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HIGH SCHOOL PREVIEW

FOOTBALL 2011 Key players for all the WVC teams


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INSIDE Cover Story ...................Page 3 Berwick ..........................Page 4 Season Overview .........Page 6 Coughlin.........................Page 8 Crestwood .....................Page 9 Dallas .............................Page 12 Lackawanna Preview ............13 GAR................................Page 14 Hanover Area...............Page 15 Holy Redeemer............Page 16 2010 Season Review ...Page 19 Hazleton Area.............Page 23 Lake-Lehman..............Page 24 Meyers .........................Page 26 Nanticoke.....................Page 27 Northwest ...................Page 29 Pittston Area ..............Page 30 Tunkhannock ..............Page 32 Williamsport................Page 33 Wyoming Area ............Page 35 Valley West..................Page 38

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PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

Times Leader photographer Don Carey captured GAR’s Darrell Crawford, Crestwood’s Nick Aigeldinger, Valley West’s Eugene Lewis and Dallas’ Paul Brace. Thanks to Torbik Lock and Safe in Wilkes-Barre for the photo of the wall of keys.

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2010 Final Statistics PASSING (Minimum 50 attempts) Division 4A Att Cmp Pct. Yds TD Int QBR Marquise Keiser, Williamsport..................................................... 168 98 58.2 1645 19 8 168.38 Eugene Lewis, Wyo. Valley West ............................................... 110 57 51.8 1022 8 8 139.32 Chad Hoffman, Hazleton Area..................................................... 134 56 39.4 728 6 8 90.26 Division 3A Adam Goeringer, Dallas ............................................................... Jared Pierce, Berwick ................................................................... Nick Aigeldinger, Crestwood ....................................................... R.J. Emmett, Pittston Area........................................................... Luke Seaberg, Tunk ..................................................................... Jim Castellino, Pittston Area........................................................

Att Cmp Pct. Yds TD Int QBR 153 84 54.9 1259 13 6 144.22 202 118 58.4 1419 14 14 126.43 180 95 52.8 1285 12 8 125.86 128 60 46.9 853 9 8 113.56 106 49 46.2 692 6 5 110.31 67 32 47.8 332 1 1 91.33

Division 2A-A Jared Novitski, Lake-Lehman ...................................................... Chris Murphy, Wyoming Area ..................................................... Joe Ksiaszkiewicz, Hanover Area............................................... Gunner Majer, Northwest ............................................................. Robert Waiters, Meyers ............................................................... Darrell Crawford, GAR .................................................................. Anh Le, Holy Redeemer ...............................................................

Att Cmp Pct. Yds TD 156 94 60.3 1408 9 124 49 39.5 824 11 81 29 35.8 629 5 111 49 44.1 757 6 160 74 46.3 1040 9 77 28 36.4 526 4 242 114 47.1 1483 10

RUSHING Division 4A At Eugene Lewis, WVW ........ 193 Devin Miller, Will ................ 163 Pedro Guzman, Haz Area 152 George Simms, WVW ...... 140 Nahshon Braggs, Will ....... 80 Des Johnson, Haz Area ... 72 Tashawn Bunch, WVW..... 56 Tim Maeshack, Will ........... 74 Ray Campbell, Haz Area .. 34 Chad Hoffman, Haz Area . 69 Sadiq Burkholder, Will ...... 8 Phil Sims, WVW ................ 19 Kris Koslop, Haz Area....... 13 Ryan Maylath, Haz Area ... 4 Mike Kilhenny, WVW ........ 6 Yusef Guzman, Haz Area. 5 Colin Vest, WVW ............... 4

Yds Avg TD 1121 5.8 17 1102 6.7 8 999 6.6 9 775 5.5 12 487 5.5 7 438 6.1 5 342 6.1 0 331 4.6 6 294 6.8 2 168 2.4 2 120 15.0 0 111 5.8 1 80 6.2 1 79 19.8 0 31 5.2 0 28 5.6 0 20 5.0 0

Division 3A Joe Parsnik, Coughlin....... Mike Baldwin, Tunk ........... Adam Goeringer, Dallas ... Charles Roman, Coughlin Jeremy Freeman, Berwick Nick Aigeldinger, Crest ..... Ethan Slembarski, Crest... Mike Thomas, Tunk .......... Corey Balko, Tunk ............. Bubba Felker, Tunk........... Jordan Richardson, Dal .... Paul Brace, Dallas ............. Justin McCloe, Pitt Area ... Jared Pierce, Berwick ....... Nico DiSabatino, Crest...... Jim Roccograndi, Dallas... Sean Ridall, Berwick ......... Russell Monroe, Coughlin Tony Goodson, Berwick ... Roger Legg, Crest ............. Cody Rydzy, Pitt Area....... Brett Wanek, Dallas .......... Sam Falcone, Pitt Area..... Luke McDanniel, Berwick . Joe Giambra, Pitt Area ..... Nick Collins, Pitt Area ....... John Bushinski, Berwick .. Zach Evans, Coughlin....... Jimmy Crablo, Crest ......... Josh Popple, Coughlin...... Caleb Fetteroff, Berwick ... Frankie Mahmoud, Cou .... Kyle Custer, Tunk.............. Jrdn Houseman, Pitt Area Matt Cashman, Berwick .... Ed Curtain, Berwick .......... Matt Hoch, Berwick............ Wes Custer, Tunk.............. Ryan Zapoticky, Dallas ..... Nick Auriemma, Tunk........ Eric Pickett, Crest.............. Arthur Reilley, Coughlin.... Nick Powell, Crest ............. Tony Schwab, Pitt Area .... Tyler Soboleski, Berwick ..

Yds 1045 930 841 726 723 619 569 524 491 470 431 398 396 311 258 214 188 169 150 144 137 133 116 104 83 64 57 57 54 43 40 39 38 37 37 33 33 32 26 24 21 21 19 17 17

At 169 112 124 137 156 125 111 84 99 49 63 53 109 123 79 36 20 27 47 28 42 27 11 18 22 8 5 12 9 13 11 5 6 7 8 5 11 10 6 2 4 6 3 2 8

Avg 6.2 8.3 6.8 5.3 4.6 4.9 5.1 6.2 4.9 9.6 6.8 7.5 3.6 2.5 3.3 5.9 9.4 6.3 3.2 5.1 3.3 4.9 10.5 5.8 3.8 8.0 11.4 4.8 6.0 3.3 3.6 7.8 6.3 5.3 4.6 6.6 3.0 3.2 4.3 12.0 5.3 3.5 6.3 8.5 2.1

TD 13 8 11 6 2 10 4 4 8 3 5 5 1 7 2 3 3 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Division 2A-A At Yds Avg TD Andrew Forgatch, Han ...... 303 2317 7.6 34 Bret Rutkoski, Northwest.. 227 1549 6.8 14 Brian Maslowski, Nant....... 206 1214 5.9 14

Bryan Mathers, Lehman.... Darrell Crawford, GAR ...... Kurtis Thomas, GAR ......... Nick O’Brien, Wyo Area.... Nick Shelley, Lehman ....... Rob Kotz, Nanticoke ......... Kyle Kramer, Northwest.... Chris Murphy, Wyo Area .. Anh Le, Redeemer ............ Edwin Agosto, Nanticoke . Robert Waiters, Meyers ... Jamie Jayne, Meyers ........ Corey Popovich, WyArea . Dwayne Wright, GAR........ Mykel Dempsey, GAR ...... Nahjee Brown, Meyers ..... Mike Colatosti, Nanticoke . David Gawlas, Redeemer Zak Matulewski, Nant ........ Matt Kintz, Wyo Area......... Tony Politz, Northwest...... Andrew Kaufer, Hanover .. Josh Cabrera, Hanover .... Garret Yustat, Northwest .. John Zuder, Hanover ........ Jesper Bjorkman, Meyers Jim Benczkowski, Meyers Shaliek Powell, GAR......... Matt Swartz, Northwest..... Zck LaNunziata, WyoArea Curt Barbacci, Lehman ..... Parrish Bennett, Hanover . A.J. Lemardy, Wyo Area .. Brady Butler, Lehman ....... Erick McDonald, GAR....... Dalton Tomko, Northwest Derek Wolfe, Nanticoke.... Tyler Kastendieck, Redmr Mike Martin, Redeemer .... Shacquar Bradford, GAR . Crmn Mauriello, WyoArea Robbie Evans, Lehman..... Danny Rossi, Meyers........ Gunner Majer, Northwest . Shacore Proctor, Meyers . Tom Vitale, Nanticoke....... Jim Begliomini, Northwest Maurice Wood, Nanticoke Corey Moore, GAR............ Mike Murtha, Nanticoke....

158 132 153 156 97 124 61 110 119 35 92 67 41 37 39 33 37 60 34 29 12 20 8 12 14 23 16 8 7 8 21 15 7 11 9 10 4 11 17 14 6 3 2 31 2 2 3 3 4 8

RECEIVING Division 4A Rec Jared Fagnano, Will ........... 47 Jalen McClary, WVW......... 31 Dean McKernan, Hz Area.. 25 Sam Mason, Will................. 18 Des Johnson, Will .............. 14 Derrick Simms, WVW ........ 10 Des Johnson, Haz Area .... 10 Devon Fisher, Will .............. 9 Pedro Guzman, Haz Area . 9 Chris Clocker, WVW .......... 8 Ryan Hostrander, Will ........ 5 Sam Grohol, Haz Area....... 4 Henry Moore, WVW ........... 3 Devin Miller, Will ................. 3 Tony Rovinski, Haz Area... 2 Ryan Maylath, Haz Area .... 2

Int 10 8 4 5 12 4 16

1063 1047 1032 974 713 684 544 527 374 359 330 293 276 274 224 219 204 188 148 137 131 103 100 100 100 86 67 59 56 55 53 51 49 48 45 43 43 43 43 42 24 23 21 19 18 18 17 15 15 15 Yds 902 557 372 292 193 203 95 132 89 142 40 41 73 12 60 28

QBR 142.29 111.71 111.53 110.26 104.41 100.50 99.00

6.7 7.9 6.7 6.2 7.3 5.5 8.9 4.8 3.1 10.2 3.6 4.4 6.7 7.4 5.7 6.6 5.5 3.1 4.4 4.7 10.9 5.2 12.5 8.3 7.1 3.7 4.2 7.4 8.0 6.9 2.5 3.4 7.0 4.4 5.0 4.3 10.8 3.9 2.5 3.0 4.0 7.7 10.5 0.6 9.0 9.0 5.7 5.0 3.8 1.9

13 10 14 16 6 7 7 7 6 2 1 4 2 5 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Avg TD 19.2 8 17.9 4 14.9 3 16.2 6 13.8 2 20.3 1 9.5 0 14.7 2 9.9 0 17.8 2 8.0 1 10.3 0 24.3 1 4.0 0 30.0 1 14.0 0

Dylan Flayhart, WVW......... Nahshon Braggs, Will ........ Lucky Williams, WVW........

2 2 2

27 18 10

13.5 9.0 5.0

0 1 0

Division 3A Jrdn Houseman, Pitt Area . Paul Brace, Dallas.............. Eric Schleich, Berwick ....... Sean Ridall, Berwick .......... Kota Kishel, Crest .............. Luke McDaniel, Berwick .... Jason Simonovich, Dallas. Eric Pickett, Crest............... Evan Hahn, Pitt Area.......... Nico DiSabatino, Crest....... Derek Bitler, Tunk .............. Mike Baldwin, Tunk ............ Tyler Roman, Pitt Area ...... Tyler Soboleski, Berwick ... Jeremy Freeman, Berwick Brian Delaney, Pitt Area .... Mike Barber, Tunk .............. Brett Wanek, Dallas ........... Anthony Survilla, Crest...... Bob Saba, Dallas................ Charles Roman, Coughlin . Nick Powell, Crest .............. Vinny Genoble, Crest ........ Mike Thomas, Tunk ........... Ryan Haupt, Coughlin........ Roger Legg, Crest.............. Casey Martin, Crest ........... Jimmy Crablo, Crest .......... Bubba Felker, Tunk............ Nick Auriemma, Tunk......... Justin McCloe, Pitt Area .... Casey Davenport, Berwick Ryan Zapoticky, Dallas...... Joe Parsnik, Coughlin........ Jim Roccograndi, Dallas.... Ethan Slembarski, Crest.... Cody Rydzy, Pitt Area ....... Brandon Dalberto, Berwck Keifer Rogers, Dallas......... Mike Flannelly, Pitt Area....

Rec 43 41 29 39 24 18 17 16 15 15 14 13 13 12 11 11 10 10 9 8 7 7 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2

Yds 552 662 536 470 394 148 306 242 249 128 230 156 135 73 152 91 223 113 129 141 119 83 70 60 144 108 59 32 62 49 27 16 39 35 2 30 28 17 15 7

Avg TD 12.8 6 16.1 7 18.5 6 12.1 6 16.4 5 8.2 1 18.0 4 15.1 1 16.6 2 8.5 2 16.4 3 12.0 1 10.4 0 6.1 1 13.8 0 8.3 1 22.3 1 11.3 1 14.3 0 17.6 2 17.0 0 11.9 1 11.7 0 10.0 0 28.8 1 21.6 1 11.8 0 6.4 0 15.5 1 12.3 1 6.8 0 4.0 0 13.0 0 11.7 1 0.7 0 15.0 0 14.0 0 13.5 1 7.5 0 3.5 0

Division 2A-A Nahjee Brown, Meyers ...... Bryan Mathers, Lehman..... David Gawlas, Redeemer . Eric Kerr, Redeemer .......... Louis Degnan, Redeemer . Nick Shelley, Lehman ........ Brandon Roberts, Lehman Josh Cabrera, Hanover ..... Bret Rutkoski, Northwest .. Eric Eramo, Wyo Area ....... Jalen Miller, Meyers ........... Kody Nowicki, Wyo Area... Lucas Benton, GAR ........... Shaliek Powell, GAR.......... Zak Matulewski, Nanticoke Zack Yursha, Lehman........ Matt Swartz, Northwest...... Larry Popovich, Wyo Area Nick O’Brien, Wyo Area..... Jesper Bjorkman, Meyers . Jamie Jayne, Meyers ......... Tom Cosgrove, Redeemer Jeff Jezewski, Nanticoke ... Andrew Forgatch, Hanover Cael Evans, Nanticoke....... Dave Wojciechowicz, Nwt. Christian Foley, Northwest Seth Tarselli, Redeemer ... Kyle Kramer, Northwest .... Rob Russick, Wyo Area .... Chris Beauvoir, Meyers ..... Michael Springer, Hanover Zach Razawich, Redeemr. Mike Murtha, Nanticoke..... Rich Lauri, Lehman ............ Edwin Agosto, Nanticoke .. Cody Poepperling, Leh...... Eric Kendig, Northwest...... Mykel Dempsey, GAR ....... Dylan Evans, Meyers ......... Cole Barbacci, Lehman...... Jeremy Rittenhouse, Nwt.. Geno Suda, Hanover ......... David Drozdowski, Nwt ..... Pat Smith, GAR................... Chris DeMarco, Meyers .... Josh Decker, Nanticoke.....

Rec 46 32 31 28 25 21 18 14 14 13 13 13 12 12 12 11 11 9 9 9 9 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2

Yds 642 562 401 488 358 282 281 332 227 232 222 215 262 226 174 162 66 170 110 88 79 127 29 66 61 46 52 127 47 71 61 60 46 39 8 48 45 36 23 17 9 77 61 54 46 43 32

Avg TD 13.9 6 17.6 1 12.9 2 17.4 3 14.3 3 13.4 2 15.6 3 23.7 3 16.2 2 17.8 3 17.1 1 16.5 3 21.8 1 18.8 3 14.5 4 14.7 2 6.0 1 18.9 1 12.2 2 9.8 0 8.8 1 18.1 1 4.1 0 11.0 0 10.2 1 7.7 0 8.7 1 25.4 0 9.4 0 17.8 2 15.3 0 15.0 1 11.5 0 9.8 0 4.0 0 16.0 1 15.0 0 13.0 0 7.7 0 5.7 0 3.0 1 38.5 1 30.5 0 27.0 1 23.0 0 21.5 1 16.0 0

Rob Kotz, Nanticoke .......... Curt Barbacci, Lehman ...... Matt Kintz, Wyo Area .........

2 2 2

27 7 5

13.5 3.5 2.5

0 0 0

SCORING Division 4A TD 2pt Kick Pts. Eugene Lewis, WVW ......... 17 3 0 108 George Simms, WVW........ 13 0 3 81 Jared Fagnano, Will............ 9 4 0 62 Pedro Guzman, Hz Area.... 9 1 0 56 Nahshon Braggs, Will ........ 8 0 0 48 Tim Maeshack, Will ............ 8 0 0 48 Devin Miller, Will ................. 8 0 0 48 Sam Mason, Will ................. 6 3 0 42 Ray Campbell, Haz Area ... 5 1 0 32 Des Johnson, Haz Area..... 5 1 0 32 Jalen McClary, WVW ......... 4 0 0 24 Nick Singer, WVW .............. 0 0 23 23 Chad Hoffman, HazArea.... 3 1 0 20 Dean McKernan, HzArea ... 3 0 1 19 Ryan Hostrander, Will......... 3 0 0 18 Devon Fisher, Will............... 2 1 0 14 Mike Genesvich, HzArea ... 0 0 14 14 Des Johnson, Will ............... 2 1 0 14 Chris Clocker, WVW........... 2 0 0 12 Henry Moore, WVW ........... 2 0 0 12 Division 3A Joe Parsnik, Cou ................ Nick Aigeldinger, Cre ......... Paul Brace, Dal ................... Mike Baldwin, Tunk............. Adam Goeringer, Dal.......... Sean Ridall, Ber .................. Corey Balko, Tunk .............. Jordan Houseman, PA ....... Jared Pierce, Ber ................ Charles Roman, Cou.......... Eric Schleich, Ber ............... Chris Scharff, Dal................ Kota Kishel, Cre .................. Jordan Richardson, Dal ..... Nico DiSabatino, Cre .......... Bubba Felker, Tunk ............ Jason Simonovich, Dal ...... Ethan Slembarski, Cre ....... Mike Thomas, Tunk............ Alex Oliver, Ber ................... Derek Bitler, Tunk ............... Roger Legg, Cre ................. Jim Roccograndi, Dal ......... Hunter Bednarczyk, Cou ... Caleb Fetteroff, Ber ............ Chris Musto, PA .................. Mike Barber, Tunk .............. Jeremy Freeman. Ber......... Evan Hahn, PA.................... Bob Saba, Dallas ................ Luke Seaberg, Tunk...........

TD 2pt Kick Pts. 15 0 0 90 10 0 20 80 12 0 0 72 10 3 0 66 11 0 0 66 9 0 0 54 8 0 0 48 8 0 0 48 7 1 0 44 6 0 0 36 6 0 0 36 0 0 31 31 5 0 0 30 5 0 0 30 4 0 0 24 4 0 0 24 4 0 0 24 4 0 0 24 4 0 0 24 0 0 21 21 3 0 0 18 3 0 0 18 3 0 0 18 0 0 16 16 2 2 0 16 0 0 16 16 2 0 0 12 2 0 0 12 2 0 0 12 2 0 0 12 2 0 0 12

Division 2A-A Andrew Forgatch, Han ....... Nick O’Brien, WA................ Bret Rutkoski, Nwt.............. Bryan Mathers, LL............... Brian Maslowski, Nan......... Kurtis Thomas, GAR .......... Darrell Crawford, GAR ....... Nick Shelley, LL .................. Jared Novitski, LL ............... Najhee Brown, Mey............ Chris Murphy, WA .............. Zak Matuleski, Nan ............. Rob Kotz, Nan ..................... Kyle Kramer, Nwt................ Steve McCann, GAR.......... Anh Le, HR .......................... David Gawlas, HR .............. Kody Nowicki, WA .............. Katie Scalzo, WA ................ Christian Foley, Nwt ........... Josh Cabrera, Han ............. Jamie Jayne, Mey............... Dwayne Wright, GAR ......... Lou Degnan, HR ................. Edwin Agosto, Nan ............. Eric Eramo, WA .................. Shaliek Powell, GAR.......... Eric Kerr, HR ....................... Brandon Roberts, LL .......... Jeff Jezewski, Nan.............. Rob Russick, WA................ Lucas Benton, GAR ........... Gunner Majer, Nwt ............. Tony Politz, Nwt.................. Corey Popovich, WA.......... Pat Smith, GAR ................... Michael Springer, Han ....... Zach Yursha, LL ................. Garrett Yustat, Nwt ............. Justin Eck, Han ...................

TD 2pt Kick Pts. 34 10 1 225 19 0 0 114 16 1 0 98 16 0 0 96 14 4 0 92 14 0 0 84 12 0 0 72 10 0 0 60 4 1 32 58 8 0 0 48 8 0 0 48 7 1 0 44 7 0 0 42 7 0 0 42 0 0 41 41 6 1 0 38 6 0 0 36 6 0 0 36 0 0 36 36 1 0 25 31 5 0 0 30 5 0 0 30 5 0 0 30 3 1 9 29 4 0 0 24 4 0 0 24 4 0 0 24 3 0 0 18 3 0 0 18 1 0 10 16 2 1 0 14 2 0 0 12 2 0 0 12 2 0 0 12 2 0 0 12 2 0 0 12 2 0 0 12 2 0 0 12 2 0 0 12 0 0 11 11


COV E R STO RY

Key WVC performers And every Wyoming Valley Conference squad Football is a team sport, but there is always one has one. guy on each team who is the key to success. Here’s an opinion at who they are: By JOHN ERZAR | jerzar@timesleader.com

Jared Pierce Berwick

A three-year starter, Pierce finished up the regular season strongly by throwing six TD passes and no interceptions in the final three games. His senior year could be tricky with an inexperienced receiving corp.

Pierce

Parsnik

Aigeldinger

Brace

Crawford

Ksiazkiewicz

Gawlas

Lewis

Shelley

Walters

Maskowski

Majer

Houseman

Seaberg

Miller

O’Brien

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Joe Parsnik Coughlin

After Coughlin abandoned a brief experiment with Parsnik at quarterback, he returned to the tailback spot and rushed for over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Nick Aigeldinger Crestwood

Aigeldinger begins his fourth season as the Comets’ starting quarterback and has progressed to where he is one of the most dangerous runner/throwers in District 2.

Paul Brace Dallas

No player over the past two seasons has come up with more big plays just when he team needed one, be it as a runner, receiver, returner or on defense.

Darrell Crawford GAR

One of the state’s top athletes, Crawford improved his passing last season to go along with his electrifying ability as a runner, return specialist and defensive back.

Joe Ksiazkiewicz Hanover

The Missouri transplant showed a strong arm in his first year with the program, although the passing game didn’t always click last season. He’ll be counted upon to get the air game going in the right direction.

David Gawlas Holy Redeemer

Gawlas led the Royals in receptions last season and also had his hand in the running game. If the Royals are to improve on offense, he’ll need to play a big part.

Chad Hoffman Hazleton Area

Hoffman begins his third year as the starting quarterback. He has the athletic ability to be both a passer and runner, but will be under his third different head coach in as many years.

Nick Shelley Lake-Lehman

Shelley was overshadowed a bit by teammate Bryan Mathers last season. But now that Mathers has graduated, he’ll take over the role as the primary runner-receiver for the Black Knights.

Ed Walters Meyers

Linemen aren’t often thought of as key players, but with a skilled group so young it’s imperative Walters helps open holes until it matures.

Brian Maskowski Nanticoke

Maskowski played a huge part in Nanticoke posting its best record in quite some time by rushing for over 1,000 yards. If the Trojans are going to top last year’s four-win season, they’ll need to grind out victories behind Maskowski’s hard running.

Gunner Majer Northwest

Majer was able to ease into the starting quarterback position last season as the Rangers relied heavily on all-time leading rusher Bret Rutkoski. Rutkoski has departed, so Majer will play a bigger role in the offense.

Jordan Houseman Pittston Area

One of the few bright spot during Pittston Area’s winless season, Houseman established himself as a top receiver. But with a new quarterback and new head coach, it remains to be seen whether he put up similar numbers.

Luke Seaberg Tunkhannock

An elbow injury to starter Nahshon Braggs thrust Miller into the starting lineup as a sophomore. He rushed for over 1,000 yards and showed he could be one of the WVC’s biggest breakaway threats this year.

Nick O’Brien Wyoming Area

O’Brien played tailback as a freshman and sophomore and led the Warriors in rushing both season. Now he shifts to quarterback where his speed and elusiveness will be an asset once again. As a passer, O’Brien has shown he has a strong arm, but still needs to get in sync with his receivers.

Eugene Lewis Wyoming Valley West

A Penn State recruit, Lewis is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball. He also improved dramatically throwing the ball last season. Whether running or throwing, he’s worth twice the admission price to see.

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Seaberg took a backseat in his first year as the starter as the Tigers used the run-first Wing-T offense. A new coach and the loss of several skill players could mean a bigger role for Seaberg as a player and a leader.

Devin Miller Williamsport


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Dawgs say it’s time to be physical

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The Berwick team captains, from left, are Kolton Lynn, Jake Jola, Jeremy Freeman and Jared Pierce.

Berwick will look to ground game for offense this season

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By RYAN KONOPKI For The Times Leader

BERWICK – Berwick coach Gary Campbell Jr. said the style of play he plans to use to start the 2011 Wyoming Valley Conference season will look different than the one his team used last fall. This year’s edition of the Berwick football team will be much more physical. “Physically we’re very strong. We need to be able to run the football,” said Campbell. Berwick (6-6) threw the ball as much

as any team in the WVC in 2010, but with the loss of their top performers at wide receiver, the Bulldogs look to play more physical up front and rely less on the pass as eight offenCampbell sive starters return, including all five linemen. “We lost all of our skilled players, but this year we have all of our line back, along with our quarterback and running back,” Campbell said. “We’re very much a

different team. That’s not to say we’re going to abandon the pass, either.” ON OFFENSE Berwick’s offense will be orchestrated by returning quarterback Jared Pierce, who went 118-for-202 through the air for 1,419 yards, 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season. Pierce’s arm proved to be effective at times, but the Bulldogs will look for more production out of the backfield this season. Senior fullback Jeremy Freeman

rushed for 723 yards on 156 carries for an average of 4.6 yards per carry last year. He also scored two rushing touchdowns. Another senior, Arlent Mejia, will get his share of carries at tailback. Both backs will line up behind every starter from the offensive line last year: tackles Gavin Harter and Adam Harrison; guards Drew Berube and Dom Parmenteri; and center Jake Jola. See BERWICK, Page 5


Berwick quarterback Jared Pierce.

BULLDOGS ROSTER

BILL TARUTIS PHOTOS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER

The Berwick defensive line will be led by tackle Adam Harrison, left, and defensive end Brandon Dalberto.

BERWICK Continued from page 4

ON DEFENSE Unlike the offensive turnaround, Campbell’s 4-3 scheme on defense remains. Junior defensive end Brandon Dalberto, a two-way starter last fall, will anchor the line along with Adam Harrison. Travis Potter returns at linebacker after starting as a sophomore, while seniors Brad Shoemaker and Kolton Lynn also return to man the middle of the field at linebacker. Defensive back will be the biggest concern, but Campbell’s system allows his squad to make needed adjustments against any style of offense they will face.

Gary Campbell Jr. Berwick coach

The Berwick Bulldogs.

sive backs and wide receivers, Campbell said it will take time for his younger players to become acclimated and improve in their starting roles. The younger players will need

to adjust quickly if Berwick wants to compete for a spot in the District 2 Class 3A playoffs, but Campbell thinks the Bulldogs should be able to hold their weight in what he thinks will be a competitive WVC. “I think our league is good,” said Campbell. “You’ve got the (Paul) Brace kid at Dallas; Eugene Lewis at Wyoming Valley West; Hazleton and Williamsport always have some good kids. “I think we’ll be in the mix somewhere.”

BULLDOGS AT A GLANCE Coach: Gary Campbell (120-45-1) 6th year at Berwick; 13th overall Division: WVC 3A PIAA Class: 3A Returning starters: 8 offense/6 defense Male enrollment: 382 School phone: 759-6400 Stadium location: Crispin Field, Mulberry and 11th Sts., Berwick Key players lost: Roy Dennis, OL/DL; Caleb Fetteroff, LB; Matt Hoch, DB; Sean Ridall, WR; Zach Ridall, OL; Eric Schleich, WR; Matt Witchey, DB. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Jared Pierce 118-of-202, 1,419 yds., 14 TDs, 14 Ints. RUSHING: Jeremy Freeman 156-723, 4.6 avg., 2 TDs RECEIVING: Sean Ridall 39-470, 12.1 avg., 6 TDs SCORING: Sean Ridall 54 pts. Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Sept. 9 Sat., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Fri., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 14 Fri., Oct. 21 Fri., Oct. 28 Fri., Nov. 4

Schedule at Crestwood North Pocono at Dallas Wyoming Valley West Selinsgrove at Tunkhannock at Williamsport Pittston Area Coughlin at Hazleton Area

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

2010 Results (6-6) Crestwood (4-6) ............................................W 32-14 North Pocono (6-5).........................................L 21-20 Dallas (10-1) ....................................................L 22-12 Wyoming Valley West (7-4) ..........................L 27-15 Selinsgrove (7-5).............................................L 14-13 Tunkhannock (3-7)........................................W 22-21 Williamsport (7-4)............................................L 21-17 Pittston Area (0-10).........................................W 46-8 Coughlin (5-6)..................................................W 12-7 Hazleton Area (3-7)......................................W 45-26 Eastern Conference 3A playoffs Bangor (7-4) ...................................................W 28-21 Valley View (7-5) ............................................L 35-21

Ht. 5-10 6-0 6-0 5-11 5-8 6-0 5-8 5-10 6-1 6-0 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-11 5-9 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-5 6-0 6-1 5-10 5-10 5-7 5-11 6-5 5-9 5-10 5-9 5-10 6-0 5-11 5-11 5-9 5-8 5-8 6-0 6-0 6-0 5-8 5-11 5-9 5-11 6-1 6-1 6-0 6-1 6-0 5-9 5-9 5-10 5-10 5-6 5-7 6-4 6-3 6-1 6-0 6-0 6-6 5-8

Wt. 165 195 170 175 165 170 165 160 165 150 165 160 150 150 175 170 160 205 150 160 155 160 170 225 190 185 190 175 220 245 185 230 225 185 230 170 200 175 185 190 195 175 185 190 220 280 240 250 250 240 240 270 280 180 190 180 140 155 200 235 170 160 200 200 185

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OUTLOOK Having lost most of his defen-

“We lost all of our skilled players, but this year we have all of our line back, along with our quarterback and running back. We’re very much a different team. That’s not to say we’re going to abandon the pass, either.”

No. Name 1 Will Masteller 2 Jared Pierce 3 Zach Ladonis 4 Anthony DiPippa 5 Alex Klinger 7 C.J. Curry 8 Alex Oliver 9 Jake Jones 12 Jake Peccorelli 19 Max Thomas 20 Matt Cashman 21 Rick Densberger 22 Eric Brown 23 Chris Hampton 24 John Bushinski 25 Arlent Mejia 26 Andrew Wenner 27 Jeremy Freeman 28 Josh Gregory 32 Kyle Trenholm 29 Donnie Shields 30 Sal Ferarra 31 Rich Snyder 33 Brandon Berkes 35 Travis Potter 39 Tanner Weaver 44 Jordan Stout 50 Zach Kessler 51 Raymond Grassly 52 Mackenzy Meeker 53 Zach Ridall 54 Brent Harner 55 Jake Jola 56 Ethan Thomas 57 John Hunsinger 58 Seamus Slabinski 60 Tyler Ohl 61 Troy Stair 62 Nick Francak 64 Cody George 65 Brad Shoemaker 67 Dustin Hosler 68 Josh Lowery 69 Dalton Schechterly 70 Jeff Owen 71 Steve Speedwell 72 Adam Harrison 74 Kyle Stearley 75 Drew Berube 76 Dom Parmenteri 77 Gavin Harter 78 Andrew Groome 79 Colten Long 80 James Karchner 81 A.J. Vandermark 82 Ian Mazonkey 83 Aaren Preston 84 Marty Grassly 85 Will Updegrove 86 Brandon Dalberto 87 Brandon Kulp 88 Jeff Steeber 89 Kolton Lynn 90 Elias Harmon 99 Jesse Knorr

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F O OT B A L L 2 011 W Y O M I N G VA L L E Y C O N F E R E N C E O V E R V I E W

Teams to beat remain the same

By JOHN ERZAR jerzar@timesleader.com

The Wyoming Valley Conference football season starts Friday and it looks like it could pick up right where it left off in 2010. The teams to beat are still the teams to beat. Elsewhere, the rebuilding continues throughout the conference. Many big-time players have graduated, but as has been the case every year new stars will emerge. It might take awhile for those new stars to show up, but they will. Here’s brief rundown of each division. DIVISION 4A Wyoming Valley West (7-4) is favored to repeat as divisional and District 2 champions, with Penn State recruit Eugene Lewis leading the way at quarterback. There are some holes to fill, especially along the line of scrimmage, but the Spartans should be just fine. Williamsport (7-4) should continue to make strides under fifth-year coach Tom Gravish, who has brought a sense of teamwork that had been lacking in years past. The Millionaires lost some key skill personnel, but always seem to fill those voids quickly. Assistant Jim Drumheller takes over at Hazleton Area (3-7) for veteran coach Paul Marranca, who stayed just one season. The Cougars FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER were in a bit of a rebuilding mode in 2010 and that Dallas head coach Ted Jackson has the team to beat in Division 3A once again this season. The coach, however, will have a difficult time showed on defense where replacing quarterback Adam Goeringer, who graduated. they gave up far too many season, but too many close losses points. They should be improved and scoring a combined 28 points in those Berwick (6-6) sputtered out of the could challenge for the division. changed that. The Tigers were hit hard contests. The defense was once again gates last season and then was hit hard by graduation, so new coach Rod Azar Predicted finish: 1. Wyoming Valley stout and should be this season. by injuries. The new faces in the lineup, West; 2. Williamsport; 3. Hazleton Area. Crestwood’s problem was the opposite. has his work cut out for him. though, salvaged an Eastern Conference So does the new coach Mike Barrett at The defense really struggled during playoff berth when all looked lost at DIVISION 3A Pittston Area (0-10). The Patriots are October last season when the team went midseason. Dallas (10-1) is once again the team to coming off their first winless season 0-5 and cost itself a playoff spot. The Coughlin (5-6) and Crestwood (4-6) beat. The Mountaineers have a big void since 1993. But those players who reComets, though, have arguably the best could also figure into the divisional title to fill at quarterback with Adam Goerquarterback in the division in senior Nick ceived on-the-job training should be hunt. inger having graduated, but the sheer improved. Aigeldinger, who started as a freshman. Coughlin will need to pick up the number of returning contributors will Tunkhannock (3-7) was considered a scoring pace on offense, losing three ease the loss. games by seven points or less in 2010 and legitimate contender for the title last See OVERVIEW, Page 7


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GAR running back Mykel Dempsey and the Grenadiers will be tough to beat in Division 2A-A.

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Predicted finish: 1. Dallas; 2. Berwick; 3. Crestwood; 4. Coughlin; 5. Tunkhannock; 6. Pittston Area.

Now the tough part is continuing that success, although there are some solid building blocks. Hanover Area (7-4) relied heavily on Times Leader Player of the Year tailback Andrew Forgatch, who rushed for over 2,300 yards. That will be a massive void to fill, so it could be difficult to repeat last year’s success. Northwest (5-6) also has a big hole in the backfield as the school’s all-time leading rusher Bret Rutkoski has graduated. The Rangers did fairly well in their return to the WVC after a long absence, but need to be more competitive against

the upper echelon of the division. Nanticoke (4-6) made great strides under first-year coach Ron Bruza in 2010. The Trojans won three of their first four games, but struggled down the stretch against the division’s better teams. Alum Correy Hanson takes over at Meyers (2-8), which will have its third new coach in as many years. Offense was a main problem last season as the Mohawks scored seven points or less in six games. Holy Redeemer (0-10) will also have its third new coach in three years, Joe Ostrowski. The biggest problem with the

WVC POINTS SYSTEM Once again, the Wyoming Valley Conference will use its unique points system to determine its divisional champions. A team will get five points toward the championship for a victory. It then gets bonus points based on the defeated opponent’s PIAA classification. Four bonus points for defeating a Class 4A opponent, three for a 3A opponent, two for a 2A opponent and one for a Class A opponent. So defeating a Class 4A opponent is worth nine points toward the title, while defeating a Class A opponent is worth six. Unlike the PIAA points system, the opponent’s win-loss record has no bearing on points awarded.

Royals in their four seasons of existence is the inability to run the ball. They also need to cut down on the number of big plays allowed on defense. Predicted finish: 1. GAR; 2. Wyoming Area; 3. Lake-Lehman; 4. Hanover Area; 5. Northwest; 6. Nanticoke; 7. Meyers; 8. Holy Redeemer.

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DIVISION 2A-A GAR (11-2) won its first District 2 title last season and returns a good portion of the lineup, including multi-threat quarterback Darrell Crawford. They’re the divisional favorite again, but which team challenges them closest is up for debate. Wyoming Area (8-4) just missed the district playoffs, but did make it to the Eastern Conference 2A title game. The key could be how junior tailback Nick O’Brien, the team’s leading rusher the past two seasons, transitions into the quarterback role. Lake-Lehman (7-4) had an excellent season under new coach Jerry Gilsky.

Berwick (6-6) sputtered out of the gates last season and then was hit hard by injuries. The new faces in the lineup, though, salvaged an Eastern Conference playoff berth when all looked lost at midseason.


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Cinti says he has right kind of players CRUSADERS AT A GLANCE Coach: Ciro Centi (29-26) 6th year Division: WVC 3A PIAA Class: 3A Returning starters: 5 offense/5 defense Male enrollment: 429 School phone: 826-7201 Stadium location: Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium, Carey Avenue and Old River Road, WilkesBarre Key players lost: Ryan Haupt, WR-DB; Mike O’Malley, OL-DL; Josh Popple, LB; Charles Roman, FB-LB; Shane Smith, OL-DL; Stephen Turner, WR-LB. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Joey Ellis 13-of-44, 244 yds., 2 TDs, 3 Ints. RUSHING: Joe Parsnik 169-1,045, 6.2 avg., 13 TDs RECEIVING: Charles Roman 7-119, 17.0 avg., 0 TD SCORING: Joe Parsnik 90 pts. Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Sept. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Sat, Oct. 8 Fri., Oct. 14 Fri., Oct. 21 Fri., Oct. 28 Sat., Nov. 5

Schedule Dallas at Tunkhannock Valley View Williamsport at Wyo. Valley West Stroudsburg at Pittston Area Hazleton Area at Berwick Crestwood

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

2010 Results (5-6) Dallas (10-1).......................................................L 14-7 Tunkhannock (3-7) ........................................W 14-12 Valley View (7-5) ..............................................L 35-0 Williamsport (7-4)..........................................W 20-16 Wyoming Valley West (7-4) ..........................L 27-13 Stroudsburg (5-7) .........................................W 28-20 Pittston Area (0-10).......................................W 26-16 Hazleton Area (3-7)......................................W 35-28 Berwick (6-6) .....................................................L 12-7 Crestwood (4-6) ..............................................L 21-14 Eastern Conference 3A playoffs Valley View (7-5) ..............................................L 28-7

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Coughlin will rely on Cliff Francis, Joe Parsnik and Chris Cinti this season.

Smaller than usual roster not a concern

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By VAN ROSE vrose@timesleader.com

PLAINS TWP. – For the Coughlin Crusaders, the 2011 football season is shaping up as a numbers game. Coach Ciro Cinti has five returning starters on both offense and defense, but the number that he’s most concerned about is the small roster size. But Cinti isn’t about to press any panic buttons because they’re his kind of football players. “We have a great bunch of kids, and they’re my type of guys,” Cinti said. “They’re tough and they’re willing to work hard. We’re hoping that will help make up for a lack of depth.” There’s one other number that figures to be of great impor-

tance to the Crusaders – 3, which is on the uniform of star player Joe Parsnik. The 5-foot-9 senior running back Cinti rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season, and he made The Times Leader All-WVC team as a linebacker. “He’s a three-year starter and is an outstanding player,” said Cinti. “He’s one of the best players in the league, no doubt about it.” Cinti describes Parsnik as a slashing runner with excellent speed and vision. He’s a hardhitting linebacker who is the leader of the defense. “He has very deceptive

speed,” Cinti said. “He’s faster than any kid I’ve ever coached. He can play running back or receiver.” ON OFFENSE It’s a given that Parsnik will probably account for a lot of the Crusaders’ offense. However, the quarterback position appears to be a question mark. Coughlin has to replace Joe Ellis, who graduated. Connor Flaherty, a 6-2, 185pound senior, and Tim Pilch, a 6-1, 180-pound junior, were locked in a battle for the starting job during preseason practice. “They are very close in terms of talent,” Cinti said. “We can’t rule out possibility that both of them will get significant playing time.”

According to Cinti, Flaherty has a strong arm and is a natural leader. Both players are hard workers and put in a lot of time during the offseason, but lack experience, he added. The Crusaders backfield will include running back Zac Evans, a 5-9, 195-pound junior, and wide receiver Corey Keen, a 6-1, 180-pound junior. “Evans is one of the strong runners on the team, very fast and is a good blocker,” says Cinti. “Keen runs great patterns and has good hands.” Russell Monroe, a 5-9, 170pound senior, also is a reliable wide receiver. “He has good speed and good hands,” Cinti said. “He had a couple of 100-yard games See COUGHLIN, Page 11

No. Name Ht. Wt. Pos. 2 Frankie Mahmoud 5-8 160 WR-DB 3 Joe Parsnik 5-9 180 RB-LB 5 Connor Flaherty 6-3 185 QB-LB 8 Zac Evans 5-9 295 RB-LB 9 Tim Pilch 6-1 180 QB-LB 10 Matt Miraglia 6-0 165 WR-DB 11 Corey Keen 6-1 180 WR-DB 12 Josh Moules 5-11 165 WR-DB 14 Mike Czerniakowski 6-0 205 WR-LB 15 Russell Monroe 5-8 180 WR-DB 19 Joel Wallen 5-10 165 QB-DB 21 Josh King 5-10 160 WR-LB 23 Kevin Zingaretti 6-2 175 K-P 26 Paul Cole 5-11 185 RB-LB 31 Hunter Bednarczyk 5-11 170 RB-LB-K 38 Jerry Ryan 5-9 170 RB-DB 43 Joe Lanning 6-1 215 TE-LB 44 Barry Schiel 5-7 200 RB-LB 45 Arthur Reilley 5-10 205 RB-DL 52 Cliff Francis 6-1 260 OL-DL 54 Pat Pilch 6-1 265 OL-DL 55 Brad Emerick 6-2 265 OL.DL 62 Aaron Tohme 5-11 230 OL-LB 64 Nick Scupski 6-7 360 OL.DL 65 Anthony Khalife 6-3 225 OL-DL 68 Jordan Phillips 5-8 230 OL-DL 72 Pat Hall 6-0 330 OL-DL 74 John Karazia 6-3 305 OL-DL 75 Scott Rosencrans 6-2 320 OL-DL 77 Tyheem Jenkins 6-0 295 OL-DL 80 Robert Jones 5-10 160 WR-DB 81 Mitch Stepp 6-1 205 TE-DE 87 Eric Williams 5-11 165 TE-DE 89 Chris Cinti 6-0 200 TE-DE No. 43 Joe Lanning will also wear No. 50

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Myers likes direction squad is headed Coach says team just needs to learn to win football in the last few games. We definitely got better as the season went along.” A momentum-shifting Myers 21-14 victory over Coughlin in Week 10 is a hint of what Myers says will be a team that can play four quarters every game. “As soon as we learn how to put teams away when we’re up on them, we’ll be there at the top of the conference.”

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WRIGHT TWP. – The story read the same for Crestwood. For the second consecutive year, a string of late-game losses during one of the toughest fourgame stretches in the Wyoming Valley Conference hampered the Comets, sinking them to a 4-6 record. Rather than dwell on his team’s inability to close out games, the stretch of defeats – at the hands of Hazleton Area, Dallas, Wyoming Valley West and Williamsport – only cemented coach Greg Myers’ faith in the veteran-laden Crestwood squad this season. “We definitely were a better football team,” said Myers. “We played some pretty good

ON OFFENSE Quarterback Nick Aigeldinger returns for his fourth season as the Comets’ starting quarterback. With more experience than any quarterback in the conference, Aigeldinger will again looked be upon to

Crestwood QB Nick Aigeldinger

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carry the Comet offense on his shoulders. “He has total control of our offense,” said Myers. “He’s an excellent student who is taking Ivy League offers and a great leader. He has sole command of our offense, defense and special teams.” Nick Aigeldinger was called on to run the ball 125 times and led the team with 619 yards in 2010. With two of its leading running backs lost to graduation, Crestwood will utilize a four-headed running back corps of Roger Legg, Eric Pickett, Evan Callaghan and Frank Aigeldinger. Together, the three of them posted 32 carries for 165 yards. Like last year, Myers said he’ll “use a lot of looks and misdirection” in the running game. A veteran group of wide receivers returns to field Nick Aigeldinger’s passes. Vinny Genoble, Nick Powell and Kota Kishel will see considerable time at the wideout positions. Unlike past years, Crestwood is supported by an offensive line that competes in size with the rest of the conference. The offensive line, Myers stated, will enable the Comets pass-heavy approach more time to percolate. “We have a little different offensive line this year. We have

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2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Nick Aigeldinger 95-of-180, 1,285 yds., 12 TDs, 8 Ints. RUSHING: Nick Aigeldinger 125-619, 4.9 avg., 9 TDs RECEIVING: Kota Kishel 24-394, 16.4 avg., 5 TDs SCORING: Nick Aigeldinger 80 pts. Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Oct. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Sat., Oct. 1 Fri., Oct. 7 Sat., Oct. 15 Fri., Oct. 21 Fri., Oct. 28 Sat., Oct. 5

Schedule Berwick at Pocono Mtn. West Pittston Area at East Stroud. North Tunkhannock Hazleton Area at Dallas at Wyo. Valley West Williamsport at Coughlin

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

2010 Results (4-6) Berwick (6-6) ...................................................L 32-14 Pocono Mountain West (5-6).......................W 19-15 Pittston Area (0-10).........................................W 42-7 East Stroudsburg North (4-6)......................W 28-14 Tunkhannock (3-7) ...........................................L 25-7 Hazleton Area (3-7) .......................................L 28-26 Dallas (10-1) ....................................................L 28-20 Wyoming Valley West (7-4) ..........................L 32-18 Williamsport (7-4) ...........................................L 33-20 Coughlin (5-6) ................................................W 21-14

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COMETS AT A GLANCE Coach: Greg Myers (33-41) 6th year at Crestwood; 7th overall Division: WVC 3A PIAA Class: 3A Returning starters: 6 offense/7 defense Male enrollment: 415 School phone: 474-6782 Stadium location: High school, Route 309, Wright Twp. Key players lost: Nico DiSabatino, RB-DL; David Knight, OL-DL; Casey Martin, WR-DB; Ben Ralston, OL-DL; Ethan Slembarski, RB-DB.

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the size up front which we haven’t had in a couple years. It is going to allow us to do different things at times if we need them.” ON DEFENSE Crestwood’s defense continued to improve again, allowing just

COUGHLIN Continued from page 8

last season.” Chris Cinti, a 6-foot, 200pound senior, is the tight end and is a two-year starter. “He’s a leader on the field, and is a good blocker,” the coach said of his son. “He’s a good all-around player who works hard.” Frankie Mahmoud, a 5-8, 160 pound senior, is a versatile player who will see action at running back and wide receiver.

22.5 points per game a season ago. Its experience and talent has Myers optimistic about stopping some of the WVC’s top offenses. “We came along pretty strong defensively. It’s definitely an area we’d been lacking in the past. I think our overall team defense was near the lead in the conference.” Nick Aigeldinger returns to herald a secondary that allowed more than 150 yards passing just twice in 2010. Crestwood lost both of its

defensive ends, and that position looks to be the most competitive leading into its first game. Defensive linemen Danny Distasio and Will Womer will see action up front. Tony Morgante, a 290-pound senior, is the team’s biggest presence against the rushing attack. Linebacker Anthony Survilla leads a group of young linebackers that Myers hope to be a game changer this season. “We really need to improvement from our linebacking corps.

The offensive line is anchored by John Karazia, a 6-3, 305-pound senior who is a three-year starter. “He has quick feet and is a good blocker,” said Cinti. “He’s getting looks from several colleges.” Cliff Francis, Brad Emerick, Anthony Khalife, Joe Fanning and Aaron Thome also are key members of the offensive line.

ers will play mainly a 4-4 defensive scheme, and Cinti expects marked improvement. “We’re quicker and stronger than we were last year,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be a stronger.” One of the defensive leaders is expected to be Mitch Stepp, a 6-1, 205-pound senior defensive end. “He’s quick, physical and aggressive,” said Cinti. “He’s a veteran starter.” Parsnik is rock solid at linebacker, and Evans is also an outstanding linebacker, Cinti said.

ON DEFENSE Karazia also will be anchoring a defense that also includes most of the other members of the offensive line. The Crusad-

A couple of young guys in there may change our schemes a little bit.” OUTLOOK A trip beyond Week 10 will be difficult for the Comets. They must face the same four-game slate late in this season and must travel to Dallas and Wyoming Valley West in consecutive weeks. “I have high expectations,” said Myers. “I feel we can play with anybody on our schedule. The Crusaders also are counting on solid perfornances from junior linebacker Hunter Bednarczyk and sophomore safety Paul Cole. “Bednarczyk is smart and aggressive,” said Cinti. “Cole is a young and talented kid, and will definitely see plenty of varsity time.” OUTLOOK “We have several experienced players and hopefully they’ll pick it up this season,” Cinti said. “I’m happy with the kids we have. We’ve had a tough training camp, but the kids are

We just have to learn how to finish games and how to win.” Crestwood certainly will need output from other players other than Nick Aigeldinger, who also serves as the place kicker. To get over the four-win hump, Myers’ squad must use its experience to put teams away in the fourth quarter. “We’ll get some bounces and start to get some calls. We believe that it’s going to come around. Keep working hard and it’ll happen for sure.” coming through it nicely.” Cinti stopped short of making predictions in terms of wins and losses. “The 3A league is going to be very competitive. Dallas is very good and has a lot of skilled players back. Crestwood, Berwick and Pittston are also good. Valley West has been evenly matched throughout the years.” As always, the Crusaders’ goal is to make the playoffs. “The kids that are here are very coachable, and are working their tails off,” Cinti said. “They’re a very likeable team.”

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Dallas will be counting on, from left, Jim Roccograndi, Paul Brace, Shane Dunn and F.J .Constantino this season.

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DALLAS TWP. – Some players are irreplaceable. Dallas coach Ted Jackson made that abundantly clear about two-year starting quarterback Adam Goeringer, who has graduated and taken with him a big chunk of the Mountaineers’ offense. “You look at us last year, we

could have been 5-5 instead of 10-0,” Jackson said, “but we were able to pull games out in the fourth Jackson quarter and a lot of that was because of Adam.” Not many observers would

disagree with the veteran coach considering how many close games Dallas won last year during the regular season. “We’re going to have to have other guys who make gamewinning plays,” Jackson said. ON OFFENSE Taking over for Goeringer at quarterback will be Ryan Zapoticky. The junior has an incred-

ibly strong arm, but unfortunately suffered an elbow injury in summer workouts. That allowed senior Bill Dixon to make an impression on the coaching staff. The receiving corp is led by wingback Paul Brace, an AllWVC choice who hauled in 41 passes during the regular seaSee DALLAS, Page 13

No. Name 1 Zach Goodman 2 Don Behm 3 Paul Brace 4 Garrett Artsma 5 Ryan Zapoticky 7 Bill Dixon 8 Zach Macosky 9 Ryan Panzetta 10 Corey Stegman 11 Jason Simonovich 14 Justin Morris 15 Shane Dunn 17 Aaron Napkora 21 Jim Roccograndi 22 Keifer Rogers 23 Brett Wanek 24 Chris Behm 25 Felix Dolman 30 Dante Zurenda 31 John Hutchins 32 Logan Brace 33 Bill Gately 34 Kris Roccograndi 35 Mike Mihal 36 Mike Shutlock 43 Rocky Rutkoski 44 Nate Vario 50 Logan Bullock 52 Jake Cavanaugh 54 F.J. Costantino 55 Nick Ondish 56 Mike Carey 60 Will Spare 62 Mike Mazula 64 Ian Pirl 65 Zach Taylor 66 Ryan Monk 68 Damien Rutkoski 72 Luke Edwards 73 Buddy Shutlock 75 Jordan Dolman 77 Jared Hoats 78 Dakota Stritzinger 80 Kyle Zumchak 81 Mark Minchno 82 Russ Newell 86 John Murray 88 Dominic Oliveri 89 Colton Powell

Ht. 5-9 6-0 6-1 6-0 6-0 6-1 5-10 6-0 6-1 6-4 6-2 6-3 5-10 6-0 5-9 5-8 5-7 6-1 5-8 5-8 5-11 6-0 5-9 6-2 5-7 5-11 6-1 6-1 5-8 6-0 6-0 5-11 6-0 6-1 5-10 5-10 6-2 6-1 5-11 6-4 6-2 6-0 6-1 5-8 6-1 6-1 6-1 5-11 5-7

Wt. 160 175 185 210 165 170 155 175 165 205 165 195 155 200 180 160 140 185 160 145 165 175 160 200 135 190 220 260 175 245 250 230 210 185 180 190 200 270 210 265 190 200 245 135 180 170 175 180 140

Pos. K WR WR FB QB QB RB QB QB WR TE WR QB RB RB WR WR RB RB WR RB FB RB FB-G WR FB TE G G C C T T G G G G T G T T T T WR WR WR WR TE WR

No. 35 Mike Mihal will also wear No. 71

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L A C K AWA N N A C O N F E R E N C E P R E V I E W

Look for some new teams to compete for championships By TOM ROBINSON For The Times Leader

Changes are expected at the top of the Lackawanna Football Conference divisions this season. Only Lakeland, which won the title in Division 2 despite Riverside having more overall success, is considered a favorite to repeat. Valley View and Lackawanna Trail are regarded as teams to beat in the other divisions where the defending champions are not even necessarily seen as the top threats. Veteran teams at Valley View and Delaware Valley are ranked ahead of Abington Heights, which has won at least a piece of the last three Division 1 titles, in a preseason poll of division coaches. Lackawanna Trail is given the edge over Old Forge in Division 3 where Susquehanna is trying to overcome the loss of the division’s top offensive player and what was supposed to be the division’s top returning player. Lakeland is rated the favorite over Dunmore in Division 2. A closer look at each division of the LFC: DIVISION 1 Nyeem Wartman has committed to Penn State largely because of his play at linebacker,

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starters back. Scranton is the other school given consideration as a title contender by some coaches. The Knights are looking for improved line play to show off their talented skill position combination, which includes Mike Marichak Jr., Karlon Quiller and Joe McCarthy. West Scranton also has the star power while looking to fill in holes created by major graduation losses from a team that was second in the division and the District 2 Class AAA playoffs. Fullback/linebacker DeVaughn Chollette has a scholarship offer from Temple and Malcolm Sweeting may be the top three-way threat in the league with his kick return skills adding to his prowess as a wide receiver and defensive back. Scranton Prep, North Pocono and Wallenpaupack complete the division.

ers and tailbacks Jim Roccograndi and Brett Wanek. Yet, their combined effort will make it difficult for opponents to stop the run. “Our skill kids are pretty good,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be whether our quarterback is going to be able to deliver the ball. Other people are going to have to step up because we’re not going to have a kid that’s going to throw the ball 25 times and run the ball 25 times.” All-WVC selection F.J. Constantino returns for his senior season at center. Right guard Logan Bullock and right tackle Buddy Shutlock – a pair of juniors – also return after impressive 2010 seasons. Zach Taylor will be the left guard and freshman Ryan Monk will start at left tackle. Luke Edwards and

Dakota Stritzinger could also work their way into the lineup.

DIVISION 2 Lakeland has the best variety of experienced players among the three small school powerhouses in the division. Alex Filarsky, a two-time, second-team, Class 2A all-state defensive back, joins the versatile Ryan Nichols. Lakeland won the division title with an upset at Class A

ON DEFENSE The unit was solid last year, but not up to the level Jackson hopes. That was evident in the first round of the District 2 Class 3A playoffs when a highpowered West Scranton team roughed it up in a 49-27 victory. “We have to improve on our defense and special teams,” Jackson said. “Our defense, especially, was not a championship defense last year. We didn’t stop the run really well, we weren’t physical enough and I don’t think we were aggressive enough.” Nor did it create many turnovers, recording only 14 during the regular season. Four of them came against Berwick. Bullock and Shutlock are

state finalist Riverside last season. Dunmore needs to overhaul almost its entire offensive and defensive fronts, but the Bucks are loaded with experience in the backfield. Daiquon Buckley ran for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman, but will be sharing the tailback spot with Austin Seamon, who is also a strong safety. Evan Prall takes over as the new coach at Riverside and has just three starters back on each side of the ball from the Vikings, who led the area with 14 wins last season. If any of the three traditional powers stumble, Western Wayne could be in position to make a move. Coach Allen “Butch” Keller welcomes back an experienced and talented junior class. Robbie Siclari, one of 13 fullor part-time starters returning for the Wildcats, makes the move from wide receiver to tailback. The gap from top-to-bottom may have been reduced in the division, but Carbondale and Honesdale remain likely to have difficulty keeping up with the rest of the division. DIVISION 3 Lackawanna Trail went from 1-9 in the first season under back as defensive tackles and will be flanked by Rogers and Felix Dolman at defensive ends. The linebackers look solid, especially on the inside with Artsma and Roccograndi. Sophomore Bill Gately has been a big surprise according to Jackson and will also play inside. Dunn, Simonovich and Kris Roccograndi will be on the outside. Brace and Wanek return to the secondary. Dixon or Behm will be the other starting corner. OUTLOOK Much like every season under Jackson, the Mountaineers are one of the frontrunners for a District 2 Class 3A playoff spot. But heading into the postseason undefeated seems unlikely considering the schedule.

Steve Jervis to 4-6 in the second season. Many of the same players who were part of last year’s improvement return this year to try to jump all the way to the top of the division. A big backfield, featuring fullback Eric Laytos and quarterback Caleb Darling should make the Lions tough to stop. When it comes time to play defense, they play at defensive end and linebacker. Old Forge was second last season after winning the previous two division titles. The Blue Devils again are a likely contender. Leading rusher Lou Febbo is back. Holy Cross has a veteran backfield to match Lackawanna Trail’s with the return of the top three rushers. Coach Jeff Stevens takes over the Crusaders, who played in the Eastern Conference Class A playoffs a year ago. Susquehanna lost the division’s Offensive Player of the Year, Dan Kempa, to graduation. Cole Mallery, who was scheduled to be the only returning two-way, first-team, all-star in the division, then transferred to Seton Catholic Central in Binghamton, N.Y. Mid Valley and Montrose complete the division. MOUNTAINEERS AT A GLANCE Coach: Ted Jackson (217-80-3) 27th year Division: WVC 3A PIAA Class: 3A Returning starters: 7 offense/7 defense Male enrollment: 337 School phone: 675-5201 Stadium location: School Road, off Route 309, Dallas Key players lost: Jason Crispell, OL-DL; Adam Goeringer, QB-LB; Tony LaFratte, OL-DL; Jordan Richardson, RB-DB. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Adam Goeringer 84-of-153, 1,259 yds., 13 TDs, 6 Ints. RUSHING: Adam Goeringer 124-841, 6.8 avg., 11 TDs RECEIVING: Paul Brace 41-662, 16.1 avg., 7 TDs SCORING: Paul Brace 72 pts. Schedule at Coughlin 7 p.m. Scranton Prep 1 p.m. Berwick 1 p.m. at Pittston Area 7 p.m. at Williamsport 7 p.m. Wyoming Valley West 1 p.m. Crestwood 2 p.m. Pocono Mountain East 1 p.m. at Tunkhannock 7 p.m. at Lake-Lehman 7 p.m. 2010 Results (10-1) Coughlin (5-6)..................................................W 14-7 Scranton Prep (3-7) ......................................W 26-12 Berwick (6-6) .................................................W 22-12 Pittston Area (0-10) .........................................W 21-7 Williamsport (7-4) .........................................W 52-43 Wyoming Valley West (7-4) .........................W 21-17 Crestwood (4-6) ............................................W 28-20 Pocono Mountain East (3-7) .......................W 31-28 Tunkhannock (3-7)..........................................W 21-7 Lake-Lehman (7-4) .......................................W 28-21 District 2 Class 3A playoffs West Scranton (9-3).......................................L 49-27

Fri., Sept. 2 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Sat., Oct. 22 Fri., Oct. 28 Fri., Oct. 4

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son. He is one of the WVC’s best big-play players who is also capable of running the ball and is also very dangerous in the return game. Chris Behm will also work at wingback in various packages. The wideouts are big and experienced. Jason Simonovich, a 6-foot-4 junior, made an impact starting at the midway point last season. Shane Dunn, a 6-3 senior, was slowed by injuries in 2010, but showed flashes of making big plays as a sophomore. Nate Vario will be the tight end. There’s probably not a 1,000yard runner among fullbacks Garrett Artsma and Keifer Rog-

but he is also one of many offensive threats returning from a Valley View team, which won the Eastern Conference Class 3A title last year after failing to reach district play. Pat Jeffers, Liam Callejas and Brian Lalli, the top rusher, passer and receiver, all return. Jeffers ran for almost 1,700 yards and Callejas passed for more than 1,000. “It’s going to be very hard to key on one guy,” Valley View coach George Howanitz said. Delaware Valley coach Keith Olsommer is hoping to build the same thing with junior quarterback Bryan Schor returning for his third season, along with his top three receivers, tight end Connor Decker and wide receivers Bobby Morley and Kyle Zimnik. All the Warriors need to develop similar balance is for Jeremy Reynolds and Martin Strenk, two of last year’s top three rushers, to emerge as expected. Reynolds already has a scholarship offer from Temple. Abington Heights has a short list of returning starters, but many players from its deep program who gained experience in a series of comfortable wins. Guard/defensive tackle Joe Dolan, linebacker Matt Riggi and defensive back Brandon Pacyna are the only full-time

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F O OT B A L L 2 011 GAR GRENADIERS

GAR’s goal: Repeat as D-2 champion GRENADIERS AT A GLANCE Coach: Paul Wiedlich Jr. (11-2) 2nd year Division: WVC 2A-A PIAA Class: 2A Returning starters: 7 offense/6 defense Male enrollment: 242 School phone: 826-7165 Stadium location: Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium, Carey Avenue and Old River Road, WilkesBarre Key players lost: Shacquar Bradford, FB-DL; Dane Dudick, OL-DL; Lance Letteer, WR-DB; Pat Smith, TE-LB; Kurtis Thomas, RB-LB. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Darrell Crawford 28-of-77, 526 yds., 4 TDs, 4 Ints. RUSHING: Darrell Crawford 132-1,047 yds., 7.9 avg., 10 TDs RECEIVING: Lucas Benton 12-262, 21.8 avg., 1 TD SCORING: Kurtis Thomas 84 pts. Fri., Oct. 2 Fri., Oct. 9 Fri., Oct. 16 Fri., Oct. 23 Sat., Oct. 1 Fri., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 14 Sat., Oct. 22 Fri., Oct. 28 Fri., Nov. 4

Schedule at Mid Valley Old Forge at Lakeland at Northwest Holy Redeemer at Hanover Area Lake-Lehman Wyoming Area Nanticoke at Meyers

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

2010 Results (11-2) Mid Valley (3-7) .............................................W 41-20 Old Forge (7-4)..................................................W 9-8 Lakeland (10-2) ...............................................W 28-7 Northwest (5-6)................................................W 21-7 Holy Redeemer (0-10)....................................W 55-0 Hanover Area (7-4) .......................................W 21-20 Lake-Lehman (7-4).........................................L 20-16 Wyoming Area (8-4) .....................................W 23-13 Nanticoke (4-6)................................................W 43-6 Meyers (2-8) ....................................................W 28-6 District 2 Class 2A playoffs Lake-Lehman (7-4) .......................................W 42-15 Lakeland (10-2)..............................................W 40-21 PIAA Class 2A playoffs Northern Lehigh (13-1) ...................................L 50-14

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Darrell Crawford, Shakir Soto, Joe Olejar and Christian Skrepenak.

Grenadiers have talent to make another run

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JOHN ERZAR jerzar@timesleader.com

WILKES-BARRE – The distinction of being the first football team in school history to win a District 2 Class 2A title comes with a caveat for GAR. Do it again. The Grenadiers will certainly be up to the challenge this season, entering the year as the favorite to win the D2-2A title once again. But there will be many hurdles to clear, including three in Division 2A of the Wyoming Valley Conference – Hanover Area, Lake-Lehman

and Wyoming Area. “We already know what our goals are,” GAR coach Paul Wiedlich Jr. said. “First Wiedlich is to win the conference. Then win the district title and get back to states. Last year’s crew set the bar. This year’s crew knows to carry that torch.” ON OFFENSE Quarterback Darrell Crawford

came into his own last season. One of the area’s top overall athletes, Crawford demonstrated he can also toss the ball to go along with his electrifying ability as a runner and return specialist. “We really expect to open up our passing game more,” Wiedlich said. “We threw the ball a heck of a lot more than in previous years with him.” Crawford will have some big-play company in the backfield. Mykel Dempsey and Dwayne Wright are speedsters who will try to fill the void at

running back. Both showed flashes on being quality backs last season. Ivan Johnson, a newcomer from Vermont, could also get some carries. “We’re going with that threeheaded attack, whoever is hot,” Wiedlich said. Big-play capability is also available on the outside with receivers Shaliek Powell and Lucas Benton. The duo combined for 24 receptions and 20.3 yards-per-catch last season. Shakir Soto played guard out of See GAR, Page 17

No. Name 1 Mykel Dempsey 2 Dwayne Wright 3 Max Gates 5 Ivan Jackson 6 Corey Moore 7 Shakir Soto 8 Darrell Crawford 9 Devin Reese 10 Kris Welkey 12 Rich Yost 15 Ken Reese 21 Shaliek Powell 22 Dasheym Weeks 23 Joe Arcelay 30 Korey Welkey 31 Rayquan Watt 35 Rich Sickler 36 Luke Height 42 Rashaun Mathis 44 Jamaar Taylor 50 Caesar Burke 51 Joe Olejar 55 Gregory Skrepenak 56 Joe Snipas 60 Zach Faust 62 Jerry Shinal 70 Ariel Peguero 75 Elijah Gresham 76 Andres Jones 78 Christian Skrepenak 79 Vinny Phan 80 Lucas Benton 82 Joe Sipsky 84 John Yashkus

Ht. 5-7 5-8 6-1 5-9 6-0 6-3 5-9 5-7 5-8 5-9 5-10 6-0 5-10 5- 5 5-7 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-10 6-0 6-1 6-0 6-2 5-10 5-10 5-9 6-0 6-1 5-10 6-9 5-9 5-9 6-2 6-3

Wt. 160 165 170 185 180 230 165 140 160 150 165 180 165 140 155 165 160 155 155 170 265 215 220 180 220 320 285 235 190 340 210 170 175 185

Pos. RB-DB RB-DB WR-DB RB-LB TE-LB TE-DL QB-DB WR-DB WR-DB WR-DB WR-DB WR-DB RB-LB WR-S WR-LB RB-LB RB-LB K WR-S WR-S 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-DL

Gr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. So. Sr. So. Sr. Sr. So. So. So. Jr. So. Jr. So. So. Jr. Sr. Fr. So. Fr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr.


H A N OV E R A R E A H AW K E Y E S

Hanover Area sports powerful lines HAWKEYES AT A GLANCE Coach: Ron Hummer (31-26), 6th year Division: WVC 2A-A PIAA Class: 2A-A Returning starters: 8 offense/6 defense Male enrollment: 237 School phone: 831-2300 Stadium location: St. Mary’s Road, Hanover Twp. Key players lost: Josh Cabrera, WR-DB; Nick Fine, OL-DL; Andrew Forgatch, RB-LB; Andrew Kaufer, FB-LB; Marc McEvoy, OL-DL. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Joe Ksiaszkiewicz 29-of-81, 619 yds., 5 TDs, 4 Ints. RUSHING: Andrew Forgatch 303-2,317, 7.6 avg., 34 TDs RECEIVING: Josh Cabrera 14-332, 23.7 avg., 3 TDs SCORING: Andrew Forgatch 225 pts. Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Sept. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Fri., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 14 Sat., Oct. 22 Fri., Oct. 28 Fri., Nov. 4

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Joe Ksiazkiewicz, Anthony Dennis, Martin Steve, Tyler Edwards and Parrish Bennett will all be key players for Hanover Area this season.

Play up front makes Hawkeyes a title contender By JOHN ERZAR jerzar@timesleader.com

HANOVER TWP. – Hanover Area rode one of the biggest horses in the Wyoming Valley Conference all the way to the postseason in 2010. But now that Times Leader Player of the Year Andrew Forgatch has graduated, replacing him and his workload are nearly impossible. “You don’t,” Hanover Area coach Ron Hummer said. “You have the kids fight for the job and see which one is going to start at the tailback.” History is on the Hawkeyes’ side. The program churns out quality runners annually.

Steve

Massive Martin Steve returns at the left tackle spot. The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder is drawing interest from several major colleges. He’ll line up next to another returning starter, left guard Tyler Edwards. Center Tim Saltz and right guard Anthony Dennis, also considered one of the WVC’s best, are also back. Either Brandon Holmgren or Jared Jones will play at the other interior spot. Add returning starter Chuckie Schmoll at tight end and either John Zuder or Dillon Ropietski at fullback, and Hanover Area has the players to create running room.

Ksiazkiewicz

Edwards

The Hawkeyes, though, would like to be more diversified and that’s where quarterback Joe Ksiazkiewicz could play a big role. Ksiazkiewicz should be more comfortable running the offense in his second year with the program after moving from Missouri. “He’s matured a lot from last year to this year,” Hummer said. “It was his first year as the starting quarterback at the school, so there was a learning process. He’s really controlling the offense. He has a good arm. Now his decision making is what we’re worried about this year.”

Bennett

Dennis

Still, it could take awhile for the passing game to click as Bennett and Suda, either of whom could be positioned at wideout, are the only returners who caught a pass in 2010. Antonio Costantino, Sinclair Saunders and John Westawski could also see action as receivers. “Out of those five guys, we have to find two or three who are solid,” Hummer said. ON DEFENSE No doubt the defensive line is the unit’s strength with Edwards and Steve back as tackles, Dennis reSee HANOVER, Page 17

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

2010 Results (7-4) Susquehanna (9-2).........................................L 26-13 Western Wayne (3-7) ...................................W 39-23 Mid Valley (3-7) .............................................W 35-14 Wyoming Area (8-4) ......................................L 42-24 Northwest (5-6) .............................................W 38-14 GAR (11-2) .......................................................L 21-20 Meyers (2-8) ..................................................W 36-18 Holy Redeemer (0-10)....................................W 34-7 Lake-Lehman (7-4).......................................W 38-30 Nanticoke (4-6) ..............................................W 34-13 Eastern Conference 2A playoffs Wyoming Area (8-4) ......................................L 24-22

HAWKEYES ROSTER No. Name 6 Joe Ksiazkiewicz 7 Josh Nelson 11 Jeremy McDonnell 12 Connor Borden 14 Geno Suda 16 Bradley George 19 Jeff Albert 20 Sinclair Saunders 22 Osmel Martinez 24 Parrish Bennett 25 John Nautaitis 30 Robert Conklin 33 Brian Belcher 34 John Zuder 35 John Westawski 39 Brandyn Cole 41 Ian Murphy 45 Dillon Ropietski 47 Brandon Storm 49 Chuckie Schmoll 53 Tim Saltz 55 Geoff Kehl 56 Brandon Endler 62 Anthony Dennis 64 Jared Langdon 66 Jared Jones 70 Brandon Holmgren 72 Tyler Edwards 75 Martin Steve 85 Michael Beierle 87 Tyler Bartnick 88 Antonio Costantino

Ht. 6-1 5-3 5-7 5-10 5-11 5-7 5-9 6-0 5-10 5-8 5-4 6-2 5-9 5-10 5-11 5-7 5-4 5-9 5-10 6-2 6-2 5-10 5-11 6-2 6-1 5-9 6-0 5-10 6-7 6-0 5-10 5-8

Wt. 170 125 140 175 175 130 165 160 145 140 120 180 150 165 145 145 145 225 170 195 215 240 210 250 225 240 240 225 300 145 165 135

Pos. Gr. QB-S Sr. WR-CB So. WR-CB Sr. QB-S Jr. RB-OLB Jr. WR-CB Jr. K Sr. WR-CB Sr. WR-CB Jr. WR-CB Jr. WR-CB Jr. WR-S Sr. WR-OLB So. FB-OLB Sr. WR-OLB Jr. WR-OLB So. FB-ILB Jr. FB-DE Jr. TE-ILB So. TE-ILB Jr. C-DE Jr. G-DE Sr. T-DT Jr. G-DE Sr. G-DE Jr. C-DT Sr. T-DT Jr. G-DT Sr. T-DT Sr. WR-CB So. WR-CB Jr. WR-CB Jr.

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ON OFFENSE No matter whom takes over the running back position – either Parrish Bennett or Geno Suda – he’ll be running behind one of the top lines in the area.

Hummer

Schedule Susquehanna at Western Wayne at Mid Valley Wyoming Area at Northwest GAR Meyers at Holy Redeemer at Lake-Lehman Nanticoke

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F O OT B A L L 2 011 H O LY R E D E E M E R R O YA L S

Coach has confidence in Royals Low numbers won’t help program move forward

By JAY MONAHAN For The Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE – New Holy Redeemer coach Joe Ostrowski knows what he’s walking into. Redeemer went winless a year ago, losing by single digits just once. Only 27 pleayers are on the roster, forcing nearly all players to play both sides of the ball. The program itself has just seven wins in its four-year history. Despite it all, Ostrowski remains confident the Royals will return to the win column in 2010. “I know their record and I know a little bit of where they are coming from,” said Ostrowski, a former lineman at Meyers and Lycoming College. “The difference between PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER 0-10 and a better record is playing four quarters versus Pictured are Holy Redeemer seniors, from left: Ron Foy, David Bertram, Ryan Heck, Jackson Welch, Rob playing two or three quarters Morgan Jr. and James Nixon. tops and losing it in the last quarter.” “We need to get some of these younger guys ready to go Ostrowski served as the varsity offensive as quick as possible. Typically ninth and tenth graders line coach and the freshmen head coach for the past four seasons at GAR, leading the need time to mature. They’re going to have to learn freshmen Grenadiers to a Wyoming Valley pretty quickly and compensate for the experience they Conference championship with a 9-1 record last year. don’t have.” He contends talent resides in his young Joe Ostrowski Royals squad and that hard work can proHoly Redeemer coach duce victories for them. “I know they have a few athletes back this well.” year,” said Ostrowski. “I’m trying to build “I really don’t have the numbers that Strickland will have Le’s favorite target at off some of the successes from last year and would allow for too many guys to only play his disposal. Eric Kerr (28 catches, 488 turn those into wins this year.” one side of the ball,” said Ostrowski. “As far yards) brings experience to the wideout as the defense is concerned, we’ll look to a ON OFFENSE position. lot of the same guys we do on offense.” Running back David Gawlas led the RoyThe loss of quarterback Anh Le leaves a Since they must work twice as hard to als with 31 receptions in 2010 and was a large hole for the Royals offense to fill. compensate for their low numbers, the prominent component of their passing atLe threw for 1,483 yards and 10 touchRoyals must be in fit condition. In his first tack with 401 yards. downs in 2010. He also served as the leadmonth with the team, the new coach has Ostrowski’s offensive line experience ing rusher for the second straight year, noticed significant improvements. gaining 374 yards and rushing for six scores. translates with a young line that has re“So we’ve been working pretty hard on spectable size. Noah Orlandini-Sapack, a Jim Strickland will replace Le behind conditioning. We had a pretty good month 6-4, 280-pound junior, may be one of the center. getting these guys in shape.” more underrated linemen in the conference. “The transition from freshmen to varsity Seven members of the Royals defense is pretty big,” said Ostrowski. “To have the returns from last year. ON DEFENSE feeling of bigger linemen and linebackers Dave Bertram and Thomas Cosgrove will With just 27 boys in uniform, nearly all rushing you, that’s a pretty big thing for a players will play both sides of the field. tenth grade kid. I think he’s handling it very See ROYALS, Page 17

ROYALS AT A GLANCE Coach: Joe Ostrowski (0-0), 1st year Division: WVC 2A-A PIAA Class: 2A Returning starters: 7 offense/7 defense Male enrollment: 260 School phone: 829-2424 Stadium location: Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium, Carey Avenue and Old River Road, WilkesBarre Key players lost: Anh Le, QB-DB. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Anh Le 114-of-242, 1,483 yds., 10 TDs, 16 Ints RUSHING: Anh Le 119-374, 3.1 avg., 6 TDs RECEIVING: David Gawlas 31-401, 12.9 avg., 2 TDs SCORING: Anh Lee 38 pts. Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Fri., Sept. 23 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Fri., Oct. 14 Sat., Oct. 22 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5

Schedule Northwest at Susquehanna Holy Cross at Lake-Lehman at GAR Nanticoke at Wyoming Area Hanover Area at Meyers Tunkhannock

1 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 2 p.m.

2010 Results (0-10) Northwest (5-6) ...............................................L 44-13 Susquehanna (9-2) ..........................................L 48-7 Holy Cross (6-6)..............................................L 27-13 Lake-Lehman (7-4).........................................L 27-13 GAR (11-2).........................................................L 55-0 Nanticoke (4-6) ...............................................L 44-36 Wyoming Area (8-4).......................................L 53-21 Hanover Area (7-4)...........................................L 34-7 Meyers (2-8)......................................................L 20-0 Tunkhannock (3-7).........................................L 55-26

ROYALS ROSTER No. Name 3 Collin Shandra 5 T.J. Doyle 9 David Gawlas 11 Jimmy Strickland 15 Thomas Cosgrove 17 Eric Kerr 18 Eric Ligotski 20 Mike Martin 22 Charles Ross 24 Tyler Kastendieck 25 Vince Villani 27 Pat Villani 36 Jason Mitchell 42 Mike Dupre 52 Robert Morgan 56 James Blewitt 60 James Nixon 61 Jackson Welch 66 Patrick O’Boyle 67 Gabriel Olivarez 71 Nicholas Ambrulavage 72 Ron Foy 75 Dave Bertram 76 Ryan Heck 77 Tyler Margalski 78 Noah Orlandini-Sapack 80 Kurt Jones 82 Matt Crofchick 92 Daniel Ostrowski

Ht. Wt. 6-0 150 5-11 135 6-0 190 6-1 175 6-2 180 5-10 165 5-9 150 5-11 190 5-7 130 6-1 210 5-9 155 5-9 154 5-7 150 5-11 165 5-7 185 5-8 175 6-0 185 6-0 200 6-0 260 6-0 245 6-2 270 6-0 235 5-10 245 5-6 220 6-1 270 6-4 280 6-0 195 6-0 190 5-11 245

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necessity last year, but will be moved to tight end to make better use of his outstanding athletic ability. The Grenadiers will need to plug a few holes on the line, but certainly not on the left side. Huge Christian Skrepenak returns at left tackle and showed a marked increase in stamina last season. He looked in even better condition in the preseason. He’ll be flanked by returning starter Joe Olejar at left guard. Damon Heck is back

HANOVER Continued from page 15

turning at left defensive end and Ropietski manning the right defensive end position. Linebacking should also be strong with returning starters Schmoll inside and Zuder outside. Saltz will be

at center, although ninth grader Zach Faust could see some time. The right side will be new. Andres Jones will be the right guard, with either Ariel Peguero or Elijah Gresham at right tackle. ON DEFENSE GAR was strong defensively last year except for the 50-14 loss to Northern Lehigh in the PIAA 2A playoffs. The group should be one of the WVC’s best once again although replacing All-WVC lineman Dane Dudick will be difficult. The Grenadiers could have the biggest starting defensive the other inside backer, with Suda or Westawski starting at the other outside spot. The secondary, though, will be the question mark. Bennett is back after intercepting two passes last season. The rest of the starters are new with Bobby Conklin at safety and either Constantino or Saunders at the other corner position.

tackles in the conference in 340-pound Skrepenak and 320pound Jerry Shinal, whose 2010 season was cut short by an injury in the third week. But the real standout could be Soto, who was very impressive as a sophomore last year. He and Olejar form a pair of quality bookends. Peguero and Gresham will rotate in. Likewise, the secondary is loaded with talent. Safety Crawford and corners Powell and Wright are fast and instinctive. All recorded interceptions a year ago. Between those two units is the position of most concern. All four linebackers have gradu-

ated and need to be replaced. The two inside linebackers will be Heck, Jones or sophomore Rich Sickler. Max Gates, Corey Moore and Kris Welkey are the outside linebacking candidates.

“Parrish is the only one we have back from last year,” Hummer said. “Hopefully, with the solid defensive line we have we can shut down the run and force teams to pass. But we have to stop the pass, too.”

the ball, Hanover Area is a legitimate contender for the WVC Division 2A-A title and a District 2 Class 2A playoff berth. Everything could hinge on how the skill players mature. At the very least, the Hawkeyes should be playing in week 11 even if it’s in the Eastern Conference tournament.

OUTLOOK With a line that can be dominant on both sides of

OUTLOOK GAR is favored to repeat as divisional and D2-2A champions, although WVC foes Hanover Area, Lake-Lehman and Wyoming Area will do their best to thwart those predictions. Whether the Grenadiers can remains to be seen, but regardless they look headed to the postseason once again barring a rash of injuries.

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start at linebacker for the second straight year. Kerr and Strickland will take up top spots in the secondary. OUTLOOK Holy Redeemer struggled for most of the 2010 season but showed positive signs with tough performances against Lake-Lehman, Nanticoke and Meyers. The loss of Le will hamper the Royals’ pass-heavy offense, but the experience of Gawlas and Kerr should allow Strickland to acclimate comfortably. If Redeemer can be competitive in some of the more winnable games on its schedule, then Ostrowski and the more experienced Royals can leave their mark on a young program. “It’s a good opportunity for the seniors to lay some groundwork and win some games. We can be competitive and carry that on for the next season and then onto the future.”

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2010 : S E ASO N I N R EV I EW

What went right, wrong in 2010 HANOVER AREA (7-4) What went right: The running game dominated opponents with Andrew Forgatch rushing for over 2,300 yards and 31 touchdowns. The Hawkeyes had an excellent turnover ratio, finishing with a plus-17 that was instrumental in making the Eastern Conference 2A playoff. What went wrong: Against three key WVC 2A opponents, the Hawkeyes were 1-2, losing to GAR and Wyoming Area and defeating Lehman. That caused them to miss the D2-2A playoffs even with a four-game winning streak to end the season. Looking to 2011: Whoever replaces Forgatch will be running behind one of the WVC’s best offensive lines. But that won’t matter unless Hanover Area wins at least two of its games with district contenders GAR, Lehman and Wyoming Area. Anything worse probably means the Eastern Conference once again.

JOHN ERZAR jerzar@timesleader.com

Two weeks ago, like every August, Wyoming Valley Conference football teams began double sessions with hopes of having a successful season. But as history has shown, the best plans result both in the good and bad. Here’s a look back to last season as the WVC kicks off tomorrow. BERWICK (6-6) What went right: The Dawgs recovered from a poor start by winning their last three regularseason games, two of which included their best offensive outputs of the season. Plenty of underclassmen were forced into the lineup due to injuries and improved as the season went on, leading to a spot in the Eastern Conference 3A title game. What went wrong: Injuries hit Berwick hard and the running game – which was considered a strong point going into the season – suffered the most. The Dawgs also got out of the gate 1-4, with a pair of one-point losses devastating their D2-3A playoff hopes. Looking to 2011: Berwick’s goal, as it is every season, is to make the postseason. It appears there will be a bottleneck for the four D2-3A playoff spots late in the season, so a much better start will be needed for the Dawgs to be in the hunt.

same formula from Coughlin – a run-first offense and a sound defense – to put the Crusaders in position for the postseason once again. CRESTWOOD (4-6) What went right: After stumbling at Berwick to open the season, the Comets picked off three consecutive opponents to right their season heading into October and making a postseason berth look attainable. What went wrong: October. The Comets lost all five games during the month, including a very flat offensive performance against Tunkhannock to start the slide, that eliminated all chances of playing in week 11. Looking to 2011: Crestwood returns many starters, so a similar October collapse looks unlikely. The Comets’ postseason chances will come down to a very tough four-game stretch to end the season, starting with a matinee at Dallas on Oct. 15.

DALLAS (10-1) What went right: Despite coach Ted Jackson serving a four-game PIAA suspension to start the season, Dallas didn’t miss a beat and stormed through its regular-season schedule unbeaten. The Mountaineers showed a knack for winning close games throughout. What went wrong: A 52-43 midseason victory over Williamsport showed some concern that Dallas was susceptible to offenses capable of striking quickly. That was evident in the first round of the D2-3A playoffs when West Scranton posted a 49-27 win on Dallas’ home turf. Looking to 2011: Dallas will certainly miss two-time coaches MVP Adam Goeringer, but the sheer number of returning contributors will likely mean another trip to the D2-3A playoffs with a solid chance of better results.

GAR (11-2) What went right: The Grenadiers stormed through a good portion of the schedule except for two one-point wins, a tough victory at Wyoming Area and a 20-16 loss to Lake-Lehman where since-departed tailback Kurtis Thomas was suspended. They revenged the loss by overwhelming Lehman 42-15 in the first round of the D2-2A playoffs. What went wrong: The Grenadiers saved their worst for last. After winning their first district title, they were trampled by a powerful Northern Lehigh squad 50-14 in the first round of the PIAA 2A playoffs. It was undoubtedly their worst overall performance in quite some time. Looking to 2011: Despite finishing on a sour note, the Grenadiers have the talent to defend their district title and perhaps fair much better if they get to states.

HAZLETON AREA (3-7) What went right: After the young Cougars took a solid thrashing in their first three games under new coach Paul Marranca, they matured enough to pull out three close games to even their record heading into the stretch run. What went wrong: The stretch run showed there was still more learning to do as Hazleton Area finished the season with four losses, three of which were by 21 points or more. Defensive problems of the early season popped up once again. Looking to 2011: Assistant Jim Drumheller becomes the Cougars’ third head coach in as many years. He’ll inherit a team that took its lumps growing up in 2010, but looks like it could hand out more than it receives this year. HOLY REDEEMER (0-10) What went right: The Royals See REVIEW, Page 22

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COUGHLIN (5-6) What went right: The Crusaders recovered from a 2-3 start, with the only real black eye a 35-0 loss to Valley View, to win three straight close games and put themselves in position to make the postseason. The streak correlated with Joe Parsnik moving back to tailback from quarterback. What went wrong: The regular season closed with close losses to Berwick and Crestwood where the offense slumped. That carried over to a 28-7 loss to Valley View in the Eastern Conference 3A playoffs. Looking to 2011: Expect the

BILL TARUTIS FILE PHOTO/FOR THE TIMES LEADER

Hanover Area tailback Andrew Forgatch rushed for over 2,300 yards and scored 31 touchdowns during his senior season for the Hawkeyes last year.

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showed the ability to throw the ball at times and receivers David Gawlas and Eric Kerr looked like they could be bigger contributors this time around. The team showed a lot of heart by nearly rallying for an improbable victory against Nanticoke. What went wrong: Once again, Redeemer had no running game. Success in the passing offense often came via broken plays. The defense had so much trouble stopping the running game that the opposition rarely needed to throw to post a victory. Looking to 2011: Joe Ostrowski is Redeemer’s third new coach in as many years and has his work cut out for him. First, the Royals must be able to run the ball to keep opponents off the field. Then they must get much better against the run. They return some key personnel, so a victory or two is possible.

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LAKE-LEHMAN (7-4) What went right: Despite having a new coach and inexperienced personnel, including at quarterback, the Black Knights came very close to finishing the regular season unbeaten. Their three losses came by eight points or less and all were against playoff-bound teams. What went wrong: The Black Knights’ D2-2A playoff opener with GAR started well as they scored a quick touchdown. GAR then turned up the wick for an overwhelming 42-15 victory. It gave Lehman a three-game losing streak to end the season. Looking to 2011: Lehman won’t be a surprise team again; it has enough talent to be called a legitimate district contender for the first times in several years. The key is how the Black Knights respond at being a target and not aiming at one. MEYERS (2-8) What went right: The Mohawks opened the season with a solid 29-6 over Holy Cross and showed throughout the year they could move the ball and make some big plays. They played several more experienced opponents strongly into the third quarter.

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The graduation of Bret Rutkoski, Northwest’s all-time leading rusher, leaves the Rangers with a big hole to fill on offense.

What went wrong: While Meyers could move the ball, it just couldn’t find the end zone. The Mohawks were held to seven points or less six times. A big culprit was turnovers as they averaged three per game. They were probably better than a two-win team, but as the saying goes you are what your record says you are. Looking to 2011: Former player and assistant Corry Hanson takes over and his task will be in part to restore pride in the program. As far as victories, the team will be young, but if it matures quickly a .500 record is possible. NANTICOKE (4-6) What went right: The oncedowntrodden Trojans shot out of the gate by winning three of their first four games. The running game looked better than it had for years and wasn’t just piling up yardage against opponents’ backups. Moreover, new coach Ron Bruza turned around the mentality of the team. What went wrong: A 35-6 loss to Wyoming Area at midseason showed that there was still more work to be done in order for the program to become a legitimate postseason threat. And for as well as Nanticoke ran the ball, it was offset by a weak passing offense. Looking to 2011: With most of

the starters back, it’s realistic for Nanticoke to reach the .500 mark. Of course, that would mean a big upset of a playoff contender along the way. Even if that doesn’t happen, Bruza certainly has the Trojans headed in the right direction. NORTHWEST (5-6) What went right: The Rangers faired rather well in their return to the WVC after a long absence. They defeated the teams they were expected to beat and played tough against those WVC opponents where they were underdogs. They also made the D2-A playoffs. What went wrong: A fourgame losing streak against very physical teams, including three WVC divisional foes, showed the disparity in programs here and in Northwest’s old league, the weak All-American Conference. While they played tough in all the regular-season losses, a minus-9 turnover ratio hurt. Looking to 2011: Bret Rutkoski, the school’s all-time leading rusher, has graduated so that a big hole to fill. But Northwest should be better prepared overall to take on a much tougher schedule the second time around and find a way into the postseason. PITTSTON AREA (0-10) What went right: It’s hard to

find a silver lining when a team suffers its first winless season since 1993, but at least the Patriots didn’t go down without a fight. There were six games – four against postseason qualifiers – where the Patriots had a chance to win well into the second half. What went wrong: Pittston Area couldn’t run the ball and that took its toll on the passing game. The result was an offense that scored just one touchdown in seven games. The defense was inconsistent throughout, but did keep the Patriots in several games. Looking to 2011: Former Mid Valley assistant Mike Barrett brings a lot of enthusiasm and positive energy to a program that seemed lacking in both. Better times appear ahead, but patience is needed until Barrett gets things just how he wants them. TUNKHANNOCK (3-7) What went right: The Tigers had one of the best and most diversified running attack around, showing the ability to control the game’s tempo. The defense also took a big step forward as the team was in every game into the fourth quarter. What went wrong: Tunkhannock was considered a sleeper for a D2-3A playoff berth, but the veteran lineup had trouble wrestling away control late in games. A one-point loss and a two-point loss put the Tigers at 2-4 and essentially ended playoff hopes. Looking to 2011: Last year was the Tigers’ opportunity to make noise and they made some. Just not enough. New coach Rod Azar now has to get the program moving with an inexperienced group of players. WILLIAMSPORT (7-4) What went right: Coach Tom Gravish continued to move the Millionaires in the right direction, making them a yearly force after some really disastrous seasons before he arrived. The offense showed quick-strike ability while the defense was solid except for a couple glitches. What went wrong: With the WVC Division 4A title on the line, Williamsport headed to Wyoming Valley West for the regular-season finale and was never really in the game in a

28-7 loss. That carried over to the district playoffs where the Millionaires were routed 63-24 by Nazareth. Looking to 2011: Plenty of talent returns, meaning the Millionaires might be able to unseat Valley West as divisional champion. At the very least, they should squeeze into the district tournament. WYOMING AREA (8-4) What went right: The Warriors had a nice balance of running and passing offensively to put up some big numbers nearly every weekend. The defense improved after two bad outings at the start of the season, helping the team to the Eastern Conference 2A title game. What went wrong: Just like Hanover Area, in the battle with the other WVC 2A teams for a district playoff berth the Warriors were 1-2. What stung even more were in those losses – to Lake-Lehman and GAR – Wyoming Area was very close to winning both. Looking to 2011: This season could look a lot like last season, with Wyoming Area needing a couple games to smooth out any rough spots. The Warriors will be in the postseason hunt, but whether they head to districts or the Eastern Conference will depend heavily on those games against Hanover Area, Lehman and GAR. WYOMING VALLEY WEST (7-4) What went right: The Spartans played really well down the stretch, winning four consecutive games by dominating on both sides of the ball, including a very impressive win over Williamsport in the regular-season finale to decide the WVC Division 4A title. What went wrong: A 1-2 start put the Spartans in a hole for a district playoff berth. Then a loss to Dallas in week 6 had them at .500 and essentially made every game a playoff game from there on out. Once again, Valley West couldn’t solve Whitehall for a second consecutive year in the postseason. Looking to 2011: Penn State recruit Eugene Lewis will once again run the show for the Spartans. While his big-play ability is uncanny, he’s not the only weapon for the Spartans, who once again figure heavily into the postseason picture.


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Coach looks to return to winning By PAUL SOKOLOSKI psokoloski@timesleader.com

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Jim Drumheller takes over at Hazleton Area, looking to return the Cougars to the postseason.

by surrendering at least 34 points in each of their final four games – all losses. That 3-7 finish during an injury-plagued season left Hazleton Area out of the District 2/4-11 Class 4A playoffs for the first time in six years, and left the returning Cougars with a new determination. “We’re not going down like we did last year,” promised Hazleton Area senior linebacker Yousef Guzman. ON OFFENSE Third-year starting quarterback Chad Hoffman recognizes the new offensive schemes immediately. They’re pretty much the same ones he was running as a sopho-

more. “I know every pass play we have,” said Hoffman, a senior. “The reads are simple. We’re throwing the ball smoothly in practice. I feel like we have six strong receivers.” But that doesn’t mean the Cougars are suddenly passhappy. Drumheller’s old offense always featured a strong running game, and that won’t change just because his title did. “We’ll probably run more than we pass,” Drumheller said. But he promises to make the pass a prominent part of the gameplan again. “Everything will go through Chad,” Drumheller said. “Chad will be our leader on offense.”

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ON DEFENSE Stung by the inability to stop opponents last season, the leader of Hazleton Area’s defense says he’s sick of watching other teams light up the scoreboard. “Last year hurt us,” said Guzman, the Cougars’ stalwart middle linebacker. “We want to make up for it.” There’s a lot to make up for. The Cougars were torched for 51 points in a season-opening loss a year ago, and finished by

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HAZLETON – For nearly a quarter of a century, Jim Drumheller was content to coach high school football as an assistant. A series of circumstances made everything change. A sour season, a sudden vacancy and a swift end to his son’s college career prompted Drumheller to apply for Hazleton Area’s head coaching job. Now he’s trying to help the Cougars return to the top from the program’s top spot. “I was fine,” said Drumheller, a loyal assistant at Hazleton and Hazleton Area for the past 24 years. “I didn’t go looking for a head coaching job. I was perfectly fine being an assistant. This was the window to put in for it. “This was the open window.” He’s trying to close the door on last year. After enjoying a decade of postseason success under former coach Rocco Petrone, the Cougars tripped hard in 2010 when Petrone left the sideline to become the school’s principal. Pennsylvania Hall of Fame coaching great Paul Marranca was hired for a season, but couldn’t duplicate the good times he experienced at Wyoming Area. The Cougars got clubbed by a combined score of 137-39 while losing their first three games to start last season, and ended it

Hoffman, who threw for 728 yards last season, will have plenty of weapons to choose from. Seniors Jimmy Hischar, Colby Petrilla, Erik Johnson and Ryan Osadchy join juniors Zack Kehler and Jeff Fendrick give the Cougars one of the deepest receiving corps in the conference. Running out of the backfield will be senior workhorse Brian Campbell, but Guzman will also get carries from his fullback and running back positions. To help open holes, the Cougars are counting on three returning starters up front – Kyle Bissol, Brett Finkelstein and A.J. Gasser. And tight end Sam Grohol is back for his senior season. “It seems like more of a group feeling,” Hoffman said. “Like a family. This year, it’s a lot better.”

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Lehman solid contender D2-2A BLACK KNIGHTS AT A GLANCE Coach: Jerry Gilsky (7-4) 2nd year Division: WVC 2A-A PIAA Class: 2A Returning starters: 7 offense/6 defense Male enrollment: 270 School phone: 675-7458 Stadium location: Edward Edwards Stadium, high school, off Route 118, Lehman Twp. Key players lost: Robbie Evans, WR-DB; George Jones, OL-DL; Bryan Mathers, RB-WR-DB; Brandon Roberts, TE-LB; Zach Yursha, WR-DB.

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LEHMAN TWP. – LakeLehman won’t sneak up on anyone this year. The Black Knights know it. Second-year coach Jerry Gilsky knows it. And in case they forget, fellow Wyoming Valley Conference coaches “Losing will remind Mathers is them. a big thing, For the first in quite but when I time awhile, Lehlook at my man enters season as other skill the a favorite to positions grab a District 2 Class with the 2A playoff other spot. The Black Knights three, it enter 2011 off makes up a four-loss season, but for the only once loss of were they Mathers. ” routed. That lopoJerry Gilsky sided loss, Lehman coach 42-15 to GAR in the District 2 Class 2A playoffs, stuck with them for awhile. “Ending my first year as coach like that,” Gilsky said,

2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Jared Novitski 94-of-156, 1,408 yds., 9 TDs, 10 Ints. RUSHING: Bryan Mathers 158-1,063, 6.7 avg., 13 TDs RECEIVING: Bryan Mathers 32-562, 17.6 avg., 1 TD SCORING: Bryan Mathers 96 pts. Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Sept. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Sat., Oct. 3 Fri., Oct. 14 Fri., Oct. 21 Fri., Oct. 28 Fri., Nov. 4

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2010 Results (7-4) Old Forge (7-4)................................................L 21-15 Lackawanna Trail (4-6) ................................W 29-22 Wyoming Area (8-4) .....................................W 42-39 Holy Redeemer (0-10) ..................................W 27-13 Meyers (2-8).....................................................W 14-0 Northwest (5-6)..............................................W 21-12 GAR (11-2) .....................................................W 20-16 Nanticoke (4-6)..............................................W 43-26 Hanover Area (7-4) ........................................L 38-30 Dallas (10-1) ....................................................L 28-21 District 2 Class 2A playoffs GAR (11-2) .......................................................L 42-15

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Lehman will be counting on, from left, Curt Barbacci, Nick Shelley, Jared Novitski and Cole Barbacci.

“doesn’t do justice to what we did during the season. That was probably the most upsetting thing, or most motivating thing, for this year.”

ON OFFENSE Jared Novitski returns at quarterback. He wasn’t expected to start last season,

but when the previous starters didn’t come out initially he seized the opportunity. “We did things he was capable of,” Gilsky said. “We’re

not coaches that are stubborn and had him do what he wasn’t capable of and put him in a difficult situation.” The backfield of fullback Dustin Jones and Brady Butler didn’t get many carries last year, but that will change with All-WVC back Bryan See LEHMAN, Page 25


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Lehman will be big up front with, from left, Tom Chipego, Ryan Hoyt, Job Stepanski, Peter Borum and Jamie Aldrich.

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Lehman coach Jerry Gilsky On the Knights season-ending loss to GAR

from four returning starters on the offensive line. Job Stepanski is at center and will be flanked by guards Jamie Aldrich and Tom Chipego. Right tackle Ryan Hoyt started before injuries sidelined him. Pete Borum will likely be the left tackle. David Blejwas will be a swingman along the line. ON DEFENSE The defense had its highs and lows during the season.

Unfortunately for Lehman, two of the lows were in the last three games – a 38-30 loss to Hanover Area and the aforementioned playoff setback to GAR. “We come out and in three plays we score,” Gilsky said. “Then (GAR) didn’t let their foot off the gas. I wish I could forget that game.” Jones is back as nose guard and Adrich and Hoyt return at the tackle spots. Blejwas will be a big part of the de-

fensive tackle rotation. Chipego and Brian Derhammer will be the D-ends. Curt Barbacci and Butler will man the linebacker spots once again. Shelley will anchor the defensive backfield. The senior was an All-WVC selection as a cornerback last season. Bill Hillman will be the other corner. Cole Barbacci moves from linebacker to play strong safety. Poepperling will be the free safety. OUTLOOK Lehman flew a bit under the radar last season on the way to a District 2 Class 2A playoff berth. That won’t happen this time around as the Black Knights are among the teams with strong chances to make the postseason. They’ll have to crank it up a notch because the opposition will be doing the same.

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Mathers having graduated. Nick Shelley returns after rushing for 713 yards and will get plenty of carries as well from the Z-receiver position. “Losing Mathers is a big thing,” Gilsky said, “but when I look at my other skill positions with the other three, it makes up for the loss of Mathers. Actually, we have better balance.” And, perhaps, more diversity. Curt Barbacci moves from fullback to shore up the tight end position. Cody Poepperling will be the other receiver, while Cole Barbacci will be a jack-of-all-trades who could be plugged in at various spots. Lehman will also benefit

“Ending my first year as coach like that,” Gilsky said, “doesn’t do justice to what we did during the season. That was probably the most upsetting thing, or most motivating thing, for this year.”


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Back to the future for Mohawks

By DEREK LEVARSE dlevarse@timesleader.com

WILKES-BARRE — For this group of seniors, it will be three head coaches in three years. Yet things are looking as familiar as ever for the Meyers football program. After seeing their nine-year postseason streak snapped with a 2-8 showing last Hanson season, the Mohawks are going back to a proven formula. New coach Corry Hanson played at Meyers and then served as an assistant for nine years under Mike Namey, most recently as defensive coordinator in 2009. His staff is comprised of names familiar to the Meyers community – Bill White, Jeff Labatch and Michael Gorham – to name a few. And, of course, Namey is still around as the school’s athletic director. So while it has been a hectic few years for the Mohawks, this transition figures to be a bit smoother as Hanson takes over for Dwayne Downing, who resigned in the offseason. Hanson, 32, coached 12 of the seniors on this year’s squad two seasons ago as sophomores. See MEYERS, Page 28

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Pictured are key members of the Meyers football team. Front row from left are Dakota Owen, Dijon Townes, Shacore Proctor, Jake Brominski. Back row: Fabian Smith, Ed Walters and Chris DeMarco.

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NANTICOKE TROJANS

Taste of winning has GNA wanting more TROJANS AT A GLANCE Coach: Ron Bruza (4-6), 2nd year Division: WVC 2A-A PIAA Class: 2A Returning starters: 10 offense/10 defense Male enrollment: 288 School phone: 735-7781 Stadium location: Kosciuszko Street, Nanticoke Key players lost: Edwin Agosto, RB-DB; Alex Leiby, OL-DL. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Josh Decker 22-of-47, 189 yds., 2 TDs, 7 Ints. RUSHING: Brian Maslowski 206, 1,214 yds., 5.9 yds., 14 TDs RECEIVING: Zak Matulewski 12-174, 14.5 avg., 4 TDs SCORING: Brian Maslowski 92 pts. Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Sept. 9 Sat., Sept. 17 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Sat., Oct. 8 Fri., Oct. 14 Fri., Oct. 21 Fri., Oct. 28 Fri., Nov. 4

Schedule Montrose Col-Montour Vo-Tech at Susquehanna Meyers at Wyoming Area at Holy Redeemer Northwest Lake-Lehman at GAR at Hanover Area

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

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2010 Results (4-6) Montrose (0-10) .............................................W 33-12 Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech (5-6) ..............W 40-18 Susquehanna (9-2).........................................L 54-19 Meyers (2-8) ....................................................W 44-6 Wyoming Area (8-4).........................................L 35-6 Holy Redeemer (0-10)..................................W 44-36 Northwest (5-6).................................................L 35-0 Lake-Lehman (7-4) ........................................L 43-26 GAR (11-2).........................................................L 43-6 Hanover Area (7-4).........................................L 34-13

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Key players for Nanticoke this yaer will be, from left, Brian Maslowski, Zak Matulewski, Josh Decker and Christian Stevenson.

Trojans expect to build on successful 2010 By MATTHEW SHUTT For The Times Leader

Ron Bruza Nanticoke coach

this year. “They’ve been working hard all summer,” said Bruza. “We had a great offseason in the weight room, we had a great offseason studying tape and getting the kids here on the field to practice and everybody stayed in touch throughout the summer. “We’re a lot better this year

than we were at this time last year because of the foundation last season installed.” ON OFFENSE The Trojans will turn to Brian Maslowski early and often throughout the season to carry the load offensively in what will be primarily a runheavy and experienced offense.

“We’re hoping, offensively, to pick up where we left off last year,” said Bruza. “We’re a running team, that’s just how we are. We’ve got some great size up front and we’ve got some guys who can really run the ball.” Maslowski – a 5-foot-10, See TROJANS, Page 28

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NANTICOKE – After winning its first game in over two seasons in the 2009 campaign, the Nanticoke Trojans responded to coach Ron Bruza taking over last season with two wins right out of the gate, a 4-2 record through six weeks and even finding the potential to contend for a playoff position. The Trojans’ season, however, came undone with a fourgame losing streak to end the year. With a taste of what it takes not just to compete and stay in the game but to string together wins, the Trojans are hungry and looking for more

“We had a great off season in the weight room, we had a great off season studying tape and getting the kids here on the field to practice and everybody stayed in touch throughout the summer.”

No. Name 1 Derrick Wolfe 2 Tyler Myers 3 Nate Siese 4 Dwayne Oshinski 5 Danny Green 7 James Edwards 8 Tyler Kovatch 9 Josh Decker 11 Joe Levandowski 13 Jeff Jezewski 17 Klay Kaspryk 22 Brian Maslowski 23 Zak Matulewski 24 Brad Yanus 26 Pat Hempel 32 Rodger Sweet 35 Maurice Wood 39 C.J. Yurkin 40 Michael Colatosti 42 Zach Pudlosky 44 Tom Vitale 50 Frank Marcinkowski 52 Joe Voyton 53 Rich Badowski 56 Giacoma Bova 57 Joe Shimko 58 Pedro Bracero 59 Kevin Zaykosky 62 Darren Pickney 65 Mitchell Zelasko 72 Allan Herring 74 Christian Stevenson 75 Steve Valenti 76 Cairee Walker 77 Julius Maghee 86 Jordan Williams 87 Kyle Gavrish 88 Chris Gavrish


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MEYERS Continued from page 26

“That’s helped tremendously,” Hanson said. “They knew what I expected on an intensity level and it’s made it much easier on us. All of those seniors know what my coaching style was like and what was expected of them.” ON OFFENSE That’s not to say everything is going to be status quo for the Mohawks. Hanson has made it a point to open up competition at every position where he has enough bodies, and some of the battles could carry on into the start of the season. “The kids have responded very positively,” Hanson said. “We’ve seen some great competition, especially at the skill positions.” With the offense moving back to some Wing-T concepts out of the shotgun, Teaguen Labatch and Matt Kropp will both work to run the show at quarterback. Meyers must replace the production of last year’s starter, Rob Waiters, who led the team in passing and rushing. The distribution of carries should change this year with running backs Fabian Smith and Shacore Proctor figuring into the mix along with fullback Dakota Owen. Rob Reilly, Chris DeMarco and Matt DeMarco lead the receiving corps. While there is some flexibility at those spots, a bigger concern is in the trenches, where Hanson said the depth is scarce. Seniors Eddie Walters and Dijon Townes will anchor the offensive line with a group of underclassmen filling out the unit. ON DEFENSE The Mohawks ran a 4-4 base

MOHAWKS AT A GLANCE Coach: Corry Hanson (0-0), 1st year Division: WVC 2A-A PIAA Class: 2A Returning starters: 5 offense/5 defense Male enrollment: 229 School phone: 826-7145 Stadium location: Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium, Carey Avenue and Old River Road, WilkesBarre Key players lost: Jesper Bjorkman, TE-LB; Nahjee Brown, WR-DB; Jamie Jayne, RB-LB; Rob Waiters, QB-DB. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Robert Waiters 74-of-160, 1,040 yds., 9 TDs, 12 Ints. RUSHING: Robert Waiters 92-330, 3.6 avg, 1 TD RECEIVING: Nahjee Brown 46-642, 14.0 avg., 6 TDs SCORING: Nahjee Brown 48 pts. Sat., Sept. 3 Fri., Sept. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Fri., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 14 Fri., Oct. 21 Sat., Oct. 29 Fri., Nov. 4

Schedule Holy Cross at Dunmore at Lackawanna Trail at Nanticoke Lake-Lehman Wyoming Area at Hanover Area at Northwest Holy Redeemer GAR

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

2010 Results (2-8) Holy Cross (6-6)..............................................W 29-6 Dunmore (7-5) ..................................................L 28-6 Lackawanna Trail (4-6).....................................L 15-6 Nanticoke (4-6) .................................................L 44-6 Lake-Lehman (7-4) ...........................................L 14-0 Wyoming Area (8-4).......................................L 26-13 Hanover Area (7-4).........................................L 26-18 Northwest (5-6) .................................................L 14-7 Holy Redeemer (0-10)....................................W 20-0 GAR (11-2).........................................................L 28-6

in Hanson’s last few years as defensive coordinator, and that’s the scheme Meyers will use again in 2011. “It’s a very safe defense,” Hanson said. “It’s designed to be a bend-don’t-break, and we’ve found some advantages with it.” With so many players working on both sides of the ball, the 4-4 is an easy alignment to pick up, allowing kids to focus on the more complex offense. Walters, Jalen Miller and Rudy Goodwin are the upperclassmen up front, while Townes, Owen and Jake Brominski lead the linebackers. Mirroring the lineup on offense, Reilly, Chris DeMarco and Matt DeMarco are the top options at cornerback with Smith serving as the deep man at safety. OUTLOOK In his first year at the helm, Hanson isn’t talking in terms of wins and losses just yet. Right

MOHAWKS ROSTER No. Name 2 Matt DeMarco 3 Daniel Rodriquez 4 Chris DeMarco 5 Fabian Smith 6 Tyler Smallcomb 7 Teaguen Labatch 8 Amair Blake 9 Eric Smith 10 Dakota Owen 11 Rob Reilly 14 Matt Kropp 19 Jalen Miller 20 D.J. Linker 21 Michael Kishbauh 23 Shacore Proctor 25 Robert Wright 28 Samuel Blankenship 33 Nate Mahalak 35 Johntae Nelson 40 Cal Lisman 50 Miles Davis 53 Tim Markovich 55 Khalil Lewis 58 Dijon Townes 61 Eddie Walters 62 Warden May 63 Luke Kropp 65 Gene Rittel 68 Becky Mitchell 69 Rudy Goodwin 73 Patrick Cunningham 78 Kyle Krepich 81 Collin Gallagher 84 Kashif Alston 88 Jacob Brominski

Ht. 6-0 5-11 6-0 5-10 5-11 6-2 5-11 5-8 5-6 5-11 6-1 6-4 5-11 5-7 5-6 5-6 5-6 5-11 5-11 5-9 5-8 5-8 5-8 5-8 6-2 5-6 5-11 5-8 5-6 5-6 6-1 6-0 5-10 6-1 5-11

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now he has a different priority. “One of the biggest things I wanted to try to instill back in the program was discipline,” Hanson said. “I’m very, very strict about lining up the right way, no penalties – stuff like that. One thing that has really, really been a focus is that I want to be the least penalized team in the league this year.” Hanson’s involvement with his players on and off the field should make a difference. Now a social studies teacher at the school, Hanson has the advantage of being able to check up on his players during the day, paying attention to academics, attendance and behavior. “I think all of that will translate into success for us,” Hanson said. “The record will take care of itself. I really think we can improve and be a .500 team or better.”

“One of the biggest things I wanted to try to instill back in the program was discipline. I’m very, very strict about lining up the right way, no penalties – stuff like that. One thing that has really, really been a focus is that I want to be the least penalized team in the league this year.” PAGE 28

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Nanticoke’s Brian Maslowski rushed for 1,214 yards last season as a junior.

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195-pound senior – will be the focal point of the backfield in Nanticoke’s Wing-T offense, a style of offense based upon misdirection and timing. Bruza feels confident in Maslowski, who broke through as a legitimate threat in the conference last season with over 1,200 yards rushing, a 5.9 yards-per-carry average and 14 scores in 10 games. Maslowski will be joined in the backfield by fellow senior Tom Vitale. Josh Decker will be taking the snaps under center and when not handing off to Maslowski will look to Zak Matulewski and Jeff Jezewski as his primary targets. Derrick Wolfe, Klay Kaspryk and junior Nate Siese – the only member of the skill positions not a senior – will all see time at split end. The line will be anchored by bookend tackles Christian Stephenson (6-2, 290) and Steve Valenti (6-2, 270), both of whom are seniors and should open up some big holes for Maslowski to exploit. Joe Voyton, Rich Badowski and Kevin Zaykosky will round out an offensive line comprised entirely of seniors. Sophmore Kyle Gavrish will see some time at tight end. ON DEFENSE The defensive side of the ball was undoubtedly Nanti-

coke’s weak link last year, as the Trojans gave up an average of 40 points a game in their six losses. The Trojans will be running a basic fourlinemen, three-linebacker set this season and will call on a number of seniors to shore up the front seven. Bruza will be looking to Kevin Zaykosky to lead the group from his inside linebacker position. The 6-2, 210-pound senior will be flanked by Kaspryk and Badowski with Michael Colatosti seeing time as well. The front four will be comprised of Stevenson and Cairee Walker at the tackle positions, with Chris Gavrish and Pedro Bracero at the ends. In the secondary, Jezewski and Matulewski will be the starting safeties and will be joined by Wolfe and Siese as cornerbacks. OUTLOOK After earning four wins last season the Trojans will be looking to continue that improvement this season. The focus, according to Bruza, will be the preparation the players put into it during the week and coming together on Friday nights in a total team effort. “For us to come together this year, we’re going to have to do it without relying on one single player,” said Bruza. “We’re going to have show up prepared, take care of the teams we should and try to get better week in and week out. If we do that, we could have a good season ahead of us.”


NORTHWEST RANGERS

NW ready for another run in WVC RANGERS AT A GLANCE Coach: Carl Majer (22-12), 4th year Division: WVC 2A-A PIAA Class: A Returning starters: 5 offense/5 defense Male enrollment: 157 School phone: 542-4126 Stadium location: High School, off Route 239, Shickshinny Key players lost: Garrick Hakanson, OL-DL; Corey Kittle, OL-DL; Ryan Kondrosky, OL-DL; Kyle Kramer, RB-DB; Bret Rutkoski, RB-LB. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Gunner Majer 49-of-111, 757 yds., 6 TDs, 5 Ints. RUSHING: Bret Rutkoski 227-1,549, 6.8 avg., 14 TDs RECEIVING: Bret Rutkoski 14-227, 16.2 avg., 2 TDs SCORING: Bret Rutkoski 98 pts. Sat., Sept. 3 Fri., Sept. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Sat., Oct. 8 Fri., Oct. 14 Fri., Oct. 21 Fri., Oct. 28 Fri., Nov. 4

Schedule at Holy Redeemer at Montrose at Old Forge GAR Hanover Area at Lake-Lehman at Nanticoke Meyers Wyoming Area Col-Montour Vo-Tech

1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 3 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

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2010 Results (5-6) Holy Redeemer (0-10) ..................................W 44-13 Montrose (0-10) .............................................W 41-16 Old Forge (7-4) ...............................................L 37-14 GAR (11-2) .........................................................L 21-7 Hanover Area (7-4).........................................L 38-14 Lake-Lehman (7-4) .........................................L 21-12 Nanticoke (4-6)................................................W 35-0 Meyers (2-8).....................................................W 14-7 Wyoming Area (8-4).......................................L 38-19 Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech (5-6) ................W 25-7 District 2 Class A playoffs Riverside (14-2) ................................................L 34-0

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Key Northwest Area key players, first row, from left: Tyler Pegarella, Jimmy Begliomini, Mike Furilo, and Jeremie Rittenhouse. Second row: Dalton Tomko, Christian Foley, Gunner Majer, Taylor Kishbaugh and Dave Johnson.

Northwest has eyes set on playoffs once again By JAY MONAHAN For The Times Leader

competition, Majer made the transition so his Rangers could face stiffer opposition. Playing competitively against teams of the likes of Wyoming Area and GAR made Northwest a stronger, more balanced squad. “We did very well in all the games and every game was right there within our grasp,” said Majer. “A lot of guys in our program didn’t know what hardnosed football week was in and week out. We really started playing some tough football.”

ON OFFENSE Gunner Majer, the coach’s son, leads a multi-dimensional offense at the quarterback position. At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, the three-year starter is one of the biggest signal callers in the conference. “He throws the ball very well,” Majer said of his son. “He’s a big guy to bring down. And at the same time he can run See RANGERS, Page 31

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SHICKSHINNY – Twelve years removed, Carl Majer was out to prove Northwest belonged in the Wyoming Valley Conference. The Rangers proved just that in its first year in the conference, securing a 5-6 record and a berth in the District 2 Class A playoffs. Since leaving the WVC in 1999, the Rangers played in three conferences, including the now defunct Northeast Penn-

sylvania Football Conference from 2000-01, and as an independent before returning to the WVC “Our first Majer year back in the Wyoming Valley Conference was fulfilling,” said Majer. “We never did well there before. I thought we made the transition very well.” Tired of rolling over lesser

No. Name 1 Jake Jola 3 Dalton Tomko 4 Jim Begliomini 5 Austin Leftwich 6 Tyler Pegarella 8 Gunner Majer 9 Matt Swartz 10 Tony Politz 12 Nick Lugiano 14 Mike Faruolo 15 Charles Boyer 16 Logan Womelsdorf 24 Matt Mitchell 25 Peter Evans 27 Jeramie Rittenhouse 30 Alan Gubierz 33 Josh Dunay 34 Austin McBride 35 Austin Mazonkey 40 Adam Schecterly 50 Nathan Simonson 54 Dave Johnson 55 Kyle Stempien 56 Matt Verbinski 57 John Yaple 58 Jamie Sorgen 69 Jake Kramer 70 John Maul 72 Matt Schwiter 74 Drew Godfrey 75 Steve Derby 78 Alex Barretts 79 Wyatt Reese 84 Levi Walker 88 Christian Foley 90 Kenny Jones 99 Tyler Kishbaugh


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P I T T S T O N A R E A PAT R I O T S

Patriots are looking to rebuild New coach hoping for better results JOHN ERZAR jerzar@timesleader.com

YATESVILLE – As the eighth head coach in Pittston Area history, Mike Barrett has enjoyed the challenge thus far. Even if that challenge includes the obvious – turning around a program that was 0-10 last year. It was Pittston Area’s worst season Barrett since going 0-11 in 1993, the only other time the Patriots finished winless since the first team took the field in 1966. “It’s been an experience,” said Barrett, a longtime assistant in the Lackawanna Conference under coaching legend Frank Pazzaglia. “It’s a big school and there are a lot of kids we’re dealing with. The kids have done an outstanding job since January. They’ve hit the weight room hard. They’ve been here everyday in the summer and done what we asked of them.” As disappointing as 2010 was, Barrett saw some positive moments. “I did have time to watch an

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The Pittston Area football team waits for photographs during media day in Yatesville

awful lot of film in the offseason,” Barrett said. “There were numerous teams they hung in tight against.” ON OFFENSE Pittston Area has a storied tradition of great running backs. That ended last season as the

Patriots struggled to move the ball on the ground. By midseason, they had rushed for only 209 yards, a total that some former running backs managed in one game. And six times they had less than 65 yards. “We’re taking a fundamental approach to it,” Barrett said.

“We want to run the football. We’re going to try to keep it as basic as possible in that sense. With the guys coming back, and we have some decent size up front, we should be able to move the ball on the ground.”

No. Name 1 R.J. Haas 2 Chris Musto 3 Joe Starinsky 5 Mike Stankosky 6 Justin Wilk 7 Anthony Schwab 8 Anthony Halat 10 Steve Starinsky 11 Richard Weinstock 12 Kyle Gattuso 14 Sam Falcone 15 Hassan Maxwell 16 Donovan Parham 18 James Emmett 20 Zack Hoffman 21 Kevin O’Brien 22 Mike Chisdock 23 Ronnie Dellisio 24 Evan Hahn 25 Tyler Roman 26 Eddie Klein 28 Mike Baclasky 30 Ben Lombardo 31 Kevin Tonte 32 Brian Baldwin 36 Mark Romanczuk 38 John Cummings 40 Adam Valkos 41 Joe Giambra 42 Billy Scaramastro 43 Eric Danaher 45 Mike Schwab 48 Josh Schatzel 50 Jake Zalewski 51 Nick Dougal 53 Dave Mawson 54 Joe Stoss 55 R.J. Gabello 56 Anthony Haughton 57 John Ameen 58 Brad McKitish 59 Jesse White 60 Josh Blaker 62 Cody Stoss 63 Chris Mawson 64 Brandon Hudacko 66 Dave Dragon 68 Brian Mlodzienski 71 Mike Hughes 72 Matt Lettieri 76 Hurley Simon 78 Ryan O’Boyle 80 Brian Delaney 81 Jordan Houseman 82 Mike Harth 83 Joe Harth 84 Chris Cummings 85 Dan Brady

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Northwest Area quarterback Gunner Majer will run a diverse offense this season.

RANGERS Continued from page 29

the spread offense.” Majer will have to manage without his top two running backs – Bret Rutkoski and Kyle Kramer – from last season. Tony Politz, Austin Mazonkey, Jake Jola and Dalton Tomko will all vie for carries. Changing formations is something Majer will attempt to fool defenses. “We’re not a one-dimensional offense,” stated coach Majer. “I think that’s why we’ve been so successful. We come out in a variety of looks, and we run them all very well.” The Rangers’ offense features Christian Foley, Jeremie Rittenhouse and Tyler Pagliarella as the top receivers. The offensive line boasts some of the Rangers’ top talent. Dave Johnson takes up the right tackle spot for the third year. Drew Godfrey, Wyatt Reese and Alex Barretts will fill out the line. Sophomore tackle Jake Kramer, coach Majer says, is a “big, mean kid who could be one of the best linemen in the league.”

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Berwick transfer Tyler Kishbaugh makes his high school debut after sitting out his first season. For coach Majer, Kishbaugh, at 6-5 and 180 pounds, developed into a surprise addition at defensive end. “I didn’t know anything about it until first day of practice and I’m like ‘Who the heck is this kid?’ I think you’re going to hear a lot about him.” OUTLOOK Northwest’s two biggest obstacles come in back-to-back weeks. The Rangers travel to Old Forge in Week 3 before hosting GAR. “They’re the two teams we always stumble with a little bit. That’s the biggest focus this year,” Majer said, “playing those two teams. “We need to play four quarters.” The Rangers must rely on inexperienced running backs and defensive linemen to carry its diverse playbook to a rematch with Riverside in the District 2 Class A playoffs.

ON DEFENSE The Patriots’ main problem on defense last season was the

same as on offense – the running game. They gave up 243.8 yards per game on the ground and 6.1 per carry. Nor did they create many turnovers, recovering seven fumbles. Again, a year of experience could help turn things around. Roman and Dave Mawson are penciled in as the defensive ends. The interior of the line will feature Ameen, Blaker, Dragon and Stoss. Josh Schatzel will also see time as a nose guard. Senior inside linebacker Jake Zalewski will anchor the linebacking group. Falcone, Romanczuk and Justin Wilk are also in the plans at inside linebacker. Chisdock, Houseman, Stankosky and Joe Starinsky figure in the mix at cornerback. Hahn, Gattuso and Steve Starinsky will work as safeties.

PATRIOTS AT A GLANCE Coach: Mike Barrett (0-0) 1st year Division: WVC 3A PIAA Class: 3A Returning starters: 7 offense/7 defense Male enrollment: 442 School phone: 654-2415 Stadium location: Charley Trippi Stadium, high school, Stout Street, Yatesville Key players lost: Jeff Kramer, OL-LB. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: R.J. Emmett 60-of-128, 853 yds., 9 TDs, 8 Ints. RUSHING: Justin McCloe 109-396, 3.6 avg., 1 TD RECEIVING: Jordan Houseman 43-552, 12.8 avg., 6 TDs SCORING: Jordan Houseman 48 pts. Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Sept. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Fri., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 14 Fri., Oct. 21 Fri., Oct. 28 Fri., Nov. 4

Schedule at Tunkhannock Scranton at Crestwood Dallas at Hazleton Area Williamsport Coughlin at Berwick Wyoming Valley West at Wyoming Area

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

2010 Results (0-10) Tunkhannock (3-7) .........................................L 28-13 Scranton (3-7) ...................................................L 20-7 Crestwood (4-6)................................................L 42-7 Dallas (10-1).......................................................L 21-7 Hazleton Area (3-7) ..........................................L 14-7 Williamsport (7-4) ...........................................L 46-35 Coughlin (5-6) .................................................L 26-16 Berwick (6-6).....................................................L 46-8 Wyoming Valley West (7-4) ............................L 49-7 Wyoming Area (8-4) .........................................L 21-7

OUTLOOK There seems to be a new air about the Pittston Area program, with Barrett bringing a fresh approach and the players responding throughout the summer workouts. Whether they can turn that into victories on the field remains to be seen, but the Patriots look headed to being a better team overall. The schedule is tough with four Class 4A opponents on it.

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ON DEFENSE Northwest will run out of a 5-3 set, but like the offense is transparent. Expect 4-3 and 4-4 looks out of Rangers’ defense. Kyle Stempien returns for the third year at the nose guard spot.

“Our first year back in the Wyoming Valley Conference was fulfilling. We never did well there before. I thought we made the transition very well.”

The stable of backs hoping to get the running game going didn’t carry the ball much last season. Fullback Joe Giambra, who rushed 22 times for 83 yards, is the most experienced. Mark Romanczuk will also see time at fullback. The tailback duo of Evan Hahn and Sam Falcone combined for 116 yards on 14 carries in 2010. Senior Anthony Schwab takes over at quarterback after seeing limited action the past two years behind upperclassmen. He’ll have two experienced wideouts in Jordan Houseman (41 rec., 552 yds.) and Tyler Roman (13-135). Mike Chisdock, Mike Stankosky and Joe Starinsky will also see time at receiver as will freshman Kyle Gattuso. Gattuso could also spell Schwab at times. Tight end Brian Delaney had 11 catches last season. The Patriots have experience in the trenches with senior linemen John Ameen, Josh Blaker, Dave Dragon and Joe Stoss all returning starters. Senior kicker Chris Musto is also a weapon. He connected on a 38-yarder last season.

“It’s a big school and there are a lot of kids we’re dealing with. The kids have done an outstanding job since January. They’ve hit the weight room hard. They’ve been here everyday in the summer and done what we asked of them.”

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F O OT B A L L 2 011 TUNKHANNOCK TIGERS

Tunkhannock still looking for depth At a glance Coach: Rod Azar (0-0), 1st year Division: WVC 3A PIAA Class: 3A Returning starters: 2 offense/3 defense Male enrollment: 436 School phone: 836-8264 Stadium location: High School, off Route 6, Tunkhannock Key players lost: Mike Baldwin, RB-DB; Cory Balko, RB-LB; Mike Barber, WR-DB; Derek Bitler, TE; Kyle Custer, DB; Bubba Felker, WR-DB; Teegan French, OL-DL; Kevin Grebeck, OL-DL; Owen Houser, OL-DL; Mike Thomas, RB-LB. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Luke Seaberg 49-of-106, 692 yds., 6 TDs, 5 Ints. RUSHING: Mike Baldwin 112-930, 8.3 avg., 8 TDs RECEIVING: Derek Bitler 14-230, 16.4 avg., 3 TDs SCORING: Mike Baldwin 66 pts. Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Sept. 9 Sat., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Sat., Oct. 1 Fri., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 14 Fri., Oct. 21 Fri., Oct. 28 Sat., Nov. 5

Schedule Pittston Area Coughlin at Abington Heights at Hazleton Area at Crestwood Berwick Pocono Mtn. West at Williamsport Dallas at Holy Redeemer

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 2 p.m.

2010 Results (3-7) Pittston Area (0-10).......................................W 28-13 Coughlin (5-6)..................................................L 14-12 Abington Heights (12-1) .................................L 40-21 Hazleton Area (3-7) .......................................L 43-35 Crestwood (4-6) ..............................................W 25-7 Berwick (6-6) ...................................................L 22-21 Pocono Mountain West (5-6)........................L 27-15 Williamsport (7-4) ...........................................L 46-25 Dallas (10-1).......................................................L 21-7 Holy Redeemer (0-10)..................................W 55-26

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Casey Drake and Wes Custer (front row) and Luke Seaberg and Andy Muckin (back row) should expect to see time on both sides of the ball this season.

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TUNKHANNOCK – Rod Azar has a vision of what it will take to return his alma mater to its glory days. Winning the numbers game – boosting the size of the roster and those in the support system around the program – is the long-term key. In the short term, however, Azar enters his first season as Tunkhannock head coach with a same sized roster and some of the same obstacles that have led

the Tigers to 12 straight losing seasons. “The thing to correct it the soonest is to get more kids interested in Azar playing football,” said Azar, a 1989 graduate, who played linebacker on the talented 1987 Tunkhannock team that beat Berwick in the Eastern Conference semifinals before moving on to play at Columbia. “That’s a very simple

answer. “In order for it to happen, it’s a very complicated process.” Azar points to the roster size as a big reason the Tigers finished 3-7 a year ago, including losses by one point to Berwick, two to Coughlin and eight to Hazleton Area. “It was one of the most talented teams, if not the most talented team we’ve had in the last 20 years,” Azar said. “We just didn’t have a deep enough bench. We had too many kids playing both ways.”

That showed through late in close games. “If you look at it, we lost seven games and we were in all seven games in the second half,” Azar said. “We just couldn’t win in the fourth quarter. We just didn’t have the gas. “Their kids were playing one way and our kids were playing both ways. You get to play number 136 and it’s tough.” Avoiding two-way starters is a goal, but one that may have to See TIGERS, Page 34

No. Name 2 Josh Colley 5 Luke Seaberg 6 Zack Edmonson 7 Brian Beauchemin 9 D.J. Giberson 10 Josh Robinson 12 Josh Burton 13 Steve Ash 15 Adam Billings 16 Mike Markovitz 21 Brett Stage 23 Alex Bishop 25 Andy Muckin 27 Mike Parduski 29 James Proulx 36 Steve Edmundson 48 Wes Custer 50 Ben Swilley 52 Adam Sehne 53 Al Kristunas 54 Clayton Brehm 57 Dakota Kresge 58 Walt Solt 59 Tyler Greene 60 Casey Drake 61 Dallas Hanna 62 Brett Yerg 65 Daniel Greenip 66 Josh Richards 67 Austin Gregory 70 Tyler Brown 71 Richie Traver 75 Tyler White 76 Josh Kosak 81 Dan Harmon 88 Colton Coolbaugh 91 Nate Carrasco

Ht. 6-1 5-9 5-9 5-10 5-5 5-7 6-1 6-0 6-4 5-10 6-1 5-10 5-10 5-11 5-11 5-6 5-11 6-0 6-2 6-4 5-10 6-1 5-11 6-3 6-0 5-10 6-4 5-5 5-11 5-11 5-9 5-10 6-1 5-11 5-10 5-11 5-10

Wt. 175 175 175 160 110 150 170 175 185 145 155 165 195 175 155 165 180 210 175 200 175 210 190 265 280 205 210 165 285 220 205 175 230 225 190 165 200

Pos. WR-DB QB-LB RB-DB QB-DB WR-DB RB-DB WR-LB TE-LB WR-LB WR-DB WR-DB RB-DB RB-LB RB-LB WR-DB RB-LB TE-LB OL-DL OL-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 TE-DL RB-DB OL-LB

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The Millionaires will be counting on Devon Miller heavily this season.

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ON OFFENSE Williamsport will need to replace one of the most effective throw-catch combos from last season – quarterback Marquise Kaiser and receiver Jared Fagnano. It won’t be an easy task nor will it likely be accomplished

quickly. That means the burden, at least early on, will be on junior running back Devin Miller. Miller burst onto the scene last year at midseason, rushing for over 100 yards in five of the last seven regular-season games including a career-high 244 yards. Juniors Nail Beyah and Caleb Belle have also impressed in the preseason. The Millionaires will also have the biggest fullback in the conference in 275-pound Shakyil

Murphy, who is better known as a relentless pass rusher on defense. The strength will be the line where center Joe Cohick, guards Ben Choate and Derrick Dannecker and tackles Billy Haines and Anthony Kaiser all return as starters. Colin Fausnaught and Billy Kennedy will also see time up front. “They still have things to work on,” Gravish said, “but it’s a nice place to start. They understand what we’re trying to

do. They understand the schemes. It’s not like you’re beating your head against the wall trying to teach schemes. Because they understand the schemes, you can work on the fundamentals better.” As for the receiving group, tight end Ryan Hostrander is back and will be joined by wideouts Sam Person and Devon Fisher, both of whom played in the spread formation last year. See SEARCH, Page 34

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WILLIAMSPORT – Five years ago, Tom Gravish took over a Williamsport program that was considered deep in talent but lacking cohesion. That has changed under Gravish, who came from Bellefonte High School and molded the Millionaires into solid contenders in a short time. Satisfaction hasn’t set in. Nor has complacency. “We’re not quite where I want

to be,” Gravish said. “I think we’re just scratching the surface of where I want to be. Every year we’re taking a step. Hopefully this year we take even a bigger step.”


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F O OT B A L L 2 011 MILLIONAIRES ROSTER No. Name 1 Owen Lukens 3 Sam Person 4 Dale Berkheimer 5 Devon Fisher 6 James Boggs 7 Jordan Whaley 8 Ryan Hostrander 9 Sadiq Burkholder 10 Nail Beyah 11 Tashi Clay 12 Marcus Thompson 13 Anthony James 14 Maurice Gales 15 Zach Diemer 16 Taron Dinkins 19 Austin Rizzo 20 Terrance Blanton 21 Knowledge Frierson 22 Ben Myers 23 Devin Miller 25 Dalton Lovell 26 Brice Harris 27 Malik Wilson 29 Justin Hoffman 30 Tanner Bashnick 31 Alex Churchill 32 Denzel Adams 33 Austin Robinson 34 Christian Hague 35 Jamir Smith 37 Caleb Belle

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Gr. Jr. Sr. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. So. Sr. Sr. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. So. So. So. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Jr.

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James Boogs, Zach Deimer and Sadiq Burkholder, Williamsport’s wildcat quarterback last season, will also play a part in the passing game. There was a three-way battle for the quarterback spot. Senior Jordan Whaley, who tossed only four passes last season, is the frontrunner. ON DEFENSE Defense was Williamsport’s Achilles’ heel until Gravish arrived. The unit has improved

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wait. As Azar looked at his potential lineup in the preseason, nearly every spot was filled by a player who might be starting two ways. “We’re a young team with six returning starters,” Azar said. “Those six guys are really good football players. Some of them are three-year starters for us. “They’re far enough ahead of other guys that they’re going to be playing both ways.” The other spots could change. “I would hope that once we get into the season a little bit and some of our younger kids mature

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Mike Snook Kye Wagoner Tanner Mazzante Isaac Foust David Robinson Tyler Gardner Billy Kennedy Malachi Price Ben Choate Terrell Pittinger Matt Wertz Joe Cohick Darius Davis Wes Mintzer Tre Brown Denton Parker Alec Howard Tanner Rudy Colin Fausnaught Derrick Danneker Anthony Kaiser Ben Tripoli Billy Haines Brett Hill Chaz Hoover Justin Dymeck Ivan Morrow Guiliano Gardner Jay Westbrook Larry Newman Shakyil Murphy Dylan Perry Najee Sanford Austin Eisner

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RB-LB WR-DB FB-LB RB-LB TE-DL TE-DE OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-LB OL-LB OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DE OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL WR-S FB-DL WR-DB TE-DE TE-DE WR-CB TE-DL TE-DE WR-DB OL-DL

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MILLIONAIRES AT A GLANCE Coach: Tom Gravish (61-65) 5th year at Williamsport; 12th overall Division: WVC 4A PIAA Class: 4A Returning starters: 7 offense/8 defense Male enrollment: 752 School phone: 323-8411 Stadium location: High School, West Fourth Street, Williamsport Key players lost: Jared Fagnano, WR-DB; Marquise Keiser, QB; Sam Mason, WR-DB. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Marquise Keiser 98-of-168, 1,645 yds., 19 TDs, 8 Ints. RUSHING: Devin Miller 163-1,102, 6.8 avg., 8 TDs RECEIVING: Jared Fagnano 47-902, 19.2 avg., 8 TDs SCORING: Jared Fagnano 62 pts. Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Sept. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Fri., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 14 Fri., Oct. 21 Fri., Oct. 28 Fri., Nov. 4

Schedule at Central Mountain at Hazleton Area Stroudsburg at Coughlin Dallas at Pittston Area Berwick Tunkhannock at Crestwood Wyoming Valley West

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

2010 Results (7-4) Central Mountain (5-6).................................W 49-20 Hazleton Area (3-7) ......................................W 46-12 Stroudsburg (5-7)............................................W 16-9 Coughlin (5-6) .................................................L 20-16 Dallas (10-1) ....................................................L 52-43 Pittston Area (0-10) ......................................W 46-35 Berwick (6-6)..................................................W 21-17 Tunkhannock (3-7) .......................................W 46-25 Crestwood (4-6) ............................................W 33-20 Wyoming Valley West (7-4) ............................L 28-7 District 2/4-11 Class 4A playoffs Nazareth (9-3) ................................................L 63-24

steadily, but progress is expected to continue. Gravish believes if the defense allows 14 or less points per game, the Millionaires will be in postion to win. Three starting linebackers return – Deimer, Alex Churchill and Mike Snook. So do the starting defensive ends – Cohick and Hostrander. The interior line will be very solid with Haines, Murphy and Kennedy. The hope is that linemen Taron Dinkins, Owen Lukens and David Robinson will not only provide depth but allow the Millionaires to be more flexible and less predictable on defense. The secondary has a veteran

presence in returning starters Person at corner and Burkholder at safety. Cornerback Anthony James had a handful of starts last season and safety Austin Robinson played in several games as well. Boggs and Beyah also figure into the plans.

that we could eliminate some of the two-way starters,” Azar said, “but I would say early in the season, it will be tougher with how young we are.” Senior captains Luke Seaberg, Andy Muckin and Casey Drake are among the players likely to be counted on both ways.

Josh Robinson halfbacks. Robinson gained some experience last season. Edmundson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the preseason and missed all of 2010. “All of them are tailback-type of kids,” Azar said. “It’s not like a typical I-formation fullback. That’s why we’re more interchangeable at the two halfbacks and a fullback. “We like to move them around. It makes the offense a little bit harder to predict.” Drake, the only returning starter in the line, may move from tackle to center. Dakota Kresge, who started as a freshman but not last season because of an injury, is at one guard spot.

ON OFFENSE Azar said he will start with former coach Frank Berardelli’s Delaware wing-T approach as the core of his offensive system. Seaberg returns at quarterback where Azar hopes to get freshman Brian Beauchemin some experience this season. Muckin will be the fullback, Mike Parduski a halfback/fullback and Zach Edmundson and

OUTLOOK Williamsport is now a solid program and solid contender after some very lean years in the mid-2000s. That trend should continue, with the Millionaires battling to dethrone Wyoming Valley West as the WVC Division 4A champion and making a run at a District 2/4-11 Class 4A playoff berth.

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surrendering 45 points in each of their final two games. It wasn’t much better in between, as Hazleton Area managed to hold teams under 27 points just twice. “Defensive side, we stressed that heavily this season,” Drumheller said. Now the Cougars plan to put stress on opposing offenses. With 6-foot-3, 230-pound Bissol and 6-4, 260-pound Steve Komar coming off the edge, Hazleton Area believes it can pressure passing games while defensive tackles Gasser and Brett Finelstein clog up the inside. If ballcarriers should break scrimmage, Guzman and his linebacker friends Taylor Schermerhorn, Kyle Minzola and Osadchy will be waiting. “I like hitting the guy with the ball,” Guzman said, “stopping the run. A lot. You’ve got to love hitting, especially if you’re a middle linebacker. I like the defense we’re running (now) better. We’re all hungry for the ball.” The Cougars would love nothing more than to stop all those big-play passes they surrendered a season ago. Burners Kehler and Mannie Victoria believe they have that part covered. OUTLOOK Drumheller isn’t worried about the seniors who played under his system as sophomores. It’s the younger kids who have to come around. Nate Carrasco, Walt Solt, Tyler Greene and Brett Yerg are trying to work their way into the other line spots. Greene is the only one with significant varsity experience there. Wes Custer, a three-year starter, and Steve Ash are expected to rotate at tight end. Josh Colley, who was in the rotation last season, will be the split end. ON DEFENSE Azar plans to bring a different look to the defense, which will start from a base 4-4. Drake returns at tackle where he will be joined by Solt. Yerg, Greene and Alan Kristunas are working at the end spots. Muckin is back at inside line-

COUGARS AT A GLANCE Coach: Jim Drumheller (0-0), 1st year Division: WVC 4A PIAA Class: 4A Returning starters: 6 offense/6 defense Male enrollment: 1,416 School phone: 459-3111 Stadium location: Harman-Geist Memorial Field, Cedar Street, off East Diamond Avenue, Hazleton Key players lost: Pedro Guzman, RB-LB; Desmond Johnson, RB-DB; Kris Koslop, TE-LB; Dean McKernan, WR-DB-P. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Chad Hoffman 56-of-134, 728 yds., 6 TDs, 8 Ints. RUSHING: Pedro Guzman 152-999, 8.0 avg., 9 TDs RECEIVING: Dean McKernan 25-372, 14.9 avg., 3 TDs SCORING: Pedro Guzman 56 pts. Sat., Sept. 3 Fri., Sept. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Fri., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 14 Fri., Oct. 21 Fri., Oct. 28 Fri., Oct. 4

Schedule at Abington Heights Williamsport at Delaware Valley Tunkhannock Pittston Area at Crestwood at Wyo. Valley West at Coughlin East Stroud. South Berwick

1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

2010 Results (3-7) Abington Heights (12-1) ...................................L 51-7 Williamsport (7-4) ...........................................L 46-12 Delaware Valley (6-5) ....................................L 40-20 Tunkhannock (3-7) .......................................W 43-35 Pittston Area (0-10) .........................................W 14-7 Crestwood (4-6) ............................................W 28-26 Wyoming Valley West (7-4) ..........................L 34-13 Coughlin (5-6).................................................L 35-28 East Stroudsburg South (8-5).........................L 45-6 Berwick (6-6)...................................................L 45-26

“How quickly the younger kids can develop and come on to play at the varsity level will determine how to successful we’re going to be,” Drumheller said. “And we’ve got to stay healthy.” If they do, the Cougars have enough potential to return as a district playoff contender. That’s something seniors such as Guzman and Hoffman grew accustomed to during their first two seasons in the program. And it’s something they’d like to get back to before they leave. “I want to play better than last year,” Guzman said. “This year, we’re all working more as a team. I’m expecting a lot more.” backer where he will be paired with Kresge. Custer, Parduski and Ash will rotate in the two outside linebacker spots. Colley, a returning starter, and Edmundson are the cornerbacks. Robinson is at safety. OUTLOOK Missed opportunities kept the Tigers from winning more games last season. With only one-third of the roster and half the starting spots occupied by seniors, the Tigers could have better times ahead. They may need to pull out some of those close games this season, however, if they are going to match or improve upon last season’s record.


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No. Name 1 Matt Kintz 2 Mike Lumley 3 Joe Adonizio 4 Corey Popovich 5 Stephen Gamble 6 Ahmad Bouie 7 Kyle Memory 8 Nick O’Brien 9 Dylan Pegg 10 Farrod Condry 12 Jordan Zezza 15 Aaron Carter 16 Kyle Borton 17 A.J. Lenkaitis 20 Marty Michaels 21 Cody Schmitz 22 Carmen Mauriello 23 Peter Sidari 24 Tyric Popovich 25 Zachary LaNunzita 26 Kyle Davis 30 Le James Brown 35 Jeff Skursky 36 Richard Stepanski 42 Justin Langdon 43 Elijah Lafratte 44 Robbie Lewis 46 Mike Harding 49 James Quinnan 50 E.J. Driving Hawk 51 Tyler Resciniti 52 Matt Dimick 53 Joe Campbell 54 Joe Taylor 56 A.J. Jones 58 Alex Gercak 62 Joe Erzar 63 Steven Hughes 64 Michael Gentile 66 Austin Nocera 69 Jake Smith 71 Carl Zielinski 72 Shawn Whiting 76 Josh Weaver 77 Nick Bartoli 80 Ryan Filipiak 82 Robert Burton 85 Jeremy Seabridge 86 Trent Grove 89 Derrick Dorman

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WEST PITTSTON – After a two-year hiatus, Wyoming Area jumped back into the postseason last year. Staying a playoff contender will be as tricky as it was last season for the Warriors. They’re expected to be in the thick of the Wyoming Valley Conference Spencer Division 2A-A title hunt, and with the title will come a District 2 Class 2A playoff berth. A couple slips, and they’ll qualify for the Eastern Conference instead. Too many, and it could be the end of the season after week 10. Wyoming Area has two huge voids to fill. The biggest will be Julian Campenni, a UConn recruit who was arguably the school’s best lineman in its 40-plus years. The other is quarterback Chris Murphy, who started since his sophomore season. Plus, there are other holes

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Front row, from left: Trent Grove, tight end; E.J. Driving Hawk, guard. Back row: Matt Kintz, running back; Corey Popovich, running back; Nick O’Brien, quarterback; and Ahmad Bouie, running back.

that need attention as well as the shuffling of some key personnel. “We’ve lost a significant group,” Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer said. “The people we have coming in to fill in those roles, it’s not like they haven’t been on the field. We just have to get those guys to expand their roles from role

players to more fulltime responsibility and get them comfortable and confident in those spots.” ON OFFENSE Junior Nick O’Brien led the Warriors in rushing the past two seasons, but will shift from tailback to quarterback. O’Brien has a strong arm and is obvi-

ously elusive. It’s just a matter of getting on the same page with the receiving corps. Fellow junior quarterback Jordan Zezza has improved during the offseason, so he could see playing time as the Warriors move the athletic O’Brien to various positions. “We want to put (O’Brien) at all the skill positions and see

Ht. 5-8 5-9 5-11 5-11 5-8 5-10 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-7 5-9 5-9 5-8 6-0 5-9 5-10 5-5 5-7 6-1 5-10 6-1 6-1 6-1 5-10 5-5 5-9 5-9 5-8 5-8 6-0 6-1 5-9 6-1 6-0 6-0 5-10 5-11 5-10 5-8 6-1 5-10 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-1 5-7 6-0 6-0 6-1 6-1

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what kind of offensive situations we can create,” Spencer said. “We certainly don’t want to limit ourselves by having him just work at slot or in the backfield or just at quarterback.” See WARRIORS, Page 36

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As for the rest of the backfield, veterans Matt Kintz and Corey Popovich return as fullbacks. When O’Brien doesn’t switch to tailback, the Warriors will rely on several players at that spot – seniors Ahmad Bouie and Justin Langdon, juniors Zachary Lanunziata and Cody Schmitz and even freshmen Marty Michaels and Jeff Skursky. While the backfield looks crowded, it won’t be since many of those players will also serve as wideouts and slot receivers along with Joe Adonizio. Juniors Trent Grove and Rob Burton will be the tight ends. Seniors Nick Bartoli and E.J. Driving Hawk bring experience to the line. Senior Joe Taylor and juniors Joe Erzar, Jake

“The people we have coming in to fill in those roles, it’s not like they haven’t been on the field. We just have to get those guys to expand their roles from role players to more fulltime responsibility and get them comfortable and confident in those spots.” Randy Spencer Wyoming Area coach

Smith and Carl Zielinski also figured heavily into the plans. It’s a flexible group with most of them capable of playing anywhere on the line. ON DEFENSE Except for surrendering 82 points in consecutive losses to West Scranton and Lake-Lehman, the unit played fairly well last season. In particular, it created plenty of turnovers down the stretch to get the Warriors back into the postseason. But obviously, no one is going to be capable of creating

the havoc Campenni did over his career. Bartoli and Zielinski give the Warriors excellent size on the interior line. Burton and Driving Hawk will be at ends. Ryan Filipiak will try to be the next in a long line of small but disruptive nose guards the team has used over the years. Some of the offensive linemen figure into the rotation. Kintz, Popovich and Smith bring experience to the linebacking group, with Michaels and Skursky also seeing time. O’Brien will lead a deep sec-

ondary that also has Adonizio, Bouie, Langdon, Lanunziata, Schmitz and Zezza. OUTLOOK No doubt Wyoming Area will be a contender throughout the season. Whether it’s for a district or Eastern Conference playoff berth depends on how the Warriors fare against their biggest WVC challengers – GAR, Hanover Area and LakeLehman. They’ll need to win at least two of those games and take care of business in the others.

WARRIORS AT A GLANCE Coach: Randy Spencer (14-18) 4th year Division: WVC 2A-A PIAA Class: 2A Returning starters: 5 offense/6 defense Male enrollment: 310 School phone: 655-2836 Stadium location: Anthony “Jake” Sobeski Stadium, Boston Ave., off Route 11, West Pittston Key players lost: Julian Campenni, OL-DL; Eric Eramo, WR-DL; Chris Murphy, QB-DB; Kody Nowicki, WR-DB; Nick Perugini, OL-LB; Rob Russick, TE-DL; Katie Scalzo, K; Tim Somers, OL-DL. 2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Chris Murphy 49-of-124, 824 yds., 11 TDs, 8 Ints. RUSHING: Nick O’Brien 156-974, 6.2 avg., 16 TDs RECEIVING: Eric Eramo 13-232, 17.8 avg., 3 TDs SCORING: Nick O’Brien 114 pts. Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Sept. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Fri., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 14 Sat., Oct. 22 Fri., Oct. 28 Fri., Nov. 4

Schedule Western Wayne at West Scranton Lake-Lehman at Hanover Area Nanticoke at Meyers Holy Redeemer at GAR at Northwest Pittston Area

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

2010 Results (8-4) Western Wayne (3-7) .......................................W 9-3 West Scranton (9-3).......................................L 40-27 Lake-Lehman (7-4) ........................................L 42-39 Hanover Area (7-4).......................................W 42-24 Nanticoke (4-6)................................................W 35-6 Meyers (2-8) ..................................................W 26-13 Holy Redeemer (0-10) ..................................W 53-21 GAR (11-2) .......................................................L 23-13 Northwest (5-6) .............................................W 38-19 Pittston Area (0-10) .........................................W 21-7 Eastern Conference Class 2A playoffs Hanover Area (7-4).......................................W 24-22 Pine Grove (9-3).............................................L 28-20


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F O OT B A L L 2 011 W Y O M I N G VA L L E Y W E S T S P A R T A N S

Expectations are high for Valley West JOHN ERZAR jerzar@timesleader.com

KINGSTON – The Wyoming Valley Conference’s biggest star is heading to Penn State. But just because Wyoming Valley West quarterback Eugene Lewis has verbally committed to play for Joe Paterno next season doesn’t mean this year “If we’re will be a time going to to relax. “You can take the look at it one step to the way that the next level, pressure is off him,” Valley we have to of West coach Pat win our Keating said. “People aren’t early going to be games and asking him not have a where he is going to be .500 Sep- going to school. But he tember.” has expectaPat Keating tion to live up Valley West to. A lot of coach people expect a lot from him.” The Valley West quarterback isn’t alone. Much is anticipated from the Spartans this season as they defend their WVC Division 4A and District 2 Class 4A championships.

FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER

Pictured are key players for the Spartans this year. Front row: Mark Hufford. Second row, from left: Derrick Simms, Matt Reams, Eugene Lewis, Lucky Williams and Tashawn Bunch.

ON OFFENSE Few players have electrified the WVC like Lewis, who is coming off a season where he rushed for over 1,000 yards and passed for over 1,000. And fewer have been like Lewis, who is a

threat to score anytime he touches the ball. But Lewis isn’t the only weapon in Valley West’s arsenal. Running back Tashawn Bunch ran the ball well last season when pushed into more service due to injuries.

“He got more reps last year as he got more comfortable with the system,” Keating said. “I think he’s going to have a breakout season. He’s a workhorse, he has an unbelievable motor. He’s 200 pounds and was timed at a camp this summer at 4.5.”

Derrick Simms and Terrell Bolling will also get some carries, while Brett Good and Alan Sakosky will handle the fullback duties. The Spartans’ offensive line See WVW, Page 39

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SPARTANS AT A GLANCE Coach: Pat Keating (13-9) 3rd year Division: WVC 4A PIAA Class: 4A Returning starters: 5 offense/5 defense Male enrollment: 526 School phone: 779-5361 Stadium location: Spartan Stadium, Pierce Street and Gates Avenue, Kingston Key players lost: Kevin Bond, OL-DL; Chris Clocker, TE-DL; Jalen McClary, WR-DB; Henry Moore, TE-DL; Steven Myers, DB; George Simms, RB-LB; Mike Veronick, OL-DL; Hayden Yerashunins, OLDL.

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2010 regular-season leaders PASSING: Eugene Lewis 57-of-110, 1,022 yds., 8 TDs, 8 Ints. RUSHING: Eugene Lewis 193-1,121, 5.8 avg., 17 TDs RECEIVING: Jalen McClary 31-557, 18.0 avg., 4 TDs SCORING: Eugene Lewis 108 pts. Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Sept. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Sat., Oct. 8 Fri., Oct. 14 Fri., Oct. 21 Fri. Oct. 28 Fri., Oct. 4

Schedule at Scranton Abington Heights Pleasant Valley at Berwick Coughlin at Dallas Hazleton Area Crestwood at Pittston Area at Williamsport

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

2010 Results (7-4) Scranton (3-7)..................................................W 33-6 Abington Heights (12-1) .................................L 38-14 Pleasant Valley (8-3) .....................................L 27-20 Berwick (6-6) .................................................W 27-15 Coughlin (5-6)................................................W 27-13 Dallas (10-1).....................................................L 21-17 Hazleton Area (3-7) ......................................W 34-13 Crestwood (4-6) ............................................W 32-18 Pittston Area (0-10).........................................W 49-7 Williamsport (7-4)............................................W 28-7 District 2/4-11 Class 4A playoffs Whitehall (10-3)...............................................L 41-27

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returns guards Tony Le and Matt Reams. Matt Perugino will be the center. P.J. Cwalina, Kyle Phillips and Zach Yaglowski are battling for the tackles spots. Simms will also play at receiver. He is the leading pass catcher back with 10 receptions in 2010. Receiver Lucky Williams is an excellent athlete who could also have a breakout year. Dylan Flayhart, Mike Kilhenney and Josh Ortiz will see time when the Spartans use spread formations. Chris Coleman will be the tight end.

Valley West quarterback Eugene Lewis has already committed to play college football at Penn State. However, he is not the Spartans’ only weapon.

. “I think he’s going to have a breakout season. He’s a workhorse, he has an unbelievable motor. He’s 200 pounds and was timed at a camp this summer at 4.5.” WVW Coach Pat Keating On running back

Coleman and Kyle Lewis are the defensive ends. Mark Hufford will be at defensive tackle with Le, Phillips, Reams and Yaglowski filling the other spot. A key for the defense will be a good start. Two of its worst outings last season came early against Abington Heights and

Pleasant Valley that tossed the Spartans in a 1-2 hole to start the season. “If we’re going to take the step to the next level, we have to win our early games and not have a .500 September,” Keating said. “We want to get over that hump.”

OUTLOOK There’s little doubt the Spartans can equal or surpass last year’s season. They are the favorite to win the WVC Division 4A title and should be back in the D2/4-11 Class 4A tournament once again. The problem the past two seasons was Valley West took the hard road to the postseason by stumbling through September. A quicker start could build confidence and momentum and put the Spartans at the top of the D2-4A standings sooner than later.

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ON DEFENSE The defense played really well in the stretch run of the regular season, allowing less than 200 yards per game and 45 total points during a four-game winning streak. The run allowed the Spartans to qualify for the District 2/4-11 Class 4A playoffs. The secondary appears to be the strength as Lewis, Simms and Williams all picked off passes last year. Bunch’s speed makes him an asset at outside linebacker where he will be joined by either Ian Labar or Mike Narvid. Good and Sakosky will work inside.

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No. Name 1 Lucky Williams 2 Jordan Mason 3 Nick Singer 4 Mike Kilhenney 5 Derrick Simms 6 Andrew Mudlock 7 Eugene Lewis 8 Troy Yashinski 9 Josh Ortiz 10 Dylan Flayhart 11 Mike Narvid 12 Tyler Gates 13 Ryan Greskewicz 14 Chris Baranski 15 Dan Flaherty 16 Michael Baur 17 Chris Coleman 21 Ian Ultsh 22 Steve Doroskewicz 25 Saabir Gibson 26 Ian Labar 28 Tashawn Bunch 31 Alan Sakosky 32 Jerome Ewing 33 Josh Brody 34 Robert Tupper 36 Keenan Tate 39 Terell Bolling 40 Cody Stemrich 42 Juan Rajo 44 Daniel Kopeck 45 Brett Good 46 Jalen Stockton 52 Ian Moran 53 Matt Perugino 56 Zack Hunter 60 Donald Wychock 61 Tyler Yaglowski 62 Elijiah Harrison 64 Charles Drust 65 Ari Ohaion 66 Jalen White 67 Jason Udzella 68 Chad Bealla 69 Sean Simmons 70 Pat Kuren 71 Anthony Zambetti 72 Justin Raitter 73 Zach Yaglowski 74 Pete Cwalina 75 Joe Baran 76 Matt Dubaskas 77 Matt Reams 78 Kyle Phillips 79 Tony Le 85 Trey Cowman 87 Nate Gurtis 88 Michael Sands 89 Quincy Patrick 90 Danny Rossi 92 Kyle Lewis 93 Kyle Melodick 94 Mark Hufford 95 John Strish 96 Steven Austin 99 Alex Barilla

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