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College Notebook: Kirin coming into his own at Muhlenberg

Muhlenberg's Max Kirin, right, moves the ball against McDaniel on Oct. 21 in Westminster with Kyle Oprisko blocking. Kirin is a sophomore wide receiver and a Liberty High School graduate, and he leads the Mules in receptions.
Muhlenberg's Max Kirin, right, moves the ball against McDaniel on Oct. 21 in Westminster with Kyle Oprisko blocking. Kirin is a sophomore wide receiver and a Liberty High School graduate, and he leads the Mules in receptions. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO)

Max Kirin stood with his brother Spencer and a small cluster of family and friends just off the turf field at Kenneth R. Gill Stadium late Saturday afternoon.

"This is the best field we play on," said Kirin, a wide receiver on Muhlenberg's football team.

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He was referring to the surface at McDaniel College, but perhaps coming home to play a college football game makes it special as well.

Kirin, a Liberty High School graduate, helped the Mules beat the Green Terror 40-13 with seven catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound sophomore leads Muhlenberg (6-2) this season with 31 catches for 386 yards and six TDs.

"It's nice to come down here, because I'm here all the time in the summer," Kirin said. "It's good to come down and get a big win for the team."

Kirin also has two kickoff returns for 65 yards, and six punt returns for 32 yards.

Spencer Kirin saw action Saturday, his third game of the season, and made two tackles on special teams.

"It feels good to finally get out here and make an impact," the younger Kirin said. "It's good to get in the game."

Muhlenberg's roster also features Century grad Sam Rothstein, a freshman offensive lineman.

A Blue Jay Way

Johns Hopkins sophomore Patrick Kelly (South Carroll) is contributing for the football team, and Friday he did so in a major way.

The defensive back has 17 tackles and an interception this season, but he's also used on special teams. The Jays hosted Gettysburg under the lights, and Hopking received the kickoff to begin the second half. Kelly hauled in the ball and raced 95 yards into the end zone for a touchdown — tying the program's record for longest kickoff return.

The Blue Jays won 52-0 and gave coach Jim Margraff his 150th career Centennial Conference victory.

Mustangs kicking it this fall

Stevenson freshman Ian Gould (Westminster) is the kicker on the football team, and Gould is off to a solid start in his college career.

Gould is 7-for-9 on field goals and 28-for-28 on extra-points. His long for the season is a 40-yarder during the Mustangs' 52-14 rout against FDU-Florham.

Gould is second on Stevenson (4-3) in scoring with 49 points.

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The roster also features Cody Beauvais (Francis Scott Key), Brody Coleman (Manchester Valley), Tim Craig (Westminster/Archbishop Curley), David Downs (Liberty), Brendan Flaherty (Manchester Valley), Michael Phillips (Liberty), Austin Raines (Westminster), Vincent Reilly (Hampstead/Gilman), and Caleb Smalls (Westminster).

Flaherty has 13 tackles, a fumble recovery, and a pass breakup, and Coleman has seven tackles.

Downs has six tackles, but also has two pass break-ups and a fumble recovery. Phillips has three tackles.

A Yellow Jacket with some sting

Waynesburg sophomore Justin Buberl (Westminster) is heating up late in the men's soccer season. The midfielder scored two goals in the Yellow Jackets' win over Westminster (Pa.) on Oct. 3. Buberl has four goals in 10 games (nine starts) this fall.

Buberl had one goal and five assists as a freshman in 2016.

Millers-time for Marauders’ Gosselin

Millersville sophomore midfielder Jacob Gosselin (Francis Scott Key) has seven goals in 15 games, which includes six starts. Gosselin scored two goals in the Marauders' 4-1 win over Slippery Rock on Oct. 13, then added a marker in Millersville's win over Bloomsburg last Wednesday.

The 2015 Times Boys Soccer Player of the Year had six goals and two assists in 19 games as a freshman last season.

Another Royal on the field

Queens University of Charlotte freshman defender Korey Fine (Francis Scott Key) has started all 15 games for the field hockey team this fall, and she has provided some offense along the way. Fine has four goals (eight points) for the Royals, one of which she knocked in Oct. 16 in a 3-1 win over Newberry.

Fine also has a defensive save this season, which came Sept. 24 against Bellarmine.



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