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Spring Grove's Dell receives PSAC football honor

STAFF REPORT
YorkDispatch

Spring Grove High School graduate Cortlin Dell, a senior middle linebacker at Shippensburg University, was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Defensive Athlete of the Week on Sunday.

The 6-foot, 230-pounder was also named the Shippensburg VFW Homecoming Defensive MVP on Saturday after guiding the Red Raider defense to a staunch effort in a 27-11 win over West Chester.

Dell was playing in just his second game of the year on Saturday and making his first start since suffering a major leg injury during spring practice that brought his ability to play this season into question.

On West Chester's second drive of the game, Dell intercepted a pass in the end zone to prevent a Golden Ram score. He finished the day tied for the team high with nine tackles, with two tackles for loss – including a sack in the second quarter on another West Chester trip into the red zone that ultimately kept West Chester to a field goal.

Dell was a key part of a SU defensive effort that forced four turnovers, its most in one game since the 2012 playoff victory over Bloomsburg (29 games). The 11 points allowed by Shippensburg (5-2, 3-1 PSAC East) are the fewest surrendered to West Chester (4-3, 3-1) in a matchup of the two teams since 1931 — a game that ended in a 0-0 tie.

OTHER LOCAL COLLEGE NOTES

York County resident honored by Shippensburg: York County resident Robert Wood was among the seven inductees into the 2015 Shippensburg University Athletic Hall of Fame class on Friday.

Wood, a 1980 Shippensburg graduate, was an All-American diver for Shippensburg from 1976-80 who graduated with five of the six school records for diving. With diving getting discontinued at Shippensburg in 1992, Wood's records will continue to stand.

He is the only SU diver in history to win a PSAC Championship in diving — winning both the one-meter and three-meter titles as a senior in 1980. At nationals, Wood earned All-America honors with seventh-place finishes in both events. He had three career All-America diving performances at nationals.

After earning his degree from Shippensburg, Wood became the diving coach at Western Kentucky University and earned his MBA from the school in 1981. Since then, Wood has enjoyed a broad base of leadership experience in a variety of forest products industries all based in York.

He served in numerous senior leadership roles for more than 20 years with P.H. Glatfelter, a $1.5-billion manufacturer of specialty products. Wood then joined Fypon, Limited, a manufacturer of polyurethane millwork, as chief financial officer. Since 2005, Wood has worked at John H. Myers & Son as the president of the company. Myers is the leading supplier of building supplies and services to builders and remodelers in central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.

Two York Catholic grads excel for Juniata: Two York Catholic High School graduates, Matt Lehr and Aaron O'Brien, led the Juniata College football team over Ursinus on Saturday.

Lehr had 19 carries for 80 yards and one touchdown. O'Brien caught seven passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. They accounted for all of Juniata's TDs in the 21-17 victory.

Lehr is a 5-foot, 9-inch, 175-pound junior. O'Brien is a 6-foot, 175-pound junior.

York College men's soccer goalkeeper earns weekly honor: Spartans men's soccer goalkeeper Charlie Johnson was named the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

The junior led York College to a couple wins during the week, one of which came as a shutout.

Johnson began the week by recording his third clean sheet of the season, making two saves in the Spartans' 1-0 win over Frostburg State. Later in the week, he registered three saves in York's 2-1 victory over Marymount.

Johnson has a .761 save percentage on the season and is only allowing 1.09 goals per game.