By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(Feb. 21, 2014) – After the National Football League found their Super Bowl champion earlier this month, most sports fans turned their attention to other major sporting events like the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament or Major League Baseball’s spring training.
However, the football season is just starting for one Park View High School graduate. Thomas (Camah) Mulabah (2008) has signed a one-year rookie contract with the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League. The Sharks open their season on Mar. 16.
Mulabah graduated from the California University of Pennsylvania in December 2013, where he earned a degree in Liberal Arts.
The 6-foot-1, 290-pound defensive linemen had 70 total tackles including 32 solo tackles and 15 ½ for a loss during his senior campaign. Mulabah also had seven sacks, four fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks last fall. In 2013, he was named a second-team All-American by D2Football.com.
Other notes from the past weeks in college sports:
- Potomac Falls High School graduate Heather Kiefer (2011) was named the Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb. 9. Kiefer started three games going 2-1 as the James Madison Dukes finished 4-1 last weekend at the UCF Holiday Inn Classic. The junior added a save during the trip while posting a 1.40 ERA during the Dukes successful trip to Orlando where they finished 4-1.
- The Penn State Nittany Lions baseball team – including starting first basemen and Stone Bridge High School graduate JJ White (2011) – started their season with a three-game series in North Carolina where they took two of three from the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs. In their season opener on Feb. 16, White pounded a double to deep right field driving in two runs in the ninth inning of a tied game giving the Nittany Lions a 5-3 lead. White is currently batting .273 with 3 RBI.
- Another former Bulldog Ryan Johnston (2011) has been placed on the Tino Martinez Award Watch List. The award is given by Jaeger Sports to the most outstanding player in Division II baseball. Johnston plays for the Concord Mountain Lions and has helped Concord to a 1-2 start this season.
- Longwood Lancer and Loudoun Valley High School graduate Alex Owens (2010) had two hits and an RBI as Longwood took down East Tennessee State University in the first of three games during a series in Tennessee.
- Tuscarora High School graduate Bernie Mayflower (2012) got the nod on the pitching mound for the DIII Mary Washington Eagles in their season opener against Messiah College on Feb. 23. Mayflower went four innings allowing five earned runs as the Eagles fell in game one of the doubleheader.
- Broad Run High School graduate Anna Blessing (2010) got the start in the circle for the George Mason Patriots in their 2014 softball opener as she went five innings scoreless against Ball State getting the loss after giving up two runs in the sixth inning. Blessing also struck out eight.
- Mary Washington senior and Park View High School graduate Amber Kerico (2010) had an extremely successful weekend at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 22 bringing home three first-place finishes for the Division III Eagles. Kerico finished 1st in the 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard breaststroke and as part of the 200-yard medley relay.
- Dominion High School graduate Nick Kirschke (2013) won 12 of 24 faceoffs for the Christopher Newport men’s lacrosse team in their season opener against Washington & Lee on Feb. 15. Kirschke’s Dominion teammate Trevor Royce (2013), Briar Woods High School graduate Patrick Fleming (2013) and Broad Run High School graduate (2011) Michael Mabry also saw action in the Division III Captain’s first game of the season.
- Loudoun Valley High School graduate Chris Daddio (2010) and the No. 1 Syracuse Orange lacrosse team was back in action this week as the faceoff specialist won a career high 24 attempts on 36 tries in the Orange’s 17-16 OT win over No. 10 Albany. Daddio also scooped up a career high 13 ground balls. Stone Bridge High School graduate Derek Maltz (2010) added an assist in the win.
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!