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College Notebook: Braun, Bassler wrapping up WVU careers

Offensive linemen Jeff Braun and John Bassler have taken part in one of the most prosperous stretches in the history of the West Virginia University football program, and their time with the team will come to a close a little more than two weeks from now.

Braun, a Winters Mill graduate, and Bassler, a Francis Scott Key grad, end their collegiate careers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., on Dec. 29. Kickoff is set for 3:15 p.m. and the game will be aired on ESPN.

It will mark the end to an up-and-down final season with the Mountaineers (7-5), who rose as high as fifth in the Associated Press Top 25 after a 5-0 start before tumbling out of the poll with a five-game losing streak.

West Virginia rebounded to finish strong and qualify for the postseason by winning its final two games.

Braun and Bassler have experienced far more highs than lows with the Mountaineers, however.

This year's senior class has been a part of 35 WVU wins, two Big East championships, two nine-win seasons, a 10-win season, and four bowl appearances, including the 2012 Orange Bowl victory.

Braun, who graduated from the school on Dec. 9, has appeared in 49 games in his career, starting the last 38. He has started every game he's played the last three seasons. This year, the senior right guard leads the Mountaineers' offensive line with 58 knockdowns and has been on the field for 884 of the team's 940 plays.

With that performance, he was named an All-Big 12 honorable mention by the Associated Press.

Bassler, West Virginia's backup center, has appeared in 31 games in his career, including six this season.

ALL-DECADE BUBB: In celebrating the Middle Atlantic Conference's 100th anniversary, the league recognized the top athletes from each sport from each era.

And Elizabethtown College's Holly Bubb (North Carroll) was named to the MAC100 Volleyball Century Team for the era of 2003-11.

Bubb earned her spot by being named All Mid-Atlantic Region and an AVCA All-America honorable mention in 2010. She was named Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year that season, and was a second-team All-Commonwealth pick in 2011. This season, she was an all-conference honorable mention.

She ended her career with the ninth-most kills in program history.

ORANGE LINDE: Maura Linde (Century), one of the most decorated runners in county history, had a solid sophomore cross country season with the Syracuse University women's team.

Linde participated in two races, helping the Orange place fifth out of 14 teams at the Toledo Bubble Buster on Sept. 21 and also running at the Oct. 19 John Reif Invitational.

Linde finished 113th out of 172 participants at the Bubble Buster before taking 12th out of 54 runners at the John Reif Invitational.

Syracuse went on to place sixth out of 16 teams at the Big East Championship and sixth out of 37 teams at the NCAA Northeast Regional.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman Shivaughn Wiggins, of the Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team, has been named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week.

Wiggins posted eight points, six assists and no turnovers while playing a season-high 26 minutes in the Mountaineers' 72-65 win over Navy Friday.

Overall, Wiggins is averaging 5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 17 minutes per game this season. He has a 3.67-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio while he has committed just four turnovers in 119 minutes of action on the year.

Wiggins is the 18th Mount player to earn NEC Rookie of the Week honors.

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