After a bit of a hiatus, it’s time to get the blog going again. It’s hard to believe we are only about two weeks away from the first of our fall sports teams reporting back to campus for preseason. Over the next several weeks we will be previewing each of Bucknell’s teams heading into the 2017-18 season.
In the meantime, let’s clean out some of the notebook with happenings from this summer:
- We were all saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary Tom Mitchell earlier this week. College and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Clarke Hinkle, who played here from 1929-31 and went on to have an All-Pro career with the Green Bay Packers, is widely considered Bucknell’s greatest football player. But Tom Mitchell is arguably the best of the “modern” era. A member of the Class of 1966, Tom was a two-time Little All-American and ECAC College Division Player of the Year. He graduated with every Bucknell season and career receiving record, and those marks held up all the way until last fall, even though Tom played in nine-game seasons and before freshman eligibility. Originally drafted by the AFL’s Oakland Raiders, Tom went on to play one year in Oakland and then another 10 in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts (1968-73) and San Francisco 49ers (1974-77). He compiled 239 receptions and 24 touchdowns in his pro career, and he made two Super Bowl appearances with the Colts, including a victory over the Cowboys in Super Bowl V. Also of note, Tom was the father-in-law of Bucknell graduate and well-known coach Greg Schiano, and the grandfather of current Bison defensive end Joe Schiano.
- It’s been a difficult summer, as Bucknell lost another Hall-of-Famer back in June in Tommy Thompson ’60. Tommy was one of those Bucknell lifers, a star athlete in his own right who went on to coach four different sports here. Between his playing and coaching days, no individual has ever participated in more Bucknell competitions than Tommy Thompson, and his total of 1,003 combined victories is a record that may never be broken. Our thoughts continue to be with Robynn and the entire Thompson family.
- On a happier note, various media outlets have reported that Mike Muscala ’13 will be returning to the Atlanta Hawks next season. A free agent coming off his best NBA season in 2016-17, reports say that Mike has signed a 2-year, $10-million deal with Atlanta.
- Julién Davenport ’17 has already completed his first mini-camp with the Houston Texans and is raising some eyebrows. The Texans begin preseason training camp July 26 at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.
- Another recent graduate joining the pro ranks is women’s basketball’s Suné Swart ’18, who just signed with a team in Romania.
- Jackson Place ’14 made the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game for the second year in a row.
- The Bucknell football team will begin preseason practice on July 31 at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. And speaking of college football, Bucknell AD John Hardt will be serving on the Division I FCS Athletic Directors Association this season. The FCS ADA will have quite a Patriot League presence, as Lafayette’s Bruce McCutcheon (First Vice President) and Holy Cross’ Nathan Pine (Third Vice President) also serve on the committee.
- We hope you have been checking out the Bison Summer Series over at BucknellBison.com. Our student-athletes have been doing some amazing things this summer, such as interning at the Cannes Film Festival, studying the affects of alcohol consumption, and participating in the prestigious ILTM program. How many Division I basketball tournament MVPs do you think are spending the summer working to perfect a rapid dual injection syringe for use in heart patients? That’s exactly what Zach Thomas has been up to.
- We’re really excited about the 2017 Hall of Fame Class. It’s going to be a great ceremony where there is sure to be fun reflections of the historic 2005 and 2006 NCAA basketball teams, as three of the stars of those squads (Kevin Bettencourt ’06, Charles Lee ’06, Chris McNaughton ’07) are all being inducted together. It’s also another big weekend for the track & field program, as Melanie Buczko Lincoln ’07 and Maria Garacia Harkley ’04 are enshrined. Same goes for Lectie Altman ’06, who led the Bison women’s swimming team to four straight Patriot League titles.
Continue reading “From the Notebook”
The golf world mourned when Arnold Palmer passed away last September at the age of 87. Known simply as “The King” to his legion of fans, Palmer is not only one of the greatest players in the history of golf, but he is also one of the sport’s most important figures.
A humble, good-natured fellow who was the son of the greenskeeper at Latrobe Country Club, Palmer popularized the sport among the nation’s working class, just as televised sports began to blossom. “Arnie’s Army” followed him to tournaments across the country, hanging on every shot as he engaged in epic battles with the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Not only did Palmer capture seven major championships, 62 PGA Tour tournaments and more than 90 total professional events, but in retirement he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.
In the weeks and months since his passing, Palmer’s life has been celebrated with moving tributes at events such as the Ryder Cup, The Masters, and at his own annual tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
Missing from all of the recent tributes and documentaries is Palmer’s tie to Bucknell. And it happened 50 years ago today — Wednesday, May 10, 1967. Continue reading “50 Years Ago the King Came to Bucknell”
Senior midfielder Maddy Molinari has been a mainstay on the Bison women’s lacrosse team for the last four years. She was a First Team All-Patriot League selection in 2017, after earning three PL Midfielder of the Week Awards. Maddy is Bucknell’s leading goal-scorer with 36, and she also has six assists for 42 points on the season. Defensively, she has 24 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers to rank among the team leaders, and perhaps her biggest impact has come in the draw circle, where she ranks second in the league with 80 draw controls.
A Manhasset, New York native, Maddy is also an outstanding student majoring in psychology. As a two-year co-captain, she has led the Bison to the Patriot League Tournament in each of the last two seasons.
Bucknell women’s soccer student-athlete Cora Climo recently sat down with Maddy to talk about her time in Lewisburg.
CC: What is your major and how did you choose this major?
MM: I am currently a senior pursuing a degree in psychology along with a concentration in management. I am interested in applying the aspect of consumer behavior and social psychology to pursue opportunities in the marketing and advertising world come graduation. Continue reading “Profiles from the Herd: Maddy Molinari”
Mike Schiappa was a four-year starting defenseman for the Bison men’s lacrosse team. He was a two-time Academic All-Patriot League selection, earning a stellar 3.77 cumulative GPA in biomedical engineering.
Women’s soccer student-athlete Cora Climo caught up with Mike this spring to talk about future plans and what it takes to be a successful student-athlete.
CC: How did you choose biomedical engineering?
MS: So my dad is a dentist and my mom is a physician. I’ve always been pretty interested in the sciences, medicine specifically. But I was also drawn to math in high school. I thought that biomedical engineering was a really good combination of all of those interests. And so when I realized that Bucknell had a great engineering department and a smaller biomedical engineering department, I was really excited to have that opportunity to develop a really good relationship with my professors and really develop my engineering skills, as well as my knowledge of the medical field. Continue reading “Profiles from the Herd: Mike Schiappa”
With the Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships getting underway this week, we caught up with Bison junior Chris Devlin, who is already one of the conference’s top swimmers.
Chris was the 2016 Patriot League Swimmer of the Meet — Bucknell’s first such honoree since 1993 — after winning the 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard individual medley. A year earlier, he won the 400 IM and was runner-up in the 200 back en route to PL Rookie of the Year honors. This year he enters the PL Championships with the league’s fastest time in the 200 back by nearly two full seconds.
The school record-holder in the 100 back, 200 back and 400 IM, Chris has also competed at some of the top national meets, including the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2015 Phillips 66 National Championships.
Chris is an economics major from Dresher, Pennsylvania.
Continue reading “Profiles from the Herd: Chris Devlin”
Greetings, Bison fans. Hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday and New Years! We spent some time over the break reflecting on a tremendous first semester of sports action here at Bucknell, highlighted by conference championships from women’s soccer, women’s cross country and men’s water polo.
With team success comes individual accolades, and one of the highest honors one can receive is All-America status. The term “All-America” comes with a certain mystique. Particularly from a smaller school like Bucknell, to be considered one of the best in your sport nationwide is an incredible achievement. Continue reading “The All-America Mystique”
Even though it wasn’t a great night for the Los Angeles Rams, we had fun rooting for John Fassel during last night’s Thursday night NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks. When the Rams parted ways with head coach Jeff Fisher earlier this week, they named John interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
John served two stints as an assistant coach under Tom Gadd at Bucknell, first in 1999 as a graduate assistant, and then in 2001 as wide receivers coach. In between, he spent a season with the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europe, and Cris Collinsworth told an interesting anecdote on last night’s NBC broadcast about how John worked for the Admirals for no salary, but he was paid from the pool of money from player fines. Talk about paying your dues. Continue reading “Rooting for an Old Colleague”