WVW Football Telethon Opens!

Tonight, the Wyoming Valley West Football Team conducted their first ever telethon. The players on the varsity football team were asked to contact family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. to try to raise money for their team. The boys did a great job and had a great time while participating in this fundraiser and we still need help to reach our goal! We are always looking for donations and we need your help. All of the money raised from this fundraiser goes to help our team for this upcoming season. Please click on the link below and consider donating any amount of money that you can. Even if our goal is reached on the tracker, your donation is still needed. The fundraiser runs for 21 days and will close on August 7th. Please donate to help our players become the best that they can be!!

https://event.fan-pledge.com/69

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The Return of Spartan #TBT!!!

After too long, the Spartan edition of Throwback Thursday has returned! During our absence we have been collecting many films from past seasons to help expand our database.  So stay tuned for some old time Spartan highlights in the coming weeks and months, including what may be (in our opinion) one of the biggest kicks in WVW and District 2 history!

With kickoff of the 2017 season just over a month away, we are going to take a look at some of the plays made by players you will be seeing on Friday nights this coming fall.  

While many of the skill positions have faced major turnover due to graduations, there are still many returning key players from last year's team. In the video below, you will see a big stop on 3rd down by many returning players including Senior DL Cortes Adams, Sophomore DL Sammy Solomon and Senior OL/DL Chris Bleich. Also Senior RB/LB Zach Davies comes up with a big interception. The last two plays focus on two of the main offensive weapons for this coming year.  First, Senior QB Rob Dwyer (who spelled Aaron Austin occasionally last season), picks up a big 1st down in the 4th quarter of the game, and Junior WR/DB Darrian Tyson comes up with a big time catch on a 2 point conversion to seal the victory.

We hope to see you at Scranton Memorial Stadium on August 25th supporting the Spartans as they take on the Scranton Knights at 7 o'clock!

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Spartan #TBT -- Wyoming Valley West v Scranton '16

Bleich Commits to UCLA

After a little less than two months after reopening his recruitment, now Senior OT Chris Bleich has decided where he will be continuing his academic and athletic careers.  After non-stop coaches visits, letters, calls, etc... and taking a few unofficial visits, Chris has decided to attend the University of California Los Angeles, commonly known as UCLA.

In his initial post on twitter, Chris says "I told my dad I want to play football where no one ever did from this valley... and today I can say I kept my word to my dad." 

A short Q and A with Chris:
RP: You were committed to Penn State for over a year and a half.  What is the difference between PSU and UCLA?
CB: The biggest difference for me is the location.  With UCLA being on the West Coast it has a completely different atmosphere than PSU.  PSU is in a little section of the state by itself.  With UCLA, it is right in Los Angeles, playing home games in the Rose Bowl, and just the different life style that comes with it. 

RP: You were talking with a bunch of schools for the past few weeks/months.  What was the deciding factor that made you want to commit to UCLA?
CB: I was talking with a lot of schools, and I thank them for their interest in me. But the ultimate deciding factor was all of the opportunities that UCLA could offer me.  Again, being in LA, its a different lifestyle that I am interested in.

RP: Throughout your high school career, playing and being a key member of the varsity team since your freshman year, you have been involved in a number of big games/big moments for the team.  What is the moment/game that sticks out the most to you on a personal level?
CB: While I have been involved in many big moments/games, the one that sticks out to me on a personal level is the District 2 4A Championship game during my freshman year.  We were playing at Delaware Valley and I was lined upp against Connor Lutz, who went on to play at Delaware.  I felt that we had a great game against each other, going toe to toe for the entire game.  That game taught me what it meant to never give up and it made me appreciate every moment of football becuase the seaon was over after that game.  I realized that the player who took me under his wing was gone, I was never going to play football with him again.  And in all reality, I miss all of the players who were on that team, seniors on down to the other freshmen, everyone was genuinely nice and made each other better.  That team laid a great foundation for the next team, and we were then able to go undefeated during the regular season.

RP: Finally, what is one piece of advice that you would give to a younger teammate, or a younger player in general, who has the opportunity get recruited like you have been?
CB: I would tell them not to rush the process like I did.  Wait until you are going into your senior year to make your decision.  Take full advantage of the opportunities presented to you.  But when you do find the right school, you will know it in your gut.

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Bleich Re-Opens his Recruiting

During a phone call Thurday evening, Junior Offensive Lineman Chris Bleich decommitted from Penn State University.  Bleich, rated a 3 or 4 star recruit depending on the recruiting service, originally committed to Penn State while he was enrolled at IMG Academy last spring.  In a note posted on his Twitter timeline, Bleich said "After many months of discussions with my family, I came to the conclusion it's in my best interest to Re-Open my recruitment ... This only happens once and I just want to make sure I explore all of my options."  

His decision comes a few days after returning from an unofficial visit at Nebraska.  He has also taken an unofficial visit at Mississippi State, with a few more planned for the coming weeks.  

We will have more information on Chris and our other stand-out athletes as it becomes available.  Keep checking back for updates.

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