College Notebook: Solid start for Bobcats' Blanchette

Brendon Blanchette was named a preseason Division III All American by USA Football News, and the start to his senior season with Frostburg State University is backing that up.

Blanchette (Francis Scott Key) leads the Bobcats with 28 tackles and 20 solo takedowns through two games, helping them to a 1-1 start. His 28 tackles rank second in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference.

The defensive back recorded a team-best 11 tackles in Frostburg's season-opening 56-53 win over Geneva. He followed with a game-best 17 tackles, including one for a loss, in Saturday's 21-7 loss to Waynesburg.

At the end of last year, Blanchette was named a third-team All-American and a second-team All-Empire 8 pick after leading the team and ranking ninth in the conference with 90 tackles.

He has started the Bobcats' last 13 games in the secondary.

WEEKLY HONOR I: Sophomore Shane McCracken (Liberty), of the McDaniel College men's soccer team, earned Centennial Conference co-Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 3-9.

McCracken scored five goals on the week to lead the Green Terror (2-3), who went 1-2 during that stretch. McCracken had a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Goucher on Sept. 5 before tallying McDaniel's only goal in a 3-1 loss to No. 2 York and a 2-1 defeat to William Paterson.

With team highs of seven goals and 14 points through just five games this season, McCracken has already surpassed his team-leading scoring total of five goals from 2011.

WEEKLY HONOR II: Sophomore Meghan Sturgill (Winters Mill) of the McDaniel women's soccer team took Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for Sept. 3-9.

Sturgill led the Terror to two wins to start the year with two goals and an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over Ferrum. They were her first two career tallies. Sturgill added three shots in a season-opening 4-0 win over Marymount.

She is tops on the team with five points and 12 shots during McDaniel's first 3-0 start in 10 seasons.

PRIDEFUL WIN: It didn't take long this season for Ryan Throndset (Century) to earn his first career win after an 0-10 freshman campaign as Greensboro College's starting quarterback.

The Pride started Throndset's sophomore season with a victory, winning 14-13 at Guilford. The former Times all-countian completed 15 of 28 attempts for 254 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in the victory.

During Greensboro's 1-1 start, Throndset is 30-for-55 for 428 yards, two touchdowns and four picks.

He completed 55.4 percent of his passes for 1,529 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions on the way to being named a USA South honorable mention as a freshman.

BLAZING START: Even though the Hood College women's soccer team has struggled to a 1-3 start, freshman Jessie Herbert (Century) has begun her college career well.

Herbert leads the Blazers with three goals in starting the first four games of the fall, accounting for one-third of the team's scoring so far.

Herbert scored Hood's lone goal in a season-opening loss to Greensboro before following with two goals in the Blazers' 8-0 win over Trinity (D.C.) on Sept. 1.

TOP COMPETITION: The McDaniel men's and women's golf teams opened the fall playing against higher-level competition in two different tournaments.

Senior Morgan Koopman (Finksburg/McDonogh) tied for 63rd overall, sophomore Alise McNutt finished 72nd and sophomore Katie Pass (Winters Mill) took 75th to lead the Terror women, who placed 14th out of 15 teams at last weekend's Bucknell Fall Invitational. McDaniel was the lone Division III team in the field.

Sophomore Cody Mewhirter (North Carroll) and freshman Steve Tanen tied for 50th at the Navy Fall Classic, leading the Terror men to 14th out of 15 teams. The other 14 teams at the tourney were Division I schools.