By Tommy Keeler Jr. - firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia's Ross Metheny wasn't the only local player to throw his first college TD pass on Sept. 25. Ohio State redshirt junior and Strasburg native Joe Bauserman threw his first TD pass in the Buckeyes' 73-20 win over Eastern Michigan. Bauserman connected with Jordan Hall on a 17-yard score.
He went 10-for-15 for 107 yards and also ran for 10 yards on five carries in the win.
Last Saturday, Bauserman wasn't quite as successful when starting QB Terrelle Pryor went out with an injury against Illinois. Bauserman came in and went 1-for-2 for 1 yard and an interception, before Pryor returned to finish the game.
For the season, Bauserman is 11-for-17 for 108 yards. In his career, Bauserman has thrown for 254 yards on 20-of-42 passing.
Bauserman played at Strasburg his first two years of high school, before transferring to Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla., for his final two years.
SPARKING THE SPARTANS: Markeith Brisco (Sherando '08) and Joey Christine (Sherando '08) are both making an impact at Norfolk State University this season.
Brisco is second on the team with 24 carries for 141 yards rushing and one TD. Brisco also has three receptions for 16 yards. The redshirt sophomore played in all 11 games last season and had eight carries for 40 yards rushing.
Christine has seven tackles this season, including four solo stops. The defensive lineman has 27 career tackles. He recorded his first career sack on Sept. 25 in a 21-7 loss to Bethune-Cookman.
Brisco had his TD in the Spartans' 51-28 win over Virginia State.
The Spartans are 2-2 this season, including a 31-0 loss to Rutgers. Their two wins have come against Virginia State and North Carolina A&T.
TOP-NOTCH HORNET: Betsy Kwiatkowski (Stonewall Jackson '07) is one of the top players on the top team in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Kwiatkowski, who plays women's soccer at Lynchburg, is second on the team in points with 15, and she leads the squad with nine assists. The senior has taken 22 shots this season, including nine shots on goal. She has scored two game-winning goals.
Kwiatkowski had four assists in a 7-1 win over Emory and Henry on Sept. 25. Her assists came on the first four goals of the game, and she was named the ODAC Player of the Week. She also had a goal in a 10-0 win over Hollins College on Oct. 2.
The Hornets are currently 8-2, including 4-0 in the ODAC. Lynchburg advanced to the Division III Final Four last year.
Nikki Rhodes (Sherando '09) has started in three games this season for the Hornets and played in eight.
BRIDGEWATER TRIFECTA: Three area players are a big part of Bridgewater's women's soccer team this season.
Meghan Groos (Warren County '08) has started all 11 games for the Eagles. She is second on the team with eight points. Groos has two goals and a team-high four assists. She has taken 16 shots.
Shauna Manovich (Warren County '08) has played in seven games and started five of them. The junior goalkeeper has allowed nine goals and made 17 saves. Manovich's goals allowed average is 2.09 and her save percentage is .654.
Jessie Sites (Sherando '09) has played in nine games and has started one. The defender has taken three shots.
The Eagles are 4-6-1 and 3-2 in the ODAC. The Eagles one tie came against Shenandoah, 2-2, on Sept. 15. The Eagles have won two in a row.