Stevens earns All-American accolades
College Football Videos
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- St. Vincent unveils logo with an `edge’
- Top-seeded CCAC-South softball ready for regionals
- Kiski Area grad Paunovich shows net gains at Thiel
- Reicoff sets HR record in Cal U sweep
- Diminutive IUP senior Timko comes up aces
- College notes: Seton Hill’s Malara grabs prestigious track award
- College notes: Ligonier Valley grad shows flashes of power with Kent State softball
- College notes: Green wins at Tennessee Relays
- A-K Valley campus clippings: Kiski Area grad Brown powers Slippery Rock baseball