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Wilson-Adams hoping for repeat

March 23, 2013
By Scott Franco (sfranco@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

Last year, Tyrone's Charles Wilson-Adams got a taste for gold when he competed at the PIAA state track and field championships, winning the top honor in the high jump. As a senior this spring, he's back for more.

Wilson-Adams is hoping for a chance to defend his title, while others from the Mirror's coverage area would like a shot at duplicating, or improving upon, last year's efforts. Others like Northern's Bedford's Zach Pressel is hoping to get back after finishing in the top 10 in the event.

Altoona graduated a ton of talent in the form of Ryan Steinbugl, Dylan Mountain and Korey Replogle, but the Mountain Lions do return DeShae Lee, who won a bronze in the high jump a year ago.

Bellwood-Antis earned a silver medal in the 1600 relay last year, and returning from that quartet are Seth Worthing and Ian O'Shea.

Here is a capsulized look at the teams in the Mirror's coverage area.

Altoona

Coach: Mike Adams

Number of years as head coach: Ninth season, 69-0

Last year's record: 8-0

Conference: Independent

Lettermen: Seniors - Terry Futrell, Connor Hallinan, Adam Hershey, Jabril Hill, Uthman Hill, Kevin Johnson, Kolby Koeck, Josh Kutz, DeShea Lee, Brennan Luciano, Brandon Lytle, Tyler Romanowicz. Juniors - Mitch Endress, Joe Smith, Manny Span, Dreux Stamford, Jon Stoltz, Brandon Weigand. Sophomores - Jon Carper, Brad Foust, Joe Reffner.

Other returnees: Seniors - Brandon Bernazzoli, Matt Dry, Regino Flores, Nic Harclerode, Colin Lingafelt, Parker Lopez, Cody Nail, Skyler Peterman, Austin Rosenberry, Mike Savino. Juniors - Khristian Delozier, Nick Eckenrode, Marcus Edwards, Austin Hallinan, Kyle Heasley, Josh Laich, Jordan Luciano, Mason McGinnish, Josh Miller, Jeremiah Price, Jake Russo, Connor Schmitt, Joe Schnaubelt. Sophomores - Kurtis Adams, RJ Bassler, Deric Blackie, Dmitri Borissov, Bryce Colabove, Kordelle Dent, Gage Ebersole, Andrew Ellerbe, David Foreman, Kevin Givens, Josh Henry, Dima Kuntsbeck, Jeff McClure, Eli Mencer, Kyler Merrits, James Metzgar, Kevin Miller, Anthony Roefaro, Dom Stroh, Jerrod Sunderland, Tim Troutman, Isaiah Wansley, Robert Wilson.

Newcomers: Freshmen - Brad Beck, Hunter Belin, Ethan Blackie, Wade Clapper, Robert Corl, Tim DeNofrio, Mike Doucette, Jake Dull, Nick Fischer, Cam Gehret, Brett George, Cross Harris, Cody Kelly, Evan Lingafelt, Troy Livermore, Jimmy Luciano, Caleb Marasco, Alec McDermitt, Abdul Pearson, Jacob Port, Gage Salyer, Nate Schmitt, Robert Sickenberger, Kevin Smith, Lucas Smith, Christian Toohey, Joe Uliano, Chris Wible, Jacob Wike.

Strengths: "They have a good work ethic and we are looking forward to some great performances."

Concerns: "Overall, we are a very young and inexperienced team. We only return one medal winner from the state championship last year."

Overall outlook: "It will be exciting to watch this team grow and gain confidence."

Assistant coaches: Steve Rhodes, Tom Musselman, Bill Reimer, Rob Veloz, Rob Wahl, Tyler Fideli, Doug Spayd, Pete Kishpaugh, Justin Genovese, Tom Fox, Stacey King, Jared George.

Bedford

Coach: Brian Crepps

Number of years as head coach: 12th season, 126-33-3

Last year's record: 10-2; LHC 10-1

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic

Lettermen: Seniors - Cody Bottenfield, Mike Brett, Caleb Grimes, Ross Howsare, AJ Imler, Lane Karns, Connor Krauss, Steven Stroup, Tanner Williams, Jacob Wirick. Juniors - Cody DeMoss, Kaden Ellingson, Graham Friant, Zane Growden, Alex Jones, Josiah Koontz, David Seifert, Jordon Yingling. Sophomores - Dan Arnold, Jarrod Clapper, Gaspare Grippi, Kyle Pittman, Zach Rhodes.

Others: Seniors - Seth Burket, Robert Miller, Niklas Wendt. Juniors - Blake Baer, Brandon Martin, Eduardo Munoz-Saldana, Austin Ronan, Spencer Wallack, Wyatt Whitfield, Chance Williams, Fengqui Zhang. Sophomores - Ken Collins, Alex Kendall, Logan Myslinski, Micah Peters, Matt Piatt, George Zubak.

Newcomers: Zane Baker, August Cook, Josh Grimes, Cody Eisman, Logan Fedorchak, William Kachman, Levi Lingsh, Colton Tew, Eric Will

Strengths: "Nice balance of returning letterwinners and newcomers."

Concerns: "Need for the inexperience memebers of the team to excel in some events to provide depth."

Overall outlook: "With a nice balance of returning letterwinners and newcomers, we hope to compete for the LHAC and District 5 championship."

Bellwood-Antis

Coach: Nick Lovrich

Number of years as head coach: 14th season, 155-14-1

Last year's record: 14-0; ICC 10-0

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Lettermen: Seniors - Kyle Bartlett, Andrew Burget, Noah Davis, Dillon Denny, Sam Mills, Ian O'Shea, Keith Shawley, Cameron Worthing, Seth Worthing. Juniors - Alex Bartlett, Owen Worthing. Sophomores - Matt McMillan, Isaac Mills.

Other returnees: Seniors - Lucas Dixon, Jake Pearson, Mike Wilson. Juniors - Cory Dutrow, R.J. Focht, Alex McCaulley, Kris Seminario, Ryan Snyder, Alex Steinbauer, Tristan Tipton, Nick Torsell. Sophomores - Ryan Bouslough, Dallas Huff, Kyler Lardieri, Tyson Miller, Aaron Mogle, Cameron Wood.

Newcomers: Juniors - Jeff Grossen. Sophomores - Peyton Hinkle, Hunter McCracken, Jake Shade. Freshmen - Jake Burch, Devon Burr, Codey Campbell, Noah D'Angelo, Nathan Davis, Corey George, Justin Gunsallus, Luke Hollingshead, Jonathon Killinger, Jake McCaulley, Hayden McClellan, Brennan McKendree, Cameron Nagle, Christian Nagle, Matt Perry, Nick Perry, Derek Swope, Zach Taylor, Michael Yohn.

Strengths: "We have a large number of athletes on the team, so hopefully we will be able to create some quality depth to help in our dual meets and invitationals. With the large numbers we have, our practices should be very competitive to bring out the best in our talents. Our senior class has been very successful as a team and individually, so we are hoping that they continue to improve and be good examples for the younger guys on our team."

Concerns: "We have some big shoes to fill due to graduation from last year's team. Our younger guys really need to step up and contribute this season for us to be successful. They cannot just be happy to be here."

Overall outlook: "We would like to improve individually and as a team throughout the season. We would like to do well in our conference and improve on our performances in the big meets at the end of the year."

Assistant coaches: Charlie Burch, Bill Edmiston, John Watchey, Chris Edmiston, Chris Brown, Doug Brown, Steve Barnhart, Robert Fahler

Bishop Carroll

Coach: Phil Woo

Number of years as head coach: Fifth season

Last year's record: 1-10

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic

Lettermen: Seniors - Jesse Switzer, Gabriel Gresko. Juniors - Dan Lesney, Alex Gruss, Ty Krug, Brody Shutty. Sophomores - Alex Keim, Ed Hegamann, Matt Karlheim, Dane Woo.

Other returnees: None

Newcomers: Juniors - Eric Smith, Brad Dressler, Dan Frederick, Brennan Lee. Sophomores: Dan Dunchack, Donald Lauer, Freshmen - Mitchell Hogue, Braden Przybyz

Strengths: "Highly motivated. Hard working underclassmen with two returning seniors. Good work ethic."

Concerns: "Lack of depth in all events. Graduated a number of good senior athletes. No junior high feeder program."

Overall outlook: "Excited with the large number of underclassmen. Not a lot of experience, but they have shown a great work ethic, especially in the offseason workouts and conditioning. They can achieve personal success if they continue to work hard towards accomplishing their own goals."

Assistants: Joe Ridgeley, Chris Henson, Brian Gresko, Marcus Lantzy, Luke Jensen, Jeremiah Grosser, Samantha Fitzsimmons

Bishop Guilfoyle

Coach: Brad Kanuch

Number of years as head coach: First season

Last year's record: 0-11

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic

Lettermen: Andrew Logue, Nick Ceshini, J.J. Hazenstab, E.J. Madey, Daniel Baughman, Carl Klingbeil, Colin Berkheimer, Nick Miller, Nick Servello.

Other returnees: None

Newcomers: Bryan Kozak, Owen Wolfe, Zach Patterson, Sam McCloskey, Fred Eriksson, Brandon Chadbourn.

Strengths: "Sprints. We have a lot of new athletes to the team that could help us greatly."

Concerns: "Numbers."

Overall outlook: "It looks to be a promising year with more athletes participating."

Assistant coaches: Justin Wheeler, Joe Bilka, Pat Leamer

Cambria Heights

Coach: Jeff Koss

Number of years as head coach: Eighth season, 50-51

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic

Last year's record: 8-9, LHAC 3-8

Lettermen: Seniors - Cody Anna, Drew Brown, Bernard Dunegan, Christian Eckenrode, Dustin Imler, Nathan Lieb, Tim Link, Brennan McMurray, Matt Ramsdell, Cody Shaw, Bryce Stasko, Travis Yahner, Josh Fees, Shawn Lacue, Micah McConnell, Ben Solensky, Zac Strasser, Sam Waksmunski, Isaac Bender, Mike Dautlick, Jon Galinis

Newcomers: Seniors - Tristin Irwin, Noah Lane, Joe Loughran, Garrett Maslonik, Ben Myers, Dominic Novella, Taylor O'Hara, Matt Warner. Juniors - Bill Hoover, Tony Huber, Kamden Kruise, Jed Price, Alex Vesey. Sophomores - Cort Boring, Robert Grove, Zach Lieb, Clayton Schinkle, Justin Shaner, Isaac Stasko. Freshmen - Alex Albright, Ben Bearer, Trenton Coy, Damien Dimmick, Austin Gill, Richard Gwizdak, Damon Lechene, Nick Morrone, Andy Savering, Angelo Snyder.

Strengths: "Depth and experience in hurdles. Depth in throwing events."

Concerns: "Depth and experience in jumping events. Depth in distance events."

Overall outlook: "We want to work hard each practice, improve on last year's dual meet win total, qualify as many athletes as possible for districts, and hopefully advance a few to states."

Assistant coaches: Darren McLaurin, Tammy Nagel, Nick Jamison

Central

Coach: Brian Allison

Number of years as head coach: Fifth season; 14-25-1

League: Mountain League

Last year's record: 2-11, MC 1-8

Lettermen: Brian Brumbaugh, Patric Davis, Brody Greenleaf, Chris Carder, Nathan Smith, Jordan Irvin, Ben Decker, Andrew Brumbaugh, Adam Dixon

Other returnees: None

Newcomers: Gavin Northern, Rodolfo Santos, Bredlee Traxler, Nathan Musselman, Kayron Joseph, Dakota Price.

Strengths: "Our number of underclassmen. I only have a few returning seniors and juniors, and all of my sophomores showed great promise and improvement last year. And most of my freshmen ran in junior high track and did well in their divisions."

Concerns: "My concerns are in the low numbers of athletes who turned out. With a small team, it will be very hard to win a dual meet."

Overall outlook: "I think our outlook is good for the boys team. While we are low in numbers, we have lot os of enthusiasm and talent. I am looking forward to watching the underclassmen grow and develop their skill and improve throughout the season."

Assistant coaches: Ray Brooks, Ron Hileman, Dan Hoover

Central Cambria

Coach: Matt Miller

Number of years as head coach: third season, 20-2

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic

Last year's record: 10-1, 10-1

Lettermen: Seniors - Geno Berdomas, Alex Chiappini, Calvin Crow, Brandon Fox, Jordan Gibson, Tyler Gironda, Mike Jubas, Luke Kozorosky, Brandon Long, Luke Marcinko, Zach Mazzarella, Nick Myers, Nick Pagano, Steven Rickard, Tayler Sechrengost. Juniors - Justin Jeffers, Matt Leary, Chase McHenry, Pedro Mejia, Augusta Phillips. Sophomores - Chase Dill, Adam Farabaugh, Josh Hodgson, Scott Holsinger, Mitch Jubas, Jonah Lambie, James McCulley, Will Seymour, Sean Wasilewski

Other returnees: None

Newcomers: Seniors - Justice Gum, Cody Mack, Sam O'Brien, Jordan O'Farrell, Tim Shoff, Sam Strevens. Juniors - Stephen Davis, Zach Gerlach, John Gruca, Micah Magley, Josh Muffie, Brad Taylor, Brian Young. Sophomores - Mike Caddy, Ty Gilkey, Francis Horne, Dan Kochara, Jake Letizia, Ryan Plumley, Dave Barnes, Austin Burket, Sam Caplea. Freshmen - Bryce Descavish, Jeremy Ford, Bill Koss, Pat Learn, Stephen Marhefka, JaVaunte Neumann, Tommy Opdenhoff, Caleb Osbourne, Austin Pudliner, Luke Sokira.

Strengths: "We have a nice core of returning seniors that should provide leadership for our younger athletes. We lost some of our top performers,but we should bring a lot of experience to the table."

Concerns: "The conference should be very competitive this year,so we'll be looking to keep pace with our competition."

Overall outlook: "We will hopefully continue to run a successful program and compete at the conference and district levels. We will also be looking to get as many of our athletes to the state championships as possible."

Assistant coaches: Bob Nikolishen, Tom Aurandt, Jason Zaffuto

Chestnut Ridge

Coach: Matthew Voland

Number of years as head coach: First season

League: Sideling Hill

Last year's record: 9-0; SHL 6-0

Lettermen: Seniors - Daniel Albright, Dustin Bence, Jimmy Farnan, Alex Griffith, Jos Ickes, Anthony Naugle, Ben Pick, Jordan Shoenberger. Juniors - Dustin Heller, Isaac Lankey. Sophomores - Trent Lohr, Jacob Miksich.

Other returnees: Seniors - Justin Fleegle, Jakob Knisley. Juniors - Bradley Burkett, Joey Claycomb, Tanner College, Marcus Grisetti, Matt Miksich, Dakota Taylor. Sophomores - Trent Lohr, Jacobe Miksich.

Newcomers: Senior - Tyler Dibert. Juniors - Austin Buttry, Luke Ickes, Brandon Lasure, Jacob McKenzie, Bryan Nicodemus, Jayden Pineda, Tom Sims. Sophomores - Jordan Crist, Kaine Diehl, Seth Gordon, Colby Ulrich. Freshmen - Zach Anderson, Conner Buttry, Adam Claar, Josh Evans, Jay Grubb, Cory Shade, Jared Shetler, Josh Yothers.

Strengths: "Large numbers, returning lettermen and senior leadership."

Concerns: "Youth."

Overall outlook: "Looking forward to a very competitive season and hoping to have the same success in years past."

Assistant coaches: Duane Cleveland, Robert Stultz

Everett

Coach: Trent Potts

Number of years as head coach: Eighth season

League: Inter-County Conference

Lettermen: Seniors - Hunter Barton, Andrew O'Hear, DJ Rauser, Robbie Miller. Juniors - Joey Bryner, Sam Finnegan, Austin Karns, Zach Stiner, Justin Weist, Timmy Knox. Sophomores - Ryan Hess.

Other returnees: Sophomore - Mack Bair.

Newcomers: Seniors - Joe Jones. Juniors - Josh Reider. Sophomores - Mitchell Kovel, Kyle Scheaffer, Josh Bonner. Freshmen - Landon Bambling, Brian Burkholder, Terrell Bowman, Marc Karns, Kevin Knox, Chris Marinelli, Cruise Moen, Mike Rinninger, Tanner Sipes, Brice Weaver, Jared Talbert, Jordan Swankler.

Strengths: "Senior leadership."

Concerns: "Lack of depth and experience in all phases. Also, the lack of track time this year because of the weather."

Overall outlook: "We look for our seniors and letterwinners to step up and lead by exmaple to our large group of freshmen. We also look for our freshmen to step in and earn some team points."

Assistant coaches: Josh Troutman, Samantha Downey

Hollidaysburg

Coach: Adam Ulery

Number of years as head coach: Sixth season, 27-23

League: Independent

Last year's record: 5-6

Lettermen: Seniors - Brad Baronner, Matt Barton, Zane Brunner, Dan Fleck, Jon Lin, Aaron Peirce, JT Ventura, Dan Weitzel, Dale Shoemaker, Dan Monts, Emerson Trimble. Juniors - Jason Anderson, Derek Carey, Dan Baker, Alex Sidehammer, Eric Stern. Sophomores - Nick Consiglio, John Hanlon, Justin Harpster, Collin Terchanik, Marcus Peirce, Kyle Pechtold, Collin Shultz, Tyrel Barnes.

Newcomers: Seniors - James Boreck, Trevor Prosser, Eric Jennings. Juniors - Connor Foor, Ben Riggin, Luke Aigner, Chris McHugh. Sophomores - Colton Ruggery. Freshmen - George Albright, Jack Ansley, Seth Aungst, Johnathon Bilek, Paul Detwiler Jr, Joe Fleck, Kyle Hammaker, Jason Treon, Charles Riley, William Wasilko, Leiden Woodring, Andrew Yanosky, David Snyder, Connery Lanzendorfer, Kishan Patel, Josh Brumbaugh, Charles Reiley, Cameron Smith

Strength: "We have some talented athletes throughout our team, particularly in the middle distance events."

Concerns: "We can always use some depth in the relays, and we have a lot of young athletes who are still discovering their strengths."

Overall outlook: "We have a great group of hard-working seniors who have been with the program for four years now. I feel with their leadership and the underclassmen commitment, we can have a great season."

Assistant coaches: Lois Appleman, Alysha Kachur, Jenn McConnell, Todd Wallace, Travis Singer, Matt Stinson, Eric Skutch

Huntingdon

Coach: Sam Slicker

Number of years as head coach: First season

League: Mountain League

Lettermen: Seniors - Alex Hall, Logan Fultz, Ben Ardrey. Sophomores - Alex Tietjens, Zach Dail

Other returnees: Seniors - Wyatt Moyer. Juniors - Lance Chambers. Sophomores - Michael Cunningham.

Newcomers: Seniors - Sam Gibbs, James East. Juniors - Paul Keeney, Devon Green, Jason Cutshall, Brandon Conaway. Sophomores - Kobren Frederick, Trevor Dickson, Austin Bauman, Cole Bishop, Elliot Biddle.

Strengths: "We have excellent upperclassmen leadership. Wyatt, Lance and Michael have made great strides over the past year. In addition, we have last year's team most valuable sprinter in Logan Fultz, thrower Ben Ardrey, distance runner Alex Tietjens and jumper Alex Hall."

Concerns: "We do not have any depth to work with. The weather is not cooperating with us this year. With our middle school not complete, gym space is a premium."

Overall outlook: "The team may not have depth but what's there is quality. We need to stay healthy."

Assistant coaches: Adam McBride, Jessie Ritchey, Paul Zeiders, Sally Frehn

Juniata Valley

Coach: Bill Musser, first season

League: Inter-County Conference

Last year's record: 1-9, ICC 1-9

Lettermen: Seniors - Brett Grissinger, Kris Gardner, Alex Culp, Abe Eisenhart. Sophomores - Nathan Feagley, Gunther Frehn, Trent Grissinger, Colton Isenberg, Isaac Thatcher.

Other returnees: Seniors - Jacob Claar, Dakota Kurtz, Zach Miller. Juniors - Ryan Fitzgerald, Nick Whitmore.

Newcomers: Freshmen - Jesse Jefferies, Matt Shrout, Connor Shook, Kyle Geisinger, Lucas Lightner.

Strengths: "Hard-working team."

Concerns: "Lack of numbers overall."

Assistant coaches: Shane Thomas

Northern Bedford

Coach: Jeff Batzel

Number of years as head coach: 31 seasons, 96-37

League: Sideling Hill and Inter-County Conference

Last year's record: 9-2

Lettermen: Seniors - Zach Pressel, Tayler Pressel, Conner Kagaraise, Justin Baker, Trenton Barnes, Ty Douglas, Andrew Cronrath, Tanner Russell. Juniors - Coltin Ebersole, Mike Heck, Colin Sherlock, Blake Over, Bryan Raab, Marcus Crawford, Caleb Berry, Toby Quarry, Coltin Ebersole, Matt Gochnour, Josh Weidler.

Other returnees: Sophomores - Aaron Batzel, Elias Brallier, Cody Eller, Lucas Hoover, Derek Keith, Seth Povich, Dylan Wright.

Newcomers: Seniors - Caleb Ebersole. Sophomores-Tyler Oswalt, Josh Decker. Freshmen - Ethan Eckenroad, Josiah Lingenfelter, Bailey Musselman, Hunter Reyan, Josh Rupeka, Jon Svitana, Trevor Strait, Brandon Defibaugh, Hunter Troutman.

Strengths: "A couple of experienced returnees and stronger corp group in the jumping events and experience in all the track events."

Concerns: "Depth in most events."

Overall outlook: "We should have one of our stronger squads."

Assistant coaches: Mark Muther, Matt Franks, Tracy Muthler, Garry Black, Mike O'Dellick, Danyel Brallier

Northern cambria

Coach: Fred Montanaro, first season

League: Heritage Conference

Lettermen: Seniors - Devin Abrams, Derek Bearer, Erick Jennings, Evan Ludwig, Tyler Olish, Mike Sowalla. Juniors - Allen Bacho, Joe Frontino, Reis Hill, Chris Woodley, Gus Yahner. Sophomores - Seth Bearer, Joe Nealen

Other returnees: Seniors - Jacob Mayer, Darren Mitchell. Juniors - Nolan Paronish, Steven Pedersen. Sophomores - Nathan Lauren, Jamie Myers, Zach Nagle, Cane Smith.

Newcomers: Sophomores - Anthony Frontino, Evan McCombs, James Scott, Noah Tomallo. Freshmen - Robert Chapell, Ryan Farabaugh, Robert Gobrecht, Tyler Kirsch, Mike Nealen, Desmond Phillips, Mike Sclesky, Chance Weslowski, CJ Wiewora.

Strengths: "Our strengths lie in our upperclassmen who were very successful last year. We are seeing leadership and enthusiasm from some of our top performers. I am also very pleased that the coaching staff is made up of many years worth of experienced coaches and that they are all teachers in our school."

Concerns: "The team has had some coaching inconsistency in the past few years and that has led to some lower expectations from our athletes. This, so far, as led to some uphill battles with practice discpline and work ethic. Like many schools, our numbers are lower than we would like."

Overall outlook: "I am very excited for our season. We have some fabulous returning athletes that should help us to be successful. Our team is really meshing well and are being unselfish in that they are not locked into a specialty, and are willing to work whatever events we need/want them for the good of the team."

Assistant coaches: Kevin Staruch, Tom Paronish, Lenny Palimisano

Penn Cambria

Coach: Tim Whited

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic

Last year's record: 3-9, LHAC 3-8

Lettermen: Seniors - James Mardula. Juniors - Dante Delerme, Seth McLendon, Chad Tsikalas. Sophomores - Mike Eckenrode.

Newcomers: Seniors - Josh Maruska. Juniors - Eric Baker, Robert Bastian, Bill Conley, Derek Dietrich, Jordan Fabbri, Sean Fulton, Dylan Hoover, Ethan Hoover, Denver Jones, Mike Kost, Nate Rambeau, Colin Sable, Dakota Schneider, Justin Sweeney, John Wilkinson. Sophomores - Nate Brown, Brett Fabbri, Bill Guzic, Jake Hurley, Robert Pramuk, Ian Schellhammer, Trey Schultz, Drew Slatko-Wilt, Tyler Strasser, Garrett Sutton, Issac Will. Freshmen - Jacob Landi, Dan Roberts, Noah Smith, Dan Terek

Strengths: "Experience in some events and good numbers."

Concerns: "Inexperience, lack of depth in some events."

Overall outlook: "We hope to be competitive in an always difficult LHAC."

Assistant coaches: Tony Tomaselli

Philipsburg-Osceola

Coach: Doug Perry

Number of years as head coach: 14th season (72-95-1)

League: Mountain League

Last year's record: 10-3, ML 6-2

Lettermen: Seniors - Chris Barnhart, Kaleb Bennett, Ryan Good, Zach Hynd,Jared Johns, Charlie Quick, Joey Whitehead, Dalton Wisor. Juniors - Denver Greenawalt, Nick Boumerhi, Tim Eason, Dan Fowler, Wyatt Holden, Collin Maurer, Nick Megahan, Dallas Thompson. Sophomores - Logan Day, Jake Foster, Nick Templeton, Ben Webster, Carl Webster, Kyle Witmer.

Newcomers: Seniors - Eli Jury. Sophomores - Jon Dodge, Tim Eason. Freshmen - Kyle Albert, Bryce Bennett, Nick Conklin, Cameron Hynd, Ty Laird, Payton Moore, Nick Patrick, Mike Shimmel, Zach Wisor.

Strengths: "Talented returning letterwinners."

Concerns: "Experience."

Overall outlook: "We will have a year where all the athletes will improve throughout the season."

Assistant coaches: Kelly Dobo, Tim McCamley, Tracy Vipond, Amanda Eason, Dave Caslow, Rob Thompson, Roy Warlow

Portage

Coach: Gary Gouse

League: WestPAC

Last year's record: 6-3

Lettermen: Seniors - Paul Husar, Devin Brown, Bryce Davis, Jared Christern. Juniors - Scott Giles, Chris Onder.

Other returnees: Seniors - Tony Maloskey, Travis Cadwallader, Cody Kephart. Juniors - Joe Beyer, Cammeron Neel, Joe Krisko, Cody Randall, Joe Randazzo. Sophomores - Cody Gouse, Nick Thrower, Curtis Bell, Caleb Kephart, Richard Wolford, Ryan Richards, John Riggle, Kyle Davis, Tyler Thomas, Tyler Roberts, Nick Lutz, Matt Bartoletti, Austin Feathers.

Newcomers: Elliott Vassas, Tyler Cadwallader, Max Gossard, Brady Ratosky, Jake Warner, Cory Bobolsky

Strengths: "Paul Husar in the distance events and Devin Brown in the jumping events, along with Chris Onder in the hurdles. Another strong point will be the throwing events with Bryce Davis, Jared Christner and Travis Cadwallader, all seniors in the shot and discus."

Concerns: "Lack of depth in the sprinting events and jumping events."

Assistant coaches: Jeremy Burkett, Lance Hudak, Terry Miller, Gabrielle Gouse, Brad Rousell

Tussey Mountain

Coach: Jessica Little, first season

League: Inter-County Conference

Last year's record: 3-5, ICC 3-5

Lettermen: Seniors - Colby Heefner, Colton Reasey. Juniors - Matt Brode, Cainan Bussard, Tyler Runk, Darrin Sipes. Sophomores - Andrew Black, Skylar Brumbaugh, Austin Bussard, Ryan DeLuca, Trekoda Morrow, Hunter Runk, Curtis Wentz.

Other returnees: Seniors - Mitchell Hall. Juniors - Brent Leabhart, Jensen Wilkins. Sophomores - Zavier Garner-Orr.

Newcomers: Seniors - Travis Robertson. Tylers - Tyler Rupeka. Sophomores - Michael Drenning. Freshmen - Andrew Horton, Enzo Marin

Strengths: "We have a dedicated group who will work hard and strive to do their best. They are getting stronger through each workout and are excited to begin the season."

Concerns: "We were really expecting more junior high athletes to participate this year. We are concerned that have the junior class graduates, our team will be very low in numbers. We hope that everyone will be able to stay healthy and meet their personal goals to make it a successful season."

Assistant coaches: Chris Carrier, Casey Flaherty, Garrett Cloud

Tyrone

Coach: Chris Shedd

Numbers of years as head coach: Fourth season (28-6-2)

League: Mountain

Last year's record: 8-2-2, ML 6-1-2

Lettermen: Seniors - Charles Wilson-Adams, Jacob Belinda, Adam Flick, Ben Madkad, Brandon Plowman, Corey Snyder, Chase Wallace, Hayden Zook. Juniors - Rhett Everhart, James Oliver, Johnny Payne. Sophomores - Ryan Cassatt, Noah Tepsic.

Newcomers: Seniors - Wyatt Fowler, Joey Gerhart, Lake Ingle, Matt Shirk, DJ Wunder. Juniors - Brian Sprankle, Erik Wagner. Sophomores - Dakota Light, Connor Stroud. Freshmen - John Chronister, Jacob Damon, Gared Dixon, Cody Eckels, Draven Fisher, Scott Goss, Sean Isenberg, Will Lash, Jeff McNelis, Cullen Raftery, Adam Zook.

Strengths: "Experience in middle and long distance, javelin and jumps."

Concerns: "Depth in sprints, pole vault and jumps and experience in the throws."

Overall outlook: "We lost some key positions to graduation. We have a core group that has big meet experience. The new team members show great potential, but they will need to get some meet experience and develop their skills. Barring injury, we should have several athletes perform well at the district and state meets."

Assistant coaches: Steve Everhart, Marcus Owens, Patrick McNelis, Rick Emigh, Rob Hopkins, Wally Miller, Adam DePiro.

 
 

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