Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with senior lineman Kris Wolfe to discuss his college choice and some of favorite high school memories. As more seniors make their college choices public, we will also be doing Q&As with them to give you a little inside look at some of our players. Here is the interview with OL/DL #67 Kris Wolfe:
RP: First off congrats on your commitment to Susquehanna University. How did you come to this decision and what made it the right school for you?
KW: I came to this decision because I felt most comfortable there. Susquehanna is where I feel I belong. They have a very young coaching staff that is energetic about the game. The team is also on the rise in the Centennial Conference.
RP: You mentioned their coaching staff. Have they told you about what position or side of the ball they might want you to play?
KW: (Head) Coach (Tom) Perkovich said that he likes me on the offensive side of the ball. But, to be truthful, I will play wherever they want me to.
RP: Everyone knows that you were a standout offensive and defensive lineman for us these past few years. But not many people know what kind of student you are. At Susquehanna, what is going to be your major?
KW: At Susquehanna, I will be taking enrolled in the pre-engineering program. Enrolling in this program allows me to attend Susquehanna for 3 years and then finish my schooling at Columbia for the final 2 years.
RP: Why engineering?
KW: Engineering is one of the most in demand jobs in today’s society.
RP: What is the one thing that you will miss most about high school?
KW: Definitely seeing my friends on a daily basis.
RP: What about football. What are you going to miss about high school football?
KW: The atmosphere. The atmosphere of all the games is outstanding, but especially our home games. Those playoff games were just amazing! I will also miss playing with the best senior class/football team in WVW history. #Barbarians
RP: Last one, what is the best memory of high school football for you personally? While we are in a team oriented sport, I want one play/moment that was your best personal memory from high school football.
KW: My fumble recovery during the Liberty game. It was one of the biggest games I have ever played in and going back to my previous answer, the atmosphere was even more intense than usual. That play is the one that will stick with me the longest.
With Signing Season upon us, we thought it would be a great idea to talk with some of our seniors about their college choices and high school memories.
Back in December, after making his verbal commitment to UAlbany, L.J. Wesneski sat down with the Citizens Voice to detail what went into his college choice. The article can be found by clicking here.
L.J. was also interviewed on signing day by WNEP
As more seniors make their choices public, we will have a Q & A with them as well.
Happy National Signing Day everyone!
Wednesday was the first day that current high school seniors who played football were allowed to officially put pen to paper and give a college their full commitment. And on Wednesday, two Spartans signed their NLI.
First, as we reported here a few weeks ago, Tight End L.J. Wesneski signed with University at Albany. The other was Lineman Kris Wolfe who signed with Susquehanna University. We cannot be prouder of the accomplishments of these two, both on the field and in the classroom! Below are their pictures from today. Keep checking back to see where our other Spartan Seniors sign.
First Row from the left: Josh Wesneski, brother; Larry Wesneski, father; L.J.; Barb Wesneski, mother; and Alex Wesneski, sister. Second Row: Dave Novrocki, Principal; Sandy MacKay, Athletic Director; Pat Keating, Head Coach; Dave Robbins, Assistant Principal; and Chris Barnic, Assistant Principal.
First Row from left: Sam Wolfe, father; Kris; Tammy, mother. Second Row: Dave Novrocki, Principal; Sandy MacKay, Athletic Director; Pat Keating, Head Coach; Dave Robbins, Assistant Principal.
The end of a long award season is here.
The WNEP 16 Dream Team is one of, if not the, final football All Star teams to be announced. Every year, WNEP selects the best players from their large coverage area to be on their "Dream Team." This year, the voters from WNEP selected a trio of Spartans to the Dream Team. They are:
Wide Receiver - Devon Weidman, Senior
Tight End - L.J. Wesneski, Senior
Running Back - Sean Judge, Junior
We are extremely proud of their selection. And be sure to tune to WNEP on Friday January 29 to hear their individual interviews
There is one more round of awards to be announced this year. At the end of the season banquet (occuring at the end of January), the coaching staff will announce their selections of many different awards. Stay tuned to see who go select for those awards. And make sure to check in often because we are a short time away from announcing a new feature or two that will be added to this website!!!
Former Spartan standout Eugene "Geno" Lewis made news on Monday when he announced that he will be transferring to Oklahoma University. Since he graduated in December, Geno will be eligible to play next season for the Sooners.
Geno leaves Penn State with a stat line of 90 receptions for 1,181 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. He also threw a pass for a 32 yard touchdown this year against Northwestern.
Geno joins an Oklahoma team that played in one of the National Semifinals this season after finishing the regular season with an 11-1 record. The Sooners also lose their top receiving option from this past season.
Now with all of this talk about Geno, it got us thinking about his senior season at Wyoming Valley West when he helped lead the Spartans to a 9-1 regular season record and the #2 seed in the Subregional Playoffs. So we went into the archives and dug up some of Eugene's highlights from that season. The link at the bootom of the article will send you to youtube that has the video with just a select few of Eugene's highlights from 2 games in the 2011 season: @ Berwick and @ Dallas (which was hyped as one of the top games in the state that season, and it lived up to the hype). This is just the beginning of our look back through the archives.
Awards season is upon.
At the conclusion of every season, many different newspapers and websites name players to the all star teams for their coverage regions.
And after a 10-0 regular season (the only undefeated regular season in all of DIstrict 2) and a 2-1 record in the subregional (including beating 2 District 11 teams) the Spartans are heavily represented on these all star teams.
As the teams are released, we will keep updating this post:
EasternPAFootball.com AAAA All-EPA Team (Posted 1/7) :
Sean Judge -- First Team Offensive Athlete
Bill Davison -- First Team Linebacker
Devon Weidman, Athlete; L.J. Wesneski, Tight End;
Chris Reese, Defensive End
Times Leader All Star Team (Updated 12/28):
QB - Aaron Austion RB - Sean Judge
WR - Devon Weidman TE - L.J. Wesneski
OL - Chris Bleich DL - Chris Reese
LB - Bill Davison
OL - Jason Wall, Kris Wolfe DB - Jake Shemo
Citizens Voice All Star Team (Updated 12/20):
2015 Citizens' Voice Player of the Year -- Sean Judge
QB - Aaron Austin TE/DE - Chris Reese, L.J. Wesneski
WR/DB - Devon Weidman OL/DL - Kris Wolfe, Chris Bleich
LB/FB - Bill Davison LB - Zach Davies
NPF Sports All District 2 Team (12/13):
QB - Aaron Austin TE - L.J. Wesneski
Offensive Player of the Year - Sean Judge
DL - Chris Reese LB - Bill Davison
Coach of the Year:
Lets starts with the WVC Coaches All Stars (Updated 12/17) (for only the Big Schools 3A and 4A):
QB - Aaron Austin RB - Sean Judge WR - Devon Weidman TE - LJ Wesneski OL - Jason Wall, Chris Bleich
DL - Chris Reese, Kris Wolfe LB - Bill Davison, Zach Davies
DB - Jake Shemo
Nelson Colon OL, Brian Hoffman OL, Sam Novas DL, Josh Sokoloski LB, Nick Mooney LB, Brydon Rukstalis DL Jake Gurtis K
NPF Sports -- WVC Big School All Stars:
Offensive Player of the Year -- Sean Judge
Defensive Player of the Year -- Bill Davison
Coach of the Year -- Pat Keating
First Team All Stars:
QB - Aaron Austin RB - Sean Judge FB - Bill Davison
WR - Devon Weidman TE - LJ Wesneski OL - Chris Bleich
K - Jake Gurtis DL - Chris Reese, LJ Wesneski
LB - Bill Davison, Zach Davies
DB - Devon Weidman, Sean Judge
OL - Jason Wall, Kris Wolfe DB - Jake Shemo
Nelson Colon OL
Keep checking back as more All Star Teams are announced!
Some Spartans got some late holiday gifts as they were named to the Pennsylvania Football News All State team.
Sean Judge was the Spartan to receive the highest honor, being named to the PFN 2nd Team All State for the 4A classification. Sean was named to the team as an offensive athlete. This is the second all state team that Sean has made this year, with the other being the Pennsylvania Football Writer's AAAA All State Team (also as an athlete).
Three other Spartans received AAAA honorable mentions. Tight End L.J. Wesneski, Defensive End Chris Reese, and Defensive Back Devon Weidman were named honorable mention for the AAAA classification.
We are extremely proud of their accomplishments this season, and the accomplishments of the entire team. To see other awards that were given to Spartans this year, just scroll down. And don't forget to check back often this offseason as we relive this excellent season.
On Tuesday December 22, two of our Wyoming Valley West Spartans were named to the All-State Team.
L.J. Wesneski and Sean Judge were named to the 2015 Pennsylvania Football Writer's AAAA All-State Team. L.J. was named as one of the two Tight Ends on the team, while Sean was named as one of the two Athletes on the Offensive side of the ball.
L.J. and Sean are the first two Spartans to be named to the AAAA All-State Team since Eugene Lewis was named to the AAAA All-State team as an Offensive Athlete back in 2011.
We are very proud of both Sean and L.J. as well as their other teammates that could have been named to the all state team as well.
Over the weekend, the Spartans TE/DE L.J. Wesneski made his verbal commitment to the University of Albany.
On Tuesday, the Citizens Voice did a nice write up on L.J. and his future plans. You can read it by clicking here.
We are extremely proud of L.J.'s accomplishments in a Spartan jersey and can not wait to see what he does at the next level!
Keep checking back for more updates as more seniors make their commitments.
As we have done all year, here are the stats from last week's game. Stayed tuned next week, as we will release the season totals!
A great man once told me that in the state of Pennsylvania, only 4 high school football teams finish their season the way they want to, winning a state championship. For every other team, the season comes to an end with a loss.
For our record breaking 2015 Spartans, the season came to an end on Friday night after a tough loss to the District 11 Champion Parkland Trojans.
But, nothing can take away from the GREAT season they had. They continued the streak of winning the WVC AAAA championship, they went UNDEFEATED, 10-0, in the regular season, defeated 2 District 11 teams in the District 2/4/11 Subregional, reached the subregional championship game for the first time in school history, and won the District 2 AAAA Championship.
Even though the season is over, our coverage of our Spartans will not stop. This website will be updated constantly throughout the offseason, with highlights, signing day news, and much more planned. So keep checking back.
Stats for the last game will be updated soon.
While we are still preparing and looking forward to this week's HOME SUBREGIONAL FINAL PLAYOFF GAME, Friday November 27, 2015 @ 7 pm, we also received some news today regarding the PIAA classification system for next year.
In the past, the PIAA has used a 4 classification system for football. But, starting with the 2016 football season, that will change to a 6 classification system. So in the past, the Spartans have been grouped into the largest classification (AAAA) where there was no upper limit to make student enrollment. Now, with the 6 classifications, the Spartans are no longer contained in the top classification.
The Spartans will be classified as a 5A team for the two year cycle starting next school year (2016-17). In terms of local teams, the Spartans are grouped with Abington Heights and Wallenpaupack, coincidentally, the two teams the Spartans scrimmaged this year.
Full classifications can be found here.
See you all Friday night!
12-0, enough said.
The Spartans defeated another District 11 team to earn a birth in the District 2/4/11 Subregional Final. The Spartans got there by defeating Bethlehem Liberty 55-35 in front of a raucous crowd at Spartan Stadium.
Next week, the Spartans will face Parkland in the Subregional Final, at Spartan Stadium.
This week, we get another view point:
On Friday, November 20th, the Wyoming Valley West Spartans will face the Bethlehem Liberty Hurricanes at Spartan Stadium in Kingston. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm. Ticket information will be announced soon. Hope to see you there!
For the first time in school history, the Wyoming Valley West Spartans have defeated a District 11 team in the District 2/4/11 subregional to advance to the subregional semifinals. The Spartans were able to defeat Nazareth 51-34 Friday night at Spartan Stadium. That win guarantees the Spartans at least one more home game.
The win also clinched a few awards for the team. First, the Spartans can now be called District Champions. Due to the win and Delaware Valley losing, the Spartans were the team from District 2 to go the furthest in the Subregional, meaning they win the District 2 AAAA championship. Also, this win was the 29th for the senior class, making them the winningest senior class in Wyoming Valley West football history.
Now onto the articles/highlights of the game:
Since we only play teams from District 2, there is normally only one perspective of the game available afterwards. But, playing a team from District 11 allows us to share their perspective with you. And before we do that, I must congratulate the Nazareth Blue Eagles on one heck of a game and season for them. Now here is the District 11 perspective from Friday's game:
Before we get to the regular season stat totals, one more note about Friday's home Subregional Playoff game against Nazareth. Tickets for the game will be sold during the week at the high school, middle school, and central office. Ticket prices are: $4 for students and senior citizens if bought during the week; $6 for Adults if bought during the week. All tickets are $6 at the gate before the game.
As the #1 seed in the District 2/4/11 Subregional, the Wyoming Valley West Spartans will play host to the Nazareth Area Blue Eagles next Friday (November 13, 2015) at Spartan Stadium in Kingston.
Every year, teams set goals for themselves. The Spartans are no exception to that rule. Friday night, they accomplished one of the biggest targets that they set for themselves every year: 10 - 0.
With Friday night's victory, the Spartans went undefeated through the regular season. This is only the third time in school history that the football team has gone undefeated, with the last time coming in 1997.
The win also clinched the number 1 seed in the District 2/4/11 Subregional for the Spartans. While some teams have been locked into their seeds, there will be some movement until later Saturday, so we will not release our projected opponent until later on Saturday. But don't forget, because the Spartans are the #1 seed, all of their games in the Subregional will be played at Spartan Stadium in Kingston.
Lets recap Friday's game first:
As more stories become available, those links will be posted as well.
And as always, stats will be posted later.
The final week of the regular season is upon us. And that normally means two things: playoffs and cold weather. Well, so far, one of those is correct.
While Mother Nature has November confused with October so far (I mean who doesn't love 70s in early November) why waste the chance to go out and enjoy possibly the last of the nice weather and see the Spartans take on Williamsport Friday night at 7 pm @ Williamsport. The address for Williamsport's stadium can be found under the schedule.
But, if you can't make the game, it will be broadcast live over the internet. Go to www.pasportslive.com and click on Williamsport Football. This site will work on mobile devices as well as desktop/laptop computers.
And don't forget, the always reliable and friendly team of Rick Staron and Dave Tosh will also be broadcasting the game on the NPF Sports Network!
We hope to see you all there!
After a tough first half, that saw numerous turnovers by both teams, the Spartans came out for the second half and continued to do what they do.
The Spar tans held a 7-0 lead going into the half, but came out and scored 5 straight touchdowns to increase the lead to 41-0, before giving up a touchdown on what was basically the last play of the game, for a final score of 41-6. So while the defense's streak of not giving up a touchdown is over after 16 quarters (beginning of the 4th quarter of Coughlin until 8 seconds left against Scranton), the team's winning streak sits at 9.
After last week's win against Hazleton, the Spartans clinched a District 2/4/11 playoff spot. And after defeating Scranton, the Spartans have guaranteed themselves a home game for week 11. Now, there are way too many scenarios that can play out to determine who the Spartans will face, but as soon as we know who it will be I can guarantee you it will be posted here first! So keep checking back often next weekend to find out!
Now, onto the stories from last night's game:
We also had our Head Coach Pat Keating make an appearance on WNEP2's Coaches' Corner this week:
As always, stats will be posted later.
Now lets take another look at the season stats totals from after Week 9:
On a night where a new Mr. and Ms. Sparta were named, the Spartans made sure everyone could enjoy their homecoming festivities by defeating the Hazleton Area Cougars 49-3
Before we get to the news articles, I would like to congratulate senior Tight End/Defensive End Chris Reese on being named Mr. Sparta 2015. After a very emotional and character defining few weeks, Chris took home the crown after the votes were cast by the entire senior class. Chris follows in the footsteps of last year's starting quarterback, Brady Davison, and current head coach Pat Keating to be football players that were named Mr. Sparta (there are plenty of others as well). Also, we would like to congratulate Megan Menzel on being named Ms. Sparta 2015.
(photo by photographybyjay)
Onto the news:
More links will be posted as they become available.As always, stats will be posted later.
Last night in Mountain Top, the Spartans came out flat in the first half but still found a way to battle through it and come away victorious against the Crestwood Comets.
News Stories and Highlights:
Some notes from last night's game:
- The Spartan Defense held their opponents scoreless again last night. This marks the second game in a row that the Spantans have posted a shutout, after not having a shutout in the 20 games before this streak.
- Sean Judge continued his outstanding season adding 2 different types of Touchdown to his portfolio. In the second half of the game, Judge took a toss from QB Aaron Austin before throwing it back to Austin and watching him scamper down the field for a Touchdown. Then, Judge fielded a punt cleanly and used his athleticism along with excellent blocking from his teammates to return the punt 80 yards for a Touchdown. For this season, Judge now has 17 Touchdowns including rushing, receiving, passing, interception returns, fumble recoveries, and punt returns.
Well, another Friday night has come and gone, and the result stays the same for the Spartans. They earned another home win, this time earning their first shutout of the season, against the Dallas Mountaineers in a game that ended at 56-0.
Now some links:
WBRE (The Spartans highlights begin with 3:20 left in the clip)
There also seems to have been some coaches that made their way into the student section last night.
Coach Jackson and Coach Mucha were so thrilled that they even had to take a picture with their favorite ones.
Now the big question floating around the coaching staff is who else has their own fathead? You will have to come to the games and keep checking back here to find out!
As always, defensive stats will be posted later
In the first poor weather game of the year, the result stayed the same for the Spartans. The Spartans offense continued to roll and the defense came up with enough stops and big plays, to see the Spartans raise their record to 5-0 on the year after defeating the Crusaders 49-20 at Spartan Stadium.
Here are the professional game stories and television highlights:
WBRE (Note: The WVW highlights start with 4:28 left in the clip.)
- Last night's win guaranteed that the Spartans cannot finish the season with a losing record. This will be the 20th straight season that the Wyoming Valley West Spartans will finish the year with a non-losing record!
- The kid just keeps going. The season Sean Judge is having on the offensive side of the ball is outstanding, but his big plays aren't limited to just the offensive side of the ball. Sean scored another defensive touchdown this week, this time on a fumble recovery. That marks his 4th defensive touchdown of the season, 2 interception returns and 2 fumble recoveries.
This past week, easternpafootball.com named one of our Spartans their Defensive Player of the Week for Week 3. With 2 INTs, that were both returned for TDs, Sean Judge was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Congrats to Sean for being recognized on his tremendous accomplishments! Let's hope he keeps it up tonight against Coughlin, at 7pm at Spartan Stadium!