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Plum grad Crossey making mark with Case Western football

Michael Love
| Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, 1:54 p.m.

Plum 2016 graduate Patrick Crossey, a freshman safety on the Case Western Reserve football team, earned accolades from the Presidents Athletic Conference last month

He was named the PAC Rookie of the Week after faring well in his first start of the season against Grove City on Sept. 17.

In that game, Crossey led Case Western with six total tackles, including five solo. He tallied a tackle for a loss, forced a fumble and broke up a pass.

Crossey's efforts helped the Spartans record their first shutout since the 2014 season and hold Grove City to just 136 total yards.

Case Western is 4-0 on the season, and the Spartans have outscored their four opponents — Chicago, Grove City, Waynesburg and St. Vincent — by a combined 188-53.

In a dominating 35-7 victory over PAC foe Waynesburg on Sept. 24, Crossey, in the starting lineup again, was fourth in total tackles with four, and three of them were solo.

He made his third start in Saturday's 53-28 PAC win over St. Vincent. He recorded a pair of stops and both forced and recovered a fumble.

In four games, Crossey has 14 tackles (12 solo) and three pass breakups.

Chelsea Hubner

Another 2016 Plum graduate, Chelsea Hubner, is off to a strong start in net for West Virginia Wesleyan.

Hubner earned student-athlete-of-the-week honors from the school for the week of Sept. 12 to 18.

She recorded shutouts against Wheeling Jesuit and Concord, and the Bobcats won the games 2-0 and 3-0, respectively.

Hubner tallied seven shutouts over her first nine games, and she allowed only three goals through Saturday's 1-1 overtime tie at conference foe West Liberty.

West Virginia Wesleyan sat at 6-0-3 overall and 5-0-3 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after the game.

In a 2-0 win over WVIAC rival Shepherd on Sept. 25, the Bobcat defense was stout, only allowing two shots to reach Hubner. West Virginia Wesleyan recorded 17 shots.

Hubner made five saves on six shots faced against West Liberty over 110 minutes of action.

The Bobcats will visit Wheeling Jesuit on Friday at 5:30 p.m. before hosting Charleston on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games are WVIAC contests.

Dylan Kondis

Dylan Kondis, a Plum graduate and senior kicker on the Mercyhurst football team, was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday's overtime victory against rival Gannon.

He kicked a game-winning 39-yard field goal in overtime as the Lakers finished off a 38-35 victory over the Knights.

Kondis connected on five extra points before his game-deciding boot.

The Lakers won the coin toss in overtime and elected to go on defense first.

Gannon went for a 47-yard field goal, but the kick was no good, and Mercyhurst took over.

The Lakers gained three yards on three plays to the 22-yard line to set up Kondis' kick.

On the season, Kondis has made three of five field goals and has converted all 15 of his point-after attempts.

The 39-yarder against Gannon was a season best.

Kondis, also the team's punter, had six kicks against Gannon for 258 yards — an average of 43 yards per punt.

He had a long of 65 yards and hit three punts inside the 20.

Mercyhurst upped its record to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the PSAC West. The Lakers visit nationally ranked Slippery Rock on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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