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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Blue Chipper Commits to Chargers

Through Tom Markowski's columns in the Detroit News, readers have been able to follow the recruiting process of Dearborn quarterback Anthony Mifsud. The most recent report had Mifsud sitting on Division 1 opportunities, but still considering Hillsdale.

That consideration got a lot more serious this past weekend for the #58 ranked player by the Detroit News and 2 Star prospect as he made his final decision in favor of Hillsdale.

This from Markowski's latest article.

Dearborn QB picks Hillsdale

Anthony Mifsud , Dearborn's starting quarterback for the past three seasons, committed to Hillsdale College on Tuesday. His father, Dave Mifsud , the head coach at Dearborn, played receiver for Hillsdale in the mid-1980s.

Anthony Mifsud said this was not the determining factor in his decision. What turned Mifsud toward Hillsdale was a visit there last Saturday. The unplanned visit provided that final push.

More Mifsud links: Dearborn's Mifsud Shines at MSU Camp. Profile with video
Jim Stefani's Michigan Camp Preview

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Mifsud Waiting on Villanova

Mifsud waiting on Villanova

Tom Markowski / Detroit News (Full Article)

The recruiting process, however, is a tad cloudy for Dearborn quarterback Anthony Mifsud .

Mifsud has received an offer from Hillsdale -- the school his father, Dearborn coach Dave Mifsud , attended -- and says Delaware and Davidson remain in the picture.

But he's hoping to receive an offer from Villanova.

"They're a real good school academically," he said. "I like their offense. They have their quarterbacks run a lot. As the season wore on I ran it more with quarterback traps and quarterback blasts. Villanova's offense is like a spread. They have a zone read with a one-back and three receivers."

Mifsud said Hillsdale "wants an answer by the 17th (of January). If I don't hear from Villanova, I'm going to ask Hillsdale to extend their deadline to the 21st. And Davidson? I told them I would be interested if I don't receive an offer from Villanova."

Mifsud (6-4, 190) is No. 58 on the Blue Chip list, and is on Villanova's B list.

According to Mifsud, Villanova is waiting to hear from its A list quarterback. He said that recruit is expected to take a visit to a different school this weekend, leaving Villanova in the dark until late Sunday or Monday.

Mifsud also was interested in attending Princeton, but officials received a commitment from their A list quarterback.

"Others told me I was on their second or third list," Mifsud said. "I haven't heard back from most of them."

He has made an official visit to Hillsdale and liked what he saw.

"I really like their coach (Keith Otterbein )," he said. "If I don't go there, I don't want to leave them hanging. When I talk to the coaches at Villanova this week, I'm not sure they will be able to tell me anything."

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Big Night for Chargers in Cactus Bowl

Mark Nicolet had one more big game left.

10/18 for 103 yards, 3 tds
4 rushes for 41 yards while splitting time with Catawba's Kory Fisher.

That was good enough to garner offensive MVP honors for the game and a big rise in pro stock after being virtually unknown by scouts before the season.

Hillsdale's Matt Vanover had a 38 yard average on two punts and dropped one inside the opposing 20.

Other GLIAC players had big nights including Grand Valley's Anthony Adams who scored for the East defense. Fellow Laker Brandon Barnes was the game's top o-lineman.

Friday, January 11, 2008

3 Chargers Win First GLIAC Comissioner's Award

Hillsdale College Release

Three Charger athletes honored with first GLIAC Commissioner's Award
Melissa Bartlett, Mark Nicolet, Nick Gurica earn honors from conference
January 10, 2008 - For the first time, the GLIAC presented a total of 12 Commissioner's Awards - six to female athletes and six to male athletes - inconjunction with the presentation of the Fall All-Academic teams. The awards went to the top student-athletes in the conference for the fall season.

Hillsdale College was the only school with three winners: senior volleyball player Melissa Bartlett, and senior football players Mark Nicolet and Nick Gurica.

The awards cap memorable 2007 seasons for all three athletes. Bartlett earned First-Team All-American honors from both Daktronics and the AVCA, and was named the GLIAC Player of the Year. Bartlett finished this season with 635 kills, three shy of the school record. She led the conference in kills and was also named First-Team All-Region. The Chargers advanced to the GLIACChampionship match for the first time in school history, and qualified for the NCAA Division II regional tournament for the fourth year in a row.

Nicolet and Gurica led Hillsdale College's football team to an 8-3 record in 2007, the best mark by the team this decade.

Full Release

Cactus Bowl Tonight!

Chargers Matt Vanover and Mark Nicolet pull on their Hillsdale helmets one last time tonight as they participate in the D2 All Star Valero Cactus Bowl game tonight in Kingsville, TX.

Game time is set for 8:00 PM Eastern.

The game will be telecast on Fox Sports Southwest for those of you with the fancy satellite sports packages.

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