Former Akron resident Bishop Sankey is having success on the University of Washington football team and has placed himself on the radar of NFL teams.
Sankey, a 5-foot-10 and 203-pound junior running back, leads the Huskies (4-2, 1-2 PAC-12) in rushing this season with 899 yards on 159 carries and nine touchdowns.
He attended East High School in Akron as a freshman and then moved with family to Spokane, Wash. Sankey graduated from Gonzaga Prep in Spokane where he earned first-team All-Washington honors and concluded his high school career as the Greater Spokane League’s all-time leading rusher with more than 4,500 yards.
Bishop’s father, Chris Sankey, graduated from East High School in Akron after playing running back. He briefly played at Central State, and is currently an Air Force technical sergeant stationed at Fort MacArthur Air Force Base in San Pedro, Calif.
Bishop Sankey, who has a 3.8 grade-point average, caught the attention of NFL scouts last season when he rushed for 1,439 yards on 289 carries and scored 16 touchdowns. Washington posted a 7-6 record, which included a loss to Boise State in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas in December. Sankey earned the MVP honor of the game with 205 yards rushing on 30 carries and 74 yards receiving on six catches.
Washington has defeated Boise State, Illinois, Idaho State and Arizona this season and lost to Stanford and Oregon. Sankey rushed for a career-high 208-yards against Illinois on 35 carries, and also rushed for 167-yards versus Oregon and 161-yards against both Boise State and Arizona.
Between rushing and receiving, Sankey has 27 career touchdowns for the Huskies.
Satchel Pierce continues to makes strides as a basketball player at the Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pa., after transferring from St. Vincent-St. Mary last school year.
Pierce, who turns 19 next month, reclassified himself and is a senior this year after repeating his junior year at Kiski. He is now a 7-foot and 250-pound center with scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Miami, Marquette, Texas Tech and James Madison.
At St. V-M, Pierce was solid defensively with limited skills offensively. His improved play on the offensive end at Kiski has made him more appealing to college coaches.
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