New boys soccer coach wants to keep Sock winning
After three consecutive years of winning six or fewer games, Ian Scheller helped rebuild Loyalsock’s program. The Lancers went 15-4-1 in his first year, more wins than the three previous seasons combined.
He won 31 games in two years and got Loyalsock to the district semifinals. Needless to say, the bar is set high now at Loyalsock and incoming coach Adam Scheibeler — who was an assistant at Penn College for the past five years — intends on keeping the program in the playoff conversation each year.
“I’m obviously excited about the direction things have been headed. It’s clear that Ian Scheller has done a tremendous job here the last two seasons. We definitely have some very solid talent in the squad, so the expectations are high,” Scheibeler said. “Of course, we always want to be in the mix to contend for a district championship, but so far the focus has just been on the little things throughout these first few days of official practices.”
Scheibeler said the team was focused early with team-building as well as physical and technical preparation. The Lancers have 11 seniors on the roster and bring back a lot from last year’s 16-3-1 team which went undefeated in the HAC-III. That includes Matt Barone (midfielder), Sam Rosario (defender), Brady Dowell (forward) and Jay Oaks (midfielder), all four of which were HAC all-stars last year. It gives the Lancers plenty of experience all over the field.
The team graduated league all-stars Connor Albaugh, Alex Heiser, Kaleb Dabback, Alex Reed and Oliver Matz.
“So far I’ve been impressed with attitudes and I know this group took it upon themselves to put in a lot of work over the summer,” Scheibeler said.
Milton won the program’s first playoff game last year in a rout over Williamson in the first round of the District 4 Class AA playoffs and coach Eric Yoder believes it is a confidence-builder entering 2020.
“There is finally an expectation of success rather than failure and has inspired many of this year’s players to work hard in the offseason and come into preseason physically and mentally prepared,” said Yoder, who expects another winning season and to qualify for playoffs.
The Black Panthers graduated nine seniors, six of whom were league all-stars, but Milton brings back returning all-stars Carter Lilly (offense) and Austin Gainer (defense).
Yoder is looking for Pierce Edinger, Tyler Flederbach, Jamir Wilt and Beau Shelly be leaders as seniors. The team also has Trent Strous, Brodey Scoggins, Conner Smith and Cadyn Bittner — all juniors — who Yoder believes have the ability to step up.
Warrior Run is coming off a 10-7-1 season in which the Defenders lost to a talented Loyalsock team in the second round. It marks the fifth consecutive 10-win season for Warrior Run, and the Defenders know the HAC-II will be a tough league.
Warrior Run is fortunate, though, to return 10 seniors, which will be a huge driving force on the field.
“They have been putting in the hard work over the years and it shows. The combination of Alex Hazzoum and some key players up top I think will be our strong point offensively,” Warrior Run assistant coach Jared Summers said. “Defensively, Nathan McCormack is returning, as well as Nathan Axtman, Cody Goodspeed and Noah Pick. I think we will be a strong all-around team this year as in previous years.”
Hughesville graduated the program’s all-time leading scorer Austin Lewis, who had an impressive 23 goals in 2019, and the program’s all-time assists leader Justus Leighow. On the defensive end, the Spartans graduated standout defender Blake Sherwood.
They’re three huge voids for the Spartans, who are coming off a 12-8 season.
“We are in a bit of a rebuilding year,” Hughesville coach Jim Dennis said. “We only have 20 players out this year and we are a young team, but we do have some talent and all the players are working hard to try and build off the success of the past two years. … We are hoping to be competitive in every game and enjoy this season as much as possible.”
The Spartans bring back Nick Trevouledes and have seen Jackson Middleswarth and Gabe Larsen step up in practice. Dennis expects Ethan Jackson and Josh Heiney to contribute offensively and freshman Jeff Fenstemacher to play an important role at midfield.
Montoursville graduated nine seniors, and while that’s a lot to replace, the Warriors are optimistic that they can finish above .500 and control their own destiny to qualify for the postseason.
“We have a fairly large group of incoming freshmen that have been on the field together over the years in club soccer,” Montoursville coach Bryan Pauling said. “We will have the opportunity to work with them over the next few years to build on their past experiences together.”
Coach: Jim Dennis.
Assistants: Mark Pysher, Pete Larsen.
Last year: 12-8 (4-5 HAC-III) (def. Southern Columbia, 4-1, in first round of District 4 Class AA playoffs; lost to Lewisburg, 7-0, in second round).
Roster: Seniors — Dylan Whitmoyer, Ethan Jackson, Jackson Middlesworth, Brandon Moore, Gabriel Larsen. Juniors — Aaron Girardi, Nick Trevouledes, James Kerschner, Joseph Ragan. Sophomores — Jacob Umpstead, Josh Heiney, Kadin Fetterman, Matthew McClain, Jackson Jordan, Ethan Woolcock. Freshmen — Aidan McGinley, Alex Farley, Michael Finnegan, Jeffrey Fenstermacher, Tanner Bunce.
Coach: Adam Scheibeler.
Assistants: Pat Slattery, Brian Bustin.
Last year: 16-3-1 (8-0 HAC-III) (league champions; def. Warrior Run, 1-0, in first round of District 4 Class AA playoffs; lost to Midd-West, 4-0, in second round).
Roster: Seniors — Ian Bowes, Caleb Albaugh, Daniel Tripp, Ryan Vincent, Matthew Barone, Liam Bastian, Jay Oaks, Jacob Daniels, Samuel Rosario, Brennan Sullivan, Brady Dowell. Juniors — Jackson Shangraw, Jackson Ellis, Alexander Alvarado, Caleb Shimko, Benjamin Grieco, Brayden Gardner, Conner Sullivan, Matthew O’Malley, Andrew Reed, Andres Quintana. Sophomores — Brandon Burger, Austin Schwarzer, Carter Horning, Gabriel Severn, Lucas Pearson, Cassidy Lutz, Issaiah Rogers, Tyler Wescott. Freshmen — Michael McLaughlin, Bryant Sullivan, Ethan Dougherty, Hunter Whitmoyer, Zachary Wagner-Pizza, Ryan Cao, Chris Cooley, Jon Cooley.
Coach: Eric Yoder
Assistants: Brett Ballo, Rod Yoder
Last year: 13-6-1 (7-4-1 HAC-II) (def. Williamson, 7-0, in first round of District 4 Class AA playoffs; lost to Midd-West, 5-0, in quarterfinals)
Roster: Seniors — Pierce Edinger, Tyler Flederbach, Jamir Wilt, Beau Shelley. Juniors — Conner Smith, Carter Lilley, Cadyn Bittner, Brodey Scoggins, Austin Gainer, Trent Strous. Sophomores — Ephraim Langdon, Seth Yoder, Trace Witter, Gabe Yost. Freshmen — Xavier Godown, Ethan Hamilton, Ethan Rhodes, Dominic Ballo, Junior Acfalle, Ryan Bickhart, Rafael Martinez, Evan Yoder.
Coach: Bryan Pauling.
Assistants: Bradley Fisher, Caleb McCombie, Ed Winslow, Seth Fry, Jason Hawley.
Last year: 5-13 (3-9 HAC-II).
Roster: Seniors: Bryce Bean, Ian Foote, Jacob Foster, Michael Wise, Zach Baylor. Juniors: Alex Houghtaling, Brayden McKibben, Cooper Shirk, Dominick Pulizzi, Hunter Shaheen, Liam Winder, Tyler Gilbert, Zhendo Mo. Sophomores: Aiden Cohen, Aspen Bassler, Eli Lucas, Jeremiah Sulouff,Levi Clark, Mason Lauchle, Mason Winslow, Matthias Albert, Tyler Baker. Freshmen: Cayman Daugherty, Dylan Muise, Elias Eck, Gavin Cott, Jacob Bear, Josh Wentzler, Quentin Deters, Ryan Matlack, Sean Ravert, Wyatt Fry.
Coach: Andy Bieber.
Assistants: Jared Summer, Alex Frederick, Ryan Hunter.
Last year: 10-7-1 (6-5-1 HAC-II) (def. Troy, 9-0, in first round of District 4 Class AA playoffs; lost to Loyalsock, 1-0, in second round).
Roster: Brendan Geiger, Teagan Hagenbuch, Ben Potter, Sean Brown, Carter Temple, Jake Yoder, Ryan Mattox, Gavin Sanner, Logan Confer, Alex Hazzoum, Hayden DuRussell, Alex Brown, Tanner Polcyn, Penn Patten, Cody Goodspeed, Zach Day, Duncan Bender, Gavin Hormell, Joe Petrin, Ryan Ranck, Noah Pick, Max Kennel, Judah Kennel, Luke Mattox, Chase Beachel, Nathan McCormack, Kaden Majcher, Nathan Axtman, James Brantigham, AJ Beiber.