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Zulli, Quiteh, Hill lead AP Little-America team

Zulli, Quiteh, Hill lead AP Little-America team

Shippensburg quarterback Zach Zulli and Bloomsburg running back Franklyn Quiteh have been selected to the AP Little All-America team.

The Little All-America team honors players from Division II, III and NAIA.

Zulli tied a Division II record with 54 touchdowns passes, set a record for TDs responsible for with 56 and threw for 4,747 yards.

Quiteh, a Little All-American in 2010 as a freshman, went over 2,000 yards rushing for the second time in his career. He leads Division II in rushing at 176.8 yards per game and has scored 24 touchdowns.

Michael Hill of St. Joseph, Mo., another Harlon Hill Trophy finalist as the top player in Division II, and the second-leading rusher in D-II behind Quiteh, was selected to the first-team. Hill averages 154.9 yards rushing.

Mount St. Joseph running back James Clay, who leads Division III with 212 yards per game, also was a first-team selection.

The Little All-American receivers are Jeff Janis from Saginaw Valley and Isaiah Voegeli from Merrimack. Janis caught 106 passes for 1,635 yards and 17 touchdowns. Voegeli leads Division II with 150 yards receiving per game.

The Little All-American offensive line is led by Ryan Schraeder from Valdosta State. He and the Blazers will Winston-Salem on Saturday in Florence, Ala.

Curtis James of St. Thomas, Minn., which plays Mount Union on Saturday for the Division III championship, was also picked for the offensive line.

The other offensive linemen selected to the first team were: Garth Heikkinen of Minnesota-Duluth; Manase Foketi of West Texas A&M and Mark Jackson of Glenville State.

Pittsburg State receiver/kick returner John Brown was selected as an all-purpose player.

The kicker was Sergio Castillo of West Texas A&M.

The defense was highlighted by Missouri Southern tackle Brandon Williams. The 325-pound senior is an NFL prospect who has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl.

Ethan Westbrooks of West Texas A&M has 19.5 sacks to lead Division II. B.J. Stevens of California, Pa., leads D-II with 1.32 sacks per game. D.J. Chappell of Division III Huntingdon completes the defensive line.

The linebackers are Corey Johnson of Catawba, Leron Furr of Fort Valley State and Ronnell Williams of West Chester.

Defensive back Rontez Miles of gave California, Pa., two players on the first-team defense. Jack Moro of St. Cloud State leads Division II with 11 interceptions. Trelan Taylor of Chadron State is tied for second with eight picks.

Nick Driskill of Mount Union rounds out the secondary.

Taylor Accardi of Colorado Mines is the punter. He averages 51 yards per kick.

VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Javonte Perkins had 25 points as Saint Louis topped VCU 80-62 on Friday night.

Hasahn French had 18 points for Saint Louis (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference). Terrence Hargrove Jr. added 11 points. Jordan Goodwin had 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 points for the Rams (17-10, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points.

Saint Louis plays Saint Joseph's at home on Wednesday. VCU faces UMass on the road on Wednesday.

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Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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