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February 2, 2005 - Peoria, IL-Rough Riders sign Western Connecticut Quarterback Mike Scipione and University of Minnesota-Duluth Wide Receiver Tim Battaglia.

Mike Scipione, 6-6. 235 lbs, QB, Western Connecticut, has had a rough ride enroute to becoming a Peoria Rough Rider.

Scipione, in preparation for a tryout with NFL’s New England Patriots, went to his doctor for what he thought was a routine physical and to take care of a sinus infection was diagnosed with Stage 1A Hodgkin’s disease. Hodgkin’s, disease is a type of lymphoma (a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system) that affects white blood cells, which help the body fight disease. Scipione underwent 20 radiation therapy treatments that appears to have the disease in remission.

Scipione was a three-year starter (2001-03) for the Western Connecticut Colonials. Mike’s collegiate career stats of 717-400-31 for 5,625 yards and 58 touchdowns placed him in the Colonial record books. Scipione’s records include career passing attempts (717), career pass completions (400), career touchdowns (58), single game passing yards (477), and single season touchdowns (26).

Tim Battaglia, 6-3, 210 lbs, Wide Receiver University of Minnesota-Duluth set Bulldog records for career receptions (189), career receiving yards (3,585) and career receiving touchdowns (38). Additionally, Tim set single-game records receiving yards (249), receiving touchdowns (5), receiving yards (1,166), and consecutive games with a reception (37). A two-time All-American selection to d2football.com All-American Team (Honorable Mention-2002 & 2003) and Football Gazette All-American Team (Honorable Mention – 2002 &2003).

Battaglia was selected the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Glen Galligan Award for 2003. This award is given to a senior who best exemplifies excellence both in the classroom and on the field of play. Battaglia maintained a 3.42 cumulative grade point average as a finance major.

Battaglia was also an outstanding baseball player for the Bulldogs giving him the opportunity to pursue a professional baseball or football career. Tim was chosen to the American Baseball Coaches Association NCAA II All-Central Region team two consecutive years. Battaglia set UMD career marks for hitting (a .410 average), total bases (298) and single season standards for runs batted in (65), home runs (15) and hitting streak (22 games).

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