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District 9 graduate notes

As the start of the of the 2013-14 high school sports season, a couple of notes about former District 9 players caught our eye this week.

Armstrong leaves Old Dominion plans to transfer to Duquesne

Clarion High School graduate T.J. Armstrong, the winner of the last two The Rehab Centre D9Sports.com District 9 Defensive Player of the Year awards, has left NCAA Division I Old Dominion and plans on enrolling at Duquesne.

Armstrong, a linebacker, had enrolled early at the newly minted NCAA BCS school, but decided this past week to transfer to Duquesne. Armstrong will need to sit out this year at Duquesne, which plays in the Northeast Conference and is an FCS school.

Heeter earns PSAC Pete Nevins Award as Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Hannah Heeter, a Cranberry graduate who plays both volleyball and women’s basketball at Clarion University, was named the PSAC Female Pete Nevins Award Winner as the top student-athlete in the conference for the 2012-13 school year as voted on the PSAC Sports Information Directors.

Heeter, who is starting her senior season, is a biology/pre-med major who carries a 3.957 GPA. She was also a Capital One/CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American in both sports becoming the first Golden Eagle athlete to earn Academic All-American honors in two separate sports in the same year.

Blose garners Athletics Director Academic Award

Jason Blose, a Cameron County graduate who is playing football at NCAA Division II Gannon, was selected by the NCAA Division II Athletics Directors Association as a recipient of the Academic Achievement Award. The student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher after two years of college level work, and been an active member of an intercollegiate team during the academic year.

Blose, an Occupational Therapy major, is a red-shirt sophomore linebacker for the Golden Knights who carries a 4.0 GPA.

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