received the Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete Award in 1993. In basketball, she led the Crusaders to three straight MAC Northwest League titles and three consecutive trips to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

In track and field, Maravalli set then school records as she ran 1:02.7 in the 400 meters and 51.64 seconds on the Crusaders 4x100 relay team.



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