Alumni Update - Mike Hull (Penn State)

Written by Drew Karpen on .


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State senior Mike Hull has earned another All-America selection, today being named an Associated Press third-Hull PSUteam All-American.

Hull previously was named a second-team All-American by USA Today and a third-team All-American by Scout.

The Big Ten Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year, Hull led the conference with 134 tackles. He was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media, as well as and Hull joins All-American Michael Mauti as recipients of the Big Ten Linebacker of the Year Award, giving LinebackerU two of the award's initial four recipients.

Twenty-one Nittany Lions have earned a total of 24 first, second or third-team All-America honors since 2005. With Hull's USA Today selection, five Penn State linebackers have earned a total of seven first or second-team All-America accolades since 2005: Paul Posluszny (2005-06), Dan Connor (2006-07), Navorro Bowman (2009), Michael Mauti (2012) and Hull (2014).

Hull has been instrumental in helping Penn State rank in the FBS Top 10 in all of the primary statistical categories: rushing defense (1st, 84.8 ypg), total defense (2nd, 269.8 ypg), scoring defense (8th, 17.7 ppg), pass efficiency defense (2nd, 99.71) and third down conversion pct. defense (6th, .301). The Nittany Lions are No. 1 in the Big Ten in rushing, total, scoring and pass efficiency defense.

A senior co-captain, Hull leads the Big Ten in tackles with 134 total tackles (11.2 tpg), averaging at least 1.9 tpg more than every other conference player. He ranks seventh nationally in stops and also leads the Big Ten in tackles in conference games only (96, 12.0 tpg).


Wrestling: Canon-McMillan has two champs at Cumberland Valley Tournament.

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Canon-McMillan had seven wrestlers place among the top four in their weight class at the 19-team Cumberland Valley Kickoff Tournament, held Dec. 5-6.

* Logan Macri won the 106-pound weight class with three pins. He pinned Bayley Oberlander of Bermudian Springs in the title match.

* Dimitri Pihiou placed third in the 113-pound weight class after a 2-0 loss to Cumberland Valley's Will Kaldes in the semifinals.


Hockey: Canon-McMillan finds life at the top is good

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Canon-McMillan hockey team.

"When Terry Virtue took over the reins as Canon McMillan's head coach prior to last season, he stated his goal was to have the Big Macs hockey team compete for state championships every season.

Reasonable enough. The Big Macs were Penguins Cup champions in 2010 and were coming off a respectable 11-6-4 regular season as well as one playoff victory in 2012-13.

Although Virtue doesn't want to start bragging on his team just yet, the Big Macs are 6-2 this season going into tonight's game against Upper St. Clair (2-4)."



Girls Soccer: State title game loss tough for Canon-McMillan

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Canon-McMillan girls soccer team.

2014 1120 CanonMcMillan GSoccer(Photo: Members of the Canon-McMillan team react to the 2-1 loss to Central Bucks West in the PIAA Class AAA girls championship game. Bradley C. Bower/Special to the Post-Gazette)

"It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes in sports two teams can share a championship.

Such an event is not without precedent in Pennsylvania girls high school soccer. In 2007, for instance, South Park and Villa Joseph Marie were declared PIAA Class AA co-champions after playing the state final to a scoreless tie.

This lesson in soccer history is due to Canon McMillan's impressive run in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs, which ended in a 2-1 overtime loss to Central Bucks West in Hershey on Saturday.

Though seeded 10th in the state playoffs, the Big Macs (19-5-1) held a 1-0 lead before allowing a tying goal with 5:50 left in regulation, then lost in overtime, 2-1."