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2022 Team Preview: Minersville Area Battlin’ Miners (11)

Written by: on Sunday, August 7th, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Justin Frantz

Assistant Coaches:
Jeff Polinsky
Chad Marquardt
Matt Hirsch
Dylan Reber
Matt Hirsch
Tony Klazas
Gino Yourey
Joe LIptok
Scott Yagielniskie
Joe Kavanaugh
Jeff Cutler
Ray Sukeena
Noah Charowsky
Shayne Schafer

Team Name: Minersville Area Battlin’ Miners

2021 Record: 6-5 (District 11 AA Semifinalist)

District: District 11

Class: A

League: Colonial-Schuylkill League, White Division

Key Starters Lost:
John Adams (QB/LB)
Jared Graeff (WR/DB)
Jason Cullen (WR/K/P)
Jason Petrozino (OL/DL)
Mike Rizzardi (OL/DL)

Offensive Starters Returning: (8)
Ron Beach (OL, 5’9, 260, SR)
Brock Polinsky (WR 5’11, 170, Sr)
Ray Snyder (WR, 5’8, 150, Sr)
Cade Schultz (OL, 5’11, 230 JR)
Luke Stevenosky (RB 5’9, 200, JR)
Lorenzo Yourey (WR 6’2, 190, JR)
Logan Hutsko (WR 6’2, 185, Soph)
Owen Fortna (C, 5’6, 190, Soph)

Defensive Starters Returning: (8)
Ron Beach (DL, 5’9, 260, SR)
James Dube (LB, 5’9, 180, Sr)
Brock Polinsky (FS, 5’11, 170, Sr)
Ray Snyder (DB, 5’8, 150, Sr)
Cade Schultz (DL, 5’11, 230 JR)
Luke Stevenosky (LB, 5’9, 200, JR)
Lorenzo Yourey (LB, 6’2, 190, JR)
Logan Hutsko (LB, 6’2, 185, Soph)

Special Team Starters Returning:
N/A (Jason Cullen punted and kicked for us and graduated)

Key Newcomers:
1. Connor Beck (Sr. – WR/ DB)
2. Aaron Laudeman (Sr. – RB/LB)
3. Thomas Lohin (Sr. – WR/DB)
4. Josh Rizzardi (Sr. – OL/DL)
5. Algenis Almonte (Sr. – OL/DL)
6. Marques Barnhart (Sr. OL/DL)
7. Emiliano Conklin (jr OL/LB)
8. Blake Wesler (jr. WR/DB)
9. Brennan Wolfgang (Jr WR/DB)
10. Kaleb Barlet (soph OL/DL)
11. Aiden Boom (soph OL/DL)
12. AJ Halford (Soph OL/DL)
13. Jake Kavanaugh (soph – WR/DB)
14. Trustin Diehl (Soph OL/DL)
15. Logan Rizzardi (soph RB/LB)
16. Easton Schultz (soph WR/LB)
17. Gavin Allen (fr WR/DB)
18. Ethan Borrell (fr OL/DL)
19. TJ Bowers (fr WR/DB)
20. Dante Carr (fr – QB/LB)
21. Matt Dube (fr – WR/LB)
22. Peyton Killian (fr OL/DL)
23. Paiten LaPoint (fr WR/LB)
24. John Panek (fr OL/DL)
25. Riley Rumberger (fr OL/DL)
26. David Shoffler (fr OL/DL)
27. Gavin Spirko (fr OL/DL)
28. Dom Yourey (fr OL/DL)

2021 Returning Player Stats:
Brock Polinsky
Offense:
Rushing:
39 catches
598 yards
4 touchdowns
Defense:
69 tackles
3 INTS
3 FF

James Dube
Defense:
90 tackles
2 sacks
1 interception
2 FF

Lorenzo Yourey
Offense:
Receiving:
20 catches
200 yards
3 touchdowns
Defense:
68 tackles
6 sacks

Logan Hutsko
Offense:
Receiving:
19 catches
272 yards
3 touchdowns
Defense:
20 tackles
4 sacks

Luke Stevenosky
Offense:
Rushing:
52 carries
204 yards
3 touchdowns
Defense:
75 tackles
3 sacks
2 FF

Ray Snyder
Defense:
44 tackles
2 INTS

Cade Schultz
Defense:
58 tackles
11 TFL
5 sacks
3 fumble recoveries

Ron Beach
Defense:
26 tackles
1 Sack

2022 Offensive Outlook: “We need to fill 2/3 spots on the offensive line this season. Cade Schultz and Ronnie Beach return as multi-year starters and will be relied on to be the leaders on the line. Luke Stevenosky comes into this 3rd year as the starting running back and will look to have his biggest season to date. A small change in offensive philosophy will allow him to find more running lanes and will help the offensive line to move and attack better. We will still be a spread offense and throw the ball around but will add a few more wrinkles this season than in years past. Ray Snyder, Logan Hutsko, Brock Polinsky, and Lorenzo Yourey all return at the wide receiver positions. Dante Carr and Lorenzo Yourey will compete for the starting QB position – both are tall, athletic, and have big arms so they will fit in perfectly with our scheme. Connor Beck, Thomas Lohin, Matt Dube, Paiten LaPoint, Jake Kavanaugh, Easton Schultz, and a variety of others will all compete for playing time at the receiver position. Aaron Laudeman and Logan Rizzardi also look to get carries in the backfield. The season will come down to getting the ball into our playmakers’ hands and letting them do what they do best. If the offensive line comes together under the leadership of Schultz and Beach this could be one of the most explosive offenses that Minersville has had.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “With 7/8 starters returning, we have a lot of experience throughout our defense. We need to fill a few spots and sure up some things from last year. This year’s defense will be faster and more athletic than we have been in years. Brock Polinsky (All-State FS) and James Dube (LB) will both be four-year starters on the defense and will make all the calls. They are two of the most productive defensive players in Minersville history and will continue to make big plays. We will be switching up our defense to get more people in the box vs. the run-heavy teams in our league. This should allow the LBs to play faster and the secondary to lock up vs. the wide receivers. The defensive line is led by Cade Schultz (All Area DT) who forces double teams almost every game. With the help of 3-year starter Ronnie Beach, if this front can control the line of scrimmage, this defense can have a huge year.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “We need to find a new kicker and punter to replace All-County/State Jason Cullen.”

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