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Nanticoke Area players take part in practice in advance of the season. The Trojans host Tunkhannock on Friday night in the season opener.

Inside Rule changes Player safety is No. 1 priority. Page 4 Schedule Find a pull-out version of every team’s schedule at the center of the Kickoff Edition. Pages 24-25 LFC preview A look at the top players and teams to watch in the LFC. Page 46 Salute Tunkhannock honoring military. Page 33

Team Previews Berwick ........................ 40 Coughlin ...................... 16 Crestwood .................... 6 Dallas .......................... 20 GAR ............................. 18 Hanover Area ................ 10 Hazleton Area ............... 38 Holy Redeemer ............. 12 Lake-Lehman ................ 22 Meyers ......................... 14 Nanticoke Area ............. 30 Northwest .................... 34 Pittston Area ................ 28 Tunkhahnnock .............. 32 Williamsport ................. 42 Wyoming Area ............... 36 Wyoming Valley West ....... 8

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Coming Friday Don’t miss the first edition of the weekly Gameface section in Friday’s Citizens’ Voice. It includes a look at Pittston Area’s new coach and analysis of every Wyoming Valley Conference game on the slate.

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Join beat writer Steve Bennett for a live chat at 12:30 Fridays at citizensvoice.com.

A special thank you to Photos by Andy, Lyons Studio, KDP, Tony Brooks Photography and Golden Photo for their contributions to the 2017 Kickoff edition of Gameface.

About the cover In July, we invited the Wyoming Valley Conference coaches to send a player or a couple of players to participate in a photo shoot for the Gameface Kickoff Edition. The photo of Tunkhannock’s Logan Cywinski and Thomas Parry was one of the top shots taken by staff photographer Christopher Dolan. Throughout this edition, you will see more photos from the night, and you can visit citizensvoice.com/gameface to see more of the photos.

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Coughlin and Meyers have combined to win more than 1,000 games in their long, storied football histories.

BECOMING ONE What would happen if Coughlin and Meyers merged?

With two of three city schools slated for demolition, we look at the impact of consolidating the football programs.

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NUMBERS GAME Based on current numbers, Coughlin competes in Class 4A with 361 boys and Meyers is in Class 3A with 238 boys. Combining the schools would push the team to the Class 6A ranks. Add in GAR, and the enrollment number for boys increases to 837. By comparison, the other District 2 Class 6A football schools are Hazleton Area (897 boys), Delaware Valley (608 boys) and Scranton (722 boys).

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its first football game in 1892, while GAR played its first game in 1925 and Meyers in It’s a decision members of the Wilkes- 1930. Barre Area school board will eventually have TIMETABLE to make. It certainly won’t be easy, but more The question remains when will such a and more it can be seen as a logical choice. The school district is moving forward with decision be made. Schools across Pennsylvania must submit plans to close Coughlin and Meyers and build a new school. Once construction enrollment numbers for grades 9 through 11 begins, it’s expected to take four to five years in October. From there, the Pennsylvania until it’s complete. Interscholastic Athletic Association will slot Before ground is broken and ribbon is cut, schools into one of the state’s six classificathe school board may have to take a long, tions for the new two-year cycle, which hard look at consolidating the athletic pro- includes the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. “There has been some discussion about grams. Such a vote would send shockwaves turning in the numbers in October that posthrough the Wyoming Valley Conference in sibly look at an athletic jointure between Coughlin and Meyers,” Meyers athletic football and all sports. The three city schools — Meyers, Coughlin director Mike Namey said. “However, with a and GAR — are three of the most storied pro- lot of complexities that go along with this, we grams in the WVC. All three have won count- probably will leave it at turning in numbers less championships and have sent players to for each individual school.” If things remain status quo, the school disthe NFL. Coughlin, formerly Wilkes-Barre, played trict’s next opportunity to submit unified

The minimum number of enrollment to qualify as a Class 6A school in football is 564. If the school district elected to combine Coughlin and Meyers for the next cycle, the Cougars, Warriors and Knights would most likely appear on the football schedule. Williamsport and 5A schools like Valley West, Abington Heights and Wallenpaupack would become opponents. “They have to let (District 2) know if they are going to proceed with the same setup, which is three schools, or if they are going to consolidate,” said District 2 chairman Frank Majikes. “There are so many factors out there, it’s a big, big-time impact.” A jointure would mean the WVC loses a 3A team in Meyers, creating a void on schedules for the Mohawks’ long-time opponents like Hanover Area, Nanticoke Area and LakeLehman. The last jointure in the WVC was in 1992 when Hazleton Area was created. The Cougars finished 8-5 that season and the program didn’t have another winning season until 2001.

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numbers would be October 2019. Consolidation in the middle of the cycle would result in a ban from postseason play. “There are a lot of hurdles for us as a district to get over,” Namey said. “Those hurdles are how to provide what is best for the student-athletes. We have to plan on how we are going to change as an athletic program to meet the changes in intensity level, work ethic and the game conditions we are going to see at the increased class value. It is extremely important you don’t put the student-athletes at a disadvantage. All the opportunities and positive things that can come out of this can turn the opposite way if we don’t do a good job in planning.”


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Aug. 26: Scranton Prep at Abington Heights, 1 Sept. 1: Old Forge at Carbondale, 7 Sept. 8: Honesdale at Tunkhannock, 7 Sept. 16: Wyoming Area at Coughlin, 7 Sept. 23: Wyoming Area at Scranton Prep, 1:30 Sept. 29: Old Forge at Riverside, 7 Sept. 30: Dallas at Meyers, 7 Oct. 6: Lake-Lehman at Nanticoke Area, 7 Oct. 13: Dunmore at Mid Valley, 7 Oct. 20: Coughlin at Pittston Area, 7 Oct. 27: Pittston Area at Wyoming Area, 7

WHLM-AM 930, FM 94.7, 104.3, 105.5 Aug. 25: Bloomsburg at Danville, 6:30 Aug. 26: Panther Valley at CMVT, 12:30 Sept. 1: Southern Columbia at Bloomsburg, 6:30 Sept. 8: Mount Carmel at Southern Columbia, 6:30 Sept. 15: Shamokin at Bloomsburg, 6:30 Sept. 22: Danville at Central Columbia, 6:30 Sept. 29: Hughesville at Bloomsburg, 6:30

Oct. 6: Lewisburg at Danville, 6:30 Oct. 13: Danville at Southern Columbia, 6:30 Oct. 20: Southern Columbia at Central Columbia, 6:30 Oct. 27: Central Columbia at Bloomsburg, 6:30

Service Electric Ch. 2 Sept. 1: Wyoming Area at Crestwood, 7 Sept. 7: Nanticoke Area at GAR, 7 Sept. 8: Meyers at Hanover Area, 7 Sept. 9: Mahanoy Area at Holy Redeemer, 1 Sept. 14: Lake-Lehman at GAR, 7 Sept. 15: Nanticoke Area at Meyers, 7 Sept. 22: Dallas at Valley West, 7 Sept. 23: Meyers at Holy Redeemer, 1 Sept. 28: Athens at GAR, 7 Sept. 30: Nanticoke Area at Crestwood, 7 Oct. 6: Northwest at Hanover Area, 7 Oct. 7: Wyoming Area at GAR, 7 Oct. 13: Tunkhannock at Meyers, 7 Oct. 14: Williamsport at Coughlin, 7 Oct. 20: Valley West at Crestwood, 7 Oct. 27: Nanticoke Area at Hanover Area, 7 Oct. 28: GAR at Meyers, 2

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WYLN Aug. 25: Berwick at Hazleton Area, 7 Sept. 1: Wyoming Area at Crestwood, 7 Sept. 8: Williamsport at Hazleton Area, 7 Sept. 15: Abington Heights at Hazleton Area, 7 Sept. 22: Hamburg at Mahanoy Area, 7 Sept. 29: Berwick at Coughlin, 7 Oct. 6: Scranton at Hazleton Area, 7 Oct. 13: Donegal at Hazleton Area, 7 Oct. 20: Lake-Lehman at Berwick, 7 Oct. 27: Hazleton Area at Crestwood, 7

Every new season a new set of rules is established by the National Federation of State High School Associations Rules Committee with player safety in mind. One of the biggest points of emphasis for officials this year will be blindside blocks. If a player does not have a chance to see the block coming and the hit is with the shoulder pad or the body, it will be considered a penalty. “If somebody is coming outside the free blocking zone, we are encouraging to make sure the hands are extended and the blocking is done with open palms,” said PIAA official Chuck Suppon, who is entering his 30th season as an official. “Basically, this was put in to try and make sure player safety is maximized.” The free blocking zone only exists during a scrim-

mage down. It’s a rectangular area extending 4 yards to either side of the ball and 3 yards behind each team’s line of scrimmage. A player is considered to be in the free blocking zone if any part of his body is in the zone at the snap. Clipping within the free blocking zone was eliminated last year and has been done away with, according to Suppon. A big change for defenders is that faceguarding will be permitted. The defensive player can now faceguard as long as there is no contact between the defender and the receiver. That means the defender no longer has to turn and look for the ball. “What they have done is unified it with the college rule,” Suppon said. “It used to be as soon as the ball was thrown, if the offensive player turned to look back, the defensive player had to as

well. Now that is not applicable.” The pop-up kick has been done away with. A pop-up kick is when the kicker drives the ball into the ground and on one bounce the ball goes up in the air. Protecting the defenseless player is the primary goal for the NFHS. Examples of a defenseless player include a quarterback who has just released the football, a receiver going up for a catch and kick and punt retur ners preparing to receive the ball. “They are trying to tighten it up,” Suppon said. “A quarterback could be defenseless if he is in the throwing motion and doesn’t have the opportunity to gain his senses about him and get in a football position. If a wide receiver goes up in the air to catch a ball that is over his head, he could be in a defenseless position.”

WQMY Aug. 25: Valley View at Lakeland, 7 Sept. 1: Dallas at Berwick, 7 Sept. 8: Delaware Valley at Valley West, 7 Sept. 15: Selinsgrove at Shikellamy, 7 Sept. 22: Abington Heights at Valley View, 7 Sept. 29: West Scranton at North Pocono, 7 Oct. 6: Scranton Prep at Honesdale, 7 Oct. 13: Danville at Southern Columbia, 7 Oct. 20: Towanda at Tunkhannock, 7 Oct. 27: Dunmore at Old Forge, 7

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CRESTWOOD COMETS Enrollment: Class 4A

Home field: Crestwood Stadium

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THE COACH Greg Myers 11th season 74-66

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 30 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent at Pittston Area Wyoming Area Coughlin at Berwick at Pottsville Nanticoke Area at Tunkhannock at Hanover Area Valley West Hazleton Area

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Pittston Area W, 35-28 Wyoming Area L, 27-7 Coughlin L, 33-14 Berwick L, 15-7 Pottsville L, 33-0 Nanticoke Area L, 25-22 Tunkhannock W, 49-6 Hanover Area W, 28-20 Valley West L, 47-0 Hazleton Area L, 38-3 North Pocono L, 20-13 Record: 3-8 (Lost in first round of D2 4A playoffs)

NUMBERS GAME Crestwood’s top returning statistical leaders Passing Chase Passman

122 yards

Rushing Patrick Rother Chase Passman

679 yards 261 yards

Receiving Kevin Klusewitz

107 yards

DID YOU KNOW? Crestwood loves to run the ball, as evidenced by the 17 players who carried the ball last season. Lance Blass, who graduated, led the way with 117 carries and Patrick Rother had 112 carries. Chase Passman was third with 48.

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Crestwood linebacker Jeff Schmude, left, and lineman Ethan Van Gorden look to lead the Comets to the postseason.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE COMETS Changing of the guards

Making it interesting

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Player to watch

A common theme among high school football teams, especially on the offensive line, is crosstraining to teach the linemen multiple positions. Crestwood coach Greg Myers is making sure his linemen are interchangeable. It helps safeguard against injuries, aids the depth chart and creates versatility. Senior linemen Ethan Van Gorden, John O’Boyle and Shane O’Rourke are playing a role in that crossover training.

Through the years, the hallmark of the Crestwood football team has been its depth on the offensive and defensive fronts. Now, that depth is extending to other positions. There are seven players to choose from at the tailback and fullback positions. On the perimeter, there are nine Comets that have the potential to play. The potential is there for some exciting things to happen.

Like just about every team in the conference, the Comets don’t have an easy game. They open at Pittston Area, where a new coach is in place. After that, there are four weeks that see Wyoming Area and Coughlin at home, followed by road trips to Berwick and Pottsville. Crestwood does close the season at home with a pair of games, but they are against Valley West and Hazleton Area.

Junior quarterback Chase Passman was thrown into the mix earlier than anticipated last year when Lance Blass missed time with an injury. That allowed Passman to gain valuable experience, which is expected to pay off this year. Passman impressed enough that when Blass returned from injury, Myers kept him in at quarterback, enabling the Comets to move Blass around to different positions.

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BENNETT’S VIEW After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Comets: The interesting part of this and it gives them an opporseason for Crestwood will be tunity to be more creative. how it attacks opponents In junior Chase Passman, offensively. the Comets have a quarterCrestwood has been runback that can move the ball ning the single-wing, tinkerdown the field through the CHRISTOPHER DOLAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ing with it ever since it imple- air. He can also run. In Crestwood running backs first row, from left, Logan Arnold, Nick Grosek, Matthew Tirpak, Patrick Rother, Saige mented it as the primary order for this team to get on George and Jeff Schmude. Second row, Jimmy Hawley, David Wint, coach Roger Legg, Ryan Black and Jimmy Curry. offense. track, two things need to The more that is added to happen. the scheme, in some First, the Comets need to MEET THE 2017 COMETS instances the trickier it gets get off to a good start and to defend, especially when build some confidence. QUARTERBACKS teams have just one week to Second, they are going to Junior Chase Passman prepare for it. need to be able to throw the returns as the starter after Add in the depth the Com- ball. If they can’t, there could taking over midway through ets have on the perimeter, be problems. last season. He threw for 112 yards and is dangerous on his BROzENA FRISBIE NIEMENSKI PASSMAN O’BOYLE O’ROURKE feet. He ran for 261 yards to finish as the team’s third leading rusher in 2016. He with good depth. Brandon O’Rourke and Black are the Nate Sledziewski, Michael added four rushing touchNiemenski, a sophomore, tackles. Macri and Klusewitz. The Want to give your downs. who is 6-foot-5, will be one safeties are senior David pool a New Look?? The backups are sophoto keep an eye on. Wint with Klusewitz sliding LINEBACKERS more Garrett Swank, senior Doubtful about Senior Brandon Brozena, over. Kevin Klusewitz and freshSchmude, Curry, senior your liner lasting Grosek, Klusewitz, sophoBest Prices man Ryan Petrosky. another season?? more Jesse Zaykoski, senior Matt Tirpak, Harding and Of The Season SPECIAL TEAMS Pat Colo, and freshmen Paul Arnold are on the inside with Whatever the reason, Sophomore Garrett Swank Feisel and Ryan Harding are Grosek, Rother and Grigas RUNNING BACKS on the outside. and Frisbie are in line to all in the mix. Junior Patrick Rother, who kick. The punter is junior finished second on the team Rob Figmic or Brozena. SECONDARY in rushing last year with 679 OFFENSIVE LINE yards and tied for the teamThe corners are seniors The centers are junior Kev— Steve Bennett lead with seven rushing in Frisbie and sophomore touchdowns, returns at tailDerek Petrochko. Seniors back. John O’Boyle, Shane Order Yours Now Junior Nick Grosek will also O’Rourke, Jake Spaide and For Early Delivery see time. Senior Ryan Black, junior Adam Gegaris are the All sizes on sale senior Owen Grigas (245 guards. Senior Ethan Van Smith mith Hourigan Group Grou Now yards rushing in 2016), Gorden and junior Sean Fol16x32 Rect. Reg. $999 Only senior Jeff Schmude, junior ey are the tackles. Jimmy Curry and freshman Realtor Logan Arnold are the fullLet’s beautify 69 North Mountain Blvd Free FINANCING backs. Mountain Top, PA 18707 73 S. Mountain Blvd. DEFENSIVE LINE

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VALLEY WEST SPARTANS Enrollment: Class 6A

Home field: Spartan Stadium

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THE COACH Pat Keating 9th season 69-23

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent at Scranton Hazleton Area Delaware Valley at Williamsport Dallas at Wallenpaupack Abington Heights at Berwick at Crestwood Coughlin

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Scranton W, 48-41 Hazleton Area W, 33-15 Delaware Valley L, 29-13 Williamsport L, 35-22 Dallas W, 29-0 Wallenpaupack W, 31-6 Abington Heights W, 23-20 Berwick W, 48-24 Crestwood W, 47-0 Coughlin W, 55-14 Abington Heights L, 24-7 Record: 8-3 (Lost in D2 Class 5A championship)

NUMBERS GAME Valley West’s top returning statistical leaders

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Senior Rob Dwyer moves from tight end to starting quarterback for the Spartans.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE SPARTANS

Passing None Rushing Zach Davies Sean Mikovitch

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Receiving Rob Dwyer

194 yards

DID YOU KNOW? Last season, the Spartans ranked in the top half of the Wyoming Valley Conference in rush, total and scoring defense. The Spartans were fifth in rush (167.5), third in total (264.2) and third in scoring (18.9).

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If anything, Valley West is a more experienced group, especially on the offensive line. The inexperience last season led to too many mistakes. Once coach Pat Keating’s Spartans reached Week 5, they began playing as a more cohesive group and rattled off six consecutive wins to close the regular season. Up front, seniors Dominic Alunnia and Brandon Steidinger were getting their first taste of varsity football.

The Spartans enter the season with a new quarterback, as well as tailback, with the graduation of Aaron Austin and Sean Judge. Combined, Austin and Judge rushed for 1,800 yards and 28 touchdowns. It won’t be easy to replace the production from the two offensive leaders, but this year the Spartans will have more of an opportunity to spread the ball around. It will be interesting to see how the loss of Judge in the secondary impacts the defense.

Thanks to the six classifications, all 10 teams on Valley West’s schedule qualified for the postseason last year. But the first four games of the year should prove to be quite difficult. Valley West opens at Scranton, and that is followed by home games with Hazleton Area and Delaware Valley, before a road trip to Williamsport. All told, the Spartans get the four 6A schools on the schedule out of the way early.

Senior quarterback Rob Dwyer takes over the helm with limited experience at the position. He attempted two passes last season, and both were intercepted. Dwyer makes the move to quarterback from tight end, where he caught 15 passes in 2016, so he comes to the position with a good understanding of the passing game. His ability to run is an advantage. Dwyer looked good over the summer, but the big test will come when the games begin to count.

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VALLEY WEST ROSTER No Name 1 Derek Doreskewicz 2 Sulaiman Ismail 3 Nathan Shovlin 4 Ricky Leon 5 Jake Gurtis 6 Tyler Wyberski 7 Rob Dwyer 8 Ronald Scarpelli 9 Dylan Nastanski 10 Dimitri Brown 11 Josh Kennedy 13 Darrian Tyson 14 Jake Blaski 15 Jonathan Chell 16 Jake Shusta 21 Brendan Woods 22 Dion Davis 23 Sean Mikovitch 26 Zach McDaniels 28 Jayden Watkins 34 Jonathan Stochla 40 Zach Davies 42 Quaid Braddy

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Carson Canavan Ryan Henehan Connor Mikovitch Jacob Siley Nate Mooney Anthony Bottaro Dylan Brown Dave Wildey Elijah Cropp Donald Messersmith Brandon Steidinger Matt St Omer Brandon Tirado Dominic Alunnia Chris Bleich Jamir Murphy Harunah Jallow Dylan Jockel Sammy Solomon Sebastian Allen Lucas Geiger Paul St Omer Jordan Evans Cortes Adams

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BENNETT’S VIEW After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Spartans:

MEET THE 2017 SPARTANS QUARTERBACKS Senior Rob Dwyer is starter and junior Jake Shusta is the backup. Both have limited experience on the varsity level at the position.

RUNNING BACKS Senior Zach Davies, senior Sean Mikovitch, junior CarTHE CITIZENS’ VOICE FILE son Canavan and junior Valley West’s Zach Davies, Quaid Braddy are the backs. right, wraps up a Scranton Davies is the leading returning rusher with 28 carries for ballcarrier last season. 182 yards. Mikovitch ran the ball 21 times, while Braddy go will be linked to how quickly Rob Dwyer adjusts to and Canavan each carried it playing quarterback, and the six times. players around him adjust to Dwyer. WIDE RECEIVERS The Spartans will good Junior Darrian Tyson, defensively, with Zach Davies senior Derek Doreskewicz, leading the way at linebacksenior Jake Blaski, junior er. Offensively, they will be Ricky Leon and senior Dion creative.

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Davis are Dwyer’s targets. Tyson was second on the team in receptions last year with 19. Doreskewicz had five and Blaski had three.

DEFENSIVE LINE Sophomore Sammy Solomon and Jockel are ends. Senior Cortes Adams and Bleich are the tackles.

OFFENSIVE LINE Junior Connor Mikovitch mans center. The guards are senior Brandon Steidinger and junior Dave Wildey. The tackles are senior Chris Bleich, who has given a verbal commitment to UCLA, and senior Dominic Alunnia. The

LINEBACKERS The inside linebackers are Davies and Sean Mikovitch. Braddu and Canavan are on the outside.

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SECONDARY Tyson, who had two interceptions last season, and Davis are the corners. Blaski and Doreskewicz are the safeties.

SPECIAL TEAMS Senior Jake Gurtis, who kicked 37 extra points and six field goals, with a long of 40 yards, returns as the kicker. Chances are good that he will be the punter as well. — Steve Bennett

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HANOVER AREA HAWKEYES Enrollment: Class 3A

Home field: Joe Gayewski Memorial Stadium

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THE COACH Mike McCree 3rd season 6-14

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent at Old Forge at Blue Mountain Meyers Mid Valley at Lake-Lehman at Wyoming Area Northwest Crestwood at GAR Nanticoke Area

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Old Forge W, 10-7 Blue Mountain L, 43-6 Meyers W, 20-14, OT Mid Valley W, 36-35 Lake-Lehman W, 41-14 Wyoming Area L, 28-7 Northwest L, 28-22 Crestwood L, 28-20 GAR L, 28-14 Nanticoke Area L, 26-14 Record: 4-6

NUMBERS GAME Hanover Area’s top returning statistical leaders CHRISTOPHeR dOLAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHeR

Passing Aaron Hummer

127 yards

Rushing Josh Jopling Tyheim Taylor

266 yards 113 yards

Receiving Sean Coleman

58 yards

DID YOU KNOW? Hanover Area enjoyed tremendous success from 2000 to 2009, compiling a record of 71-42. Prior to that, the Hawks’ most successful decades were 1930s (68-18-7) and the 1940s (57-31-8). So far this decade, the Hawks are 20 games below .500 at 26-46.

Senior Sal Gurnari anchors Hanover Area’s offensive and defensive lines.

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The big question mark for the Hanover Area defense this year will be its ability to stop the run. Last year, the Hawks ranked near the bottom of the WVC against the run, allowing 225.7 yards per game on the ground. That put the Hawks 15th overall, only ahead of Pittston Area and Tunkhannock. Head coach Mike McCree hopes with a few adjustments that number can improve. If it can, it could mean some more wins for the Hawks.

While the defense had issues stopping the run, the offense had problems of its own. The Hawks turned the ball over way too much in 2016. They finished the year with 20 turnovers, including 12 interceptions. With a new starter at quarterback, whether it be junior Aaron Hummer or freshman Joe Curcio, as well as some new faces at running back, it will be imperative for the Hawks to hang on to the football.

The Hawks face a gauntlet right out of the gate. They open with games at Old Forge and Blue Mountain, before returning home to open WVC play against a Meyers team many are picking to be the top team in the division. All 10 teams on the schedule qualified for the playoffs in 2016. Needless to say, the Hawks are going to be tested right out of the chute, and should have a good idea of where they stand after Week 3.

As the center and defensive end, 6-foot-1, 255-pound senior Sal Gurnari will be counted on heavily to lead the Hawks. With his experience, high motor and talent, the Hawks should be confident with him leading the charge. On offense, he will make the line calls, and on defense his athleticism should allow him to be able to get to the quarterback as well as cut off the edge when the ball comes to his side.

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HANOVEr ArEA rOSTEr Name Ht/Wt Christian Buckley 5-10/155 Tyheim Taylor 6-0/205 Bobby Sabecky 5-9/155 Connor Hummer 6-0/210 Aaron Hummer 5-10/185 Sean Coleman 5-10/170 Connor Quaglia 5-8/145 Donny Lott 6-1/195 Tanner Bednarski 6-0/145 Justin Masur 5-8/155 Hunter Karpovich 5-9/165 Jared Kishbaugh 6-0/155 Joseph Curcio 6-1/185 Josh Jopling 5-10/170 Layne Armstrong 5-9/140 James McCabe 5-9/155 Auugie George 5-10/140 Justin Stefanowicz 5-9/215 Tom Mercandante 6-1/205 David Fedorczyk 5-11/195 Trenton Ambrose 5-8/155 Nick Gagliardi 6-1/185 James Amann 5-6/190 Michael Lanahan 6-0/180 Jace Andrews 6-0/185 Jeremy Andrewlavage 6-1/205 Cameron Holeman 5-10/220 Sal Gurnari 6-1/255 Robert Fuller 5-10/250 Jamir Wimbush 6-1/270 Zach Halenda 5-7/225 Seth Strouse 5-9/180 Sean Cavenaugh 5-8/170 John Jenkins 6-2/250 Mike Mieldazis 6-2/255 Justin Kopko 6-4/305 Matt Beecham 6-2/265 Jacob Mercandante 6-2/205 Hunter Malia 5-9/150 Trek Brodginski 6-1/167 Kaleb Rigol 5-9/160 Matt Salwoski 5-10/145

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Hanover Area quarterbacks, from left, Joseph Curcio, Aaron Hummer and Auggie George.

MEET THE 2017 HAWKS QuArTErBAcKS The starting job is a battle between junior Aaron Hummer (5-10, 185) or freshman Joe Curcio (6-1, 185). Hummer saw action in five games last year, throwing for 127 yards and four interceptions.

ruNNINg BAcKS Senior Josh Jopling (5-10, 170) is the most experienced of the running backs after appearing in eight games last season and rushing for 266 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 3.8 yards per carry. Junior Christian Buckley (5-10, 155) carried the ball five times and is in the mix. The fullback is expected to be

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WIdE rEcEIVErS Senior Sean Coleman, who caught passes in four games last season, returns as the most experienced passcatcher on the team. He had six catches for 58 yards. Junior Connor Quaglia had one catch last season, while senior Donny Lott and junior Jared Kishbaugh are also

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OffENSIVE lINE Head coach Mike McCree hopes this will emerge as one of the main strengths of the team. Senior Sal Gurnari (6-1, 255) is the center. The guards are junior Cameron Holeman (5-10, 220), senior Robert Fuller (5-10, 250) and

dEfENSIVE lINE The defensive ends are Gurnari, Mercandante and Beecham. The tackles are Kopko, Fuller and sophomore Zach Halenda.

lINEBAcKErS Junior Cameron Holeman (5-10, 220), freshman Hunter Karpovich (5-9, 165), Stefanowicz and sophomore Jace Andrews (6-0, 185) are the linebackers in McCree’s 3-5 scheme this year.

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SEcONdAry The safeties are Lott, Hummer, Buckley, Joppling and Curcio. The defensive backs are Coleman, Quaglia, sophomore Tanner Bednarski (6-0, 145) and junior James McCabe (5-9, 155). Last year, the Hawks intercepted eight passes.

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After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Hawks: The season typically is dictated by how well the offensive line performs. The Hawks rely heavily on this group. This year, there is size and some experience. That will certainly be a benefit. But this group will not get by on its size alone. It’s going to be important for this group to remain healthy and come together quickly. Defensively, the Hawks need to stop the run. They gave up too many yards last year on the ground. The Hawks will begin with a new quarterback. Aaron Hummer has minimal experience at the position, while Joe Curcio is a freshman. That will only add to the pressure of the offensive line and the running game to take some heat off the starting quarterback.

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Holy RedeemeR Royals Enrollment: Class 3A

Home field: Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium

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THE COACH Dwayne Downing 2nd season 2-8

2017 SCHEDULE Date Opponent Aug. 26 x-Holy Cross (2) Sept. 2 x-Susquehanna (2) Sept. 9 Mahanoy Area (1) Sept. 15 at Western Wayne Sept. 23 Meyers (1) Sept. 29 at Northwest Oct. 6 at Athens Oct. 13 at Lake-Lehman Oct. 20 at Nanticoke Area Oct. 28 CMVT x-at Lake-Lehman All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Holy Cross W, 34-6 Susquehanna L, 8-0 Mahanoy Area L, 40-6 Western Wayne L, 1-0 (forfeit) at Meyers L, 50-6 Northwest L, 40-7 Athens L, 52-7 Lake-Lehman L, 38-3 Nanticoke Area L, 33-19 CM Vo-Tech W, 30-26 Record: 2-8

NUMBERS GAME Redeemer’s top returning statistical leaders Passing JD Turosky

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Seniors Chris Black, left, and JD Turosky lead the way for Holy Redeemer’s offense.

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953 yards

Rushing John Winters JD Turosky

151 yards 99 yards

Receiving John Winters

530 yards

DID YOU KNOW? Second-year coach Dwayne Downing is the sixth coach in Holy Redeemer’s 11-year history. Downing, who was a member of Penn State’s 1986 national championship team, previously coached at Bishop Hoban — where he guided the Argents to a 9-1 record and a berth in the District 2 playoffs in 2004.

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Now that head coach Dwayne Downing has had a year to familiarize himself with the players in the program, the next step for the Royals is to show improvement on the field. Downing knows the Royals need to be able to block and tackle. That’s something the Royals have been struggling with over the years. Downing spent the offseason working on those aspects of the game. He went back to basics with a group that has several players who played on the offensive and defensive line returning.

Coaches always talk about changing culture. Downing really hasn’t had to dig too deep into this aspect. The players are eager to learn. The problem is, the program has not had much success since its inception. He can’t express enough that just because one mistake is made, it does not have to lead to several more. That has been the case. It’s a habit he wants to change. There were games the Royals were in early last year where one thing went wrong and the players expected more bad things to happen.

The location of the first two games is in flux after Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium was temporarily closed on Aug. 17. The Royals should be competitive with some teams on the slate thanks to an increased roster size. Having to play most of the season last year with only 18 players, there were limitations they were faced with. Now that the roster is close to 30, practices are more competitive, and the extra reps of going up against another body could pay dividends.

Downing lists quarterback JD Turosky at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds. He has the measurables that every coach would love to have in a player. He has a big arm and is mobile enough to run the ball. Turosky threw for 953 yards and seven touchdowns last season. What will make him more dangerous this season is that he has some quality skill players lining up on offense. If the Royals can put together a running game to take some of the pressure off Turosky, the offense has a chance to be successful.

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Name Ht/Wt JD Turosky 6-3/230 Jared Piontkowski 6-6/180 James Cunningham 5-8/175 Colin Conway 5-9/165 Ryan Williams 5-9/165 Nate Roppelt 5-11/195 Peter Shay 5-9/175 Devin Shandra 5-8/160 Logan Atcavage 5-5/140 Tanner Fenstermacher 5-8/145 Jonathan Winter 6-1/190 Matthew Schuler 5-10/150 Cole Mayhue 6-0/215 Daniel Schuler 6-0/185 Josh Kodish 5-8/250 Tom Hajkowski 6-2/250

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Name Ht/Wt Marc Kolendowicz 5-9/230 John Callaghan 5-7/220 Alex Hajkowski 6-2/165 Chris Black 6-5/250 Joe Pisack 6-1/215 Gavin Fincke 6-1/255 Owen Martin 5-9/210 Pat Curley 6-0/220 Matt Marino 6-1/290 Joe Daoud 6-0/315 Chris Pinkowski 5-10/145 Zach Walker 6-5/235 Dennis Harrison 5-8/170 John Sartin 6-0/175 Matt Piontkowski 6-5/215 Jack Daoud 5-7/150

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BENNETT’S VIEW

After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Royals:

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Holy Redeemer running backs, from left, Jonathan Winter, Ryan Williams, Peter Shay and James Cunningham.

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WIDE RECEIVERS

Senior JD Turosky (6-3, 230) is the starter. He has experience and understands the offense. As Turosky goes, so will the Royals. The backup is sophomore Colin Conway (5-9, 165).

Matt Marino (6-1, 290). The tackles are senior Chris Black (6-5, 250), junior Thomas Hajkowski (6-2, 250), senior Joe Pisack (6-1, 215) and junior Gavin Fincke (6-1, 255). The tight ends are senior Matt Piontkowski (6-6, 215) and senior Zach Walker (6-5, 235).

DEFENSIVE LINE Black, Pisack, Matt Piontkowski and Hajkowski are the ends. The tackles are Daoud, Walker, Marino, Fincke and Kodish.

LINEBACKERS The inside backers are Turosky, Kolendowicz and Mayhue. Playing on the out-

side are Williams, Cunningham, junior Pat Curley (6-0, 220) and Callaghan.

particularly at the skill positions. Offensively, the Royals have a pair of weapons in quarterback JD Turosky and running back Jonathan Winter. The key for the Royals will be to stop allowing one mistake to lead to several others. And if something does go wrong, it does not necessarily mean things have to snowball.

SECONDARY The Royals picked off 10 passes last season. Sartin, who had one, will play corner along with Harrison, Conway and Shay. Winter, who led the team with four interceptions, is the safety. Jared Piontkowski will also play safety.

SPECIAL TEAMS Sophomore Nate Roppelt, who kicked seven extra points and had one field goal from 21 yards out, will be the kicker and punter. — Steve Bennett

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Winter is the type of player that can be put anywhere, as proven by his team-best 27 receptions and 530 receiving yards last season. Sophomore Colin Conway (5-9, 165), senior Dennis Harrison (5-8, 170), senior John Sartin (6-0, 175), sophRUNNING BACKS omore Jared Piontkowski The Royals averaged 3 (6-0, 180), sophomore Devin yards per carry last season Shandra (5-8, 160) and on 207 attempts, and they sophomore Peter Shay (5-9, rushed for eight touchdowns. 175) are in the mix. Senior James Cunningham (5-8, 175), sophomore Ryan OFFENSIVE LINE Williams (5-9, 165) and senior Jonathan Winter (6-1, Senior Marc Kolendowicz 190) are the tailbacks. Win- (5-9, 230) and sophomore ter tied Turosky for the team- Cole Mayhue (6-0, 215) are lead in rushing touchdowns the centers. with three. Sophomore John The guards are senior Joe Callaghan (5-7, 220) is the Daoud (6-0, 315), junior Josh fullback. Kodish (5-8, 250) and junior

This is Dwayne Downing’s second season with the program, and he is pleased with the progress the team is making. Numbers are always a question mark at Holy Redeemer and depth is a legitimate concern, but Downing has 30 or so players on the opening night roster. Say this for the Royals: They are tired of losing. They do have some size,

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MEYERS MOHAWKS Enrollment: Class 3A

Home field: Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium

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THE COACH Jeff Labatch 3rd season 13-10

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 28

Opponent at Lake-Lehman at Montrose at Hanover Area Nanticoke Area at Redeemer (1) Dallas Coughlin Tunkhannock at Northwest GAR (2)

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Lake-Lehman L, 27-7 Montrose W, 20-10 Hanover Area L, 20-14 Nanticoke Area W, 42-28 Holy Redeemer W, 50-6 Dallas W, 36-35 Coughlin L, 40-0 Tunkhannock W, 24-13 Northwest L, 14-13 GAR L, 50-7 Western Wayne L, 26-21 Record: 5-6 (Lost in first round of EC playoffs)

NUMBERS GAME Meyers’ top returning statistical leaders Passing Janssen Wilborn

Meyers senior quarterback Janssen Wilborn ran for 1,025 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE MOHAWKS

349 yards

Rushing Janssen Wilborn 1025 yards Reese Patronick 405 yards Receiving Michael Horvath

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DID YOU KNOW? Meyers had one of the stingiest defenses in the Wyoming Valley Conference last season. The Mohawks finished second in the conference in total defense, allowing 263.4 yards per game. The pass defense allowed only 80 of those yards.

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Once again, Meyers head coach Jeff Labatch will have the skill players capable of making big plays. The big question is will how the Meyers’ offensive line perform. The Mohawks have two starters back up front. One of them, senior Pedro Hernandez, played right guard last season and is moving to center this year. Including the tight ends, the Mohawks have 10 offensive linemen listed on the depth chart, but experience is a factor.

The margin of error between being a District 2 qualifier and an invitation to the Eastern Conference playoffs was slim for the Mohawks last season. It came down to one game. And one game is what sent Meyers to the Eastern Conference. The Mohawks lost one game in overtime last year where they were ahead by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Then there was another one they lost by one point after holding a late lead in the game.

The Mohawks were thrown for a loop before the start of the season when school district officials announced the temporary closure of Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium to fix structural issues. As a result, Meyers’ season opener was moved from Saturday night to Friday night at Lake-Lehman. Instead of playing six home games, Meyers now has five. Week 2 brings a trip to Montrose, followed by an away game at Hanover Area.

Senior Janssen Wilborn proved last year he can be a differencemaker. He stepped in at quarterback in Week 4 as an injury replacement. In that game, he threw two interceptions, but still managed to display game-breaking speed. The Mohawks need to be cautious so he doesn’t get worn down. There were a few games last year when Wilborn strictly played on offense, forcing someone else to fill in his spot at safety where he is just as valuable.

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Name Maleek Robinson Ryan Judge Jose Rivera Reese Patronick Corey Brown Kenny Macko Janssen Wilborn Talee Swinney Gelson DeJesus Sufyan Burroughs Emanuel Gutierrez Tyler Yelland Kevin Dessoye Rohan Hall Caleb Burns Najese Hood Gabe Springer Curon Smith Jabrail Crumbley Clement Assuah Akendie Wright David Kasper Latroy McBride Rajhan Woodson Colin Browne

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Name Nazir Dunell Ajmal Mubarak Tyriq Hatcher Sean McGeehan Elijah Rivers Tyler Schneikart Pedro Hernandez Kevin Kaskey Justin Eberhardt Ian Levy Michael Gavin Devontae Broadwater Josh Jones Tommy Le Josh Woodworth Demetrice Perlite Greg Amberes Elisha Mitchell Jason Castellano Rafael Olmedo Ryan Maffei Rhett Hammon Christian Martinez Michael Horvath

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BENNETT’S VIEW After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Mohawks:

Meyers running backs, first row, from left, Jaylom Patterson and Sufyan Burroughs. Second row, Maleek Robinson, Reese Patronick, Rajhan Woodson Jr., Kevin Dessoye and Nazir Dunell.

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WIdE rEcEIVErS

Senior Janssen Wilborn is the starter after passing for 349 yards and four touchdowns last season. He’s a dangerous runner after racking up 1,025 yards and 11 touchdowns. Sophomore Talee Swinney is the backup.

Junior Najese Hood, junior Jose Rivera, junior Tyler Yelland and sophomore Gabe Springer are the wideouts. Hood is the top returning wideout with five catches for 35 yards.

ruNNINg BAcKS Junior Kevin Dessoye, junior Nazir Dunell and junior Reese Patronick, who ran for 405 yards and three touchdowns THE CITIzENS’ VOICE FILE last season, are the RBs. Meyers’ Reese Patronick Dessoye and Dunell comran for 405 yards in 2016. bined for 40 carries and 216 yards. Clearly, the offensive line is Senior Rajhan Woodson, going to have to grow up in a who ran for 169 yards, is the hurry. fullback.

OffENSIVE lINE Senior Pedro Hernandez anchors an inexperienced group from the center position. Junior Justin Eberhardt is No. 2 on the depth chart. Senior Jason Castellano, sophomore Kevin Kaskey and sophomore Josh Woodworth are the guards. Junior Ryan Maffei, sophomore Ian Levy and sophomore Michael Gavin are the tackles.

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SEcONdAry Last year the Mohawks picked off 13 passes. Hood, Dunell and Rivera are the corners. Wilborn, junior Ryan Judge and sophomore Corey Brown are the safeties.

Maffei, Castellano and Horvath are the ends, while SpEcIAl TEAMS Kaskey, Hernandez and The kickers are seniors senior Eli Mitchell are the Kenny Macko and Tyler tackles. Schneikart. Macko kicked 16 extra lINEBAcKErS points and two field goals with a long of 38 yards last At outside linebacker will season. David Kasper is the be Patronick, Dessoye, Gelpunter. son DeJesus and Sufyan Burroughs. Maleek Robinson — Steve Bennett

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The tight ends are junior Michael Horvath and senior Colin Browne. Horvath is a three-year player and was second on the team in receptions last year with eight, while averaging 14.0 yards per catch.

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As Meyers enters the 2017 season, it does so with a familiar storyline. The Mohawks have plenty of skill players. Quarterback Janssen Wilborn is one of the top returners at the position in the WVC. They have experience at running back in Reese Patronick. The team can’t depend on Wilborn. Defenses will key on him and force somebody else to make plays. The big question mark entering the season is the offensive line. With just two starters returning, this is going to be a young group. There are going to be mistakes made early up front. That is a given. But the Mohawks can’t compound those mistakes to the point where one leads to more.

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COUGHLIN CRUSADERS Enrollment: Class 4A

Home field: Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium

Twitter: @cvgameface

THE COACH Ciro Cinti 12th season 66-56

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 2 Sept. 8 Sept. 16 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 14 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent at Dallas at Scr. Prep (1:30) at Crestwood Wyoming Area Honesdale Berwick at Meyers Williamsport at Pittston Area at Valley West

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Dallas W, 20-7 Scranton Prep L, 23-2 Crestwood W, 33-14 Wyoming Area L, 38-14 Honesdale W, 49-13 Berwick L, 17-9 Meyers W, 40-0 Williamsport L, 49-28 Pittston Area W, 42-21 Valley West L, 55-14 Valley View L, 20-13 Record: 5-6 (Lost in first round of D2 Class 4A playoffs

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Coughlin’s Vincent Todd ran for 1,063 yards and scored 12 touchdowns in 2016.

NUMBERS GAME Coughlin’s top returning statistical leaders Passing Vincent Todd

172 yards

Rushing Jacob Cole Vincent Todd

1227 yards 1063 yards

Receiving Vincent Todd

173 yards

DID YOU KNOW? Vincent Todd and Jacob Cole each rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season to become the ninth WVC duo since 2004 to do so. It was also the second straight year a team had two 1,000-yard rushers. LakeLehman had two in 2015.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE CRUSADERS Welcome to the show

Lead by example

The schedule

Player to watch

Coughlin was hit hard by graduation, losing 18 seniors. In some scenarios, that may not seem like a lot. But when you have a roster of 32, that turns out to be quite a bit. The Crusaders are looking to fill the void with several underclassmen. Head coach Ciro Cinti is excited about the prospects of the sophomore class. He said this is an athletic group with several talented skill position players. The Crusaders are looking hard at two freshmen who will make the jump to the varsity in Sa’Id Hollis, a wide receiver/defensive back, and lineman Michael Timek.

Having such a young roster means the Crusaders will rely heavily on the senior class to provide leadership. That has not been an issue for Cinti throughout the offseason and summer camp. The seniors who are returning have stepped up and helped the freshmen and sophomores learn the ropes. The Crusaders have a lot to look forward to in terms of skill position players. With so many capable of making an impact, the coaching staff will an opportunity to platoon players on each side of the ball.

The Crusaders were supposed to open at home, but work to WilkesBarre Memorial forced the school district to move the game to Dallas. After that, the farthest the Crusaders have to travel this season is to Scranton Prep and to Mountain Top for a meeting with Crestwood. Those games are out of the way by the third week of the season. After that, it’s just trips to Pittston Area and Valley West to close out the season. In the middle of the season, the Crusaders break from WVC play to host Honesdale.

Senior quarterback/athlete Vincent Todd will once again be one of the most exciting players to watch in the WVC. On offense, he’s a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. In the secondary, there are not too many quarterbacks who want to test him. Todd, who is being heavily recruited by teams in the CAA, rushed for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. He also led the team in receiving with eight catches for 173 yards. On special teams, he returned one kick for a TD and defensively picked off one pass.

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QUARTERBACKS

COUGHLIN ROSTER

Senior Vincent Todd enters the season as the starter. He threw passes in four games last season, completing 66.7 percent. Sophomore Garrett Wardle will be the backup.

RUNNING BACKS Senior Jake Cole, a fouryear starter, is the featured back. He led the team in rushing with 1,227 yards. Senior Eric Sovan, who rushed 25 times last year, and senior Jared Kline, who had four rushing attempts, are in the mix at tailback.

WIDE RECEIVERS This group is inexperienced, but brings athleticism and speed. Senior Pat Strouse, junior Xayvion Proctor, sophomore Rafael McCoy, freshman Sa’Id Hollis, senior Matt Zalaffi, sophomore Antwan Gray-Dates and senior Tyler DeCinti are the receivers. McCoy is the cousin of former GAR and Pitt defensive lineman, Shakir Soto.

OFFENSIVE LINE The center is senior Alex Gulitus. In the mix at guard

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Coughlin’s Antwan Gray-Dates, Aiden Redding, Jared Kline, Javaun Kinlaw, Jake Cole, Sa’id Hollis, Rafael McCoy and Nino Cinti Jr. are junior Jervone Young, who is a converted fullback, sophomore Connor Lee and sophomore Aaron Warnagiris. The tackles are senior Corey Harrison, sophomore Manny Selever and freshman Michael Timek. Senior Eric Sovan is at tight end.

LINEBACKERS Sovan, Cole, sophomore Richard Carey and sophomore Salem Diop are the inside linebackers. DeCinti, Zalaffi, sophomore Silas Armstrong, sophomore Aiden Redding and junior Xayvion Proctor are on the outside.

DEFENSIVE LINE Young is a starter at defensive end. Sophomore Rasheed Canada and Warnagiris will see time. Gulitus, Harrison, Selever and Timek are the tackles.

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Coughlin is going to be young is some spots. This sophomore class has the potential to be very good. But it won’t happen overnight. There will be mistakes made, and the coaching staff is going to have to adjust on the fly.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Name Vincent Todd Sa’Id Hollis Antwan Gray-Dates Xayvion Proctor Raheem Bolden Jared Kline Cole Horan Matthew Zalaffi Salem Diop Javaun Kinlaw Rafael McCoy Garrett Wardle Jeff Mondulick Patrick Strouse Aiden Redding Tyler Deats Nino Cinti Joe Davis Tyler DeCinti

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After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Crusaders: Coughlin will never be a team that puts the ball in the air 20 to 25 times a game. It will stick with its bread and butter, which means it will run the ball. The Crusaders have appeared in the postseason in 10 consecutive seasons. But this year could be a bit of a different story.

depth will come into play. Todd, McCoy, senior Jared Kline, Gray-Dates and Hollis will play corner. The safeties are sophomore Nino Cinti and Strouse.

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GAR GRENADIERS Enrollment: Class 3A

Home field: Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium

Twitter: @cvgameface

THE COACH Paul Wiedlich 8th season 51-29

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 22 Sept. 28 Oct. 7 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 28

Opponent at Honesdale at Western Wayne Nanticoke Area Lake-Lehman at Pittston Area Athens Wyoming Area at Northwest Hanover Area at Meyers (2)

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Honesdale W, 49-7 Western Wayne L, 20-11 Nanticoke Area L, 16-13 Lake-Lehman L, 36-33 Pittston Area W, 26-19 Athens W, 34-14 Wyoming Area L, 35-14 Northwest L, 20-17 Hanover Area W, 28-14 Meyers W, 50-7 Lake-Lehman W, 21-13 Scranton Prep L, 40-14 Record: 6-6 (Lost in first round of D2 3A championship)

NUMBERS GAME GAR’s top returning statistical leaders Passing Tashawn Qualls Rushing Tashawn Qualls Gerson Peralta

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GAR’s Gerson Peralta, who injured his knee last season, is healthy and is expected to anchor the offense.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE GRENADIERS

368 yards 156 yards 43 yards

Receiving Malachai Williams 180 yards

DID YOU KNOW? Since 2000, GAR has been one of the most consistent programs in the Wyoming Valley Conference. The Grenadiers enter the 2017 season opener with a 114-74 record in that time span.

Getting tested

Big-play defense

The schedule

Player to watch

One of the biggest concerns for GAR coach Paul Wiedlich entering this season is the offensive line. The Grenadiers must replace three starters on the offensive line. That is no easy task, particularly with as much as GAR likes to run the football. There were times last year, even with an experienced line, where GAR was pushed around a bit. That concern grows even more with a lack of experience.

When GAR’s defense is making plays, the Grenadiers are usually playing at their best. As inexperienced as the team is going to be on the offensive side of the ball, the same can be said for the front-seven on defense. But with a slew of playmakers and athletes over there, the cause for concern is not as great as it is with the offense. GAR will need the defense to step up and create turnovers.

The Grenadiers will certainly get a lot of time to spend with each other on a bus. They open the year at Honesdale and Western Wayne. While they handled Honesdale easily last year, the Hornets have a new coach. Western Wayne came to Wilkes-Barre Memorial last season and dominated the game up front. GAR travels to Northwest in Week 8, and there are three Thursday games on the schedule.

Senior Gerson Peralta (6-foot-0, 175 pounds) is one of those players that every coach would love to have because of his versatility. In Week 5 of 2016, he sustained a season-ending knee injury. Peralta’s rehab went well enough that he was able to play baseball and run track in the spring. That is a good sign for Wiedlich and the Grenadiers, who will rely heavily on Peralta on both sides of the ball.

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A look at the stars of the 2016 season:

TOP PERFORMERS

PASSING YARDS

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GAR linebackers and defensive backs first row, from left, Kristian Vasquez, Kelvin Awuah, Tashawn Qualls, Sammy Lyons, Justice Lomas, Ronald Peguero and Deshaun Stone. Second row, Omar Degante, Christian Hernandez, Mykal Mitchell, Will Johnson, Tyrone Qualls, Jalil Timmons, Anthony Blake, Malachai Williams and Gerson Peralta.

PASSING TDS

MEET THE 2017 GRENADIERS

QUARTERBACKS

Senior Tashawn Qualls (5-10, 170) and senior Ron Peguero (5-9, 165) are competing for the starting job. In five games last season, Qualls threw for 368 yards and five touchdowns.

RUNNING BACKS Senior Gerson Peralta is slotted at wingback with junior Omar Degante (5-9, 165) at fullback. Senior Anthony Blake and newcomer Will Johnson, a 5-10, 165-pound junior, will play.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Senior Tai’Wan Bradley, who LINEBACKERS is 6-2, and sophomore Tyrone Tashawn Qualls, Tyrone Qualls are also receivers. Qualls, senior Travis Paul (5-8, 210) and Vasquez are on the inside. Blake, PegueOFFENSIVE LINE ro, Degante and junior SamSophomore Kristian my Lyons (5-9, 165) are on Vasquez (5-8, 165) lines up the outside. at center with senior Jared

Soto (5-11, 240) and senior Zynear Bradford (6-0, 195) at the guards. Senior Yorlin Peralta (6-1, 220) and sophomore Angel Meza (5-9, 250) are the tackles. Senior Kadin Taylor (6-2, 165) is the tight end.

The safeties are Johnson, Bradley, Williams and Gerson Peralta.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Delaney or senior Kelvin Awuah will kick. The punter will be either Tashawn Qualls or Blake.

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Pos QB/RB QB/WR RB/DB WR/DB WR/DB K K QB/DB TE/DL RB/LB RB/DB RB/LB TE/DL RB/LB WR/LB WR/DB TE/DL

Name Tashawn Qualls Gerson Peralta Will Johnson Malachai Williams Tai’Wan Bradley Jake Delaney Kelvin Awuah Ronald Peguero Joe Lewis Deshaun Stone Justce Lomas Tyrone Qualls Kadin Taylor Anthony Blake Mykal Mitchell Sammy Lyons Juan Vicioso

Ht/Wt 5-10/170 6-0/175 5-10/165 5-10/190 6-2/190 5-7/140 5-6/160 5-9/165 6-0/175 5-6/145 5-8/135 5-10/155 6-2/165 6-0/170 5-10/150 5-9/160 6-0/175

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SPECIAL TEAMS

RUSHING YARDS Lance Blass, Crestwood, Week 8 vs. Hanover Area, 325 Dawson Hughes, nanticoke, Week 2 vs. CMVT, 278 Jake Anderson, northwest, Week 10 vs. Tunkhannock, 273 Eric Jeffries, nanticoke Area, Week 9 vs. Holy Redeemer, 259 Janssen Wilborn, Meyers, Week 4 vs. nanticoke Area, 249

RUSHING TDS — Steve Bennett

Name Christian Hernandez Omar Degante Mike Fox Ibn Jackson-Bryan Tyreek Ceruti Zynear Bradford Travis Paul Jared Soto Kristian Vasquez Joe Delaney Ben George Angel Meza Alex Ruberto Justin Hero Yorlin Peralta Jalil Timmons Mike Smeraglio

Ht/Wt 5-6/130 5-9/165 5-9/145 5-7/150 5-11/180 6-0/195 5-8/210 5-11/240 5-8/165 5-10/285 5-9/220 5-9/250 5-9/175 5-10/200 6-1/220 5-9/160 5-10/165

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Yr Jr Jr So Jr Jr Sr Sr Sr So Sr Sr So Sr So Sr So So

BENNETT’S VIEW

Len Wyda, Berwick, Week 7 vs. Pittston Area, 5

RECEIVING YARDS

of them. Last year’s team advanced to the district final, only to come up short. For the returning players, that is enough of an inspiration to get back there again. But it is not going to be

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easy. The Grenadiers have a challenge replacing so many players on the offensive line and the front seven on defense. The good thing is they have playmakers like Gerson Peralta.

RECEIVING TDS Rich Wallace, Pittston Area, Week 5 vs. GAR, 3

LONGEST TD RUNS Mohammed Chesson, Hanover Area, Week 2 vs. Blue Mountain, 89 Trey Potts, Williamsport, Week 5 vs. Shikellamy, 81

LONGEST TD CATCHES John Winters, Holy Redeemer, Week 3 vs. Mahanoy Area, 85 Vincent Todd, Coughlin, Week 1 vs. Dallas, 80 David Smith, Hazleton Area, Week 8 vs. Donegal, 80 Marc Minnichello, Wyoming Area, Week 9 vs. Williamsport, 76 John Winters, Redeemer, Week 5 vs. Meyers, 75

TEAM RUSHING YARDS Williamsport, Week 9 vs. Wyoming Area, 457 Lake-Lehman, Week 6 vs. Tunkhannock, 455 Meyers, Week 5 vs. Holy Redeemer, 450 Berwick, Week 9 vs. LakeLehman, 438 Meyers, Week 4 vs. nanticoke Area, 436

TOTAL YARDS FOR Williamsport, Week 2 vs. Mifflin County, 665 Lake-Lehman, Week 6 vs. Tunkhannock, 591 Williamsport, Week 9 vs. Wyoming Area, 574 Williamsport, Week 10 vs. Berwick, 557 Berwick, Week 7 vs. Pittston Area, 553

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Taylor and Bradford are the ends. The tackles are senior Joseph Delaney (5-10, 285), Soto, Peralta and Meza.

SECONDARY

Walter Coles, Pittston Area, Week 7 vs. Berwick, 4 Isaiah Hankins, Williamsport, Week 10 vs. Berwick, 4

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Pittston Area’s Walter Coles threw for 275 yards against Nanticoke Area in 2016.

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Sophomore Malachai Williams, who led the team in receptions last year as a freshman with nine, returns.

Isaiah Hankins, Williamsport, Week 7 vs. Delaware Valley, 321 Zach Rogers, Tunkhannock, Week 10 vs. northwest, 296 Walter Coles, Pittston Area, Week 8 vs. nanticoke Area, 275 Isaiah Hankins, Williamsport, Week 3 vs. Hazleton Area, 251 Isaiah Hankins, Williamsport, Week 8 vs. Coughlin, 250


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DALLAS MOUNTAINEERS Enrollment: Class 4A

Home field: Mountaineer Stadium

Twitter: @cvgameface

THE COACH Rich Mannello 3rd season 8-14

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 30 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent Coughlin at Berwick Pittston Area Scranton Prep at Valley West at Meyers Wallenpaupack at Wyoming Area Hazleton Area Lake-Lehman

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Coughlin L, 20-7 Berwick L, 42-0 Pittston Area W, 24-6 Scranton Prep L, 48-0 Valley West L, 29-0 Meyers L, 36-35 Wallenpaupack L, 21-0 Wyoming Area L, 42-10 Hazleton Area L, 41-23 Lake-Lehman W, 18-15 Wyoming Area L, 13-12 Record: 2-9 (Lost in first round of D2 4A playoffs)

NUMBERS GAME Dallas’ top returning statistical leaders Passing Michael Starbuck 546 yards Rushing Lenny Kelley David Schuster

471 yards 327 yards

Receiving Chris Murray

283 yards

DID YOU KNOW? The 2017 Dallas Mountaineers may be one of the youngest teams in the Wyoming Valley Conference and in all of District 2. The Mountaineers enter Friday’s season opener at Coughlin with 35 freshmen, sophomores and juniors on the roster.

CHRISTOPHeR DOLAn / STAFF PHOTOgRAPHeR

Dallas seniors, from left, Chris Murray, James Hunter and Dalton Simpson will be called upon to lead a young squad.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE MOUNTAINEERS Something special

Pretty deep

The schedule

Player to watch

It’s a phase of the game that can’t be taken for granted. It’s also one that can change the tide of a game one way or another. That’s why special teams is an emphasis for the Mountaineers. Head coach Rich Mannello believes this year’s team is better equipped to handle special teams. With more speed than the previous two seasons, the Mountaineers have the ability to make plays on special teams, but maybe more importantly, prevent the negative plays from happening.

Dallas returns just eight starters, but several freshmen saw playing time last year, giving the Mounts some experience. Two spots where Mannello feels comfortable, as far as depth is concerned, are on the defensive line and in the secondary. That will allow Mannello to rotate enough players in and out. The depth up front and in the back will also help determine who plays where on special teams. It also eliminates having to hide a player.

The expectations are a bit higher inside the clubhouse at Dallas as the Mountaineers enter year three under Mannello. However, there are no weeks off. There is not a game on the schedule where anybody can look and pencil that week in as a win. Dallas will get tested early with a home game vs. Coughlin and a road game at Berwick. Three of the final four are at home, but two of them are against teams in higher classifications in Wallenpaupack and Hazleton Area.

Sophomore quarterback Michael Starbuck threw passes in eight games last year and took over the starting job midway through the season. He threw for 546 yards and three touchdowns and completed 45.8 percent of his passes. Mannello likes his demeanor in the huddle and is expecting him to become more of a leader this season. Starbuck doesn’t get rattled and has already experienced what it is like playing in some high pressure games.

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MEET THE 2017 MOUNTAINEERS QUARTERBACKS Sophomore Michael Starbuck (5-9, 160) is the starter after having logged significant minutes last season. The backups are freshman RJ Wren (5-9, 140), sophomore Michael Lukasavage (5-8, 145) and sophomore Jacob Esposito (5-9, 145). Wren, Lukasavage and Esposito are talented enough that there is the potential for them to be playing some place on the field this year.

ske (5-8, 160) are the fullbacks. They have all been cross-trained to play tight end as well. Meuser may also see time at tailback. Other tailbacks are sophomore Lenny Kelley (5-9, 170), senior David Schuster (5-8, 180) and sophomore Dylan Schuster (5-10, 170). Bolesta, Kelley and David Schuster are returning starters. Kelley rushed for 471 yards and David Schuster 327 last season. They combined for six touchdowns.

RUNNING BACKS Sophomore Taylor Bolesta (6-0, 200), sophomore Dan Meuser (5-11, 180), senior Bradley Adams (5-10, 170), junior Sean Cuba (5-7, 190) and sophomore Jacob Fen-

WIDE RECEIVERS Senior Chris Murray, who led the team with 19 receptions last season, moves from tight end to receiver. Senior Nate Maransky (6-1,

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Anderson (6-2, 280). Sophomore Jack Farrell (6-2, 180) is the tight end.

For the Dallas roster and Bennett’s view, please see Page 43

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LAKE-LEHMAN BLACK KNIGHTS Enrollment: Class 3A

Home field: Edward H. Edwards Stadium

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THE COACH Jerry Gilsky 8th season 50-29

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 14 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent Meyers Northwest Scranton Prep at GAR Hanover Area Tunkhannock at Nanticoke Area Holy Redeemer at Berwick at Dallas

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Meyers W, 27-7 Northwest L, 33-13 Scranton Prep L, 44-8 GAR W, 36-33 Hanover Area L, 41-14 Tunkhannock W, 49-26 Nanticoke Area W, 35-0 Holy Redeemer W, 38-3 Berwick L, 62-14 Dallas L, 18-15 GAR L, 21-13 Record: 5-6 (Lost in first round of D2 3A semifinals)

NUMBERS GAME Lehman’s top returning statistical leaders Passing Nate O’Donnell

26 yards

Rushing Zack Kojadinovich 549 yards Trey Borger 283 yards Receiving Zack Kojadinovich

44 yards

DID YOU KNOW? Eights were wild last season at Lake-Lehman. The Black Knights finished eighth in the Wyoming Valley Conference in rushing (220.9), total offense (218) and scoring offense (23.8) They were also eighth in total defense, allowing 280 yards per game.

CHRISTOPHER DOLAN / STAff PHOTOGRAPHER

Lake-Lehman’s Trey Borger missed most of the 2016 season with a knee injury.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE BLACK KNIGHTS Putting it together

Be aggressive

Here we go again

Player to watch

Lake-Lehman head coach Jerry Gilsky has an interesting dilemma on his hands heading into the 2017 season. Injuries a year ago forced Gilsky to go a little deeper on the depth chart than he expected. That meant the sophomore class was tested earlier than anticipated. With that experience gained, coupled with some of the players who sustained injuries returning, depth should not be an issue for the Black Knights. Trying to find a spot for all of them could present a bit of a problem.

The defensive line will be solid and the linebackers will be quick and aggressive. But Gilsky’s biggest concern is the secondary. Last year’s unit was a veteran group capable of making all the calls. The experience on the back end may not be there, so Gilsky will call on the front end to take some pressure off the secondary. There will be mistakes made early, which is to be expected. To compensate, look for the Black Knights to be even more aggressive this year.

When the schedule for the current two-year cycle was released, Gilsky was vocal about his dislike for the way it was compiled. Lake-Lehman, based on its previous success, is clearly one of the teams that were not “protected” when it came to scheduling games. The Black Knights will be tested right out of the chute with a fourweek stretch of Meyers, Northwest, Scranton Prep and GAR. To close it out, there are back-to-back road games with Berwick and rival Dallas.

Senior running back Trey Borger had a fantastic sophomore season. Expectations were high last year and he lived up to the hype, rushing for 283 yards and two touchdowns early on. But a knee injury, which ultimately led to ACL surgery, limited his season to just four games. He rushed for 263 yards in those games. He returns to the backfield this season and a healthy Borger will be a big part of a Lake-Lehman offense that thrives on running the football.

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Name Ht/Wt Giovani Ferrari 5-10/140 Jake Ferguson 5-8/150 Casey Kaminski 5-11/160 Ty Billotti 6-1/160 Trey Borger 5-10/190 Jared Cummings 5-10/175 Nate O’Donnell 6-0/200 Mike Simoson 5-8/155 Nate LaBar 5-9/150 Liam O’Brien 5-9/160 Zack Kojadinovich 5-10/175 David Horgerbe 5-10/165 Frank Kutz 5-11/215 Scott Robbins 5-10/210 Josh Durling 5-8/210 Matt Kurtz 5-11/230 Jack Symeon 6-1/230 Henry Selingo 6-0/250 Kaleb Konigus 6-2/280 Elmer Souder 5-11/200 Charles Harry 5-10/210 TJ Meehan 6-0/220 Wyatt Lopsky 5-8/220 Chris Traver 5-6/150 Ian Evans 6-2/270 Dakota Heinrich 5-11/230 Matt Major 6-0/150 Otto Souder 5-7/230 Jacob Prest 5-11/235 Logan Hoyt 5-9/240 Sean Sabaluski 6-2/185 Grayson Bruno 5-10/160 Floyd McRoy 5-9/135

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Lake-Lehman linemen, first row, from left, Matt Kurtz, Charles Harry, Chris Traver, Otto Souder, Wyatt Lopsky and Logan Hoyt. Second row, Elmer Souder, Jacob Prest, Dakota Heinrich, Kaleb Konigus, Jack Symeon, Ian Evans and TJ Meehan.

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MEET THE 2017 BLACK KNIGHTS QuArTErBACKS Nate O’Donnell, who attempted four passes last year and threw for 26 yards is the starter. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry and rushed for one touchdown. The backup is sophomore Jake Ferguson.

ruNNING BACKS

OffENSIVE LINE

The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Kaleb Konigus, a senior, is the center. The guards are junior TJ Meehan (6-0, 220) and junior Elmer Souder (5-11, 200). The tackles are senior Jack Symeon (6-1, 230) and junior Ian Evans WIdE rECEIVErS Junior Ty Billotti is the lead- (6-2, 270). The tight end will ing returner with two catches be junior Josh Durling. for 38 yards. Sophomore Casey Kaminski, senior Nate dEfENSIVE LINE LaBar, sophomore Sean Gilsky has Meehan and Sabaluski and junior Floyd Durling penciled in at end. McRoy are also in the mix. The tackles are Konigus,

Souder, Evans, junior Dakota Heinrich and Symeon.

LINEBACKErS Trey Borger, Frank Kutz, Jared Cummings, Matt Kurtz and David Horgerbe will be the linebackers.

Liam O’Brien and Sabaluski will be in the defensive backfield. Kojadinovich makes the switch from linebacker to DB this year.

SpECIAL TEAMS

Last year the Black Knights kicked 25 extra points and had one field goal of 30 SECONdAry yards. Henry Selingo will Much like the defensive take over the kicking duties line, the secondary is expect- this year. Evans is the punted to rotate between corner er. and safety. LaBar, Kojadinovich, Billotti, Kaminski, McRoy, — Steve Bennett

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A knee injury limited the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Trey Borger to just four games last season, but he returns for his senior year. Junior

Matt Kurtz rushed for 266 yards is back, as his sophomore Zack Kojadinovich, who ran for 549 yards. Junior Jared Cummings is also be in the mix. Junior Frank Kutz is the fullback.

Steve Bennett recaps the weekend and looks ahead to the upcoming games every Monday in The Citizens’ Voice.


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HONOr rOLL DISTrICT 2 CHAMPS Class 6A 2016 - Delaware Valley

Class 5A 2016 - abington Heights

Class 4A 1992 - Tunkhannock 1993 - Coughlin 1994 - Coughlin 1995 - Coughlin 1996 - Coughlin 1997 - Valley West 1998 - abington Heights 1999 - abington Heights 2000 - Valley West 2001 - abington Heights 2002 - Hazleton area 2003 - Scranton 2004 - Valley West 2005 - Hazleton area 2006 - abington Heights 2007 - Hazleton area 2008 - Hazleton area 2009 - Hazleton area 2010 - Valley West 2011 - Scranton 2012 - Delaware Valley 2013 - Valley West 2014 - Delaware Valley 2015 - Valley West 2016 - North pocono

Class 3A 1992 - Nanticoke area 1993 - North pocono 1994 - Berwick 1995 - Berwick 1996 - Berwick 1997 - Berwick 1998 - Berwick 1999 - Dallas 2000 - Berwick 2001 - Berwick 2002 - pittston area 2003 - Wyoming area 2004 - Berwick 2005 - abington Heights

2006 - West Scranton 2007 - West Scranton 2008 - Berwick 2009 - abington Heights 2010 - abington Heights 2011 - Valley View 2012 - abington Heights 2013 - Berwick 2014 - Crestwood 2015 - Scranton prep 2016 - Scranton prep

Class 2A 1992 - Wyoming area 1993 - Dallas 1994 - Dallas 1995 - Dunmore 1996 - Hanover area 1997 - Lake-Lehman 1998 - Wyoming area 1999 - Dunmore 2000 - Lakeland 2001 - meyers 2002 - Lakeland 2003 - Lakeland 2004 - Lakeland 2005 - Hanover area 2006 - Lakeland 2007 - Dunmore 2008 - Dunmore 2009 - Dunmore 2010 - gar 2011 - gar 2012 - Wyoming area 2013 - Lake-Lehman 2014 - Dunmore 2015 - Dunmore 2016 - Dunmore

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D2 STATE CHAMPS Class 3A 1988 - Berwick 1992 - Berwick 1994 - Berwick 1995 - Berwick 1996 - Berwick 1997 - Berwick

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“The expectations should not be higher,” Namey said. “One thing the public should know is our city has drastically changed in its demographics. Nobody should view it as if it is going to be a powerhouse. Any consolidation of athletic sports is meant to create a greater opportunity for student athletes and shore up other sports that are borderline to get on the field.” Another option for the board is to create a cooperative agreement between Meyers and Coughlin. In that scenario one school serves as the host and players from the other school would be permitted to play for the host. The caveat is that one of the schools in the co-op must have less than 300 boys. Typically, co-ops exist when there isn’t enough interest to field a team. Currently, Coughlin has 38 players, which is low for a 4A school, but doable. Meyers has 49 players. “The district has reached its value point with cooperative programs,” Namey said.

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THE COACH Nick Barbieri First season

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 30 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent Crestwood at Tunkhannock at Dallas at Valley View GAR at Abington Hts (1) Berwick Nanticoke Area Coughlin at Wyoming Area

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Crestwood Tunkhannock Dallas Valley View GAR Abington Heights Berwick Nanticoke Area Coughlin Wyoming Area Record: 2-8

Score L, 35-28 W, 30-28 L, 24-6 L, 49-14 L, 26-19 L, 49-20 L, 63-26 W, 26-27 L, 42-21 L, 46-20

NUMBERS GAME Pittston Area’s top returning statistical leaders Passing Walter Coles

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1460 yards

Rushing Keemar Woodruff 743 yards Walter Coles 311 yards Receiving Kevin Krawczyk

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DID YOU KNOW? Patriots’ first-year coach Nick Barbieri is the son of legendary Pittston Area coach Bob Barbieri. Bob Barbieri coached the first Pittston Area team in 1966 and had a record of 146-91-5 when he was done coaching in 1988. Nick Barbieri was a defensive back for his father from 1984-86.

Pittston Area’s Kevin Krawczyk caught 49 passes for 647 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE PATRIOTS Getting over the hump

Mixing the old with the new

The schedule

Player to watch

Pittston Area has several key returnees from last year’s team. With that comes experience, especially at the skill positions. Quarterback, running back and receiver are going to be the strengths of the offense. Putting the pieces together up front is a challenge. There is some size along the line, but it’s not overwhelming. How quickly the group up front develops and becomes a cohesive unit will be crucial for the Patriots.

In his first season as the head coach, Nick Barbieri has a mix of returning players and newcomers. He wants to start building the program from the ground up. Depth is always a concern for every program and Pittston Area is no different. Barbieri wants to see a roster where if one or two key players go down with injury, the team doesn’t suffer. In the early going, he appears to be off to a good start.

The Patriots open at home with Crestwood before hitting the road for three consecutive weeks. There is also a road trip to Abington Heights, as well as the rivalry game at Wyoming Area. The Patriots do have the luxury of playing Weeks 7, 8 and 9 at home against Berwick, Nanticoke Area and Coughlin. The Patriots do play a favorable schedule in terms of one where they have the opportunity to be competitive on a weekly basis.

While the offense will be more balanced, senior Kevin Krawczyk, who is 6-feet, 190 pounds, is one player to keep an eye on. He led the team in receptions last year with 49 for 647 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 13.2 yards per catch. This year he will once again be an integral part of the passing attack. He will make a change in positions on the defensive side of the ball from outside linebacker to strong safety.

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MEET THE 2017 PATRIOTS QUARTERBACKS

RUNNING BACKS

Senior Walter Coles (6-0, 180) returns for his third year as the starter. He is coming off a season where he threw for COLES 1,460 yards and 21 touchdowns. He completed 59.1 percent of his passes. Sophomores Mike Nocito and Bryan Giambra, who could play multiple positions, are the backups.

Senior Keemar Woodruff, who led the team in rushing with 743 yards and five touchdowns, returns at tailback. Senior Trevor Tigue, who had 48 carries last year, and sophomore Dylan Lukachko round out the tailbacks. Senior Dorien Ryans, a transfer from Holy Redeemer, senior Tyler Ferlick and junior Mike Coe are the fullbacks.

WIDE RECEIVERS Seniors Kevin Krawczyk and Rich Wallace, who com-

bined for 85 catches and 19 touchdowns last year, both return. Senior Matt Starinsky, Brian Giambra and sophomore Andrew Krawczyk round out the position.

OFFENSIVE LINE

(6-0, 220) and junior Tony safeties. Starinsky and Gorey (6-3, 181) are the tight Andrew Krawczyk are the ends. free safeties.

DEFENSIVE LINE Senior Dylan Spurlin and Delucca will be the ends. Rutkowski will play nose, while Martinez and Johnson are the tackles.

Junior Joey Jones (6-1, 206) is the center. Junior LINEBACKERS Seth Johnson (5-11, 215) Ryans, Ferlick and Coe are and senior Kyle Brady (6-1, the linebackers. 205) are the guards. Senior Jake Rutkowski (6-3, 260) and junior Franco MartiSECONDARY nez (6-3, 260) are the tackKevin Krawczyk and senior les. Junior John DeLucca Joe Carey are the strong

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NaNticoke area troJaNS Enrollment: Class 3A

Home field: Frank Chicknesky Stadium

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THE COACH Ron Bruza 8th season 27-44

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 7 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 30 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent Tunkhannock CMVT at GAR at Meyers Northwest at Crestwood Lake-Lehman at Pittston Area Holy Redeemer at Hanover Area

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Tunkhannock L, 30-20 CM Vo-Tech W, 46-8 GAR W, 16-13 Meyers L, 42-28 Northwest L, 35-16 Crestwood W, 25-22 Lake-Lehman L, 35-0 Pittston Area L, 27-26 Holy Redeemer W, 33-19 Hanonver Area W, 26-14 Scranton Prep L, 48-14 Record: 5-6 (Lost in D2 Class 3A semifinals)

NUMBERS GAME Nanticoke Area’s top returning statistical leaders Passing Matt Wrubel

559 yards

Rushing Dawson Hughes 1181 yards Eric Jeffries 906 yards Receiving Darren Boseman 208 yards

DID YOU KNOW? The Trojans won five games last season to earn a trip to the District 2 Class 3A playoffs. But the five wins are significant for another reason. The five wins are the most for the Trojans since the 2002 team scored six victories.

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Nanticoke Area seniors, from left, John Guszak, Kris Siewell, Eric Jeffries and Dawson Hughes.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE TROJANS Experience matters

Finish what you start

The schedule

Player to watch

For the first time in 17 years, Nanticoke Area qualified for the District 2 playoffs. With all but six players returning, head coach Ron Bruza is hoping the experience of that playoff run will pay dividends this year. It gave the program a taste of what postseason football is all about. The extra week of practice certainly helped, and just being able to play a football game in Week 11 for the third time since 1999, has the Trojans wanting more.

In 2016, the Trojans won five games for the second time under Bruza. But the Trojans did have a problem. In two of the games Nanticoke Area lost last year, Trojans were up 14-0 at one point. Another game, the Trojans lost by a point. Bruza is looking for an emphasis on keeping their foot on the gas. He wants the Trojans to take those 14-0 leads and add on. Had that been the case last year, a 5-5 regular season would have been 7-3.

The Trojans have the opportunity to be competitive in every game this season. Pittston Area, Tunkhannock and Crestwood were newcomers to the slate a year ago. But they are all teams fans who follow the Trojans know a little something about. That helped generate interest in the community, and Bruza no longer had to answer questions about where certain teams are from. The Trojans get to start the season with two games at home.

Being a double-wing team, the Trojans make it no secret they like to run the football. Having 5-foot-8, 200-pound senior Dawson Hughes back gives the offense some experience. Hughes rushed for 1,181 yards and eight touchdowns last year. Coupled with Eric Jeffries, who rushed for 906 yards and six scores, Hughes could be poised for an even bigger season after carrying the ball 202 times out of 523 total team rushing attempts.

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NANTICOKE AREA ROSTER

Name Ht/Wt Ricky Klepadlo 6-1/175 Darren Boseman 6-0/175 Keanu Ammons 5-11/185 Eric Jeffries 6-0/215 John Kryzwicki 5-10/170 Manny Saldana 6-0/170 Trevor Grohowski 5-10/175 Devland Heffron 5-10/175 Matt Engle 5-9/175 Colby Butczynski 6-2/170 Matt Wrubel 5-10/175 Dylan Szychowski 6-2/185 Mark Walters 5-8/160 Dawson Hughes 5-8/200 Austin Cheslaw 5-9/175 Matt Bobeck 5-10/175 Collin Kashatus 5-8/175 John Shoemaker 5-9/175 Chuck Heddings 6-0/165 Brycen Sanford 6-0/175 Brian Reakes 6-5/190 Shuquan Douglas 6-0/180 Shane Repasky 6-3/190 Nick Marcinkowski 5-7/160 Andy Day 5-10/175

Pos K Ath WR/DB RB/LB RB/DB Ath WR/DB QB/DB RB/LB WR/DB QB/DB WR/DB Ath RB/LB RB/LB RB/DL RB/LB WR/LB WR/DB WR/LB TE/DE RB/LB TE/DE WR/DB RB/LB

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42 44 49 50 52 53 54 56 57 58 59 60 65 67 68 70 71 72 74 75 76 77 80 84 86 87

Pierson Park 5-6/155 Oscar Kryznewski5-10/175 Colin Segel 5-10/165 Allen Fowler 6-0/245 Kris Siewell 6-1/207 Seth Pelton 6-0/200 John Novak 5-9/205 Elias Miller 5-6/175 Brandon Karavitch 6-0/185 Zach Pelton 5-11/180 Angel Dejesus 5-10/210 Andy Gurzynski 6-2/255 Kyle Bobeck 6-1/228 Jack Conover 6-1/240 John Guszak 6-0/253 Rogelio Hernandez 6-0/215 Chris Shon 5-9/220 Michael Partington 6-1/210 Zakk Wylie 6-0/270 Michael Kreiger 6-0/245 Tyler Albert 6-2/215 EJ Gills 5-10/220 Ammyn Gregory 5-10/185 Jermine Lane 6-1/210 Joe Ammons 6-0/200 Josh O’Borski 5-7/155

WR/DB RB/LB RB/LB OL/DL OL/LB OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL TE/LB TE/DE TE/DE WR/DB

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BENNETT’S VIEW

After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Trojans: can take advantage of, and Expectations seem to be some matchups they should higher this year for the Trobe able to take advantage jans than they have been in of. quite a while. Coach Ron If the Trojans can finish Bruza wants to hear nothing football games this year, and of it. He is focused on getwin a game or two where LOIS A. GRIMM / CONTRIBuTING PHOTOGRAPHER ting better every day at practhey aren’t expected to, this tice. Nanticoke Area receivers, from left, Dylan Szychowski, Darren Boseman, Nick Marcinkowski, Colby Butczynski, This may be the most well- has the potential to be an and Keanu Ammons. exciting year for the prorounded team Bruza has gram. coached since he has been If not, they should have at Nanticoke Area. The offenMEET THE 2017 TROJANS enough to be in the mix at sive line has some experithe end of the year, but The guards are sophomore play inside with Jefferies and ence, as do the skill posiQUARTERBACKS Alumni night don’t want to be in the situtions. That typically hasn’t Kyle Bobeck (6-1, 228) and Shoemaker on the outside. Senior Matt Wrubel (5-10, ation where they look back been the case. It was either Nanticoke Area athletics senior John Guszak (6-0, 175) returns for his third one or the other, rarely both. after Week 10 and say is celebrating its 50th 253). Senior Kris Siewell season as the starting quarSECONDARY The Trojans have speed they “what if?” anniversary and the school (6-1, 207) and senior Jack terback. Last year he rushed is holding an alumni night The corners are Walters Conover (6-1, 240) are the for seven for the season opener on and Grohowski. The safeties tackles. touchdowns Friday night. are Kryzwicki, Szychowski, The tight end is 6-foot, and threw for All former Nanticoke Area who had a team-high three 200-pound junior Joe 559 yards players and coaches are interceptions in 2016, and Ammons. and six invited. They will be admitBoseman. touchdowns. ted free and recognized Sophomore DEFENSIVE LINE during the game. SPECIAL TEAMS Devland HefFor more information Ammons and Matt Bobeck WRUBEL fron is the Sophomore Ricky Klepadlo, contact the athletic office. will be the ends. Kyle backup. Bobeck and Guszak are the who kicked 11 extra points last year, is the kicker. KryzWhether it’s a story from an old friend or a child telling you about their latest tackles. adventure. ReSound Alera® hearing aids are packed full of features to help you wicki is the punter. RUNNING BACKS chowski (6-2, 185), sophoLINEBACKERS hear better even in the most challenging summer environments! more Colby Butczynski (6-2, Senior Dawson Hughes Siewell and Hughes will — Steve Bennett • Understand speech better, even in 170), senior Mark Walters (5-8, 200) and senior Eric noisy environments and junior Trevor Grohowski Jeffries (6-0, 215) are the • Automatically adjusts to your are the receivers. Boseman most experienced backs listening situation returning. They combined for had 12 catches for 208 • Experience a phone call or hug yards and three touchdowns 368 carries, 2,087 yards without whistling or buzzing in your ear last year. Szychowski had and 14 touchdowns. Junior • A truly wireless hearing aid that Matt Bobeck, junior John Kry- four catches, while Walters connects you directly to your TV, had two. zwicki and sophomore Darcell phone, and other audio devices. ren Boseman will also see OFFENSIVE LINE We’re Celebrating 50 Years of Helping People Hear Better!! time in the backfield. The center is 6-2, ReSound Alera® WIDE RECEIVERS 255-pound junior Andrew • Free hearing consultation • Free demonstration of our most advanced Boseman, junior Dylan Szy- Gurzynski.

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TUNKHANNOCK TIGERS Enrollment: Class 4A

Home field: Memorial Stadium

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THE COACH Jan Cechak 6th season 7-43

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent at Nanticoke Area Pittston Area Honesdale at Wyalusing Western Wayne at Lake-Lehman Crestwood at Meyers Towanda Northwest

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Nanticoke Area Pittston Area Honesdale Wyalusing Western Wayne Lake-Lehman Crestwood Meyers Towanda Northwest Record: 2-8

Score W, 30-20 L, 30-28 W, 24-7 L, 32-27 L, 35-14 L, 49-26 L, 49-6 L, 24-13 L, 21-14 L, 49-35

NUMBERS GAME Tunkhannock’s top returning statistical leaders Passing Zach Rogers

Tunkhannock’s Logan Cywinski, left, and Thomas Parry lead the offense. 822 yards

Rushing Logan Cywinski 1091 yards Dennie Robinson 48 yards Receiving Jake Stephens

CHRISTOPHER DOLAN / STAff PHOTOgRAPHER

173 yards

DID YOU KNOW? Experience is a plus this season for Tunkhannock. There are three offensive linemen back with three years experience. The quarterback — Zach Rogers — has two years of experience, and there are talented players up and down the roster. The formula is there for the Tigers to have success.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE TIGERS Not messing around

Long and lean

The schedule

Player to watch

When asked what the expectations are for this year’s team, Tunkhannock coach Jan Cechak didn’t mince words. He simply said win. As he enters his third year in his second go-around with the program, Cechak is looking for the Tigers to take the next step. Since 2011 the Tigers have won eight football games. That was mainly with low roster numbers and inexperienced players on the field. This year all that changes. The Tigers have experience.

Having a returning quarterback in Zach Rogers, who threw for 825 yards and five touchdowns last season, is a bonus. But when you have a solid receiving group to get the ball to, that’s even better. Another positive for the Tigers’ passing game is they have height on the perimeter. Evan Turner is listed at 6-feet-3, Connor Munley is 6-feet-4. Jake Stephens has experience and Sam Rice at tight end presents another favorable target.

The bonus is for the second consecutive year, the Tigers don’t see the likes of Berwick, Valley West or Hazleton Area. Last year in Week 10, they put it all together and nearly knocked off Northwest, which had it happened and a few things fell their way, may have put the Tigers in the playoffs. Last year the Tigers started the year 2-2. Those two losses came by a combined seven points. So right there is a perfect example of the competitive schedule.

When Cechak talks about experienced players, the first player who comes to mind is senior Logan Cywinski. Last year he ran, threw and caught the ball for the Tigers and was among the top tacklers. This season he returns bigger, stronger and more determined to help get the program pointing in the right direction. If Cywinski runs the way he is capable, that is only going to help the passing game. Several schools in the Patriot League have reached out to Cechak in regards to Cywinski.

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Tunkhannock offensive players, first row, from left, Logan Cywinski, Connor Munley, Zach Rogers and Jack Chilson. Second row, coach Jan Cechak.

Tigers plan salute to military BY JOHN LUND STAFF WRITER

The Tunkhannock football team will have a new look this season, at least for one game. Because of a donation from the Dennis Strong American Legion Post 457 of Tunkhannock, the Tigers purchased new camouflage jerseys that they will wear to honor the military during a home game in September.

The jersey makeup is an alternative to the typical camo look, with an orange, black and white scheme to go along with orange sleeves. A patch of the American flag is featured on the front left of the jersey, while the back displays “Thank You” in place of where the players’ last names would usually be. All Sports America sporting goods store in Northum-

berland created the design for the jerseys. Tunkhannock will wear the jerseys for its home game against Western Wayne on Sept. 22, on “Salute the Troops” night. Dennis Strong American Legion Post 457 will present the colors before the game, and all veterans and current military can attend the game for free. They will also be invited to

No 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 18 21 23 26 27 29 31 33 38 39 39

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Name Jake Frisco Logan Cywinski Riley Jones Garrett Hopkins Billy Prebola Jack Chilson Sean Meder Mark Holton Connor Munley Harry Thrash Tyler Grasso Jake Stephens Nathan Lord Zach Rogers Dennie Robinson Troy Simmons Gavin D’Amato Connor Elgin Alex Smith Marcus Hernandez Brian Christ Chris Trochak Jamal Zacharias Dalton Pollock

Ht/Wt 5-10/175 5-11/210 5-10/140 5-6/155 5-10/155 6-4/155 5-8/145 5-11/210 6-4/180 6-0/170 5-11/190 6-4/190 5-10/155 5-10/200 5-6/155 6-0/165 5-6/150 5-6/130 5-10/180 5-11/170 5-9/155 5-8/145 5-10/260 5-6/130

Pos WR/DB RB/LB WR/DB WR/DB K/P QB/DB WR/DB TE/DE WR/DB TE/DE WR/LB WR/DB WR/DB QB WR/DB WR/DB RB/DB RB/LB TE/LB WR/DB RB/LB WR/DB OL/DL WR/DB

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No 42 44 48 52 54 55 57 58 60 64 67 66 70 71 72 73 78 79 80 81 99

Name Ryan Simmons Matt Ramey Cody Gavek Andrew Slusark Barry Crawn Sergey Montros Nate Shirtz Tyler Peterson Keegan Cook Nick Matthews Alex Dailey Alec Walter Joey Reyes Zach Fisher Thomas Parry Colin Porasky Brett Sickler Tyler Pugh Sam Rice Evan Turner Alec Seboe Braden Seboe Isaac Eiden

Ht/Wt 6-0/155 5-11/225 5-9/160 5-10/175 5-10/245 5-10/160 6-0/245 5-11/270 5-10/200 5-10/245 6-0/220 5-9/180 5-11/260 5-9/220 5-10/220 5-10/255 6-3/265 5-11/315 6-4/220 6-4/225 6-0/190 6-0/180 5-9/135

Pos RB/DE RB/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL TE/DE TE/DE FB/LB WR/DB WR/DB

Yr Fr Jr Fr Fr Fr Jr Sr Jr Sr So So So Sr Fr Sr Fr So Sr Sr Sr So Sr Fr

BENNETT’S VIEW After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Tigers: It’s an encouraging sign that the expectations at Tunkhannock are higher than they have been in a while. There have been years where there have been no expectations, and others where the team was just happy to make it through 10 weeks of the regular season. But now the potential is there for this senior class, a group that has certainly taken its lumps over the years, to help get the program going in the right direction. At schools like Tunkhan-

nock, staying healthy is extremely important because the depth is just not there across the board. For the most part last year’s team was in just about every game with the exception of a few. It narrowly missed out on a playoff appearance, and was playing better at the end of the year than it was at the beginning. What you can expect this year is a team that is hungry to win. Getting off to a fast start will help certainly help the Tigers.

OFFENSIVE LINE

DEFENSIVE LINE

Senior Thomas Parry (5-10, 220) is the center. The guards are junior Tyler Peterson (5-11, 270) and senior Tyler Pugh (5-11, 315). The tackles are senior Nate Shirtz (6-0, 245), senior Joey Reyes (5-11, 260) and sophomore Brett Sickler (6-3, 265). The tight ends are senior Sam Rice (6-4, 220) and senior Mark Holton (5-11, 210).

Shirtz, Rice, Turner and Holton are the ends. The tackles are Parry, junior Matt Ramey (5-11, 225), Peterson and Pugh.

senior Garrett Hopkins (5-6, 155) are the corners. Sophomore Gavin D’Amato (5-6, 150) is the strong safety with Hopkins capable of sliding over. The safety is Stephens.

watch the game from the sidelines. “This is a chance for our kids to thank all the people who have served and our currently serving our country,” Tunkhannock coach Jan Cechak said. “Their service allows us to play the greatest game in the world in the greatest country in the world, and we couldn’t be more grateful.” Contact the writer: sports@citizensvoice.com

MEET THE 2017 TIGERS QUARTERBACKS Junior Zach Rogers, who completed 50.9 percent of his passes last season, is the starter. His backup is senior Connor Munley. HOLTON

REYES

SHIRTz

Junior Garrett Hopkins (5-6, touchdowns, is the fullback. 155) and junior Dennie Rob- Junior Matt Ramey will also inson (5-6, 155) are the tail- see time at fullback. backs. Senior Logan Cywinski, WIDE RECEIVERS who led the team in rushing Junior Jake Stephens, who with 1,091 yards and 16

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NORTHWEST RANGERS Enrollment: Class A

Home field: Lewis & Miller Stadium

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THE COACH Lon Hazlet 3rd season 14-8

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent at NP Mansfield at Lake-Lehman Western Wayne Lackawanna Trail at Nanticoke Area Holy Redeemer at Hanover Area GAR Meyers at Tunkhannock

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score NP Mansfield L, 41-6 Lake-Lehman W, 33-13 Western Wayne L, 32-19 Lackawanna Trail L, 35-19 Nanticoke Area W, 35-16 Holy Redeemer W, 40-7 Hanover Area W, 28-22 GAR W, 20-17 Meyers W, 14-13 Tunkhannock W, 49-35 Lackawanna Trail L, 45-14 Record: 7-4 (Lost in D2 Class A championship)

NUMBERS GAME Northwest’s top returning statistical leaders Passing David Piestrak

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Wide receiver/defensive back Brandon Hardiman is one of Northwest’s senior leaders.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE RANGERS

747 yards

Rushing Jake Anderson David Piestrak

1533 yards 411 yards

Receiving Connor Hazlet

148 yards

DID YOU KNOW? Northwest has been one of the more consistent programs in the Wyoming Valley Conference since 2000. Overall, since 2000, the Rangers are 31 games over .500 with a 110-79 record. Since 2010 the Rangers are 47-31.

Where’s the beef

Follow the leader

Second time around

Player to watch

To start the season, Northwest is in good shape, only losing five players who contributed significantly last year. Four of those players were the more physical players on the team. That leaves head coach Lon Hazlet trying to find players who can match that physical style of play. With a solid backfield led by Jake Anderson, the Rangers need to be strong up front. It is the physical part that has Hazlet most concerned.

Hazlet is a big believer that if the head coach’s voice needs to be heard in the locker room, then the team could be in trouble. Hazlet is hoping guys like Anderson and senior wide receiver/ defensive back Brandon Hardiman are among the players who can step up and become a vocal leader. Their leadership qualities on the field, as well as in practice, are second to none. And if they take the leadership roles, Hazlet is hoping there will be others who will follow.

Northwest finds itself in the same situation it did last year. Nine out of 10 weeks, the Rangers are playing up in classification. The only Class A team the Rangers face this year is Lackawanna Trail, a team with its entire offensive line coming back, as well as a 6-foot-5, 225-pound quarterback that torched the Rangers twice a year ago, including the District 2 championship game. Northwest began the year 1-3 and can’t afford another slow start.

Anderson has all the tools to take over a game. He can get the tough yards between the tackles, and bounce outside and hit the edge. If Northwest is going to be successful, it starts with Anderson on the offensive side of the ball. But in order for Anderson to be able to do his thing, a lot is going to be asked of the offensive line in front of him. Anderson led the Rangers in rushing with 1,533 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.

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MEET THE 2017 RANGERS QUARTERBACKS Junior David Piestrak (6-foot-2, 195) returns as the starter. Last season he completed 50 percent of his passes for 747 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions. He was also second on the team in rushing with 411 yards and six touchdowns. The backup is freshman Lucas Welliver.

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HAzLET

PIESTRAK

WOLFE

RUNNING BACKS Senior Jake Anderson (5-10, 185) is one of the top backs in the conference. Senior Beau Getz and junior Tyler Stevens will spell Anderson. Getz rushed for 66 yards last season, while Stevens ran for 68.

WIDE RECEIVERS Junior Connor Hazlet (6-1, 190) is the leading returning receiver with 14 catches for 148 yards. Senior Brandon Hardiman (6-1, 170) had eight catches last year, while senior Adam WARREN RuDA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Bukavich had six and junior Northwest running backs, from left, Tyler Stevens, Beau Getz, Jake Anderson, George May, Colton Babcock and Bryce Koser one.

Hunter Lukavitch.

NORTHWEST ROSTER

Name Ht/Wt Adam Bukavich 6-0/160 Tyler Stevens 5-10/195 Brandon Hardiman 6-1/170 Kody Verosky 6-0/165 JJ Whitesell 5-8/145 Nico Amante 5-7/145 Connor Hazlet 6-1/190 Jack Wessler 5-10/185 Lucas Welliver 5-10/165 David Piestrak 6-2/195 Zach Carr 6-1/170 George May 5-10/225 Gavin Davis 5-10/155 Bryce Koser 6-4/195 JT Brubaker 5-9/155 John Krzywicki 5-8/145 Hunter Lukavitch 5-9/155 Jake Anderson 5-10/185 Curtis Gregory 6-0/165 Beau Getz 5-11/225

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Name Ht/Wt Austin Benscoter 5-9/160 Colton Babcock 5-8/165 Austin Ford 6-2/240 Camdon Capece 6-1/210 Zachary Wolfe 6-1/220 Steven Bingman 5-9/240 JT Verbinski 6-2/230 Blake Miller 6-0/195 Peyton Schwartz 5-10/245 Austin Sult 6-0/215 Marty Zugarek 5-10/230 Seth Milich 5-10/185 Devon Anusiewicz 6-2/310 Brendan Dixon 6-0/250 Ethan Rinehamer 6-3/330 Damian Saunders 5-8/155 Chase Hoover 5-7/140 Hunter Hardy 6-0/160 Lucas Acornley 6-1/190

Pos RB/LB RB/LB TE/DE OL/DE OL/DE OL/DE OL/DE OL/DE OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL TE/DB WR/DB TE/DE TE/DE

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BENNETT’S VIEW

After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Rangers: rounded team than it was a The first thing that jumps year ago. out about Northwest is that Last year the Rangers it only lost five players to started 1-3, but rallied to fingraduation. While all five are difficult to ish the season strong and played for a District 2 chamreplace, four of them were pionship. A slow start is big, strong, and physical something the Rangers are players. That is what the hoping to avoid this year. Rangers pride themselves What will determine that is on. how quickly this group Having Jake Anderson in comes together up front. If the backfield is certainly a positive. Add in some skilled they Rangers can do that, players on the perimeter and once again they will be a dangerous team. this will be a more well-

DEFENSIVE LINE The ends are Ford and Wolfe. The tackles are Anusiewicz and Sult.

LINEBACKERS Senior Colton Babcock (5-8, 165), Getz and Stevens will be the linebackers.

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Piestrak, who had two interceptions last year, Koser and OFFENSIVE LINE Bukavich are the corners. Senior Steve Bingman (5-9, Hazlet and Hardiman, who each had one interception 240) and senior Martin Zugarek (5-10, 230) are the last year, are the safeties. centers. The guards are senior DevSPECIAL TEAMS on Anusiewicz (6-2, 310) Sophomore Jack Wessler, and senior Austin Sult (6-0, who kicked 19 extra points 215). Senior Zach Wolfe and two field goals in 2016, (6-1, 220) and junior Camreturns. Hazlet said the puntdon Capece (6-1, 210) are er will be either Wessler or the tackles. Piestrak. The tight ends are senior Austin Ford (6-2, 240) and — Steve Bennett Monday Morning Quarterback Steve Bennett recaps the weekend and looks ahead to the upcoming games every Monday in The Citizens’ Voice.

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WYOMING AREA WARRIORS Enrollment: Class 4A

Home field: Anthony “Jake” Sobeski Stadium

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THE COACH Randy Spencer 10th season 49-49

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 29 Oct. 7 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent at Wallenpaupack at Crestwood Berwick Coughlin at Scr. Prep (1:30) Hanover Area at GAR Dallas Williamsport Pittston Area

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Wallenpaupack W, 32-0 Crestwood W, 27-7 Berwick W, 34-20 Coughlin W, 38-14 Scranton Prep L, 14-7 Hanover Area W, 28-7 GAR W, 35-14 Dallas W, 42-10 Williamsport L, 63-21 Pittston Area W, 46-20 Dallas W, 13-12 Berwick L, 38-6 Record: 9-3 (Lost in D2 Class 4A semifinals)

NUMBERS GAME Wyoming Area’s top returning statistical leaders Passing PJ Angeli

741 yards

Rushing PJ Angeli Justin Joseph

494 yards 183 yards

Receiving Marc Minichello

499 yards

DID YOU KNOW? In 2016, Wyoming Area was at or near the top in most defensive categories. The Warriors led the conference in total defense (240.9) and scoring defense (18.1). They were second in rush defense (159.0).

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Quarterback P.J. Angeli, left, and athlete Marc Minichello lead Wyoming Area’s offensive attack.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE WARRIORS Veteran presence

Winning with defense

The schedule

Player to watch

In the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Wyoming Area won a combined six games. There were inexperienced players at key positions all over the field. Some of those players were freshmen getting their feet wet on the varsity level. The freshmen and sophomores from those two years are now seniors, and they are still in the same spots, but bring a lot more experience to the field.

Much like a baseball team entering spring training where the pitching is ahead of the hitting, Wyoming Area’s defense will be further along than the offense will be when the regular season begins. The experience in the secondary is a bonus. The Warriors must replace two players off the edge, but head coach Randy Spencer believes he has the right fit. The Warriors will need to be aggressive.

With four of the first five games at home last season, Spencer felt there was a sense of urgency in regards to taking care of the home field advantage. The tides have turned this year as four of Wyoming Area’s first five games are on the road. The good part is that four of the final five are at home, but in order for those to truly matter, the Warriors need to take care of business in the first five.

After battling some injuries in the early part of his career, Spencer is hoping senior Marc Minichello can remain healthy so he can show is his ability. He is one of the most dynamic players on the offensive side of the ball on the roster this year. He can carry the ball out of the backfield, catch the ball in space and is a dangerous kick returner. Spencer has no problems saying that he is a shutdown corner.

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Name Darren Rodney Quadre Sessoms Jacob Williams Riley Rusyn Zajquay Williamson Brian Williams Dimitri Depietro Dominic DeLuca Marc Minichello Derek Ambrosino PJ Angeli Ryan Carter Shane Eslick Robbie Trottini Jake Busch Blaise Ciampi Donovan O’Boyle Corey Mruk Charlie Banashefski Anthony Scalzo Jesse Cegelka

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Pos WR RB RB TE/T FB RB G C T T G G T T G G T T TE WR WR

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BENNETT’S VIEW

After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Warriors: The whole key to the season will be how Wyoming Area gets out of the gate. Having four of the first five on the road is not going to be easy, especially when lone home game in that stretch is against Berwick. Head coach Randy Spencer is stressing the importance of starting strong, because he doesn’t want the Warriors playing catch-up. Everyone is in agreement WARREN RuDA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER having PJ Angeli back at Wyoming Area seniors pose with coach Randy Spencer, center. First row, from left, Justin Joseph, Marc quarterback is a plus. He

Minichello, Blaise Ciampi and Robbie Trottini. Second row, Shane Eslick, Damon Barhight, PJ Angeli, Randy Spencer, Noah Johnson and Steven Yordy.

MEET THE 2017 WARRIORS QUARTERBACKS

LINEBACKERS

Senior PJ Angeli, who threw for 741 yards and six touchdowns last year, is the starter. Sophomore Dominic DeLuca is the No. 2.

The inside linebackers are Joseph and Mruk.

SECONDARY CARR

RODNEY

RUNNING BACKS

OFFENSIVE LINE The centers are junior Stephen Sokach-Minnick (6-0, 200) and junior Michael Amato (5-9, 200). The guards are senior Damon Barhight (6-0, 245), Sokach-Minnick, Amato and junior Cameron Carr (6-4, 200). The tackles are junior Matt Wycoski (6-3, 275), senior Noah Johnson (6-2, 285), junior James Gashi (5-8, 250) and junior Patrick Nelson (6-0, 200). Senior Shane Eslick (6-1, 180) and sophomore Derek Ambrosino (6-2, 185) are the tight ends.

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DEFENSIVE LINE

Carr, Eslick and Ambrosino are the ends. Junior Jesse Cegelka (5-7, 160) and sophomore Charlie Banashefski (5-6, 160) will play the nose. The tackles are Wycoski, Barhight, Sokach-Minnick and Johnson.

The corners are Minichello, Trottini and Williams. The safeties are Angeli, Rodney, DeLuca and junior Dimitri Depietro (5-8, 175).

SPECIAL TEAMS The kickers are sophomore FJ Braccini and junior Ryan Carter. The punter is either Joseph, Braccini or PJ Angeli. — Steve Bennett

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WIDE RECEIVERS Senior Marc Minichello (5-10, 180), senior Robbie Trottini (6-0, 170), sophomore Brian Williams (6-1, 180), DeLuca and senior Steven Yordy (6-3, 175) make up the group. Minichello led the team with 19 catches for 499 yards and five touchdowns.

He averaged 26.3 yards per catch.

WYCOSKI

WVC CAREER RUSHING LEADERS Name, School Yards Darrell Blackman, Williamsport 6,804 Matt Pisano, Pittston Area 5,694 Nick O’BrieN, WYOmiNg AreA 5,168 Brant Quick, Berwick 4,856 Harold Jackson, GAR 4,757 Baldo Vinciarelli, Coughlin 4,656 Jamie Allen, Williamsport 4,633 Frank Aigeldinger, Crestwood 4,499 Brian Ostrowsky, Bishop Hoban 4,466 Ed Amendola, GAR 4,459 Matt Jackson, Dallas 4,455 Damion Sims, Williamsport 4,454 Rocket Ismail, Meyers 4,433 Jimmy Cefalo, Pittston Area 4,432

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Sophomore Darren Rodney (6-0, 175) and senior Donovan O’Boyle (5-8. 175) are the tailbacks. They combined for 24 carries and 173 yards last season. The fullbacks are senior Justin Joseph (5-8, 190), sophomore Corey Mruk (5-8, 180) and junior Jesse Cegelka (5-7, 160). Joseph ran for 183 yards and two scores.

SOKACHMINNICK

has been through the ups and downs every quarterback faces over the course of his career. The backend of the defense is going to be a strength early on. The offensive line is a big question mark coming in as far as experience is concerned. There are no returning starters, and just one returner who saw significant minutes. The Warriors are not going to be big, but they will be long and lean and able to move.


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Enrollment: Class 6A

HAZLETON AREA COUGARS Home field: Harman-Geist Stadium

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THE COACH Mike Brennan 4th season 8-23

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent Berwick at Valley West Williamsport Abington Heights at Wallenpaupack Delaware Valley Scranton Donegal at Dallas at Crestwood

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Berwick L, 44-0 Valley West L, 33-15 Williamsport L, 42-13 Abington Heights L, 37-14 Wallenpaupack L, 16-7 Delaware Valley L, 35-0 Scranton L, 27-20 Donegal W, 20-14 Dallas W, 41-23 Crestwood W, 38-3 Williamsport L, 48-13 Record: 3-8 (Lost in D2 Class 6A semifinals)

NUMBERS GAME Hazleton Area’s top returning statistical leaders Passing Sparky Wolk

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Hazleton Area’s Adrian Otero rushed for 939 yards in 2016 and was one of the top players on defense for the Cougars. 1196 yards

Rushing Adrian Otero Damon Horton

939 yards 192 yards

Receiving Adrian Otero

294 yards

DID YOU KNOW? Junior quarterback Sparky Wolk saw significant time as a freshman and was the starter last season. He enters this year as the starter once again after throwing for more than 1,000- yards and will be counted on even more than the previous two seasons.

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE COUGARS Putting it together Head coach Mike Brennan spent the offseason looking to find the right fit on the offensive line. That is the big key heading into the 2017 season. With that in mind, the Cougars are experimenting with a variety of line combinations. With the skill position players having improved significantly from the end of last year to the beginning of this year, getting the right mix up front is going to be key.

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Stay healthy The Cougars once again have one of the biggest rosters in the WVC. There are a lot of players on the roster who have played football, but that does not necessarily translate into a lot of depth. While it’s the goal of every team to stay healthy, the Cougars are in a position where injuries in the wrong spot could put them in a challenging spot. Brennan feels overall depth is a concern.

The schedule

Player to watch

The good news for the Cougars this year is that three of the first four games are at home. The bad news is those three teams are Berwick, Williamsport and Abington Heights. Add in a Week 2 trip to Valley West, and Hazleton Area’s schedule is a solid grind. So it is easy to see why Brennan is concerned about staying healthy, especially coming out of the first four weeks in good shape.

Senior running back Adrian Otero enjoyed a strong season in 2016. He rushed for 939 yards and scored seven touchdowns. He also added five touchdown catches. Defensively, he was one of the Cougars’ leaders from his linebacker spot. It’s no surprise Brennan is expecting big things from the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Otero in 2017.

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Name Joe Larock Erick Lopez Matt Fisher Sam Yurchak Ivan Fuentes David Smith Sparky Wolk Jean Germosin Will Barrientos Nolan Schneider Ed Shoepe Henry Polanco Damon Horton Carlix Hill Chris Lopez Joey Hatton Koby Jackson Jake Fetterman Adrian Otero Lance Johnson Josh Zukoski Frank Ator Kevin Meluskey Austin Andruzzi Sebastian Rojas Richie Santos Bryce Reed Damon Vitacco Trevor Wilkinson

Ht/Wt 5-10/185 5-8/155 5-9/165 5-9/145 5-10/155 6-2/205 5-10/175 6-0/165 5-7/145 5-11/175 5-9/150 5-7/140 5-10/195 5-8/180 5-7/150 5-9/165 5-11/210 5-10/180 6-1/225 5-9/165 5-9/185 5-10/165 5-10/185 6-0/185 5-11/165 5-10/215 5-8/175 5-9/170 5-9/195

Pos WR/LB RB/DB QB/DB QB/DB WR/DB WR/DB QB/DB WR/DB K/P WR/DB WR/DB RB/DB RB/LB WR/DB WR/LB WR/DB RB/DL RB/LB RB/LB RB/LB RB/LB WR/DB RB/LB RB/LB WR/DB OL/DL OL/LB DL OL/LB

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No 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 63 65 66 67 69 70 71 72 73 74 76 77 78 81 82 83 84 85 86 88 91 96

Name Ht/Wt Kevin Izaguirre 5-8/195 Michael Fuchick 5-11/250 Bryan Zayas 5-5/160 Eric Swiech 5-10/210 Seth Hunsinger 5-10/190 Bryan Kelly 5-10/230 Anthony Ryba 5-10/240 Will Strassner 6-3/195 Jefferson Luna 6-0/265 Jordan Cunningham 6-2/220 Issac Garcia 5-10/190 Dallas Solomon 6-1/190 Jose Cuello 5-8/230 Matt Minzola 6-0/220 Jason Biever 6-2/250 Matt Brunza 6-1/235 Josh Hedrington 6-4/255 Emis Maddox 5-9/235 Todd Mills 6-7/320 Garrett Oswald 5-10/230 Jacob Hunsinger 6-0/170 Bryce Torstrup 5-11/185 Vinny Damiano 5-10/180 Michael Marchetti 5-11/170 Jared Cunningham 6-2/210 Isaiah Harayda 6-1/180 Juan Ortiz 5-10/175 Julio Gonzalez 5-10/175 Daniel Scalise 5-11/190

Pos DL OL/DL DL OL/D OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DB WR/DB TE/LB WR/DB TE/DL TE/DL TE/LB OL/DL OL/DL

Yr Sr Jr Jr Jr Fr So Sr Sr Jr Jr Jr Jr So So Fr Sr Jr So Jr So Jr Fr Jr Jr Jr Sr So So Sr

BENNETT’S VIEW

Senior Sparky Wolk (7) returns as Hazleton Area’s starting quarterback.

MEET THE 2017 COUGARS QUARTERBACKS Senior Sparky Wolk (5-10, 175) is the starter after throwing for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns last year. Matt Fisher, a sophomore, who was up with the varsity last season, will be the backup.

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(6-1, 190) are the guards. Solomon can also play center and tackle. Senior Matt Brunza (6-1, 235) and senior Will Strassner (6-3, 195) are the tackles. Junior Jared Cunningham (6-2, 210) and junior Vinny Damiano (5-10, 180) are the tight ends.

DEFENSIVE LINE

SECONDARY The corners are Fisher, Smith, sophomore Erick Lopez (5-8, 155) and senior Joe Hatton (5-9, 165). The safeties are Wolk, Hunsinger and Horton.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Junior Will Barrientos, who The linemen include kicked 17 extra points and Fuchick, Strassner, Solomon, had one field goal, will hansophomore Rich Santos dle the kicking and punting THE CITIZENS’ VOICE FILE (5-10, 215), junior Jefferson duties. Luna (6-0, 265) and senior Hazleton Area’s Adrian Otero makes a tackle against Koby Jackson (5-11, 210). — Steve Bennett Valley West last season.

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205), who led the team in receptions last year with 32 RUNNING BACKS for 521 yards and four touchAdrian Otero, a 6-1, downs, returns. 225-pound senior, rushed for Junior Jacob Hunsinger 939 yards and seven touch- (6-0, 170), junior Nolan downs last season. He Schneider (5-11, 175) and returns as the featured senior Joe Larock (5-10, back. Senior Josh Zukoski 185) are in the mix. All three (5-9, 185) and junior Damon at the position had catches Horton (5-10, 195) will see last year. time. Horton will also play some fullback along with OFFENSIVE LINE senior Koby Jackson (5-11, Junior Mike Fuchick (5-11, 210). 250) is the center and could also see time at guard. WIDE RECEIVERS Senior Tony Ryba (5-10, 240) Junior David Smith (6-2, and junior Dallas Solomon

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After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Cougars: improved skill position playAs coach Mike Brennan THE CITIZENS’ VOICE FILE enters his fourth year with ers, and familiar names on the defensive side of the Hazleton Area, optimism is high. This year’s senior class ball, the only thing the Cougars need is confidence. If were freshmen when Brennan came on board. This will they can build some momentum early on, that will help. be the season to see if the LINEBACKERS Cougars can turn the corner. The big thing will be if they The inside linebackers are can come in and win a game Senior Adrian Otero is a Otero, junior Austin Andreuzzi good player to build around nobody expects them to. (6-0, 185) and senior Josh Once that happens, the proon both sides of the ball. Zukoski (5-9, 185). The out- Sparky Wolk is now an expe- gram will be able to say it is side linebackers are Horton, rienced quarterback. With turning the corner. Larock, senior Jake Fetterman (5-10, 180) and Schneider.


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BERWICK BULLDOGS Enrollment: Class 4A

Home field: Crispin Field

Twitter: @cvgameface

THE COACH Frank Sheptock 2nd season 8-5

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent at Hazleton Area Dallas at Wyoming Area Crestwood Selinsgrove at Coughlin at Pittston Area Valley West Lake-Lehman at Williamsport

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Hazleton Area W, 44-0 Dallas W, 42-0 Wyoming Area L, 34-20 Crestwood W, 15-7 Selinsgrove L, 17-14 Coughlin W, 17-9 Pittston Area W, 63-26 Valley West L, 48-24 Lake-Lehman W, 62-14 Williamsport L, 56-23 West Scranton W, 35-7 Wyoming Area W, 38-6 North Pocono L, 21-6 Record: 8-5 (Lost in D2 Class 4A championship game)

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Berwick linebackers Dallas Schechterly, Dominik Ruhmel, Blaine Cleaver, Alejandro Lopez, Teagan Wilk, Jacob Seely, Alex Sharkuski, Noah Craig and Mason Laytar.

NUMBERS GAME

4 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW FOR THE BULLDOGS

Berwick’s top returning statistical leaders Passing Jared Marshman 1533 yards Rushing Jared Marshman 440 yards Evan Klinger 290 yards Receiving Damon Beckhorn 118 yards

DID YOU KNOW? From 1980 to 1999, the Berwick football program went 235-30-1. All those wins came under the legendary George Curry, who coached the Dawgs to six state championships and three national titles.

Free parking When Berwick takes the field Friday night, the Dawgs will be young and inexperienced. They are so young that when players reported for offseason workouts, there were only two cars in the parking lot. Last year when they reported, the lot was filled with players’ cars. Berwick returns one starter on offense and that is lineman Thomas Monico. On the defensive side there are four full-time starters returning. There will be 18 new starters taking the field.

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Early loss Berwick coach Frank Sheptock and his team suffered a big loss in the offseason when senior quarterback Jared Marshman suffered an ankle injury. Marshman played an integral role in leading Berwick to the District 2 Class 4A championship game in 2016. He threw for 1,533 yards and 12 touchdowns and was almost as dangerous on the run. He ran for 440 yards and six touchdowns. His timetable to return is uncertain, so several players may see snaps in the early going.

The schedule

Player to watch

Being the veteran that he is, Sheptock does not look very far beyond Week 1. And that just happens to be a road game at Hazleton Area. Berwick opens up its home portion of the schedule with Dallas. Berwick then goes to Wyoming Area, a team that handed the Dawgs a loss in the regular season a year ago before Berwick turned the tide in the playoffs. Of course, fans can’t ignore rivalry games with what is expected to be a strong Selinsgrove team, as well as Valley West.

Senior running back Evan Klinger is the type of player every coach would love to have on his team. Klinger is expected to be the featured back and a solid contributor on defense. Last year, defensively, Klinger led the team in tackles, playing inside linebacker, corner, free safety and outside linebacker. He also returned punts and kicks. As a senior he will no doubt be expected to provide the muchneeded leadership and guidance for such a young squad.

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Berwick quarterbacks Blaine Cleaver, Alex Force, Jared Marshman, Damon Beckhorn and Ryan Laubach.

MEET THE 2017 BULLDOGS

QUARTERBACKS

LINEBACKERS

Head coach Frank Sheptock hopes to have senior starter Jared Marshman (out with ankle injury) back at some point his year. Until then, look for junior Alex Force (6-2, 160), sophomore Ryan Laubach (6-0, 162) and senior Damon Beckhorn (6-0, 181) to share duties. Force completed one pass for 30 yards last season.

The outside backers are junior Jake Seely (6-2, 185) and junior Alex Sharkuski (5-10, 185). Senior Noah Craig (5-9, 195), freshman Blaine Cleaver (6-2, 188) and sophomore Dallas Schechterly (5-10, 185) are on the inside.

RUNNING BACKS

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Yr Fr Jr Jr Jr Jr Jr So Sr Sr So Sr Jr Sr Sr So Sr Sr Fr Sr Jr So Fr Sr Jr Jr So Sr Fr So Jr Sr So So So Jr So Sr Jr Fr Jr Sr So Fr Jr Sr

KLINGER

KNORR

K. MARSHMAN

MONICO

PARKS

STROTHER

66 70 71 72 73 74 75 77 78 79 80 81 83 84

Nicholas Heimbach5-11/188 Chase Strother 6-3/294 Mike Zalutko 6-1/264 Benjamin Peck 6-3/251 Thomas Monico 6-2/284 Trent Strother 5-8/212 Mitchell Ridall 5-9/202 Colton Ruckle 5-11/190 Gabriel DiPippa 5-8/175 Noah Craig 6-0/246 Peyton Williams 6-1/177 NaQuan Smith 5-11/160 Anthony Sisco 6-0/188 Antonio Baratta 5-9/161

OL/LB OL/NG OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL OL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DB WR/DB TE/OLB WR/DB

BENNETT’S VIEW

After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Bulldogs:

Patience, at least early on, is going to be the key for the Senior Alex Parks (6-0, Bulldogs this year. When the 176), Ryan Laubach, BeckDawgs take the field Aug. horn and senior Maliek 25, there will be 18 new McMillian (6-2, 178) are the starters in the lineup. Add in corners. Klinger, sophomore the fact quarterback Jared Teagan Wilk (5-11, 161) and Marshman is out with an Betz are the safeties. injury, and that makes the Dawgs even more inexperienced. SPECIAL TEAMS Rest assured though, Senior Ken Marshman, who head coach Frank Sheptock set a school kicking record hasn’t forgotten how to for points last year, returns as the kicker. He kicked 48 extra points and nine field goals with a long of 34 yards. He will also get the chance to punt this year.

coach football. Adjustments will be made, the defense will be fast and physical, and the offensive line will be better than it may look on paper. This team needs is time to find its identity and work out the kinks. Simply put, this will be a better team at the end of September than the one that takes the field on opening night.

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The centers are junior Joe Lynn (5-11, 216) and senior Thomas Monico (6-2, 284). Monico will also see time at guard along with senior

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Williamsport millioNairEs

Enrollment: Class 6A

Home field: STA Stadium

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THE COACH Charles Crews 3rd season 18-7

2017 SCHEDULE Date Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 14 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

Opponent at Central Mt. Mifflin County at Hazleton Area Valley West Shikellamy at Scranton Delaware Valley at Coughlin at Wyoming Area Berwick

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

2016 RESULTS Opponent Score Central Mountain W, 39-12 Mifflin County W, 61-24 Hazleton Area W, 42-13 Valley West W, 35-22 Shikellamy W, 49-20 Scranton W, 62-18 Delaware Valley L, 49-42 Coughlin W, 49-28 Wyoming Area W, 62-21 Berwick W, 56-23 Hazleton Area W, 48-13 Delaware Valley W, 55-21 State College W, 35-28 Pittsburgh CC L, 62-21 Record: 12-2 (Lost in second round of PIAA playoffs)

COurTESy OF WILLIAMSPOrT

Williamsport’s Kurt Danneker (75) is one of the top linemen in the Wyoming Valley Conference.

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NUMBERS GAME Williamsport’s top returning statistical leaders Passing Joe Fagnano

225 yards

Rushing Trey Potts 2011 yards Blaze McClements 70 yards Receiving Trey Potts

269 yards

DID YOU KNOW? Williamsport dominated en route to its District 2-4 Class 6A subregional title and berth in the PIAA Championships in 2016. The Millionaires outscored opponents 656-355.

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Williamsport won 12 games last season, put up gaudy offensive numbers and won the District 2-4 Class 6A subregional championship. The big question is can the Millionaires win another championship? Everyone is wondering if Williamsport’s season from last year was just a product of having superior football players, or is this truly a program that can reload. Head coach Charles Crews believes that it took outsiders until the subregional championship to believe the team was for real.

Senior left guard Kurt Danneker recently committed to Ohio. He is an outstanding run blocker, pass blocker and has fantastic technique. He can get out to the second level and take out a linebacker. Now, everyone wants to see just how good Danneker can really be. Will he play well enough to get recognized on the state level outside of the Wyoming Valley Conference? What Danneker needs to be is the guy the team can count on when it needs to get the tough 2 yards.

For the most part, every road game for the Millionaires is a trip. However, when you take a glance at the schedule, a few of the heavy hitters on the slate are coming to them. Williamsport has the fortune of hosting Valley West, Delaware Valley and Berwick. That doesn’t mean the rest of the schedule is a breeze. The Millionaires still have to head to Hazleton Area, Scranton, Coughlin and Wyoming Area. The big showdown will be with Class 6A Delaware Valley. The two teams split a pair of games last year.

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Junior quarterback Joe Fagnano gets the keys to what was the most explosive offense in the WVC last season. He appeared in eight of the team’s 14 games last season, throwing for 225 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 64 yards and three touchdowns. This will be his first full season with the weight of the offense on his shoulders. Fortunately, he has several skill position players he can get the ball to, as well as a tight end that can catch. That should help alleviate some of the pressure initially.

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MEET THE 2017 MILLIONAIRES QUARTERBACKS

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DEFENSIVE LINE

Junior Joe Fagnano (6-3, 205) is the starter. Last year he averaged 14.1 yards per completion, while completing 16 of 28 attempts. Sophomore Brock Moyer is No. 2.

The ends are senior Jamaire Burget (5-10, 225) and junior Ben Garverick (6-1, 245). The tackles are Kriner and Danneker. KRINER

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RUNNING BACKS The Millionaires were dealt a blow when junior running back Treyson Potts was injured. They hope to have him back at some point this season, but will not rush him. In his absence, senior Latrelle Jackson (5-9, 180), senior Alec Dickey (5-8, 175) and junior Blaze McClements (5-9, 175) are the tailbacks.

WIDE RECEIVERS Senior TJ Robinson (5-10, 170), junior Marcus Simmons (5-9, 170) and senior Angelo Girardi (5-9, 170) are the receivers. Simmons has the most experience of the group.

LINEBACKERS The inside linebackers are senior Nate Welch (6-1, 210) and Dickey. Senior Cam Dickey (5-7, 155) is on the outside.

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STRYKER

OFFENSIVE LINE This is a strength. The center is senior Chance Bower (5-11, 240). The guards are seniors Kurt Danneker (6-4, 230) and Dalton Kriner (6-4, 260). The tackles are junior Tucker Kreisher (6-2, 260) and sophomore Quadir Walker (6-0, 235). The tight end is senior Ethen Stryker (6-4, 240).

SECONDARY Senior Jonah Niklaus (5-10, 175) is the free safety and Girardi is the strong safety. Robinson and Jackson are the corners.

SPECIAL TEAMS Girardi, who kicked 80 extra points last year, returns as the kicker and punter.

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Pittston Area linebackers, first row, from left, Lucas Baritski, Justin Miller, DJ Brahnam, Franny George, Louis Galli, Nate Wesnak, Dylan Lukachko and Bryan Herron. Second row, Keemar Woodruff, Tim Higgins, Luke Petrosky, Mike Coe, Dorian Ryans, Tyler Ferlick, Dylan Spurlan and Trevor Tigue. No 51 52 53 54 57 62 63 64 66 68 70

Name Ht/Wt Jake Rutkowski 6-3/260 Chris Holl 5-7/180 Quentin Mahrer 5-8/195 Ricky Mejeda 5-7/185 Kyle Brady 6-1/205 Ed Galonis 5-11/216 John Galonis 5-11/200 Dan Viquez 5-7/185 Nate Lombardo 6-0/240 Ed Murdock 5-9/195 Hugh Bentham 5-9/205

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No 71 74 75 76 79 81 82 84 87 90

Name Ht/Wt Josh Christ 5-9/240 Seth Johnson 5-11/215 Joe Jones 6-1/205 James Murtha 6-1/240 Franco Martinez 6-3/260 Midjerson Pierre 6-2/160 Tony Gorey 6-3/181 Mike Pugleisi 5-10/145 Reilly Brody 6-3/205 John Delucca 6-0/220

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BENNETT’S VIEW

Fans can expect a more balanced offensive attack from Pittston Area this season. With senior Walter Coles back at quarterback, the passing game will be a strength, but the Patriots

have the backs to establish the run game first. If they can do that, it will make it a lot easier for Coles to throw the ball once defenses have to start respecting the run game. The area the the Patriots

need to see the biggest improvement is on the defensive side of the ball. Last year the Patriots gave up 380.9 yards and 38.9 points per game. Once those numbers begin to improve, so will the overall results.

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Name Ht/Wt Chris Murray 6-0/190 Nate Maransky 6-1/160 Danny Meuser 5-11/180 Eric Kriner 5-9/145 Michael Starbuck 5-9/160 Michael Lukasavage 5-8/145 RJ Wren 5-9/140 David Schuster 5-8/180 Mason Baranski 5-5/115 Nick Solinsky 5-11/150 Gavin Sypniewski 5-1/100 Blaine Rex 5-5/160 Dylan Schuster 5-10/170 Zachary Hill 5-7/160 Luke DelGaudio 6-1/160 Christian Motley 5-5/140 Jacob Fenske 5-8/160 Logan Young 5-6/130

Pos LB/WR DB/WR LB/RB DB/WR DB/QB DB/QB DB/QB LB/RB DB/QB DB/WR DB/WR LB/WR DB/RB LB/RB DB/WR DB/WR RB/LB LB/RB

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Pos LB/FB DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL LB/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL OL/DL DL/TE DB/WR DB/WR DL/TE

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BENNETT’S VIEW After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Mountaineers: Under head coach Rich Williamsport’s Cam Dickey (25) closes in on a Coughlin Mannello the ballcarrier in a game last season. program continues to be No Name Ht/Wt Pos Yr No Name Ht/Wt Pos Yr a work in 59 Ethan Williamson 6-0/255 OL/DL So 73 Quadir Walker 6-0/235 OL/DL So progress. 60 Dalton Kriner 6-4/260 OL/DL Sr 74 Chance Bower 5-11/240 OL/DL Sr STARBUCK With the 66 Liam Breasette 5-8/230 OL/DL Sr 75 Kurt Danneker 6-4/260 OL/DL Sr 67 Tucker Kreisher 6-2/260 OL/DL Jr 77 Marshall Nork 6-2/240 OL/DL Sr number of 69 Solomon Reagan 5-11/205 OL/DL So 79 Kamden Rogers 5-6/195 OL/DL Sr freshmen that saw the field 70 Damian Hill 5-8/270 OL/DL Jr 88 Gavin Matthews 6-2/185 TE/DE So last year, they were consid72 Mason Lilley 6-0/220 OL/LB Jr 89 Isaac Ritter 6-2/185 TE/DE Jr

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ered — for all intents and purposes — as sophomores as the season came to a close. By that standard, football-wise, the amount of minutes the group logged would classify them as juniors. That is still a lot to ask of 10th graders. Regardless this group grew up in a hurry last year, nearly knocking off

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top seed Wyoming Area in the District 2 playoffs. Mannello’s philosophy won’t change. He will want to establish the run. But in order to do that, the defense must first learn to stop it. Quarterback Michael Starbuck has half a season under his belt and he made tremendous strides.

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After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Patriots:

BENNETT’S VIEW

Name Ht/Wt Joseph Fagnano 6-3/205 Treyson Potts 5-11/185 Brock Moyer 5-10/170 Dominic Birch 5-11/195 Colin Esposito 5-7/155 John Carpenter 5-8/160 Yusuf Nixon 6-0/180 Tanner Esposito 6-1/175 Ethen Stryker 6-4/240 Nathan Welch 6-1/210 Benjamin Barnhart 5-9/190 Peter Jagella 5-9/205 Joshua Bernocco 6-1/175 Ryan Jolin 5-9/220 Jose Ontiveros 5-8/155 Ethan D Williams 5-10/170 Angelo Girardi 5-9/170 Austin Welch 5-8/150 Marcus Simmons 5-9/170 Latrelle Jackson 5-9/180 Jonah Niklaus 5-10/175 Cameron Dickey 5-7/155 Blaze McClements 5-9/175 Zakary Hamilton 5-6/140 Ian Welshans 5-8/195 Thomas Robinson5-10/170 Alex Pickering 5-8/150 Alec Dickey 5-8/175 Chase Bower 5-10/165 Ty Segraves 6-0/180 Ben Garverick 6-1/245 Jamaire Burget 5-10/225 Jason Kelley 5-8/160 Kyle Palmer 5-11/265 Isaac Snyder 5-10/220

Name Ht/Wt Alex Haas 6-3/185 Bryan Giambra 6-0/145 Dorian Ryans 6-1/225 Keemar Woodruff 6-1/195 Trevor Tigue 5-9/160 Andrew Krawczyk 6-2/170 Mike Nocito 5-10/155 Billy Kyttle 5-8/165 Mike Mikitish 5-10/170 Brad Montgomery 5-9/130 Walter Coles 6-0/180 Zach Sulima 5-9/140 Jesse Thorne 6-1/150 Shane Syms 6-0/145 Rich Wallace 5-9/180 Tannen Kraklio 6-0/165 Aaron Ladd 5-10/140 Dylan Lukachko 5-8/145 Matt Starinsky 6-1/170 Franny George 5-10/165 Mike Coe 6-0/200 Tim Higgins 5-9/185 Luke Petrosky 5-9/170 Kevin Krawczyk 6-0/190 Joe Carey 6-0/175 Louis Galli 5-9/180 Tyler Ferlick 6-0/220 Lucas Baritski 5-9/160 Alex Sarti 5-10/150 Nate Wesnak 5-9/160 Bryan Herron 5-8/150 Dylan Spurlan 5-10/175 DJ Brahnam 5-10/130 Justin Miller 5-10/155

— Steve Bennett

After visiting every team in the WVC, staff writer Steve Bennett gives his take on the Millionaires: enough reps last season at Feel bad for Potts, but With star back Treyson Potts injured, the dynamic of don’t feel bad for the Million- quarterback that he has an aires. If they are truly headidea of what to do. There is the team and conference enough skill at running back ing in the direction head have changed. and receiver where the coach Charles Crews While it would be unfair to offense will still be able to believes, then they should compare this team to last move the ball. be able to get by. year’s team, all the loss of The defense will be quick The strength of this team Potts does is bring the rest of and aggressive and try to the conference closer to Wil- is the offensive line. make plays. Junior Joe Fagnano got liamsport in terms of talent.

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Coughlin’s Vincent Todd Big school Vincent Todd, Coughlin: He lines up at quarterback, but passing isn’t his fancy. In 2016, he was second on the team in rushing with 1,063 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Small school Jake Anderson, Northwest: Head coach Lon Hazlet raves about Anderson’s ability and leadership. Will be interesting to see if he can top his 1,533 yards from last season.

Adrian Otero, Hazleton Area: The Cougars’ senior was a terror on defense from his linebacker position and ran for 939 yards. He’s primed for a big season.

Janssen Wilborn, Meyers: He dazzled once he stepped into starting role. Look for him to pick up where he left off and lead the Mohawks.

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KICKOFF 2017 Lackawanna Football Conference Preview

Defending champs remain favorites DIVISION III

BY JOBY FAWCETT STAFF WRITER

In a poll of conference coaches, all three defending division champions earned the role of favorite for the season. Delaware Valley in Division I, Scranton Prep in Division II and Dunmore in Division III all return talented rosters and are also considered strong contenders to defend their District 2 titles, as well. There will be challenges, but the reigning champions appear to be very strong. Last season, the LFC won all six District 2 championships. Both Scranton Prep in Class 3A and Dunmore in Class 2A won state playoff games and will again be among the top teams in the state for their respective classifications.

DIVISION I FAVORITE: Delaware Valley The Warriors won the four-team Division I last season and went on to win the District 2 Class 6A championship. They have to find a replacement for record-setting quarterback Matt Cavallaro, but Delaware Valley is stacked with athletes including Ryan Obiso, who was the only back in Division I to rush for more than 1,000 yards. Delaware Valley will also be fueled by last season’s All-Region defensive back Dylan Kelly, tight end/linebacker Brendan Heaney, who was a two-way LFC Division I all-star, and first-team all-star guard John Boyd. COULD SURPRISE: Wallenpaupack The Buckhorns, who started 11 underclassmen, took a lot of lumps against the more veteran teams in the division last season. Quarterback Tom McCormick

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North Pocono’s Donny Blaine threw for 1,158 yards last season. enters his third season as the starter. Joe Inguli ran for 777 yards last season to finish second to Obiso. Nicholas Ruggieri and Tyler Neglia combined for more than 800 yards. The Buckhorns have six starters back on defense, including Adam Haupt, who had 47 tackles, and Max Alessi, who had 40. ON THE RISE: Reggie Dickey, Scranton Has blazing speed and had an outstanding summer in 7-on-7 scrimmages. Last season, he had nine catches for 232 yards and two touchdowns before missing time. In his sophomore season, he collected seven catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

DIVISION II FAVORITE: Scranton Prep

Like Delaware Valley, the Cavaliers lost firepower in their backfield. However, the team is building momentum with its back-to-back division and District 2 Class 3A championships. Ivan Balavage, an LFC Division II all-star, leads the defense at linebacker. Cree Coccodrilli, also a division all-star, returns at tight end. Scranton Prep is inexperienced on the line of scrimmage, losing a pair of all-state linemen to graduation. Tackle Charles Farrell could emerge as the latest dominant linemen for the Cavaliers. COULD SURPRISE: West Scranton The Invaders are contenders. At times in 2016, they showed they could play with the big boys, even

FAVORITE: Dunmore This is about as clear a favorite as there has been in recent seasons. Dunmore returns its entire starting offensive line from a team that ran for 4,042 yards last season. Nick Shoemaker is a dominant lineman on both sides of the ball. Michael Muracco (6-0, 290) is one of the biggest two-way linemen in the conference and Jerry Longo is a two-time All-Region selection. Throw in starting quarterback Gavin Darcy and the Bucks will be a punishing offense. The defense returns Frank Damiano, Shoemaker, Muracco, Luke Yanisko and cornerback Nate Fangio. COULD SURPRISE: Old Forge Last season, the Blue Devils had some growing pains, taking on a top-heavy Division III with a very inexperienced team. With a full season under their belts, those starters should be much more confident and aggressive. Brendan Mozeleski returns after leading the team on offense and defense. He had more than 1,000 yards rushing and more than 100 tackles last season. ON THE RISE: Noah Yates, Carbondale Area Coming off a solid junior season, Yates verbally committed to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a tall and physical receiver at 6-5, 210 pounds, while also being a force on defense at linebacker. He caught 14 passes for 186 yards with two touchdowns in 2016 and has 26 receptions for 271 yards and three touchdowns in his career.

defeating eventual District 2 Class 4A champion North Pocono. Nick Gioia was the top-rated quarterback in Division II last season and finished with 1,325 yards passing and 14 touchdowns. Running back Andre Chollette Jr., who missed last season with an injury, should be one of the most explosive weapons in the division. ON THE RISE: Donny Blaine, North Pocono Entering his third seasons as the starter, Blaine is a proven winner. He piloted the Trojans offense to the District 2 Class 4A championship last season and finished with 1,158 yards passing. With the graduation of its starting two backs, North Pocono may turn to its passing game this sea- Contact the writer: sports@citizensvoice.com son.

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