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Schuylkill-Colonial White Division 2022 season preview

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| August 19, 2022


2021 Final Standings:
1. Palmerton Blue Bombers – (5-0) – 8-2 *DIVISION CHAMPIONS*
2. Catasauqua Rough Riders – (3-2) – 7-3
3. Minersville Battlin’ Miners – (3-2) – 6-4
4. Mahanoy Area Golden Bears – (3-3) – 4-6
5. Schuylkill Haven Hurricanes – (1-5) – 2-7
6. Pine Grove Area Cardinals – (0-6) – 1-9

White Division teams:

Schuylkill Haven
Pen Argyl
Panther Valley

White Division 2022 Season Preview:
Like the Blue Division, the White Division will also see a change in teams as Palisades moves into the division from the Red, and Panther Valley moves in from the Blue.

Schuylkill Haven Hurricanes

2021 record- 3-7

Head Coach Mike Farr and the Hurricanes will look to take control the 22′ season as they travel to Florida for a scrimmage against The Darlington Tigers out of Georgia. Hurricanes will play an even amount of home and away games this year of five and five. The team looks to make some positive changes as they acquiref defensive coordinator Frank Gaffney after he left Pine Grove where he was the head coach. The squad has most of their skilled guys returning but will tend to look for some open spots on the offensive and defensive line.

Haven is looking to get back into the .500 or above club after failing to do so since the 2018 season when the Canes finished their season 7-4. Finishing 3-7 last season, the Hurricanes hope to galvanize the 2022 version of the Hurricanes and help reestablish the hallmark Canes culture by taking a trip down south to Florida to play a scrimmage game versus Darlington School from Georgia as part of KSA events. Upon returning to the Keystone State, Haven will play four of its first five games at Rotary Field to face traditional rivals Marian and Nativity as well as Tri-Valley and Palisades with a trip to Williams Valley sandwiched between.

Returning starters for the Hurricanes:

Jr RB-LB Aiden Myers 6-0, 185;
Jr QB-DB Travis Richie 6-0, 140;
Jr WR-DB Aidan Clauser 6-1, 175;
Soph. WR-DB Leyden Hertz 6-0, 140;
Sr TE-LB Tayshaun Smith 6-1, 180;
Sr C-DL Ryan Sisko 5-10, 180,
Jr WR-DB Logan Carl 5-9, 170

Newcomers: Soph OL-DL Adam Malinoski 5-10, 210; Soph. OL-DL Brian Moran 5-10, 210; Fr RB-LB Niko Carestia 5-8, 170; Fr OL Chase Williams 6-2, 280, Soph. DL Nate Chamberlain 5-10, 180; Sr. CB Matthew Kreiser 5-5, 165

Panther Valley Panthers

2021 record- 0-8

The Panthers look for a solid start to this year as come off a 0-8 record. They tend to lean on a new offense and defense this year hoping to turn things around. Panthers look to a successful start to the season after their successful and hardworking summer. They also seem to have a great senior class looking to lead the team and set great expectations for the under classmen.

“We are excited because our kids are working very hard, adjusting to the new coaching staff along with learning a new offense and defense. It has been a positive off season and summer and we a looking forward to the season. Our senior class is doing a great job of learning from example and our younger classes are getting better each week.” said coach Mark Lavine.

The Panthers return 11 experienced players including 6 seniors and 3 juniors:

Michael Pascoe, QB/LB 6’3″ 225 lbs, Senior
Austin Hadley, FB/DL 6’2″ 230 lbs Senior
Riley Hoben OL/DL 6’2″ 220 lbs Senior
David McAndrew WR/DB 5’9″ 170 lbs Senior
Ethan Gardiner TE/DE 5’10” 175 lbs Senior
Logan Haines TE/DE 6’1″ 170 lbs Senior
Brad Jones G/LB 5’9″ 185 lbs Junior
Mergim Bushati TE/LB 6’2″ 190 lbs Junior
Eli Maynard C/LB 6’2″ 195 lbs Junior
Brennan Kunkel WR/DB 5’10” 170 lbs Sophomore
Frank Shubeck WR/DB 5’9″ 165 lbs Sophomore

Newcomers: Dustin Kreimendahl OL/DL Brady Jones WR/DB Brody Breiner WR/DB Michael Williams OL/DL Jeremy Phelps OL/DL

Pen Argyl Green Knights

2021 record- 0-10

The Pen Argyl Green Knights look to bring things back together this year as they rely on some new key players to fill in for their lost starters. Head coach Brady Mutton wants his team to keep developing and improving and to gain confidence every day and earn a playoff spot this season.


Returning for the Green Knights are:

Brad Rissmiller, QB/DB, 2024
Kris Kessler, RB/DE, 2023
Colton Keat, RB/LB, 2023
Gian Greggo, H/LB, 2023
Damian Tyminski, WR/DB, 2024
Alex Moser, WR/DB, 2024
Kael Grim, OL/DE, 2024
Jacob Geary, OL/DL, 2024

Key Newcomers for the squad this year are Chase Kennedy WR/DB, Evan Keat WR/DB, Terrell Estes, RB/LB, Michael Thomas TE/DE, and Stephen Hines OL/DL.

Minersville Area Battlin’ Miners

2021 record- 6-5

Minersville looks to return most of there starters for both sides of the football with lots of experience and confidence. They look to also have a lot of key players and newcomers joining the squad again this year. Head coach Justin Frantz says the outcome of the season is based off the leadership roles of the experienced and upper classmen players. The squad has also improved rapidly on their weight program in their population of players.

Coach Frantz: “We return 7/8 starters on both sides of the ball. Lots of experience return and we have a lot of underclassmen that are coming in and ready to compete to fill the spots. How well the younger kids adjust to varsity football and how well the returning starters take over leadership roles will determine the outcome of the season. We have a lot of opportunity to have a very good year – more athletic than we have been in years, lots of speed, lots of experience, and higher numbers than Minersville has had in a long time. A chance to return to the District 11 playoffs for 3 straight years is something this team is focused on and ready to accomplish. The weight program, led by Coach Liptok, has been the most attended and most productive that Minersville has had in a long time”.

Returning players:

Ron Beach (OL/DL, 5’9, 260, SR)
James Dube (LB, 5’9, 180, Sr)
Brock Polinsky (WR/FS, 5’11, 170, Sr)
Aaryn Nickerson (LB, 5’8, 170, Sr)
Ray Snyder (WR/DB, 5’8, 150, Sr)
Cade Schultz (OL/DL, 5’11, 230 JR)
Luke Stevenosky (RB/LB, 5’9, 200, JR)
Lorenzo Yourey (WR/LB, 6’2, 190, JR)
Logan Hutsko (WR/LB, 6’2, 185, Soph)
Owen Fortna (C, 5’6, 190, Soph)

Newcomers: Connor Beck (Wr/DB, 6’0 170 sr) Thomas Lohin (WR/DB/P/K 5’10 170 sr) Aaron Laudeman (RB/LB 5’11 190 sr) Josh Rizzardi (OL/DL 6’0 260 sr) Emiliano Conklin (OL/LB 5’11 240 jr) Aiden Boom (OL/DL 5’8 180 soph) AJ Halford (OL/DL 5’8 160 soph) Logan Rizzardi (RB/LB 5’7 150 soph) Easton Schultz (RB/LB 5’7 160 soph) Dante Carr (QB/LB, 6’3, 200, FR) Matt Dube (RB/LB, 5’11 160 fr) Paiten Lapoint (RB/LB 5’10 155 fr) Jake Kavanaugh (WR/DB 5’10 150 soph) Riley Rumberger (OL/DL 5’10 220 fr) David Shoffler (OL/DL 6’2 220 fr) Dom Yourey (OL/DL 5’8 205 fr)

Catasauqua Rough Riders

2021 record- 7-5

After a winning record and improvement from 2020 to 2021, the Rough Riders look to keep improving as a football program. They have built more and more confidence together each and every year and the plan this year is a special year for them. Even though the team lost a important senior class last year, the have tons of talent coming there way to replace some opened spots on both sides of the ball. Most importantly the Rough Riders look to have a solid and confident season after a great off season.

With QB Christian Fye back the Rough Rider offense should be in good shape. Look for Catty to compete for a playoff spot.

Coach Travis Brett says “To be successful this upcoming season on offense we have to have a balanced attack. We have the majority of our skill players back, and we plan to get the ball in their hands as much as possible. We also look to rely on our guys up front as they have all been working hard in the weight room this off-season.  We will need all 11 guys flying to the ball every play to be successful on defense this upcoming season. We return 11 Guys who started at some point last year on defense, so we look to build on that experience, and continue to grow as a unit. Our Special Teams unit improved a lot in 2021, and we look to build on that. We return our K/P and both of our Kick Returners. We will need our guys on special teams to do their assignment to be successful.”

Offensive Returning Starters: (11)
QB Christian Fye 5’11 175 Sr.
RB/LB: Hunter Reitz 6’0 190 Jr.
HB: Anthonie Hunsicker 5’11 225 Sr.
WR/DB Wyatt Younes 5’11 170 Sr.
WR/DB Ian Juica 5’11 160 Jr.
TE/WR/LB Dylan Pacheco 5’10 180 Jr.
OT Dylan Kalynych 6’0 240 Sr.
OG/DE Javier Sobrado 5’10 215 Sr.
C/LB CJ Beller 5’9 200 Jr.
OG/NG Miles Melendez 5’9 175 Jr.
OT/DE Matt Fotta 6’4 250 So.

DT Anthonie Hunsicker 5’11 225 Sr.
SS Jyzaiah Bonilla 5’9 165 Jr.
FS Jordan Bradshaw 5’9 150 So.

Palisades Pirates

2021 record- 2-8

The Pirates are looking for a great start to there 22′ season after a difficult 21′ season and want a spot in the playoffs this year. They seem to have tons of energy throughout each practice and have been working very hard this off-season and summer. The squad also has some young talent coming towards their direction and has a ton of returning starters this year. Palisades looks to be a young team but has tons of talent and hard- working players which look like they are ready for head coach Bobby Smith.


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