The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Sports

December 19, 2013

Hickory's Voytik, Linton named to Class AA All-State team

- — HARRISBURG (AP) — Considering the history at the quarterback position in the WPIAL, what South Fayette signal caller Brett Brumbaugh accomplished this season qualifies as special.

The 6-4, 200-pound Brumbaugh established the single-season passing mark for quarterbacks from the Pittsburgh area by throwing for 3,910 yards.

South Fayette also erased a bad memory from the 2010 PIAA Class AA championship game by defeating Imhotep Charter 41-0 in the state title game behind Brumbaugh’s 299 yards and three touchdowns.

In the end, Brumbaugh had 41 touchdown passes for the undefeated Lions (16-0).

Brumbaugh’s strong arm, record-breaking season and overall savvy helped South Fayette win the first state championship in school history and earned the junior Class AA Player of the Year honors as part of the 2013 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State Football Team.

This is the fourth year the selection of the all-state team has been overseen by the sportswriters who cover high school football around the commonwealth. Players were nominated in all four PIAA classifications, then a statewide ballot was sent out affording all the writers to cast their vote.

Among area teams, Hickory seniors Matt Voytik and Daulton Linton were chosen as All-Staters. Voytik made it under the Athlete category on offense while Linton was selected on defense at linebacker.

Voytik was 125-of-203 for 2,108 yards with 27 TD passes and 9 interceptions. He also rushed 124 times for 765 yards and 11 scores.

Linton registered 93 solo tackles, assisted on 52 and had 5.5 sacks. He also pulled in 2 interceptions and recovered 1 fumble for the Hornets, who lost to South Fayette in the western region finals.

“We are just very proud of those two guys because of their work ethic and what they’ve done, not only this year but since they were young kids,” said Hickory coach Bill Brest. “All the time in the weight room, film room and at camps. With those two it’s not just football season, it’s year round.

“They are worthy of this honor. They made us proud by the way they carried themselves on and off the field. Everyone is excited for them. I’m happy for the program and happy for them. They are also outstanding students as well. Real character kids. We couldn’t be more proud of them.”

South Fayette coach Joe Rossi guided the Lions to their second state championship game appearance in four years and was named Class AA Coach of the Year.

The 2013 Class AA All-State squad features six returning selections including Brumbaugh. Three players are from Aliquippa: Dravon Henry, Terry Swanson and Jaleel Fields. Linebacker Eric Haney from Danville and Paryss Marshall from Catasauqua round out the returnees.

With plenty of seniors bound for FBS college programs filling out the big-school classification, it speaks volumes that the voters chose Neshaminy junior running back D’Andre Pollard as the Class AAAA Player of the Year.

The 5-7, 170-pound Pollard rushed for a staggering 2,928 yards for the District 1-champion Redskins. He averaged 9.0 yards per carry, scored 39 touchdowns and his 195.2 yards per game over 15 weeks is an impressive number.

St. Joseph’s Prep coach Gabe Infante guided the Hawks through a brutal regular season that saw his club lose two games but ultimately came out on top by claiming a state championship. Infante was the choice of the voters as the Class AAAA Coach of the Year.

Only four of the 34 Class AAAA All-State selections made the grade a year ago. John Reid from St. Joseph’s Prep and Gateway’s Montae Nicholson made the squad again at defensive back. Lower Dauphin kicker Joe Julius and Erie McDowell offensive lineman Scot Augustine each were selected last season a juniors.

The Class A and AAA teams will be released Thursday. Here’s a closer look at the Class AA and AAAA teams:

CLASS AA

OFFENSE

Quarterback


Matt Shaffer, Richland, 6-2, 200 senior

Brett Brumbaugh, South Fayette, 6-2, 200 junior

Zack Bradley, Catasauqua, 6-1, 177 senior

Running Back

Terry Swanson, Aliquippa, 5-9, 185 senior

Shannon Jackson, Fairview, 6-1, 215 senior

Ryan Heim, Pine Grove, 5-9, 160 senior

Ra’Von Burton, Catasauqua, 5-11, 195 senior

Wide Receiver

Paryss Marshall, Catasauqua, 6-2, 188 senior

Jamal Custis, Neumann-Goretti, 6-5, 205 senior

Brandon Kuntz, Camp Hill Trinity, 6-4, 200 senior

Tight End

Alec Bloom, Ligonier Valley, 6-7, 242 senior

Offensive Linemen

Dylan Brennan, Troy, 6-3, 280 junior

Aaron Ruff, Imhotep Charter, 6-5, 300 senior

Mac Storm, Northwestern, 6-3, 300 senior

Jaleel Fields, Aliquippa, 6-2, 287 senior

Ben Henry, Palisades, 6-2, 305 senior

Athlete

Dravon Henry, Aliquippa, 5-11, 180 senior

Deandre Scott, Imhotep Charter, 5-10, 180 senior

Matt Voytik, Hickory, 6-1, 180 senior

Kicker

Shayne Riley, Danville, 6-0, 150 junior

DEFENSE

Defensive Linemen


Pietro Gaspari, Berks Catholic, 6-1, 215 senior

Ben Verhovsek, Richland, 6-0, 230 senior

Brady Mutton, Pen Argyl, 6-2, 260 senior

Tyrone Barge, Imhotep Charter, 6-1, 276 senior

Linebacker

Eric Haney, Danville, 6-0, 210 senior

Jared Nosal, Catasauqua, 5-11, 210 senior

Ryan Morris, Corry, 6-1, 210 senior

Daulton Linton, Hickory, 5-11, 205 senior

Defensive Back

Drew Newcomb, Lewisburg, 6-1, 185 junior

Kyle Datres, Loyalsock, 6-1, 185 junior

Noah Osman, Chestnut Ridge, 5-10, 135 junior

Matt Kase, Berks Catholic, 6-0, 185 senior

Athlete

Justin Watson, South Fayette, 6-3, 195 senior

Cam Richardson, Northwestern Lehigh, 5-8, 155 junior

Player of the Year: Brett Brumbaugh, South Fayette

Coach of the Year: Joe Rossi, South Fayette

———

CLASS AAAA

OFFENSE

Quarterback


Chris Martin, St. Joseph’s Prep, 5-10, 185 senior

Andrew Ford, Cedar Cliff, 6-2, 195 senior

Mark Pyles, Lebanon, 6-0, 215 senior

Running Back

D’Andre Pollard, Neshaminy, 5-7, 170 junior

Kareem Williams, Parkland, 6-0, 190 senior

Chase Edmonds, CD East, 5-10, 185 senior

Smir Bullock, Archbishop Ryan, 5-7, 165 junior

Wide Receiver

Troy Apke, Mt. Lebanon, 6-2, 190 senior

Elijah Zeise, North Allegheny, 6-2, 200 senior

Tight End

Luke Carrezola, Neshaminy, 6-3, 242 senior

Offensive Linemen

Scot Augustine, Erie McDowell, 6-1, 200 senior

Jon Daniel Runyan, St. Joseph’s Prep, 6-4, 255 junior

Alex Bookser, Mt. Lebanon, 6-6, 295 senior

Michael Grimm, Bethel Park, 6-6, 308 senior

Sterling Jenkins, Baldwin, 6-8, 300 junior

Eric Gallo, Council Rock South, 6-3, 280 senior

Athlete

Troy Spencer, Lower Dauphin, 5-11, 180 senior

Eli Redmond, Parkland, 5-7, 175 senior

Kicker

Joe Julius, Lower Dauphin, 5-11, 200 senior

DEFENSE

Defensive Linemen


Michal Menet, Exeter Twp., 6-4, 255 sophomore

Trey Klock, Lower Dauphin, 6-4, 260 senior

Zack DeLuca, Pittsburgh C.C., 6-2, 240 senior

Ben Huss, Upper St. Clair, 6-3, 275 senior

Linebacker

Tyler Burke, Coatesville, 6-4, 245 senior

Zaire Franklin, La Salle College HS, 6-1, 220 senior

Niko Thorpe, Pittsburgh C.C., 5-11, 220 senior

Nezar Haddad, Parkland, 6-2, 210 senior

Tyler Heisey, Cumberland Valley, 5-11, 195 senior

Defensive Back

Connor Golden, Archbishop Ryan, 6-0, 190 senior

John Reid, St. Joseph’s Prep, 5-10, 180 junior

Montae Nicholson, Gateway, 6-3, 200 senior

Ryan Bonshak, Whitehall, 5-10, 185 senior

Athlete

Vince Moffett, St. Joseph’s Prep, 5-10, 185 senior

Daquan Worley, Coatesville, 5-11, 175 senior

Player of the Year: D’Andre Pollard, Neshaminy

Coach of the Year: Gabe Infante, St. Joseph’s Prep

1
Text Only
Sports
  • On to baseball GC coach Bell retired — sort of!

    You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
    Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
    “My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: Johnny Football claims he has learned from his 'rookie mistakes'

    HERE ARE some thoughts from a guy who might have made a few “rookie mistakes” in his life, ala Johnny Manziel.
    Johnny Football admitted this past week that he made some rookie mistakes. Really?
    Usually rookie mistakes for most NFL newbies are throwing into coverage or fumbling the football because you don’t tuck it tightly to your side.

    July 27, 2014

  • NFL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Sharon star Austin hopes to spark Lions' defense

    THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.

    July 21, 2014

  • Fighting cancer Racing to fight cancer

    Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
    Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break

    SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
    Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”

    July 20, 2014

  • Sky high Rutters earn spot in national motocross event

    The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
    Elijah, 18, and Dannah, 16, earned a ticket to the event with their performances at qualifiers and then regionals and are among the top 5 percent of riders in the U.S. Overall, 20,000 hopefuls from across the U.S. competed and there are only 1,446 qualifying spots at nationals.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sharon Football scramble Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble

    Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
    The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!

    HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
    The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.
    What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).

    July 13, 2014

  • LeBron James Full text of LeBron's essay in SI

    LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Snyder, Gordon, Popatak named to All-State team

    Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
    Synder was selected 1st-Team in Class A as a designated-hitter, while Gordon was honorably-mentioned in Class AAA and Popatak similarly was honored in AA. Gordon gained his laurels as a pitcher; Popatak as a 3rd baseman.

    July 10, 2014

  • Oprah lands first interview with Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Matthew

    Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story.

    July 8, 2014

  • County champs Little League Tournaments

    Sharon won the District 2 Major Division (12-year-olds) Championship, while Greenville 9-10 and West Middlesex 11 teams notched tournament victories in recent action.

    Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic won the Mercer County 14-under championship recently.

    Following are game reports:

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Cook The First Tee of Sharon celebrates 15th anniversary

    Professional golf star John Cook has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but probably none mean as much as those similar to the one he received Monday afternoon at The First Tee of Sharon.
    During a special ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the local program, a permanent plaque was unveiled in his honor describing the contributions he has made to junior golf.

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: John Cook here Monday for First Tee; other celebs on July 11

    THE RETURN of Tiger Woods to a PGA event sparked a lot of interest this past week. The return of John Cook to Buhl Farm Golf Course Monday will do the same locally.
    Cook, a standout on the Champions Tour and outstanding TV golf analyst, will conduct a clinic at 11 a.m. Monday at the course to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of The First Tee of Sharon program.
    It is open to the public at no charge.

    June 29, 2014

  • Tri-Athletes Hickory honors Tri-Athletes

    Hickory High honored its 2013-14 tri-athletes in a recent ceremony, the latest installment in a program that began in 2003-04.
    Fifty student-athletes (grades 9-12) were cited for having competed in at least one sport in the fall, winter and spring while maintaining a minimum B (85 percent) grade-point-average during the first three 9-week grading periods of the  academic year.

    June 22, 2014 1 Photo

Top 25 (AP Poll)
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook