Carlson Earns First-Team All-MAC

By Jay Young

Jasen Carlson (Lakewood/Southwestern) has ended his career for the University of Buffalo Bulls with honors.

Despite suffering a broken leg on Oct. 19 against Massachusetts, Carlson was named to the all-Mid-American Conference first team as an offensive guard following the Bulls’ 8-4 season.

After playing in 14 games as a freshman and sophomore, Carlson became a pillar of the Bulls front line as a junior and senior and was also named a team captain.

Carlson’s impressive results at the college level started after a successful high school career under Southwestern coach Jay Sirianni.

In 2009 Carlson was named the New York State Sportswriters Association co-Class C Player of the year for the Trojans.

As a senior for the Bulls, Carlson has been selected to speak at the Trench Trophy Award Banquet, which honors the best high school lineman from Western New York.

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Cody Crosby (Russell, Pa./Eisenhower) finished off his football career at Gannon University with a historic season, both on and off the field.

After competing for a spot as the Golden Knight’s starting punter as a junior last season, Crosby continued his kicking success into 2013.

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Presenting a perfect 4.0 GPA as a mechanical engineering major, he is the first Gannon student/athlete in school history to be selected to two consecutive Academic All-American teams.

After being selected to the AAA second-team as a junior, Crosby was elevated to first-team honors after this year’s season.

Crosby notched a cumulative punt average of 41 yards for the Golden Knights in 2013. The team finished with a record of 6-5 in NCAA Division II while playing in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

He is the son of Ken and Sherrie Crosby of Russell.

Alex Grace (Bemus Point/Maple Grove) is already having an impressive start at guard for the Fredonia State Blue Devils in his first season.

The son of Kathy and Tim Grace of Bemus Point, Grace began his athletic career at Maple Grove High School as a standout in both football and basketball.

As an incoming transfer, Grace has started all six games for the Blue Devils, who stand at 2-4 in the SUNYAC.

He is averaging eight points in more than 25 minutes per game, and has added five steals and 17 assists.

The Blue Devils will be back in action at 8 tonight in Steele Hall against SUNY New Paltz.

Rob Rappole (Raleigh N.C./Maple Grove) and his father, Doc, both entered the 2013 Raleigh 8K Turkey Trot, and finished with impressive results.

Rob placed fourth overall with a time of 29:05, and first in the 25-29 age group, while Doc also finished first in the 60-64 age group with a time of 32:35.

Rob is a 2004 graduate of Maple Grove High School where he excelled in cross country under his father, who has had remarkable success through the years.

Jennie Thies (Lakewood/Southwestern) is a member of the Gannon (Pa.) University women’s basketball team, which is ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Sports Top 25.

As a sophomore, she is averaging 3.8 points per game and getting consistent minutes off the Lady Golden Knights’ bench.

Thies is currently the all-time leading scorer for the Lady Trojans.

Gannon currently sits in first place at 7-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.