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Gurska receives Behrend honor



Published: Sat, September 2, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Hickory High has produced a number of outstanding basketball players. One was Dave Gurska, who specialized in shooting 3-pointers, not only at Hickory but also at Penn State Behrend.

Gurska will be inducted into the Behrend Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 23.

After graduating from Hickory, Gurska played at Penn State Shenango before spending three seasons at Behrend from 1987-1990. He averaged in double figures in back-to-back seasons and scored a career-high 36 points against Baldwin-Wallace.

He was second in career 3-pointers (187) at Behrend. He has two of the top three single-season marks for 3-pointers in a season and scored 776 points in his career.

He was a member of the school's first ECAC tournament team and was selected to compete in the NCAA vs. NAIA all-star game. Gurska is vice-president of Aim Nationalease in Girard.

Four others will join Gurska in the hall of fame: Marlesse Hames, Karen Oberholzer, Megan Post and Becky Reed.

All hands aboard

Westminster College football coach Jeff Hand recently completed his 2006 coaching staff with the hiring of Josh Varner, a defensive line coach and special teams coordinator.

Varner, 25, will serve as a full-time coach. He replaces Don Augustine, who left Westminster to pursue a career in public education.

Augustine will remain on the athletics staff part-time and continue as the men's and women's track and field coach, a position he has held for the past three seasons.

A native of Fayette, Iowa, Varner spent three seasons (2003-05) as an assistant at Wisconsin-Platteville. He completed his master's degree in counselor education at Wisconsin-Platteville and served as the Pioneers' assistant offensive line coach in 2003 and 2004 and was the defensive line coach in 2005.

A 2003 graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, with a bachelor's degree in sociology, Varner lettered in football all four years at Loras and was a first-team all-conference defensive lineman.

On U.S. team

Mercer County has three talented youngsters who have been making their move in archery. All three are students at the Gold-N-Grain Archery, as part of the JOAD program.

Qualifying for the 9th Junior World Archery Championships Oct. 14-21 in Merida, Mexico, were two West Middlesex High bowmen -- Glen Thomas, 16, and Dan Schuller, 17 -- and Hermitage's Megan Carter, 15. All three qualified at the recent round-robin trials held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Both Thomas and Carter will be making their initial starts as members of the Junior World team and they will be competing in the Cadet Recurve class. Schuller is a veteran to the competition and he will be making his third appearance, competing in the Junior Recurve division.

Schuller has also been selected for the 2007 U.S. Archery team, his third appearance in as many years.




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