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Citizenship and All-Academic Team Announced

Citizen Award
 
Daniel Cassidy, Spring-Ford
 
All-Academic
 
Josh Tumelty, Spring-Ford

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Eight PAC football players honored by Tall Cedars

ROYERSFORD >> Eight Pioneer Athletic Conference football players were honored during the 75th annual Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest No. 34 Football Night at the Masonic Lodge in Royersford on Wednesday night.
Guest speaker for the night was former Spring-Ford High School football star linebacker Ross Pennypacker, a member of Spring-Ford’s Class of 2000 who went on to play at Millersville University. Ross currently serves as defensive coordinator, linebacker coach and recruiting coordinator at Kutztown University. He is also the son of longtime Pottsgrove High School head football coach Rick Pennypacker, a star offensive tackle/inside linebacker at Spring-Ford with the Class of 1972 as well as a Tall Cedars honoree.
Honorees for this past fall season included: Lee Albert, Spring-Ford; Javontae Tinson, Pottstown; Kyle Kooker, Boyertown; Matt Garcia, Phoenixville; Ryan McCourt, Perkiomen Valley; Adam Spencer, Pottsgrove; Dan Hultz, Owen J. Roberts; and Nick Yerger, Pope John Paul II.
“Lee was a tremendous player as a linebacker for us this year,” said Spring-Ford coach Chad Brubaker about his Ram standout who doubled as a tight end on offense. “He has been a big-play tight end specialist the last two years. We want to bring someone who is a good player, a good person and who comes from a good family. We felt he was the best representative for this banquet.”
Albert made 56 solo tackles this season and also made a critical pass interception during the District 1 6A playoff game against North Penn. Albert also caught nine passes, including two for touchdowns, in the Rams’ two-tight end formation.
Tinson played on the offensive line and at defensive end for Pottstown under coach Gary Rhodenbaugh. Tinson was chosen as the Trojans’ Most Valuable Player.
“Javontae was the glue that held our O-line together at center,” said Rhodenbaugh. “He showed selflessness. He moved from guard, his more natural position, to center. He did a tremendous job as our captain and was elected by his teammates.”
Kooker played running back and started at outside linebacker for Boyertown. He displayed all the traits coaches want in their players, that according to George Parkinson.
“He has an outstanding work ethic and is coachable,” said Parkinson. “He is a team player who leads by example. I present the Coach’s Award to the player who is most coachable. To me, this is the highest award a player can get.”
Kooker had won the Coach’s Award as a junior and now again as a senior.
“Kyle is very intelligent,” said Parkinson. “He is a student of the game and is eager to learn. He was at chalk talk and film review and wanted to get better. He even called signals on defense from the sidelines for one game as a sophomore. He paid attention.”
Phoenixville was represented by Garcia, who enjoyed a record-setting season as a running back for the Phantoms. Garcia totaled 1,820 yards on 255 carries during a phenomenal regular season that averaged out to a 7.1-yards per attempt. He broke Phoenixville’s single-season rushing record, which was held by the late Jimmy Johnson for 50 years.
“He will go down as one of the best players I ever coached and the best at Phoenixville,” said head coach Evan Breisblatt. “There is a strong history in Phoenixville football, so this is quite an accomplishment.”
Garcia, originally a Texas native, doubled as a linebacker on defense and also played on all special teams.
PAC Champion Perkiomen Valley was represented by McCourt, a senior outside linebacker on the strong side of the defense. His start to the season was pushed back due to an injury in the team’s opening scrimmage.
“He was a first team all-league player coming back and we were certainly counting on him, and then to see him go down hurt,” said PV head coach Rob Heist. “It was a freak accident.
“He came back on the practice field and was Coach McCourt. He helped with reads and had an outstanding season for us. It was a testament to his character that he was there and a testament because of the adversity he faced.”
McCourt is also an outstanding student whose curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses.
Pottsgrove coach Rick Pennypacker brought along Spencer, who despite weighing around 100 pounds, played three years of quality football on the Falcons’ special teams.
“This little guy is one person who needs to be honored,” said Pennypacker. “I have been coaching a long time. Next year will be 40 years, and I have never seen a player like this.”
Spencer, who weighed just 85 pounds as a sophomore, compensates with a mighty heart.
“He is the most inspiring kid I have ever been around,” said Pennypacker. “Whenever I was having a bad day, I’d see him, and that always picks me up. He is the ultimate team man. He inspired us and was the reason for the success we had as any kid on the team. He was inspiring to me and to everybody in the school. He is one of my favorites.”
Owen J. Roberts was represented by assistant coach Brian Leister and Hultz, a defensive tackle who doubled as a guard and tackle along the offensive line. Halt was one of only five seniors on the Wildcat team this season, and only three of those seniors finished the year.
“There was a lot of pressure on our seniors,” said Leister. “But we went 7-5 last year and 6-6 this year with a new coaching staff.”
Despite knee and ankle injuries, Hultz became an emotional team leader who also demonstrated his work ethic in the weight room.
Pope John Paul II coach Rory Graver spoke about Yerger, a team captain for the Golden Panthers who played outside linebacker and fullback during a playoff campaign.
“Nick started as a sophomore but missed his junior year with a knee injury,” said Graver. “He came back to be our team MVP as a senior.”
Yerger also carries a 4.1 GPA in the classroom and has made the Honor Roll ever since his freshman year.
“He is a good student, a good football player and an even better person,” said Graver.

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All-Liberty and All-Conference Teams Announced

All Conference Receiver
Stone Scarcelle  
 
All Conference Offensive Line
Casey Callahan  
 
All Conference Defensive Line
Tanner Romano  
 
All-Liberty Division Offense
2nd Team Quarterback
Tyler Pergine 
 
1st Team Running Back
Selwyn Simpson II  
Matthew Gibson  
 
2nd Team Running Back
Justin DeFrancesco  
 
1st Team Receiver*
Stone Scarcelle  
 
2nd Team Receiver
Quinn McKenna  
 
1st Team Offensive Line
Casey Callahan  
Noah Silva  
Nick Salomone  
 
 
All-Liberty Division Defense
1st Team Defensive Line
Tanner Romano  
 
2nd Team Defensive Line
William Frazier  
 
1st Team Inside Linebacker
Lianter Albert  
 
2nd Team Inside Linebacker
Ryan Yanulevich  
 
1st Team Defensive Back
Daniel Cassidy  
Stone Scarcelle  
 
2nd Team Specialist
Erick Rodriguez  

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Mercury-area football season review from A to Z

By Austin Hertzog
 
The PAC is back.
Perkiomen Valley and Spring-Ford made waves in the District 1 Class 6A playoffs while Pottsgrove’s Class 4A title and runs by Upper Perkiomen and Pope John Paul II proved that the PAC should no longer be an afterthought in the district conversation.
Stellar careers came to an end, while promising careers began to shine.
All-in-all, 2016 will be one remembered for the record-breaking, the surprising upsets, and the deep district runs.
Here’s a look back on the Mercury-area season from A to Z.
A is for Adeboboye: Hill School’s Daniel Adeboboye started his Hill School career in fine fashion, rushing for more than 250 yards in the team’s 2-0 start, its best start since the 2009 season. The Hill finished with a 3-6 record.
B is for Bettering the mark: Spring-Ford senior wide receiver Stone Scarcelle finished tied for most career touchdown receptions in Rams history, his 20 touchdown receptions tying Andrew Scanlan (now at Northwestern), who graduated in 2011. Scarcelle’s 13 receiving touchdowns in 2016 was a Spring-Ford record.
C is for Courage: Look no further than Perkiomen Valley’s Chris Jimenez and mother Jaime Kline. Kline, suffering from breast cancer for the past six years, has been battling the disease and continues to do so even with her recent Stage 4 diagnosis. Jimenez, a senior Temple commit, leaned on football as therapy amid the tribulation and was a huge piece to the Vikings’ undefeated regular season and PAC title run.
D is for Defense: Spring-Ford’s defense was by far the best in the PAC, averaging only 12.5 points per game — nearly six points better than PAC’s second-best in Perkiomen Valley. The Rams also led the PAC in rushing yards allowed per game (94.4) and total yards allowed per game (236.8). The team finished with 31 sacks and 14 interceptions.
E is for Ellen: Always a good PAC season when Ellen DeGeneres gets a mention in the A to Z review. Pottstown’s own Marvin Pearson was given a $10,000 scholarship to a college of his choice and was given a chance to fly to New Orleans to meet Drew Brees on “The Ellen Show” in November. More on Pearson shortly.
F is for Faison: During preseason camp it was instantly recognizable the talent that the Rahsul Faison, an Archbishop Carroll transfer, would bring to Pottsgrove. Faison rushed for a PAC best 2,093 yards — the first 2,000-plus effort since OJR’s Ryan Brumfield in 2010 — as the Falcons won its first District 1 championship since 2011, beating Interboro in comeback fashion in the Class 4A title game.
G is for Garcia: It wasn’t the best season for Phoenixville, but senior running back Matt Garcia made it memorable. Garcia shattered the school’s single-season rushing record of 1,507 yards set by Jimmy Johnson in 1966, finishing with 1,820 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in 10 games.
H is for Honoring the Military: Pottsgrove and Phoenixville both honored the military with annual Military Appreciation nights.
I is for Interceptions: Five players led the PAC with five interceptions in 2016: Koran Butler (Norristown), Jake Bildstein (Pope John Paul II), Matt Ford-Bey (Perkiomen Valley), Ryan Kendra (Upper Perkiomen) and Dan Cassidy (Spring-Ford).
J is for Jaworski: Perkiomen Valley’s Justin Jaworski broke his own record for most receiving yards in a season, finishing with 1,396 yards receiving with 14 touchdowns, all while missing some of the season with a MCL injury. Jaworski, who returned during the Vikings’ victory over Spring-Ford in Week 7, shattered the PAC career mark for receiving yards in Week 3, besting the mark set by Upper Perkiomen’s Ronnie Gillespie in 2011 (2,147 yards). Jaworski finished his career with 3,270 career yards.
K is for Kickers: Whether it be Perkiomen Valley’s Garrett Patla, or Spring-Ford’s Erick Rodriguez, this year was definitely the Year of the Kicker. Patla finished with a PAC record 85 points, including nine field goals (one a 49-yarder in the District 1 Class 6A quarterfinals). Rodriguez broke Spring-Ford’s single-season record for most points of 70 set by Ryan O’Hara in 2011. Rodriguez finished with 76 points.
L is for Liberty: The Liberty Division made easy work of its Frontier Division opponents in the Week 10 crossover matchups. Highlighted by Perkiomen Valley’s 28-14 victory over Pottsgrove in the PAC Championship, the Liberty Division went 6-0 in the Week 10 crossovers.
M is for Marvin: Pottstown’s Marvin Pearson scored his first varsity touchdown in the Trojans’ 48-8 loss to Pottsgrove in October. Pearson, blind since the age of 10 and deaf a short time after, came back to Pottstown for his senior season and made memories along the way.
N is for Newcomers: Norristown and Upper Merion’s first season in the PAC could have been better (teams combined to go 3-6 in the conference), but the two finished off the season with an epic clash in their annual Thanksgiving Day game.
O is for Okuniewski: Daniel Boone’s Ryan Okuniewski finished with a team-best 836 receiving yards on 41 receptions. His totals are No. 2 in Berks, behind only Exeter’s Gabe Schappell (47-908).
P is for Pope John Paul II: Whether it be its first three-game winning streak since 2011, or its first victory over Pottsgrove in school history, the Golden Panthers’ season was a surprise to many, especially after a winless 2015. PJP junior quarterback Matt DeLaurentis fared extremely well in his first year starting, finishing with 2,307 passing yards, while the defense finished fifth in the PAC with 267.3 yards per game.
Q is for Quarterbacks: Three quarterbacks finished with more than 2,000 yards passing (PV’s Stephen Sturm, SF’s TJ Pergine and PJP’s Matt DeLaurentis).
R is for Romano: Spring-Ford’s Tanner Romano bettered his brother’s school record for most tackles for loss in a season, his 23 TFL four better than Mason’s mark set in 2012. Mason, however, holds the mark for most career tackles for loss with 40.
S is for Stephen Sturm: Perkiomen Valley’s Stephen Sturm wrapped up the best career of any District 1 quarterback at the largest classification, passing for a PAC-record 3,438 yards with 42 touchdowns opposed to just nine interceptions. Sturm, who set the District 1 single-season mark for passing yards in a season for a week before North Penn’s Reece Udinksi bettered it in the district title game, passed Downingtown East’s Pat Develin (2006) for most career passing yards with 8,554 yards. His 94 career passing touchdowns tied Manheim Township’s Pat Bostick (2003-2006) career mark.sturm1
T is for TJ Pergine: Spring-Ford’s TJ Pergine Spring-Ford single season record for passing yards in a season, finishing with 2,275 yards, a new single-season record for passing yards.
U is for Undefeated: Perkiomen Valley completed its first undefeated regular season in school history.
V is for Victory: The Perkiomen School finished the year with six wins, finishing the year with a 54-6 victory over St. Andrew’s School.
W is for Wilson: Game of the Year goes to Spring-Ford and Wilson in Week 3. The much-hyped matchup that pitted Spring-Ford head coach Chad Brubaker against his former school (Brubaker spent 12 years as an assistant coach for the perennial state powerhouse, the last four as the offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Dahms), went in Wilson’s favor in a double-overtime thriller that saw the Bulldog defense stuff Stone Scarcelle one inch shy of the goal line on a two-point conversion. Wilson won 41-40 and most recently won the District 3 Class 6A championship.
X is for X-Factor: Every team had one, whether it be PJP’s Dan Cirino, Upper Perkiomen’s Tyler Whary, Phoenixville’s Nasir Green, Perkiomen Valley’s Sean Owens or Spring-Ford’s Selwyn Simpson.
Y is for Yazujian: He isn’t in high school anymore, but that’s OK. Tyler Yazujian, Penn State’s longsnapper, was part of what many media members are calling the story of the year: the Penn State 2016 team that earned a Big Ten East title and will vie for the conference championship Saturday in Indianapolis.
Z is for Zeke: Upper Perkiomen advanced to the District 1 Class 4A playoffs this season in large part due to the play of senior quarterback Zeke Hallman, who cleaned up his play from 2015. Hallman finished with a career-best 1,938 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions as the Indians finished the year 5-6 (4-1 PAC). Hallman’s season totals for yards and touchdowns were bests for in Upper Perkiomen history.

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No.: 7 Team: Varsity
First Name: Matt Position: RB/DB
Last Name: Gibson Classification: SR
No.: 10 Team: Varsity
First Name: Dan Position: WR/DB
Last Name: Cassidy Classification: SR
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First Name: Stone Position: ATH/DB
Last Name: Scarcelle Classification: SR
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First Name: Quinn Position: TE/DE
Last Name: McKenna Classification: SR
No.: 20 Team: Varsity
First Name: Adam Position: WR/DB
Last Name: Sharkey Classification: SR
No.: 26 Team: Varsity
First Name: Selwyn Position: ATH/DB
Last Name: Simpson Classification: SR
No.: 45 Team: Varsity
First Name: Ryan Position: RB/LB
Last Name: Yanulevich Classification: SR
No.: 54 Team: Varsity
First Name: Tanner Position: OL/DE
Last Name: Romano Classification: SR
No.: 55 Team: Varsity
First Name: Nick Position: OL/DL
Last Name: Salamone Classification: SR
No.: 68 Team: Varsity
First Name: Toby Position: OL/DL
Last Name: Poet Classification: SR
No.: 71 Team: Varsity
First Name: Casey Position: OL/DL
Last Name: Callahan Classification: SR
No.: 82 Team: Varsity
First Name: Lee Position: TE/LB
Last Name: Albert Classification: SR