Austin Signs with St. Vincent College

Recently, QB Aaron Austin signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at St. Vincent College of Latrobe, Pa. 

Pictured: seated Donna Austin, mother; Aaron; Tom Austin, father; standing Sandy MacKay, Athletic Director; Pat Keating, Head Coach; Dave Novrocki, Principal.

Congrats to Aaron and his parents on a wonderful accomplishment.  We can't wait to see what you do at the next level!

Spartans Sign Their NLI

February 1st marks the first day that senior football players can make their commitments official, and two Spartans jumped on that opportunity.  RB Sean Judge and DL/LB Brydon Rukstalis signed their National Letters of Intent today to play at Shippensburg University and Susquehanna University respectively.  Their signing photos are posted below.

Brydon joins Jared and Jeremy Kozich (2015) and Kris Wolfe (2016) as Spartan Alumni currently playing at Suquehanna.



Seated (L to R): Pat Keating, Spartans Head Coach; Kim Judge, Mother; Sean; Sean Judge Sr., Father.  Standing: David Novrocki, Principal; Sandy MacKay, Athletic Director; Christopher Barnic, Assistant Principal; Tara Carey, Assistant Principal.



Seated (L to R): Pat Keating, Spartans Head Coach; Cindy Roberts, Mother; Brydon; Brock Rukstalis, Father.   Standing: David Novrocki, Principal; Sandy MacKay, Athletic Director; Christopher Barnic, Assistant Principal; Tara Carey, Assistant Principal.

We are extremely proud of Sean and Brydon, and we cannot wait to see what they do at the next level!

Spartans Named All-State

To start the new year off right, multiple Spartans found out that they were named to an All-State Team.  Jr. Chris Bleich was named to the PFN (Pennsylvania Football News) 5A All State First Team on the Offensive Line.  Sr. Sean Judge and Jr. Zach Davies were named to the PFN 5A All State Honorable Mentions as an Athlete and Linebacker, respectively.

Last week, Bleich was also named to the 2016 All-USA (USA Today) Pennsylvania Football Team Second Team as an Offensive Lineman.

We are humbly proud of Chris, Sean, and Zach and the entire 2016 Spartans!  We can't wait to see what the 2017 season has in store for us.

Spartans Honored (Updated 12/26)

As the calendar year draws to a close, local media outlets are beginning to release their All-Star Teams for the 2016 football season.  Keep checking back to see which Spartans were honored by which media outlets.

Times Leader Football All Stars:
First Team --  QB Aaron Austin, Sr.; OL Chris Bleich, Jr.; DB Sean Judge, Sr.; LB Zach Davies, Jr.; K Jake Gurtis, Jr.
Second Team -- DL Brydon Rukstalis, Sr.; LB Sean Mikovitch, Jr.

NPF Sports All-District Team:
OL
Chris Bleich, Jr.; LB Zach Davies, Jr.; DB Sean Judge, Sr.

NPF Sports 2016 WVC Big School All Stars (4A-6A): 
LB
Zach Davies, Jr. -- Big School Defensive Player of the Year

First Team Offense -- ATH Sean Judge, Sr.; OL Chris Bleich
First Team Defense -- DL Brydon Rukstalis, Sr.; LB Zach Davies, Jr.; DB Sean Judge, Sr.

Second Team Offense -- QB Aaron Austin, Sr.; FB Sean Mikovitch, Jr.; Jake Gurtis, Jr.
Second Team Defense -- DL Sammy Solomon, Fr.; LB Nick Mooney, Sr. Sean Mikovitch, Jr.; 
Honorable Mentions -- OL Brydon Rukstalis, Sr. Mike Saracino, Sr.; DL Cortes Adams, Jr.; DB Darrian Tyson, So.

Citizens Voice 2016 Football All Stars:
QB Aaron Austin, Sr.; RB/DB Sean Judge, Sr.; OL/DT Chris Bleich, Jr.; LB Zach Davies, Jr.

Season Stat Totals

Here are the final stat totals for the 2016 season.  The Spartans finished the year with an 8-3 record.
We would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving and we would like to wish our seniors participating in next week's UNICO game good luck.

Spartans Season Ends at 8-3

"It just wasn't in the cards tonight" coach Keating told the players after the game.  It seemed like after the first drive everything was going to go the way of the Spartans.  But old habits returned, including numerous penalties, and the Spartans saw their season end at the hands of the Comets by a score of 24-7.  

Please keep checking back as we will be doing a season recap in the near future along with season totals for stats and of course our Spartan #TBT feature.

Rosters for the PIAA District 2 5A Championship Game

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Spartan #TBT - WVW v Abington Heights

In this week's Spartan #TBT, we throw it back to a few weeks ago when the Spartans traveled to Clarks Summit to take on Abington Heights.  The Spartans won the game 23-20, thanks to some big special teams plays that are highlighted in the video below.  

In the first clip, senior Chris Melovitz comes around the edge to block the attempted kick by Abington Heights.  That play was the last play before halftime and made the last play of the game possible.  On that play, junior Jake Gurtis booted a 37 yard field goal to give the Spartans the win, which earned them the right to host the District 2 5A Championship game at Spartan Stadium on Friday November 11, 2016 at 7 pm.

Spartan #TBT - WVW v Abington Heights (Video)

Spartans to Host Abington Heights

On Friday November 11th, the Spartans will host Abington Heights for the Inaugural PIAA District 2 Class 5A chanpionship. The game is a rematch of their matchup on October 8th that saw the Spartans win on a Jake Gurtis field goal as time expired.

Spartans Dominate Coughlin, Earn #1 Seed

On Wednesday, we posted about the different scenarios that were possible for the Spartans.  And throughout the Valley this week, many residents expected that the Spartans would need some assistance to get the #1 seed in the PIAA District 2 5A tournament.  Well, I guess the help that they needed was named the Wyoming Valley West Spartans.  

In a dominating performance from start to finish, the Spartans gave Coughlin little hope on the night.  It all started when Coughlin went three and out on their first possession of the game and the Spartans scored a Touchdown on their first play from scrimmage on a pass from Aaron Austin to Sean Judge.  Reports earlier this week had Judge ruled out for the season, but they could not have been further from the truth, and he showed it on that first play and throughout the game.

The Spartans would go on to score on every possession, excluding the last drive by the Junior Varsity, including foreign exchange student Alessio Orlandini connecting on a PAT.

With the win, the Spartans earned a by for next week and will play in the District 2 5A Championship game at Spartan Stadium on Friday November 11 against the winner of the Abington Heights/Wallenpaupack game.

Articles:
Citizens Voice
Times Leader
WNEP

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Playoff Scenarios for the Spartans

In past years, playoff scenarios would take up the majority of this website because of the number of teams that were involved.  This year, due to the new classifications, it is a lot simpler.  So here are the different playoff scenarios that involve the Spartans:

IF the Spartans WIN:
Nov 4th - Bye
Nov 11th - Home vs the Winner of Abington Heights/Wallenpaupack

 

IF the Spartans lose, and Abington Heights loses:
Nov 4th - Bye
Nov 11th - Home vs the Winner of Abington Heights/Wallenpaupack

 
IF the Spartans lose and Abington Heights wins:
Nov 4th - Home vs Wallenpaupack
 
Those are the 3 different scenarios. We will update you after the games on Friday.

Spartans Roll Through Crestwood

On a wet evening, the Spartans showed signs of maturity that weren't there at the beginning of the year.  The offensive line gave the runners plenty of holes to run through and they provided the quarterbacks plenty of time to make the correct reads and throws.  The wide receivers made solid blocks that turned short runs into longer ones.  And the defense, as a whole, played their best game of the season, which included 4 turnovers. 

But the biggest improvement for the Spartans was that they were only called for 4 penalties, down significantly from past weeks (which is a very, very good sign of maturity).

Many players contributed to the offense to help get to that 47-0 score. Aaron Austin found Sean Judge on back to back passes for touchdowns.  And Judge, Austin, Chris Melovitz, Zach Davies, and Sean Mikovitch found the end zone on the ground.

Articles:
Times Leader
Citizens Voice

Stats:

Rosters for the Crestwood Game

Rain? Cooler weather? Bring it on, it's football weather.

In case you decided to stay home and listen to the game, or did not receive a roster handout when entering the game, 

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or

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We hope to see you at the stadium.

Spartans Rally to Win Big Over Rival Berwick

After an extremely slow and negative start to the game, something clicked.  And once it clicked, there was no looking back.  

After falling behind 14-0 thanks to a slew a penalties and a turnover, the Spartans started to roll.  The Spartans scored 28 points in the second quarter in a matter of only 8 and a half minutes to take the lead, and never give it back.  After the first quarter, the Spartans outscored Berwick 48-10.

During the scoring onslaught, Senior Sean Judge also surpassed 4,000 yards from scrimmage (rushing and receiving) and 5,000 All-Purpose yards (rushing, receiving, kickoff returns, punt returns, interception returns, and fumble recovery returns).  He also scored the 63rd touchdown of his high school career. Junior Zach Davies also reached 250 career tackles during the game on Friday.  Big congrats to both Sean and Zach on their great accomplishments.

The win continues the winning streak in the annual rivalry game for the Spartans.  They have now won the last 3 games in the rivalry, 7 of the 8 games under Coach Keating, and 9 of the last 11.

Articles: 
Citizens Voice
Times Leader
WNEP
WBRE

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Rosters for the Game Against Berwick

In case you were unable to get a roster when coming into the stadium or would like one if you are listening/watching the game at home:

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or

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Spartan #TBT - WVW v Berwick

Ladies and Gentlemen,

IT'S TIME.

The Spartans vs the bulldogs.
Wyoming Valley West vs Berwick.
The game that the entire Wyoming Valley waits for is finally here.  Thanks to the schedule changes brought on by the reclassification of schools by the PIAA, the traditional early season rivalry got pushed back this year to game 8.

That doesn't diminish the rivalry, it may actually increase it.  Both teams come into this game at 5-2 and needing a victory to help secure higher seeds in the District playoffs.

In honor of the renewal of this rivalry, we decided to take a look back at this rivalry through the Pat Keating era (2009-present day).  So take a look at the video posted below and then head to Spartan Stadium on Friday to watch the next chapter of this great rivalry!

Spartan #TBT - WVW v Berwick (Video)

Walkoff Field Goal Gives the Spartans a Big Win

The last second is always the longest.  Or so it felt on Saturday for the Spartans.  The game against Abington Heights came down to a last second, walk-off 37 yard field goal by Junior Jake Gurtis.  The kick went through the uprights and sent the Spartans sideline into celebration mode.  In a matchup of 5A rivals, the winner was going to control their own destiny.  And thanks to Jake, the Spartans control theirs, as it relates to playoffs.

While it came down to the last second, the Spartans were in control for most of the game.  After allowing an opening drive touchdown, the Spartan defense limited the Comets to just 3 more points in the first half.  The offense contributed 14 points to give the Spartans a 14-10 lead going into halftime.  But the lead would not have been that large if not for a spectacular special teams effort by Senior Chris Melovitz and the rest of the Spartans field goal block unit.  On the last play of the first half, Melovitz came untouched off the left side of the offensive line to block the Abington Heights 38 yard field goal attempt to maintain the 4 point lead for the Spartans.  The Spartans then used two Gurtis field goals in the second half to extend their lead to 20-10. 

Abington Heights battled back to tie the score at 20 all with about 7 minutes left in the game.  After the teams traded unsuccessful drives, the Spartans got good field position after an Abington Heights punt went out of bounds at their own 41 yard line.  After a few plays to move the ball closer to the end zone, the Spartans sent Gurtis to kick the field goal.  And the rest is history.

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Spartan #TBT - Wyoming Valley West v Abington Heights

For this week's Spartan #TBT, we are throwing it back to September 2011.  On September 12th, the Spartans faced off against Abington Heights in the regular season for the last time, until this weekend. 

The circumstances around this game are quite historic as well.  Due to the threat of flooding from Tropical Storm Lee and the evacuations for most of the school district, the game was postponed from Friday night to Monday evening, which gave us a taste of Monday Night Football. 

The game was billed to be a close match-up between 2 heavyweights.  It turned out to be a blowout in favor of the Spartans.  In the plays highlighted in the video, QB Eugene Lewis breaks a few tackles on his way to a long run, DE Chris Coleman intercepts a pass from the Abington Quarterback, and QB Eugene Lewis runs the option to perfection with his RB Tashawn Bunch who would end up in the end zone.  The Spartans would go on to win this game by a score of 51-0.

We hope to see you on Saturday up at the Pit in Abington to watch the regular season revival of this matchup.

Spartan #TBT - Wyoming Valley West v Abington Heights (Video)

Spartans Continue to Build, Defeat the Buckhorns

On a cool, dreary evening, the Spartans continued to grow, learn, and mature as they defeated Wallenpaupack 31-6.  The Spartans defense continued to build on their strong showing against Dallas, this time allowing only 6 points which came on two field goals.  The offense started the game strong, scoring 17 points in the first quarter. 

Articles: 
Times Leader
Citizens Voice

Stats:

Spartans Rebound in a Big Way, Shutout the Mountaineers

The Spartans returned to the win column on Friday Night, and did so in style, by defeating the Dallas Mountaineers 29-0.  It marks the first shutout for the Spartans since they posted back to back shutouts last year.  

Articles:
Citizens Voice
Times Leader

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Spartan #TBT - Aaron Austin v Dallas

In this week's edition, we look at a big play from last season again, this time it is Aaron Austin against Dallas.  In the play, Aaron drops back to throw the ball, but see an opening to run it when his receivers are covered downfield.  
Join us tomorrow to see if the Spartans can get back on track against the Mountaineers at 7:00 pm at Mountaineer Stadium.

Spartan #TBT - Aaron Austin v Dallas (Video)

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