Valley West’s Chris Bleich, Zach Davies named to all-state team

By John Erzar - [email protected] | December 19th, 2017 7:03 pm

Wyoming Valley West offensive lineman Chris Bleich and linebacker Zach Davies were the only Wyoming Valley Conference players selected Tuesday to the Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State teams. The two Spartans were selected to the Class 5A team.

The Class 5A team also had another local tie in Coach of the Year Don Holl of state runner-up Gateway. Holl coached Tunkhannock from 1995-1998.

The WVC was shut out on the Class 3A and Class A teams, but District 2 did land five players on those all-state teams. Scranton Prep linebacker Ivan Balavage, offensive lineman Anthony Rossi and defensive back Sam Dickson made the Class 3A team. Old Forge running back Brendan Mozeleski and Lackawanna Trail offensive lineman Shawn Jones were Class A picks.

Bleich earned all-state honors for a second consecutive year. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound senior will make his decision to attend the University of Florida official on Wednesday. On defense, he finished with 89 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks.

Davies led the Spartans in tackles for a second consecutive year. He finished with 154 stops, including 5.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks. Davies also rushed for 423 yards and 11 touchdowns during the regular season.

On Monday, seven WVC players were chosen all-state. Hazleton Area linebacker Adrian Otero, defensive back David Smith and quarterback Sparky Wolk were chosen to the Class 6A team along with Williamsport quarterback Joe Fagnano, offensive lineman Kurt Danneker and tight end Ethen Stryker. Berwick sophomore defensive back Teagan Wilk was selected to the Class 4A team.

PENNSYLVANIA FOOTBALL WRITERS

ALL-STATE TEAMS

CLASS 5A

Player of the Year: Brady Walker, Gateway

Coach of the Year: Dan Holl, Gateway

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks: Brady Walker, Gateway – 6-1, 170 Sr.; Evan Simon, Manheim Central – 6-2, 192 So.; Yahmir Wikerson, Harrisburg – 6-0, 200 Sr.; Ian Haynes, Franklin – 6-2, 190 So.

Running Backs: Isaac Ruoss, Governor Mifflin – 6-1, 210 Sr.; Nasir Peoples, Archbishop Wood – 6-1, 190 Sr.; Khalid Dorsey, York High – 6-0, 195 Sr.; Sterlen Barr Jr., Upper Moreland – 5-9, 165 Sr.; Christian Cole, Oil City – 6-2, 175 Jr.

Wide Receivers: Jose Barbon, Conestoga Valley – 6-0, 180 Sr.; Courtney Jackson, Gateway – 5-11, 160 Jr.; Brandon Johnson, Franklin – 6-3, 180 Sr.; Jake Novak, Manheim Central – 5-11, 170 Sr.; Dez Boykin, Whitehall – 5-11, 175 Sr.

Tight End: Kyle Pitts, Archbishop Wood – 6-5, 235 Sr.;

Offensive Linemen: Chris Bleich, Wyoming Valley West – 6-6, 320 Sr.; Connor Bishop, Archbishop Wood – 6-3, 260 Jr.; Nick Kotok, Moon – 6-4, 285 Sr.; Tyler Dougherty, Manheim Central – 5-11, 275 Jr.; Ben Gates, Governor Mifflin – 5-10, 240 Sr.; Tommy Walsh, Archbishop Wood – 6-4, 265

Athlete: Logan Lutz, Grove City – 6-0, 180 Jr.; Joe Zubillaga, Unionville – 6-1, 210 Sr.

Specialist: Vlad Hilling, Hollidaysburg – 5-11, 201 Sr.;

DEFENSE

Defensive Linemen: Micah Parsons, Harrisburg – 6-3, 240 Sr.; Joe Crocenzi, Red Land – 6-1, 225 Sr.; Kyle Tobin, Marple Newtown – 6-3, 240 Sr.; Mike Sisselberger, Southern Lehigh – 5-11, 250 Sr.; Daniel Worthy, Waynesboro – 6-1, 235 Sr.

Linebackers: Isaiah Manning, Meadville – 6-0, 205 Sr.; Bryce Lauer, Franklin Regional – 6-2, 240 Sr.; Anthony Dellovade, West Allegheny – 6-2, 215 Sr.; Zach Davies, Wyoming Valley West – 5-11, 195 Sr.; Joe Kosick, Grove City – 5-11, 185 Sr.; Matt Palmer, Archbishop Wood – 6-1, 210 Sr.;

Defensive Backs: Layton Jordan, McKeesport – 6-3, 205 Sr.; Ronald Kent, Harrisburg – 5-10, 160 Sr.; Rob Rideout, York High – 5-11, 170 Sr.; Nasir Singleton, General McLane – 6-2, 175 Sr.

Athlete: Donnell Henriquez, Harrisburg – 5-11, 185 Sr.; Jeremiah Josephs, Gateway – 6-0, 160 Sr.

CLASS 3A

Player of the Year: Ricky Guss, Quaker Valley

Coach of the Year: Jerry Veshio, Quaker Valley

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks: Ricky Guss, Quaker Valley – 6-2, 195 Sr.; Connor Watkins, Loyalsock – 6-3, 205 Jr.; Adam Cecere, Forest Hills – 6-4, 220 Jr.; Cole DeFranco, Notre Dame-Green Pond – 6-0, 185 Jr.; Lane Voytik, Sharon – 5-11, 185 So.

Running Backs: TaQuan Bradley-Chambers, Lehighton – 5-9, 175 Sr.; Ian Border, Huntingdon Area – 6-0, 210 Sr.; Brady Fox, Middletown – 5-11, 205 Sr.; Patrick Garwo, Conwell-Egan – 5-10, 200 Sr.; Jesse Capriotti, New Hope-Solebury – 5-11, 165 Sr.; Zach Helsley, Mercyhurst Prep – 6-0, 180 Jr.; Dustin Shoaf, Yough – 6-1, 195 Jr.

Wide Receivers: Ziyon Strickland, Sharon – 5-10, 180 Sr.; Gerald Ross, Loyalsock – 6-2, 170 Jr.; Isaiah McNair, Quaker Valley – 5-8, 180 Sr.; Will Gruber, Hickory – 5-10, 175 Sr.

Tight End: Chris Mottillo, Mercyhurst Prep – 6-5, 245 Sr.

Offensive Linemen: Brendan Douglass, Middletown – 6-5, 270 Sr.; Solvauhn Moreland, Aliquippa – 6-4, 260 Jr.; Anthony Rossi, Scranton Prep – 6-3, 270 Sr.; Bryce Ramer, Beaver Area – 6-5, 300 Sr.; Nolan Wentz, Lehighton – 5-11, 240 Sr.

Athlete: Jon Long, Forest Hills – 6-0, 180 Sr.; Cody Scherer, Lehighton – 5-9, 240 Sr.; Jared Colletti, Palisades – 5-9, 165 Sr.; Lionel Deanes, Seton-LaSalle – 5-8, 175 Sr.

DEFENSE

Defensive Linemen: Rilee Bechdel, Bald Eagle Area – 6-1, 200 Sr.; Cole Sr.;, Middletown – 6-0, 210 Jr.; Dylan Dailey, Jim Thorpe – 6-0, 202 Jr.; Drew Nickles, Palisades – 6-3, 225 Sr.; Andrew Seymour, Quaker Valley – 6-1, 222 Sr.;

Linebackers: Hunter Webb, Loyalsock – 6-2, 210 Sr.; Jesse Luketa, Mercyhurst Prep – 6-3, 235 Sr.; Ivan Balavage, Scranton Prep – 6-2, 200 Sr.; Tariq Jones, Aliquippa – 6-0, 245 Sr.; Jared Smith, Martinsburg Central – 6-0, 210 Sr.;

Defensive Backs: De’Shaun Wilson, Wyomissing – 5-10, 175 Sr.; Kwantel Raines, Aliquippa – 6-3, 200 Sr.; Sam Dickson, Scranton Prep – 5-9, 160 Sr.; Sam Newton, Loyalsock – 5-8, 145 Sr.

Athlete: Kyle Truesdale, Middletown – 5-11, 185 Sr.; Dylan Farronato, Lewisburg – 6-1, 183 Jr.;

CLASS A

Co-Players of the Year: Robert Kenney, Jeannette; Dylan Rabuck, Williams Valley

Coach of the Year: Greg Page, Homer-Center

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks: Isaac Clark, Farrell – 6-0, 180 Sr.; Malachi Young, Steelton-Highspire – 5-10, 200 Sr.; Tawan Wesley, Imani Christian – 6-1, 180 Sr.; Brendan Makray, Clarion-Limestone – 6-5, 162 Sr.; Tyler Bradley, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart – 6-3, 200 Jr.;

Running Backs: Nick Stewart, Curwensville – 6-0, 195 Sr.; Dylan Rabuck, Williams Valley – 6-0, 189 Jr.; Cody Simanski, Windber – 5-11, 200 Sr.; Dupri Andrews, Steelton-Highspire – 5-10, 185 Sr.; Brendan Mozeleski, Old Forge – 5-9, 190 Sr.; Jelani Stafford, California – 6-2, 250 Jr.;

Wide Receivers: Kyle Kerle, Clarion-Limestone – 5-10, 137 Sr.; Sam Fairley, Imani Christian – 6-1, 175 Sr.; Timmy Ward, Canton – 6-0, 160 So.; Alec Supanick, North Star – 5-10, 165 So.; Jake Wolfgang, Williams Valley – 6-4, 175 Sr.;

Offensive Linemen: Spencer Dimon, Williams Valley – 6-3, 288 Jr.; Shawn Jones, Lackawanna Trail – 6-2, 290 Sr.; Nick Leamer, Bishop Guilfoyle – 6-2, 286 Sr.; Steven McClure, Curwensville – 6-2, 235 Sr.; Kobe Hilton, Farrell – 6-4, 255 Jr.;

Athlete: Jourdan Townsend, Farrell – 5-10, 170 Jr.; Robert Kennedy, Jeannette – 5-10, 175 Sr.; Jesse Lee, Homer-Center – 6-1, 218 Sr.;

Specialist: Kolton McGhee, Bishop Guilfoyle – 6-0, 183 Jr.;

DEFENSE

Defensive Linemen: Hunter Poust, Muncy – 6-2, 245 Sr.; Devon Rabuck, Williams Valley – 6-1, 197 Sr.; Zack Falls, Marian Catholic – 6-1, 255 Sr.; Jalen Jones, Jeannette – 6-2, 215 Sr.; Dorail Walls, Imani Christian – 6-2, 298 Sr.; Tristin Guyer, Northern Bedford – 5-8, 175 Sr.; Max Sankey, Bishop Guilfoyle – 6-2, 211 Sr.

Linebackers: Dylan Wolfgang, Williams Valley – 6-0, 172 Sr.; Josh Yasulitis, Bishop Guilfoyle – 6-0, 206 Sr.; Evan Furlong, Ridgway – 6-0, 172 Jr.; Levi Sheeler, North Star – 5-01, 190 Sr.; Tymir Green, Farrell – 5-11, 205 Jr.

Defensive Backs: Mark Conrad, Bishop Guilfoyle – 6-2, 170 Sr.; Shy’Kirr Johns, Steelton-Highspire – 5-11, 175 Sr.; Neil MacDonald, Ridgway – 6-0, 175 Sr.; Josh Terry, Curwensville – 6-3, 160 Sr.

Athlete: Hunter Kinsey, Ferndale – 5-10, 180 Sr.; Mahlik Strozier, Rochester – 6-3, 190 Sr.; Ryhan Culberson, Fort Cherry – 6-5, 210 Sr.

Bleich
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Davies
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By John Erzar

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Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar


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