By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | January 3, 2015
Five local players made the Pennsylvania Football News All-State football team Friday.
Two were on the first team: Towanda's Tyler Vanderpool as a punter in Class AA while North Penn-Mansfield's Bryce Zaparzynski made it in Class A as a defensive back.
"It's great to get recognition in our area," said Towanda coach Jamie Wecker. "We always strive for that. Our kids always seem to be forgotten. We've had a couple of other kids that could have been honored as well but anytime you can get kids in the local area recognized it's good for the entire area."
Vanderpool was key not only for Towanda's special teams but also on offense and defense.
"He was so important for our team," said Wecker. "Before we had to move him to tackle I think he was the most dynamic tight end in the district."
He noted Vanderpool's combination of size, speed, strength and overall athleticism that made him a force on both sides of the ball.
"He had such a huge wingspan," remarked Wecker. "On the defensive side of the ball he was more of a shutdown kind of guy. He could put pressure on the QB, get in there and get sacks. He's worked real hard at punting. After he came into our program he's just gotten better and better. When you punt 42, 43 yards every punt that's impressive for a 17-18 year old kid."
"For him individually it's a great award," added Wecker.
As for Zaparzynski, the senior was also key for the Panthers on both sides of the ball, not just defense.
"He's a very good athlete," said NPM coach Tom Dickinson. "Everybody knew that he's a big part of our running game. Defensively, he just played so well. Not only in covering and intercepting but in the run game. He came up hard and had seven tackles for loss, that's something for a corner."
Zaparzynski made all-state for three different publications this season, the first time a Panther has done that.
"We're very excited about that," said Dickinson.
This also helps the veteran coach get his players ready for next season.
"It sets the bar high for our d-backs if they want to emulate that for next year," Dickinson explained. "We haven't had one in quite awhile, it's quite an honor anytime anyone is named to that."
Also in AA Troy's Dylan Brennan made it as an honorable mention lineman while in Class A Wellsboro's Michael Pietropola was an honorable mention quarterback with Canton's Theron Binford making it as an honorable mention punter.
South Williamsport's Dominick Bragalone was named the Class A Offensive Player of the Year and on first team offense for running back. His teammate Sam Buck made it at offensive line.
Fellow Mountaineers Tyler Schonewolf (TE) and Cody Nelson (OL) made it on second team offense while John Peters (LB) was on second team defense.
Two other Mountaineers, Riley Thomas (WR) and Matthew Boone (DB) made honorable mention.
In Class AA Montoursville's Keith Batkowski (RB) made first team offense while on second offense are Southern Columbia's Trent Donlan (OL) and Loyalsock's Kyle Datres (Ath).
On honorable mention are Mt. Carmel's Christian Kelley (TE), Montoursville's Wyatt Entz (Ath) and Nick Russo (P) and Southern Columbia's Billy Barnes (LB).