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3 Seniors to Play College Sports in Fall

Marple, Chambers, and Mitchell announce college commitments


by Ed Weaver - May 6, 2015

On Tuesday, May 5th, Wellsboro seniors Nick Marple, Jack Chambers, and Jake Mitchell officially announced that they will continue their sports careers next year at the collegiate level.

Marple will be attending Lock Haven University for football, Chambers will be heading off to Bucknell University for football, and Mitchell will be playing soccer for Keystone College.

Marple was the Hornets’ top receiver during the 2014 football season as he caught 46 passes for 931 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also had five 100+ yard receiving games, including four consecutive games of 120+ yards to start the season. In addition to his impressive offensive numbers, Marple was Wellsboro’s hardest hitter in the secondary where he recorded 55 tackles and snagged 5 interceptions and broke up 5 passes.

“It was a pretty tough process to go through and was very stressful,” Marple said. “I’m really happy with my decision and had to chance to go through it and can’t wait to get on the field. I think Lock Haven was the best fit for me, the school itself was better than some of the other schools I was looking at, and the location appealed to me.”

Chambers was the Hornets’ kicker the past four seasons. His primary background in soccer was an excellent translation to football. Over the course of his career, Chambers was 118-132 (0.893) in extra points and made 61-67 (0.910) extra points during the Hornets’ undefeated regular season in 2013.

“My process was a little easier as my family has all attended Bucknell, but I really love their football program and want to help them get better,” Chambers said. “I’ve been there probably ten times just this year to see my sister and everybody, but its a lot of fun and a very nice campus. The programs there are great too, I plan on going for engineering. It’s a great program and a great choice for me.”

Wellsboro head football coach Matt Hildebrand is very proud of his two seniors.

“Both of these young men have been key parts in turning the program around,” Hildebrand said. “As a coach this is really what you hope for to know that you were able to help them prepare for their future. Both Nick and Jack will be very successful in college due to their work ethics. Living in such a small area it is not as easy to get noticed, but these boys helped themselves through their play, but also their strong work ethic in the classroom. The entire Wellsboro coaching staff is very proud of these two and wishes them the best of luck in their college careers.”

Mitchell was a three-year starter in goal for the Hornet Soccer program. During his senior year he allowed 17 goals season while making 99 saves and recorded 12 shut outs to lead the Hornets to a 14-6 record. That feat earned him Goalie of the Year and first team honors on the All-Region boys soccer team by the Towanda Daily Review.

“Keystone’s coach contacted me and that sparked my interest in the school,” Mitchell said. “After I took my visit and with the scholarship help it made the choice a lot simpler. The team is on a good streak, the coach has been there for the last couple of years, and have turned the program around.

“It’s a nice school with my major of pre-physicians assistant and with smaller class sizes I can get more educational help and it will make everything easier,” concluded Mitchell.

Wellsboro’s boys soccer head coach John Shaffer, like Hildebrand, was also very proud of Mitchell.

“I was very hard on Jake this year and he has grown so much since he started at goalie in his sophomore year,” Shaffer said. “If he continues his hard work and dedication to his craft he will have an excellent college career. Jake has the size of big time goalies. I think Keystone is getting a steal with bringing Jake in.”

Wellsboro Home Page would like to congratulate Nick, Jack, and Jake on their commitments and want to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to their respective programs during their careers.


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