Watkins Scholar All-American

WILLIAMSPORT - Southern Columbia graduate Brian Watkins, a sophomore on Lycoming College's wrestling team, has earned National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Scholar All-American honors, the coaching association announced.

Watkins, a criminal justice major, fought through a couple early season bumps and bruises to post a 24-12 record, notching the team's best winning percentage at .667. The sophomore, who notched an 11-5 mark in dual meets, recorded three pins and two major decisions . He also placed fifth at the NCAA Mideast Regionals, helping him clinch a spot on the Scholar All-American list.

Watkins is 39-30 in two years with the Warriors. He has four pins in his career and five major decisions. He picked up Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference All-Academic Team honors for the first time this season and he placed third at the conference championships on Jan. 19.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must carry a GPA better than 3.20 and meet one of three criteria: qualifying for the NCAA Championships, placing in the NCAA qualifying tournament or winning more than 66 percent of his matches.

Going for title

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. - Olivia DeFrancesco, a member of Bishop McGuiness (N.C.) High School's girls basketball team, will be on the floor at Reynolds Coliseum in Greesboro, N.C. today as the Lady Villains try to win their eighth straight NCHSAA Class 1A state championship.

DeFrancesco, a junior guard, was named the Northwest 1-A/2-A Conference Most Valuable Player this season. She is a daughter of Marty DeFrancesco, formerly of Mount Carmel, and niece of Mount Carmel Area head football coach Carmen DeFrancesco.

An older sister, Anna, played on the team which started the string of consecutive state titles.

Bishop McGuinness, the Western Regional champ, will play East Regional champ River Mill for the title at 12 noon.