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Area H.S. boys track and field capsules

Mirror file photo Duane Knisely of Chestnut Ridge is considered one of the top throwers in the state of Pennsylvania.

Editor’s note: The fate of the spring scholastic sports season is very much in doubt due to the coronavirus. The Mirror is publishing the preview capsules to at least recognize the athletes who are part of the various teams throughout the region:

Altoona

Coach: Mike Adams, 16th season

Career record: 112-3

Last year’s record: 4-0

Conference: Independent

Athletes: Seniors — Ryan Beck, Tyler Becker, Tyson Carter, Liam Clyma, Liam DeAngelis, Brady Freiwald, KJ Futrell, Brayden Henninger, Gary Hooper, Lyric Koelle, Avery McCaulley, Marcus Osmolinski, Caleb Pierce, Lucas Rhyner, Kaleb Riley, Aiden Rispoli, Ben Tofano.

Juniors — Colin Allmond, Jacob Corso, Andrew Donlan, Jace Ebersole, Awad Eltayeb, Aiden Farabaugh, Chadric Flarend, Malachi Ford, Edwin Franklin, Zachary Freet, Giovanni Futrell, Ethan Graham, Jack Hatch, Jawaun Hollis, Aidan Kelly, Austin Kravetz, Scott Lawhead, Nick Leberfinger, Evan Marra, Jason Miller, Bailey Musselman, Nick Petucci, Evan Sanders, Gabe Sankey, Aydan Summers, Adam Zerbee.

Sophomores — Brayden Adams, Jake Adams, Dominik Baldassarre, Ashton Bardell, George Boutiller, Ian Cox, Jack Dixon, Gabe Ebersole, Braeden Ferguson, Ashten Foust, Ty Friedenberger, Devin Heaton, Aidan Kelley, Logan Kline, Kaidyn Klock, Michael McCloskey, Connor Reimer, John Schmidhamer, Nathan Snyder, Kaleb Spriggs, Christian Strawmier, Ethan Stroup.

Freshmen — Jacob Baney, Justin Beal, Logan Brandt, Chandler Brendel, Kaden Daniell, Xavier Duse, Gavin Ferguson, Landen Fisher, Nathan Forlina, Conner Gority, Connor Hann, Jimiere Hardison, Adam Hennaman, Ryan Hopkins, Jeffrey McCulloch, Mason McManus, Manuel Miller, Kaden Myers, Ashton Neely, Semahj Paxton, Noah Pittman, Tyson Reid, Zach Reimer, Lance Robinson, CJ Seward, Nathaniel Sutherland, Hayden Tipton, Jalen Triplin, Mason Walk, Patryck Webster, A’Jaad White, Z’Haad White, Connor Whysong, Eli Wisor

Overall outlook: “We have a well-balanced team and depth will be our strength this year. We have a great group of athletes who are coming off a successful indoor season, and we are expecting them to lead their team throughout the spring. We are also a young team in many events; however, we are excited about their potential and look forward to seeing how those kids develop. Furthermore, our effort and attitude has been incredible through the beginning of the season and we expect big things from this team come championship time. Overall, our athletes are very excited about the outdoor track and field season and can’t wait to start competing.”

Assistant coaches: John Kutz, Rob Wahl, Doug Spayd, Tom Fox, Kathy Good, Paula Foreman, Rob Veloz, Aaron Nadolsky, Adam Stentzer

Freshmen coach: Damon Luciano

Junior high coaches: John Chesney, Sam Solomon

Bedford

Coach: Brian Creps, 18th season

Career record: 204-46-3

Last year’s record: 13-1 (12-1 in LHAC)

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Miles Washington, Konner Foor, Andrew Foor, Wyatt Decker, Josh Cornell, Jacob Conrath. Juniors — Van May, Brayden Ford, Tallan Fazenbaker, Elijah Cook. Sophomores — Justin Arnold, Boyd Becker, Eric Jordan, Gabriel Koontz, Nathaniel Scritchfield, Nathaniel Wracher, Zach Vent.

Other athletes: Seniors — Cole Tew, Matthew Martin, Matthew Emerick, Kingston Babb. Juniors — Devin Steele, John Imgrund, Joseph Didenko, Jacob Dawson, Wyatt Davis, Connor Clarke, Ben Carey, Matthew Batzel. Sophomores — Evan Sigel, Ethan Miller, Cooper Lingenfelter, Bryson Lingenfelter, Macen Knisely, Mason Evans, Jacob Emerick, Colby Barnhouse. Freshmen — Dom Whetstone, Caleb Wigfield, Ethan Weber, Max Washington, Jabob Styer, Parker Sigler, Samuel Sheppard, Nicholas Dawson, Johnny Black.

Strengths: “We have a nice group of returning letterwinners. Including Miles Washington, Andrew Foor, Mark Zimmerman, Nate Wratcher and Van May who made it to states last season along with several others that placed at districts and LHAC meets.”

Concerns: “Need for the inexperienced members of the team to excel in some events to provide depth.”

Overall outlook: “With a nice balance of returning letter winners and new comers, we hope to compete for the Laurel Highlands and District 5 championships.”

Assistant coaches: Bill Creps, Michelle Fisher, Yvonne Bowser, John Marshall, Carrie Taylor.

Bellwood-Antis

Coach: Nick Lovrich, 21st season

Career record: 251-23-2

Last year’s record: 14-2 (10-0 in ICC)

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Evan Frye (sprints), Trevor Miller (distance). Juniors — Hunter Gregg (sprints), Zach Mallon (sprints), Kenny Robison (distance), Joe Wertz (throws), Preston Wilson (distance). Sophomores — Jake Fitzgerald (sprints), Cooper Keen (sprints),

Other returning athletes: Seniors — Sebastian Geyer (sprints). Juniors — Landon Bungo (distance), Conner Fellabaum (throws), Jordan Irvin (distance), Ryan Malone (distance), Noah Patton (sprints), John Sloey (distance), Andrew Tornatore (sprints) Sophomores — Mike Kienzle (throws), Mike Killinger (sprints), Sean Mallon (sprints), Alex Perry (throws), Caeden Poe (distance), Xander Shank (distance), Hunter Shawley (sprints), Dallas Smithmyer (distance)

Newcomers: Seniors — Alex Roberts (distance), Marcus Troisi (sprints). Juniors — Aiden McFarland (throws), Nick Plank (sprints). Sophomores — Zach Amato (throws), Ethan Brown (throws), Brooklyn Carper (throws), Nate Jennings (throws), Aaron Laird (throws). Freshmen — Dylan Andrews (sprints), Kamdan Bailor (sprints), Tighe Eaken (sprints), Jayden Eckenrode (distance), Jacob Hawn (throws), Carter Rettig (distance), Gaven Ridgway (sprints), Christian Sensibaugh (distance), Danny Weeden (sprints), Oakley Weigand (throws)

Strengths: “We have some good returning athletes from last year who we are hoping will continue to improve. We are very pleased with the work ethic of the team so far.”

Concerns: “We have some holes in some events with the loss of graduating seniors that we need to fill.”

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

Assistant coaches: Charlie Burch, Jim Gerwert, Jamey Rimmey, Ashely Shook

Bishop Carroll

Coach: Gus Yahner, first season

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Returning starters: Seniors — Mavrick Farabaugh (pole vault-hurdles), Kaleb Hilyer (javelin-jumps), Brock Delauter (javelin-throws), Wyatt Kosicki (throws), Isaac Repko (distance), Patrick McAndrew (throws), Nick Witham (throws). Juniors — Ely Blaisdell (distance), Ethan Cunningham (hurdles-triple jump), Ryan Bohrer (high jump-sprints), Nathan Farabaugh (distance), Dominic Lessard (throws), Gabe Yahner (hurdles-high jump). Sophomores — John Yahner (pole vault-sprints), John Weiland (distance).

Newcomers: Sophomore — Nick Smith (javelin-discus). Freshmen — Jake Harker (jumps-sprints), David Farabaugh (distance), Jude Koehle (jumps-throws), Josh McCool (pole vault-mid-distance), Alex Tebbs (sprints-long jump), Evan Scarton (throws).

Strengths: “We have a hard working, dedicated group of athletes and coaches. The upperclassmen are a strong group who are always looking to encourage others. We have a talented, new addition of underclassmen which will benefit the team as well.”

Concerns: “We hope that we have a chance to compete this year due to the cancelation of schools and activities.”

Assistant coaches: Phil Woo, Mark Anderson, Joe Ridgeley, Dan McMullen, Bob Chumrik, Josh Chumrik

Bishop Guilfoyle

Coach: Christopher Fischer, first season

Career record: 0-0

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Athletes: Seniors — Dylan Little (sprints-jumps), Hayden Fox (sprints-jumps). Junior — Austin Williams (distance). Sophomores — Aiden Bender (throws), Zach Manna (throws), Noah Ritchey (sprints-throws), Aiden White (sprints), Patrick Reilly (sprints), Jaden Quinn (hurdles-mid-distance). Freshmen — Scott Montler (sprints), Connor Ratchford (distance), Aaron McCulloch (distance).

Strengths: “The team has instilled a winning mentality. These young men and women fight each day at practice to become the best version of themselves that they can be. This drive is what will carry this team to accomplishing our goals.”

Concerns: “Depth. Simply put, we need a better turnout. I think once the other students see the success this team will be having, they will want to be a part of that also.”

Overall outlook: “Buy BG track and field stock now, because this team is only going up. The drive these students demonstrated in practice so far has been amazing. That attitude of dedication and hard work is what will lead to a successful season, successful academics and successful futures beyond high school.”

Assistant coaches: Jared Keller and Nick Fischer

Cambria Heights

Coach: Jeff Koss, 15th season

Career record: 77-112

Last year’s record: 5-7

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Nick Gilbert (jumps), Alex Ratay (distance), Riley Sclesky (jumps), Gabriel Sheridan (distance). Juniors — Brandon Fitzpatrick (throws), Jared Fox (sprints). Sophomore — Steven Yeckley (hurdles).

Other returning athletes: Seniors — Adam Link (distance), Gian Pagano (sprints), Sam Warner (sprints). Junior — Brady Dreibelbis (distance). Sophomores — Casey Weakland (distance), Gage Wright (sprints).

Newcomers: Seniors — Kyle Jasper (throws), Tristan Rutter (sprints). Juniors — Daniel Hudak (distance), Bryce Stein (distance), Zachary Weakland (throws). Freshmen — Crist Boring (sprints), Ben Daversa (sprints), Brock Eckenrode (distance), Nathan Farabaugh (sprints), Jonathan Garcia (throws), Ian Hall (distance), Ethan King (hurdles), Caleb Patterson (sprints), Zechariah Scott (distance), Tanner Trybus (sprints), Cole Weiland (hurdles).

Strengths: “Experience in distance and jumping events.”

Concerns: “Depth/experience in throwing events, and depth in the hurdle 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 to districts and hopefully advance an athlete or two to states.”

Assistant coaches: Rick Magulick, Nathan Kiss

Junior high coaches: Tammy Nagel, Matt Brown

Central

Coach: Kayla Wheland, third season

Returning starters: Seniors — Mason Baker (hurdles-throws-jumps), Clint Curfman (distance), Tyson Daughenbaugh (throws), Lane Kocher (distance), Camden Leach (hurdles), Colby Liebal (sprints), Colin Rupert (sprints-throws). Juniors — Dylan Ceshini (distance), Demetrious Harbaugh (jumps-sprints), Michael James (jumps), Bradon Kensinger (distance-jumps). Sophomores — Josh Biesinger (sprints-jumps), Walker Eckenrode (mid-distance), Ethan Eicher (distance-jumps), Spencer Horton (hurdles-jumps-vault), Luke Knisely (distance), Liam Walters (sprints-throws)

Other returning athletes: Seniors — Michael Housel, Trevor Quarello. Juniors — Andrew Dibert, Ethan Dilling, Cameron Lenning, Derek Negley. Sophomores — Greyson Bartek, Nick Bettwy, Alex Heidler, Andrew Laufle, Dominic Wagner.

Newcomers: Senior — Noah Bauman. Juniors — Micah Moore, Lucas Leslie. Sophomores — Connor Walker, Jonathan Imler. Freshmen — Tyler Biesinger, Travis Dibert, Mason Diehl, Elijah Harbaugh, Connor Hummel, Skylar Miller, Hunter Myers, Landon Snider, Ben Theys.

Strengths: “High numbers for both boys and girls teams, positive attitudes, good work ethic from the entire team.”

Concerns: “Keeping everyone healthy throughout the season.”

Overall outlook: “Everyone has been practicing hard our first two weeks of practice. Our numbers are up from last year, so we are hoping to improve and win more meets than our previous season.”

Assistant coaches: Denise Cherry, Allie Noel, Zach Wozniak

Central Cambria

Coach: Matt Miller, 10th season

Career record: 91-12

Last year’s record: 12-2 (11-1 in LHAC)

Returning starters: Seniors — Caleb Burkett, Dylan Devlin, Dylan Fedorko, Matthew Gauden, Isaac Haycisak, Nathan Kuntz, Daniel Lazer, Michael McCloskey, Ben Schweitzer. Juniors — Toby Cree, Brandon Dick, Tyler Gibson, Gavin Guillarmod, Curtis Haschak, Adam Lechleitner, John Letizia, Kevin Orange, Corey Roberts, Nathan Rozsi, Ethan Shuagis, Evan Thomas, Levi Villarrial. Sophomores — Nathaniel Beyer, Joshua Contorchick, Zachary Ford, Ethan Gillin, Benjamin Grata, Jace Koss, Ethan Kubat, Robert Lazer, Ethan Long, Adam McGlynn, Alek Nikolishen, Jameson O’Brien, Tyler Sheldon, Elijah Wandel, Jake Wentz, Will Westrick, Thomas Zabrosky.

Newcomers: Sophomores — Gavin Kolar, Brock Martin, Alex Noel, Reece Werner. Freshmen — Shay Adams, Jeremy Dillon, Brody Gies, Aiden Lechleitner, Devon Morgan, Cody Novitski, Ojha Ojha, Benjamin Ream, Cody Roberts, Brady Sheehan, Jon Patrick Wess, Nolan Wyrwas.

Strengths: “We have a nice core of returning seniors that should provide veteran 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, Matt Grata, Jared George

Junior high coaches: John Sikora, Shane McGregor

Chestnut Ridge

Coach: Jason Tew, first season

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Returning district champions: Logan Pfister (high jump, triple jump, long jump), Duane Knisely (shot put, discus)

Strengths: “We return Logan and Duane who won five events at districts and also medaled at states. We have several strong athletes that hopefully will be able to step up this year and earn us some points. Isaac Little placed in three events in districts last year and hopes to have a good senior year. Jonah Hillegass will hopefully be able to step up in several events.”

Concerns: “Depth is the biggest concern.”

Overall outlook: “We are hoping to fill out a roster with enough strength across all events to compete at the invitational and district level. Our goal is to try and win a district title as a team and take several medals at states.”

Assistant coaches: Robert Stultz, Duane Cleveland, Rebecca Mishler, Heidi Rizzo, Alexis Weicht, Tracie McMullen, Eric Smith

Everett

Coach: William Imler, fourth season

Career record: 20-18

Last year’s record: 6-6

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Returning letterwinners: Juniors — Isaac Mearkle, Jacob Truax, Conaire Mellott, Brandon Mills. Sophomores — Holden Cessna, Ethan Murphy, Conaire Mellott

Other returning players: Senior — Jaden Perrin. Juniors — Quinton Beegle, Jacob Hale. Sophomore — Clinton Russell.

Newcomers: Seniors — Seth Price, Deegan Ramsey, Luis Saldivar. Juniors — Charles Conrad, Connor Deffibaugh, Cameron Pittman, Josh Weidner. Sophomores — Xander Brown, Braden Foor. Freshmen — Kaleb Brambley, Quentin Brambley, Kyle Decker, Kollin Snyder, Tanner Yokum

Strengths: “We return some top-level performers this year in the mid-distance, hurdles, and jumping events. We also have many newcomers to the program that look promising and might have phenomenal seasons.”

Concerns: “We lack experienced depth in many of our events on the track and in the field. We have some promising athletes that we think can emerge and become big contributors, but could struggle early on until they get some meet experience.”

Overall outlook: “I expect us to have several athletes compete for ICC titles and district medals. As a team, I expect us to be competitive throughout much of our conference schedule and grow as the season progresses.”

Assistant coaches: Trenton Barnes, Zach Pressel

Junior high coaches: Alex Tuzikow, JR Winck

Hollidaysburg

Coach: Adam Ulery, 13th season

Career record: 80-41

Last year’s record: 7-3

Conference: Independent

Returning starters: Seniors — Hunter Barr, Adam Zimmerman, Walt Wedel, Zach Metzger, Dylan Hayford, Cooper Otto. Blaise Peirce, Jordan Wolfe. Juniors — Adam DiFlaviano, Jameal Boykin, Hunter Gibbons, Lucas Goodman, Joe Grabil, Adam Haduck, Tanner Lindsey, Jeremy Jones, Ben Mitchell, Deshawn Moss, Adam Muir, Braden O’Connor, Ethan Shanefelt Blaise Ventura, Jerry Villalobos, Lucas Zimmerman. Sophomores — Braden Callahan, Chase Fox, Dominic Franco, Vincent Franco, Ryan Frank, Mitchell Hemminger, Chris Love, Ben Love, Jordan McCaulley, RJ McEldowney, Adam Metzger, Shree Pericheria, Max Pohar, Josh Seiger, Ian Shuey, Carter Shultz, Avery Sloan, Dylan Wasney, Devin Watson, Parker Zonts

Newcomers: Seniors — Drew Desort, Shane Gildea, Laurens Pop, Dylan Treese, Jesse Weir. Sophomores — Zach Molliver, Peter Shivas Freshman — Colin Agnew, Conrad Brockman, Spencer DelGiudice, Weston Eberhart, Mason Koelle, Deegan Quarella, Mason Replogal, Joey Walters, Ben Westley, Cooper John, Gordan Davis, Adam Kanish, Nathan Crum, Kaige Norris, Luke Jandura, Brayden Whittaker

Strengths: “We have some strong, hard-working returners that placed near the top at the district meet last year and are looking for more success this season. We also have some younger guys that have really matured and are looking to make an impact.”

Concerns: “We lost some talented athletes from last year that has created some areas of need. We have good numbers this year but we have a lot of inexperience on this team. Hopefully our upperclassman can set the tone for these younger athletes to follow.”

Overall outlook: “We had a successful season last year and hope to build on that success this season. We have some talented individual athletes that could have a presence at the district meet as well as some newcomers that could have a positive impact on this team.”

Assistant coaches: Cassie Kachur, Jenn McConnell, Paul Rowe, Mitch Merritts, Alexis Palfey

Junior high coaches: Todd Wallace, Jill Hileman, Tom Haluska, Chris Burkey

Huntingdon

Coach: Adam McBride, third season

Career record: 7-11

Last year’s record: 5-4

Conference: Mountain League

Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Jack Hosler (sprints), Chandler Lauer (jumps-sprints), Andrew Miller (jumps-sprints), Jake Tanner (sprints). Juniors — Samuel Culbertson (throws), Briar Deterline (distance). Sophomores — Dylan Frye (distance), Jacob Schneider (distance).

Other returning athletes: Senior — Dylan Painter (throws). Sophomore — Trevor Arnold (sprints).

Newcomers: Seniors — Cameron Bowser (jumps-sprints), Adam Campbell (jumps), Gage Peters (throws), Eli Powell (throws). Juniors — Jayden Edwards (sprints), Tanner Park (throws). Sophomores — Trevor Dickson (throws), Tyler Ramey (throws). Freshmen — Isaac Cummings (sprints), Evan Goodman (throws), Aiden Kelsey (distance), Aiden Laird (jumps), Noah Lloyd (sprints-jumps), Landen Regitz (distance-throws), Jacob Smith (sprints), Logan Steward (throws), Brandon Stuber (sprints), Ryan Sullivan (distance), Finn Bailey (distance).

Strengths: “Number of athletes out this year is up, and we have a much stronger distance group than years past.”

Concerns: “Lack of returning letterwinners, we graduated 18 seniors/letterwinners.”

Overall outlook: “Should be a good season with the returning letterwinners and a lot of new talented athletes have come out this season.”

Assistant coaches: Jay Hosler, Stephanie Rader, Andy Socie, Ken Bookhamer

Juniata Valley

Coach: Bill Musser, sixth season

Last year’s record: 6-7 (5-6 in ICC)

League: Inter-County Conference

Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Nathaniel Allison (sprints), Travis Dively (throws), David McGuire (throws), Gabe McMahon (sprints), Elliott Showalter (throws). Juniors — Clay Hamman (sprints-jumps), Jefferson Hill (hurdles-jumps), Ethan Kern (sprints-jumps), Hunter Johnson (hurdles-jumps), Matt Musser (distance), Mike Musser (mid-distance-jumps). Sophomore — Spencer Hoover (distance-jumps).

Other athletes: Seniors — Adam Heffner (throws), Ethan Port (sprints). Junior — Matt Conover (throws). Sophomores — Austin Dick (sprints), Johnny Foster (throws), Sammy Kline (sprints), Andrew Ross (sprints), Caleb Thatcher (sprints-jumps). Freshmen — Jack Confer (distance), Kade Entrinken (distance), Eli McFadden (mid-distance-jumps), Gavin Musser (mid-distance-jumps), Noah Roland (throws), Westley Stiver (throws).

Strengths: “We have the ability to be competitive in every meet. We have more depth per event then any year I have been the head coach. Distance will develop into a strength as the year progresses.”

Concerns: “The young athletes need to get the reps to improve in the necessary timeframe.”

Overall outlook: “Our goals remain the same year in and year out. Be competitive in all meets, improve every day and represent Juniata Valley with class and respect. We are really excited about the athletes we are working with this season. The improvement is noticeable every day. Each year shows tangible improvement with in the program.”

Assistant coaches: Shane Thomas, Rachelle Hopsicker, Suz Price, John Boone, John Morton, Krista McCrum

Northern Bedford

Coach: Jeff Batzel, 38th season

Career record: 399-163

Last year’s record: 10-2 (10-1 in ICC)

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Returning starters: Seniors — Ian Sherlock (distance), Josh Strayer (distance), Tavian Walter (jumps), Philip Kline (throws), Cameron Newswanger (throws), Eric Smith (throws). Juniors — Cadin Ebersole (sprints), Caleb Diehl (jumps), Brady Clark (pole vault-sprints), Ethan Hess (pole vault-distance), Connor Laird (distance), Ian Zimmerman (distance), Lucas Heck (sprints), Justin Grine (distance), Tristin Pepple (distance), Noah Dibert (throws). Sophomores — RJ Gates (hurdles), Derek Beach (throws), Griffin Keller (sprints), Mason Detterline (jumps), Jay Reed (pole vault), Dillon Walker (sprints)

Newcomers: Sophomores — Remington Bowser (throws), Cameron Clark (distance). Freshmen — Jacob Sensenig (throws), River Troutman (throws), Koda Clark (hurdles-javelin), Daulton Dilling (distance)

Strengths: “Distance runners from District 5 championship cross country team, Experience in sprints and jumps.”

Concerns: “Overall depth and inexperience in throws.”

Overall outlook: “We should be very competitive and in the top couple teams in the ICC and District 5 and have numerous contenders for district medals.”

Assistant coaches: Associate head coach Joe Over, Jerry Fabian, Chad Mickle, Barb Zanella, Shalonne Sipes, Wayne Sherlock, Corey Reffner, Blake Over

Northern Cambria

Coach: Fred Montanaro, ninth season

Career record: 51-9

Last year’s record: 7-2 (5-2 in Heritage)

Conference: Heritage Conference

Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Adam Kopera (sprints-jumps), Aaron Krug (javelin-middle distance), Chris Perrone (hurdles-sprints-triple jump). Juniors — Adam Bachik (throws-high jump), Peter Copeland (sprints-long jump), Adam Lanzendorfer (sprints-long jump), Brady Mikitko (hurdles), Owen Prasko (sprints-jumps), Luke Tomallo (throws). Sophomores — Ethan Miller (distance), Daniel Phillips (jumps-pole vault).

Other returning athletes: Senior — John Barrett (throws). Sophomore — Ethan Ludwig (javelin-middle distance).

Newcomers: Junior — Andrew Amsdell. Sophomores — Anthony Lessard (javelin-middle distance), Jason Maree (middle distance-high jump), Brock Roland (distance). Freshmen — Cole Chuhran (middle distance), Xander Dolansky (jumps-pole vault-sprints), Logan Dumm (jumps-sprints), Joe Griffith (sprints), Peyton Myers (sprints-middle distance), Colton Paronish (pole vault-jumps-sprints).

Strengths: “The team returns several strong members and is enhanced by some very athletic newcomers. Adam Kopera will certainly be one of the team leaders, his focus is the sprints and relay work. Colton Paronish and Daniel Phillips look to be our jump specialists. While Adam Lanzendorfer leads our team in the middle-distance races and Ethan Miller in the distance, we are looking to PJ Copeland to contribute to the sprints. Aaron Krug returns as our only throws specialist.”

Concerns: “The team is very young and overall inexperienced. Like everyone I guess, there is a certain amount of uncertainty with the newcomers and freshmen in filling in slots for recent graduates. I believe that our biggest concerns lie in a being a very young and inexperienced team and a lack of ‘big boys’ in the throws.”

Overall outlook: “Our overall outlook is good. We picked up some exciting new athletes who we hope will bring us some depth in the horizontal jumps and sprints.”

Assistant coach: Seth Bearer

Junior high coaches: Derek Bearer, Joel Ludwig, Roland Paronish (volunteer)

Penn Cambria

Coach: Todd Niebauer, first year

Career record: 0-0

Last year’s record: 5-7

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Returning starters: Seniors — Seth Hogue (track), Josh Lee (track), Wyatt Pettenatti (track), Luke Wirfel (track). Juniors — Conner Karabinos (field), Nick Marinak (field), Logan Michina (track), Joseph Mastri (track), Tyler Krug (track-field), Noah Lee (track), Reed Niebauer (track-field), Thomas Motchenbaugh (track-field), Isaac Diehl (track), Justin Conley (track), Jake Tsikalis (track-field). Sophomores — Noah Noel (track), Brandt Patterson (track), Chase Sorichetti (track), Elias Ball (field), Cole Eberhart (track-field), Brady O’Donnell (field), Camron Latterner (field), Isaac Krestar (field), Trenton Murphy (field), Donovan Cornell (track).

Strengths: “We have some guys who are very experienced and we expect some big things.”

Concerns: “Depth in certain events.”

Overall outlook: “We expect some of our guys to really have a great year.”

Assistant coaches: Nick Felus, Tony Tomaselli, Gerry Pidddington, Carrie Vinglish

Philipsburg-Osceola

Coach: Jason McKenzie, fourth season

Career record: 16-24

Last year’s record: 5-5 (2-5 in ML)

Conference: Mountain League

Returning starters: Seniors — Cole Hoover (distance), Josh Rea (distance-throws), Kalen Richardson (jumps). Juniors — Will Rishel (jumps), Nate Howell (throws), Matthew McClenahan (jumps), Kaleb Stamm (sprints), Thomas Pelesky (hurdles-pole vault). Sophomores — Scott Frantz (distance), Braeden Fenton (sprints), Andrew Faust (hurdles).

Newcomers: Junior — Carter Webster (sprints). Freshmen — Chad Muckey (distance), Preston Putillion (distance), Braydon Little (sprints), Matt Reese (jumps).

Strengths: “I think we have a very well-balanced team. We have athletes who should be competitive in nearly every event whether it be sprints, throws, jumps, hurdles, or distance. We also have a group with good character. In the practices that we were able to get in, our experienced boys helped out the newer ones with technique and form and drills, which was great to see.”

Concerns: “I think our depth is an issue. Injuries are always a concern, but we have fewer students on the team this season. Losing any one of them to injury would hurt.”

Overall outlook: “I think our team will work hard in practice and meets. I expect us to be competitive in the Mountain League, which is always a tough league. Most importantly, I expect our kids to grow as both athletes and humans.”

Assistant coaches: Roy Warlow, Renee Lanager, Patrick Holoviak, Steve Williamson.

Junior high coaches: Holly Rauch, Dave Harmic

Portage

Coach: Lance Hudak, fifth season

Career record: 14-18

Last year’s record: 8-0

Conference: WestPAC

Returning starters: Seniors — Nick Dematteis (throws), Mitchell Miko (throws), Nathan Shaffer (middle distance-distance), Tyler Spaid (hurdles-middle distance-sprints), Isaac Wiggins (throws). Juniors — Scott Berardinelli (sprints), Austin Gentile (middle distance), Lane Macy (middle distance-distance), Demetri Miller (jumps-hurdles-sprints), Dylan Tubbs (throws-distance). Sophomores — Josh Canavan (middle distance-distance), Kaden Claar (sprints-jumps), Gavin Gouse (middle distance-distance), Oren Heidler (vault-sprints-jumps), Levi Marsh (throws), Brodie Plummer (sprints-jumps), Collan Schad (middle distance-distance-jump), Tanner Trusik (middle distance-distance).

Newcomers: Seniors — Shayden Noel (throws), Dustin Weyant (sprints). Juniors — Corey Sossong (middle distance-jumps), Jon Wolford (throws-middle distance). Freshmen — Matthew Coffee (sprints), Trenton Gentile (sprints-middle distance), Jacob Graessle (sprints-jumps), Cole Kaufman (throws), Matt Milburn (distance), Braeden Oravecz (throws).

Strengths: “This will be our largest roster in over 10 years which will allow us to compete for victories in both dual meets and invites. We have strong individuals in a variety of events who will qualify for districts and have the potential to move on to the state meet. The talent and depth are there, but most importantly, these kids are driven, coachable, and supportive of one another.”

Concerns: “Preparation for the season in these uncertain times. Avoiding injuries. Finding the optimum events for our newcomers so they can compete to the best of their abilities.”

Overall outlook: “We are a more experienced, stronger team than a year ago when we went undefeated and won our conference and the Appalachian Invitational. The addition of a number of athletic newcomers will add depth in all areas. We have set high goals this season, to go undefeated in dual meets, win our conference, compete as a top team at districts, and qualify a number of athletes for Shippensburg.”

Assistant coaches: Amy Burkett, Gary Gouse, Ryan Legg, Bob Newlin

Tussey Mountain

Coach: Tanner Snyder, second season

Career record: 7-4

Last year’s record: 7-4

Conference: Inter County Conference

Returning starters: Seniors — Tyler Rhodes (sprints), Jarred Sipes (sprints), Devin Swope (distance). Juniors — David Smith (sprints-pole vault), Landon Hennessey (sprints-long jump), Chad Morningstar (throws-high jump), Dom Sieberling (hurdles-high jump). Sophomores — Chad Weist (javelin-distance), Trevor Husick (distance-pole vault).

Other athletes: Seniors — Rhoderick Williams (pole vault-jumps), Nicholas Collare (throws). Juniors — Skyler Peck (jumps-hurdles), Aden Scott (throws), Jacob Henry (jumps-hurdles), Michael Lazor (distance). Sophomores — Brenden Saylor (distance), Connor Watkins (jumps-hurdles), Owen Harclerode (throws), Dylan Stone (throws), Tanner McMurtrie (jumps). Freshmen — Jayven Ritchey (throws), Jaden Yocum (jumps), Joshua Gibson (throws), Mason Chilcote (distance), Bryce Heath (distance), Landon Perrin (throws), Satchal Burchard (throws).

Strengths: “We have talent in every event this year, and we are adding some talented newcomers who are able to fill events we were losing a lot of points in last season.”

Concerns: “Depth in each event.”

Assistant coaches: Chris Carreri, Brenda Sipes, David Smith, Aaron Batzel, Jeremy Molosky, Cole Weist, Brittany Chadwick

Tyrone

Coach: Brad Kanuch, second season at Tyrone

Career record: 21-61

Last year’s record: 5-4 (4-3 in ML)

Conference: Mountain League

Returning starters: Seniors — Nick Vasbinder (jumps), Nathan Walk (hurdles), Noah Zimmerman (throws). Juniors — Matthew Brooks (sprints), Matthew Clifton (sprints) Thomas Hicks (hurdles-sprints), Ian Imler (distance), Jake Taylor (pole vault-distance), Kyle Silva (throws). Sophomores — Corrie Beck (sprints) Adam Detwiler (distance) Ryan Patterson (throws), Aiden Decker (sprints).

Other returning players: Juniors — Abe Black (distance), Scott Sessaman (throws). Sophomores — Rory Quigley (sprints-distance), Jordan Snyder (throws).

Newcomers: Junior — Kurtis Miller (distance). Sophomores — Colton Fink (distance) Trent Smith (pole vault-sprints), Iziah Christy (distance). Freshmen — Evan Boone (jumps), Dylon Brower (throws), Bradyn Patterson (distance), Brayden Daniels (throws), Kevin Fink (throws), Ian Dicken (distance), Chris Escala (sprints), Justin Jackson (jumps-pole vault), Brody Klein (sprints), Caleb McKinney (sprints-jumps), Will Price (sprints-pole vault), Colton Veres (distance), Haiden Walk (hurdles-pole vault), Brenton Loose (sprints), Kolten Miller (hurdles-sprints), Gavin Woomer (throws).

Strengths: “We have very strong returners coming back in a lot of events. We will be strong in the jumps, hurdles, throws and sprints. We also have a lot of depth for our relay teams. Our distance team is young, but they have potential to be very talented.”

Concerns: “We are extremely young. More than half of the team is underclassman. There is a lot of promise amongst our youth, but they will need a lot of opportunities to get better. A big concern is injuries if they occur to where we are best, it could hurt the team.”

Overall outlook: “If the team progresses like they did last year, this can be a very great year for our team. We have a lot of very good individuals and a lot of newcomers who can come in and compete. If we get better where we wer

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