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Giancola, Tsahas Named Pioneer Football League Players of the Week

Monday, November 18, 2002

Valparaiso University's Rob Giancola and John Tsahas were named the Pioneer Football League Players of the Week following their performances against Austin Peay last Saturday.

Giancola, a sophomore wide receiver from Whiting, Ind./HS, shared the PFL Offensive Player of the Week honor with Dayton running back Geno Mattioda. Against Austin Peay, Giancola made a career-high nine catches for 125 yards and all three Crusader touchdowns. His scoring receptions came on 41, 15 and 12-yard passes from David Macchi. Giancola finished with 11 touchdown receptions, tying Valpo's single-season record (Dan Bogar, 1984; Mike Healey, 1985).

Tsahas, a junior strong safety, was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week after recording seven tackles, an interception, a pass breakup and a blocked punt against Austin Peay. His interception led to Ryan Bateman's 30-yard field goal and a 24-21 lead with 4:34 remaining.

Giancola and Tsahas join Macchi as PFL Players of the Week during the 2002 season.


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