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Stevens earns All-American accolades

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Gateway graduate B.J. Stevens has earned recognition on several All-American teams after a record-breaking 2012 season for the Cal U of PA football team. Photo: California University of Pennsylvania.
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Gateway graduate Kianna Hedjazi continues to make her mark as a member of the 2012-13 Chatham University women's swimming and diving team. Photo: Chatham University Athletics

B.J. Stevens continues to rack up postseason accolades for his work on the football field this past fall.

The Gateway graduate and junior on the California University of Pennsylvania football team was named a Don Hansen First-Team All-American, and he was one of three Vulcans players to earn All-America status when the list was released Friday.

He previously received first-team All-America laurels from the Associated Press and Daktronics, as well as All-America honorable mention selection from D2Football.com

Stevens earned national honors from Don Hansen after receiving first-team regional recognition from the organization two weeks ago. He competed for the national award with other first- and second-team all-region selections from all over the country.

Stevens led NCAA Division II with 1.32 sacks per game.

In his first year as a starter, he set single-season school records and led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with 22.5 tackles for a loss and 14.5 sacks.

Stevens ranked fourth on the team with 60 tackles (25 solo), while also recording two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

He set the tackles-for-loss and sack records in the Vulcans' 56-28 season-finale victory over Millersville.

Stevens, who started all 11 games for Cal U, finished that game with eight tackles (three solo), 3.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks.

He became the first Cal U player since 2007 with at least three sacks in a game.

Stevens also had multi-sack games against Hillsdale (Mich.) and Edinboro, and he recorded a season- high nine tackles against Gannon.

He heads into his redshirt senior season with 112 total tackles, 30 tackles for a loss and 20.5 sacks.

The postseason awards began for Stevens in November as he was one of eight Cal U players to receive All-PSAC West first-team defensive honors.

Cal U finished its season 8-3 overall and 5-2 in conference play and was nationally ranked in the NCAA Division II poll for much of the season.

Hedjazi honored

Kianna Hedjazi made an impact in the WPIAL during her high school diving days at Gateway, and the Chatham University sophomore is doing the same at the collegiate level.

Hedjazi was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer/Diver of the Week for the week of Jan. 7 to 13.

On Jan. 12, she broke her own school record in the 3-meter diving competition against West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Hedjazi tallied 231.55 points, taking first overall.

She also won the 1-meter event with 209.15 points, leading the Cougars swimming and diving team to a 102-84 victory.

Hedjazi has won a total of five diving events this season.

Chatham returns to the pool for competition Friday and Saturday at the Vulcan Dual Meet Challenge at California University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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