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HUSKIES land SIX players from District XI, THREE from District 2, and TWO from DIV on Signing Day !

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| February 6, 2023

HUSKIES land SIX players from District XI, THREE from District 2, and TWO from DIV on Signing Day !

Schuylkill County will be well represented at Bloomsburg University in the near future as the Huskies had 11 players from the area give their commitments. Shown below are the players from the area….


BLUE MOUNTAIN EAGLES: Ian Donohue – 6’3, 225lb, DE

Ian has been playing football now for 11 years, he says in the beginning of his high school career, he started at safety, and wide receiver but was moved to DE his junior year. Donohue stated he actually hated the position at the start but grew to love it after camp began and proceeded to say he wouldn’t want to play any other position. Ian finished his high school career with… 17.5 sacks, 3 FG Blocks, 110+ tackles, and 3 fumble recoveries. He would go on to earn a few football awards along the way which included… Named First Team North Defense and Second Team All-Area at Blue Mountain, North vs South Lineman of the Game, Earned 4A All-State Honorable Mention, Two-time Defensive Players of the Game (T-102), Honor Roll student. During his time at Bloomsburg, he plans on majoring in Business-Supply Chain Management.

EMMAUS HORNETS: Chase Fotta – 6’1, 185lb, WR

Chase would finish with 37 catches for 895 yards and eight touchdowns at Emmaus High School, he would average 24 yards per catch. Fotta would be named Morning Call Honorable Mention at Wide Receiver, He was High Honor Roll and Honor Roll student during his time at Emmaus High School.

JIM THORPE OLYMPIANS: Bryson Heydt – 6’5, 247lb, DE

Bryson registered 14 sacks, 154 tackles, 46 tackle for losses, and 50 QB hurries as a DE at Jim Thorpe. Heydt would also add 350 receiving yards, with five touchdowns in his career. He would go on to be named Times News Defensive Lineman of the Year, Times News All-Star Tight End, earned a spot on the Dream Team at TE, and First Team SCFCA.


Named First Team Offense by the Republican Herald, Named First Team Dream Team, First Team Coaches Selection, First Team Standard Speaker, North All-Star Team.

NORTHERN LEHIGH BULLDOGS: Nick Frame – 6’2, 185lb, Safety

Nick had 147 tackles, 11 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles at Northern Lehigh. He was named Second Team All-Colonial League DB in 2021, was the 2021 PFN Coaches Select First Team Defensive Athlete, named First Team All-Colonial League DB in 2022, was a 2022 First Team All State Safety, 9-time Principals List Honoree and a 2021 member of the PIAA Silver Academic Football Team. Let’s not forget that Nick also had a fine offensive career at Northern Lehigh as well.

POTTSVILLE AREA CRIMSON TIDE: Jacob Begansky – 6’3, 280lb, OL

Named Republican Herald All-Area First Team in 2022, also named All-State and All-County.


HAZLETON AREA COUGARS: Matthew Buchman – 6’1, 205lb, RB

Matthew would rush for 2,500+ yards along with 650+ receiving yards at Hazleton, he had 35 touchdowns and 10 two-point conversions, which would compiled 230 total points for his career. Buchman finished his career with 140+ tackles and five interceptions, forced and recovered five fumbles, averaged 22+ yards on kickoff return and 15+ yards on punt return. He is a 3-time Class 6A PA All-State Football News Coaches Select/PA Writers Team selection, named to the Eastern PA Football Class 6A Team, 3-time Standard Speaker All-Area Team Honoree, 3-time NPF WVC Division 1 All-Star Player, 3-time Times Leader All-WVC Team, Two-time Citizens Voice All-WVC Team, a Member of the National Honor Society, and a Consistent Honor Roll Student at Hazleton.

CANTON WARRIORS: Riley Parker – 5’11, 185lb, RB

Parker compiled 3,500 yards rushing and 58 touchdowns in two and half seasons at Canton. Riley is a 2-tme District 4 Champion, reached the state semifinals during the 2021 and 2022 seasons. He was named 2021 and 2022 All State RB, named to the 2021 and 2022 Pennsylvania Dream Team, 2021 1A Player of the Year, 2022 Fall Male Athlete of the Year, 3-time NTL All-Star(2020, 2021, 2022), named to the PIAA Academic Gold Team in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2-time National Honor Society Honoree(2021, 2022).


DALLAS AREA MOUNTAINEERS: Lucas Shultz – 6’3, 259lb, OL

Lucas was named NPF First Team Offense and Second Team Defense, named to the Times Leader All-WVC Football Team, and earned First and Second Honors at Dallas.


LAKELAND CHIEFS: Jon Seamans – 5’11, 170lb, WR

Jon finished with 64 catches for 1,218 yards at Lakeland including 20 touchdowns. He compiled 150 tackles and had six interceptions on defense, ran a 10.99 100-meter dash and a 22.33 200-meter dash. He would be named Times Tribune All-Region Player in 2021 and 2022, was a 2022 AA Team honoree, 3-time LFC All-Star(2020, 2021, 2022), PIAA 2A 5th place 200-meter medalist and 6th place 100-meter medalist, 2022 All Region Sprinter, 2022 LFC Track Performer of the Year, and a Member of the National Honor Society.

MT. CARMEL AREA RED TORNADOES: Garrett Varano – 5’10, 165lb, WR

Garrett has been playing football for just 7 years in total, including all four years of high school. The best part of playing football for Garrett is ” playing the game you love with the people you have grown up with your whole life. Suiting up Friday Nights with your bestfriends is something everyone knows are memories they will cherish for the rest of their lives. ” Varano would put up some decent statistics ending up tied for first all time in school history for INTS returned for touchdowns, he would also finish in the top 10 for INTS in a career. In his senior season he would earn First Team All State in both polls, piled up over 1000 all purpose yards and 13 touchdowns along with 75 tackles and 6 interceptions on defense. Garrett had other schools looking at him as well in ” Lehigh, Fordham, Lock Haven, Seton Hill, Susqeuhanna, and Muhlenburg, ” ultimately choosing Bloomsburg as his final decision. Varano plans of majoring in Business while at Bloomsburg, and then would like to go to law school following college, hoping to eventually coming back home and work at the family law firm. Varana is top-five in his graduating class at Mount Carmel. A Quote from Garrett…. ” Other than sports, my relationship with my family and my relationship with God have been the two most important things to me. I strongly believe that God and Family can help you through any struggles you have in life, and they have done just that for me throughout my life. ”

Wishing the best to these young gentlemen in their future at the next level as well as in life.

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