A number of Warren County graduates are listed on college football rosters this fall, including punter Colter Johnson, a Warren Area High School graduate entering his senior season at Division I University of Massachusetts. UMass opens on Saturday at No. 23 Wisconsin at noon on the Big Ten Network.
In July, Johnson was named to the Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List as announced by the Augusta Sports Council. Johnson becomes the first Minuteman in program history to earn a spot on a preseason FBS award watch list. The Ray Guy Award honors the nation's top collegiate punter with Johnson being one of 25 candidates announced.
Earlier this preseason, Johnson was named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) 2013 Punter Trophy Watch List and to the Phil Steele Preseason All Mid-American Conference Team.
After averaging 43.6 yards per punt last season to lead the MAC, Johnson was one of three UMass players to earn All-MAC honors being picked to the third team.
He finished his first campaign at UMass with 66 punts for 2,880 yards with 19 punts going 50-or-more yards. He showed his ability to put opposing offenses in tough situations by dropping 16 punts inside the Red Zone.
A native of Warren, Johnson began his collegiate career at Alfred State (N.Y.), where he handled punting and place kicking duties. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder was one of the top special team's players in the NJCAA in his two years with the Pioneers.
In addition to Johnson, Youngsville graduates Sawyer Dininny, Jordan Gurdak and T.J. Hardy, and Warren's Chris McNeal, are at Edinboro; Eisenhower's Cody Crosby is a senior punter at Gannon; Warren's T.J. Latimer, a linebacker at Mercyhurst; Eisenhower's John Pascuzzi at Clarion; Warren's Bobby Atkins at Geneva; Eisenhower's Aaron Lundmark at Grove City; and Eisenhower's Nate O'Brien at Lock Haven.
Eisenhower High School graduate Kelsey Repke is a freshman defender on the Division III Pitt-Bradford women's volleyball team.
Sheffield Area High School graduate Hannah Vile is listed as a freshman setter on the Lycoming College women's volleyball team.
Pete Hofert had the nine-hole low gross of 37, and Bob Howles the low net of 34, on Tuesday in the Youngsville Area Senior Golf League at Maplehurst Country Club.
Frank Suppa had two birdies, and Dave Peck, Henry Beitsinger, Bob Waterman, Bob Petroline and Bob Bires added one birdie each.
The season's second-half winner if Team 14, consisting of Dave Dibble, John Holthouse, Emil Bundy and John McKinney.
The league championship is set for Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Over 30 playoffs
Here are the final standings, this week's playoff schedule, and home run leaders for the Over 30 Modified Softball League, playing Tuesdays at Betts Park (Tuesday's playoff games were postponed to Thursday):
CMFS/The Bucket 13-3
Mangione Beverage 13-3
Crescent Beer 9-7
Klenowski Law 8-8
Accent Staffing 7-9
Kwik Fill 12-4
S&K Scope Mounts 9-7
Club Buck 1-15
This week's schedule (August 29)
6:00 p.m.: (B Division) Club Buck vs. S&K Scope Mounts, Betts; Freddie's vs. American Legion, Foley (Byes: Kwik Fill, Buckhorn)
7:30 p.m.: (A Division) Bullpen vs. Crescent Beer, Betts; Accent Staffing vs. Klenowski Law, Foley (Byes: CMFS/The Bucket, Mangione)
Home run leaders (games submitted to newspaper): Tim Munksgard (Mangione) 13, Nick Bryan (S&K) 10, Scott Chase (Mangione) 7.
Here is the varsity slate of action for county fall sports teams and athletes for Monday, August 26 through Saturday, August 31:
Girls Golf: Warren at McDowell
Boys Golf: Eisenhower at Franklin, 11 a.m.
Football: East at Warren, 7 p.m.
Eisenhower at Mercer, 7 p.m.
Fairview at Youngsville, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: WCCS at Meadville Calvary Baptist, 6 p.m.
Girls Soccer: Titusville at Warren, 11 a.m.
Volleyball: Warren at Fort LeBoeuf Tournament, 9 a.m.
Eisenhower at Cambridge Springs, TBA
Cross Country: Eisenhower at McDowell Invitational, 8:40 a.m.
Football: Kane at Sheffield, 1:30 p.m.