2015 Team Preview – Tri-Valley (11)
Head Coach Mike Ulicny, Superintendent Mark Snyder, Assistant Brian Bowman, Principal Charles Hall, Assistant Marty Shade, Asst. Principal Bob Felty, Assistant Richie Dunkelberger, Athletic Director Bob Felty, Assistant Brynn Bowman, Asst. Athletic Director Wayne Klinger, Assistant Jay Howard, Asst. Athletic Director Rick Otto, Assistant Kevin Scheib, Athletic Trainer Mike Welgosh, Video Bob McDonald, Cheerleader supervisor Denise Williard
2014 record : 7-5 : Eastern Conference Class A Champions
Key losses from 2014
Hunter Harner QB / DB – career 2640 yards and 33 TD’s ; Pottsville Republican – 1rst team def athlete
Anthony Snyder FB / LB – 953 career rushing yards ; 371 career tackles ; AP all-state class A linebacker
Beau Rothermel OL/DL
Jericho Zemencik TE/DE
Dominick Carado OL
Returning Starters: Hunter Herb (OL/DL) ; Chase Schaeffer (RB/LB) ; Jaden Buchanan (SE/DB) ; Tyler Lucas (RB/DB) ; Dan Opozda (OL/DL), Devin Schwalm (OL), Bryan Rusinko (OL/LB), Jake Kroh (TE/LB), Danny Scheib (LB), Dawson Schwalm (LB)
Key newcomers: Willie Ward (OL) ; David Deibert (OL/DL) ; Jared Bush (DE) ; Tyler Dalton (LB); Nick Rice (OL) ; Rayce Newswanger (SE/DB) ; Logan Yoder (QB/LB) ; Ashton Buchanan (SE/DB); John Lindenmuth (OL) ; Josh Kroh (OL) ; Darren Young (OL)
Noteworthy Stats for returning players (career stats)
Jayden Buchanan Receiving – 29 rec for 440 yards and 11 TD’s
Chase Schaeffer Rushing – 103 carries for 457 yards and 7 TD’s
Tyler Lucas Rushing – 72 carries for 405 yards and 3 TD’s ; 21 rec for 275 yards and 3 TD’s
Hunter Herb 199 tackles, 4 sacks
Jayden Buchanan 74 tackles, 16 interception s
Chase Schaeffer 161 tackles, 5 interceptions
Tyler Lucas 116 tackles, 3 interceptions
Dan Opozda 74 tackles
Dan Scheib 88 tackles
Season Outlook: Tri-Valley lost a few good seniors from last season’s Eastern Conference championship team. The two biggest losses are all-star selections Hunter Harner and Anthony Snyder. Harner led the Dawgs offense the last two years accumulating over 2640 yards rushing and scoring 33 TD’s. Snyder set the school record for career tackles from his linebacker position and will be hard to replace.
Other Key losses include Dominick Carado and Beau Rothermel along the offensive line and Jericho Zemencik along the defensive front.
The cupboard is not empty for the Bulldogs as they return class A all-state defensive selections Jaden Buchanan and Hunter Herb who will lead a defensive that returns 8 starters.
Offensively TV returns a number of skill position players led by senior standout all-purpose backs Tyler Lucas and Chase Schaeffer along with sophomore FB Danny Scheib. The QB position will be filled by either senior Jaden Buchanan or promising sophomore Logan Yoder. Three year starters Hunter Herb and Dan Opozda will anchor a line that must replace two starters from last years’ team.
How well this line gels will determine the Bulldogs fate for the season as they must be able to compete with league favorites Newport, Juniata and Williams Valley.
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