COLLEGE: Tarbert pours in 49 points in Stevenson win

  • Sara Tarbert broke her own school record with 49 points Saturday for Stevenson University.
  • The Kennard-Dale High School graduate is averaging 24.5 points and 12.7 rebounds per game.
  • Tarbert is the MAC Commonwealth Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the third straight week.

Sara Tarbert bested her own school record Saturday, pouring in 49 points to help the Stevenson University women’s basketball team to an 87-78 victory at Widener.


The career-high outburst by Tarbert, a Kennard-Dale High School graduate, bests her old program record of 41 points in a single game set last season during a win at Virginia Wesleyan.

Saturday, Tarbert was 21 of 30 from the floor. The 6-foot, 1-inch senior also added 16 rebounds, five steals and three assists for her sixth double-double of the season. The 49-point effort is the highest single-game total by anyone in all three NCAA divisions so far this season.

Tarbert was named the MAC Commonwealth Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the third straight week to open the season on Monday.  She has now won the award 10 times in her two-plus seasons at Stevenson.

In a 1-1 week last week, Tarbert averaged 35 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. She recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds in a setback to No. 18 Albright. She shot 31-48 (64.5 percent) from the floor during the week.

Through six games for the 4-2 Mustangs, Tarbert leads Division III in double-doubles, while ranking ninth nationally in scoring (24.5 ppg) and 16th in rebounding (12.7 rpg).  She also ranks 33rd nationally in steals at 3.67 per game.

Tarbert was an NCAA Division III Third-Team All-American last season when she averaged 21.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 55.7 percent from the floor.


South Western's Ackerman an Academic All-American, again: East Stroudsburg University redshirt junior offensive lineman Devon Ackerman was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division II Football First Team for the second straight season.

Ackerman, a South Western graduate and a biochemistry major with a 4.0 grade-point average through seven semesters, is one of four student-athletes to repeat from the first team last fall. He is the fourth multiple-time first -team Academic All-America selection in East Stroudsburg history.

The 6-foot, 1-inch, 285-pound Ackerman has started all 33 games in his career at ESU, moving to center this season after starting the previous 22 games at left guard. Ackerman snapped to two quarterbacks who each threw for more than 1,200 yards and blocked for redshirt senior tailback Robert Healy, who set the ESU single-season records for rushing yards (1,163) and rushing touchdowns (18) in just more than eight games.

Ackerman is one of 10 student-athletes, among 50 recognized, with a 4.0 GPA.

Delone Catholic's Senft lands on all-conference roster: Spring Hill College volleyball outside hitter Sarah Senft was recently named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team.

The Delone Catholic High School graduate helped the Badgers to a perfect 18-0 conference record and helped lead an offense that did not lose a set in conference play. Senft, a 5-foot, 10-inch freshman from Spring Grove, posted a .271 attack percentage in her debut season and was twice named the SIAC Newcomer of the Week. She also recorded 37 assists, 26 service aces, 169 digs and 25 blocks this year.