High School Sports

High School football: Local standouts dot North roster for Lezzer Lumber Classic

The rosters for the 31st Lezzer Lumber Classic were announced Monday, and Centre County’s high schools will be very well represented.

The annual all-star football game for graduating players, sponsored by the Centre Daily Times, will kick off at 7 p.m. June 19 at Clearfield High School’s Bison Stadium.

Of the 40 names listed on the North team roster, 16 hail from the county’s six programs, and 8 of the 18 alternates also are products of Centre County.

The North team is led by the State College coaches, including head coach Matt Lintal and assistants Jesse Nagle, Mark Baney and Chris Weakland. Joining the coaching staff are Penns Valley’s Robbie Irwin, Philipsburg-Osceola’s Mike Soyster and Bellefonte’s Shanon Manning.

The Little Lions also are very well represented on the field. The roster includes linemen Matt Harpster and Barrett McMurtry, tight end-defensive end Lonnie Koudela, athlete and defensive back Charlie Riley and quarterback John Weakland.

Bald Eagle Area will send running back-defensive back Mitchel Struble, quarterback Jason Jones, tight end-defensive end Jarrett Shreffler and lineman Ben Bytheway.

Penns Valley has receiver and defensive back Sean Beamesderfer on the roster along with receiver and linebacker Luke Bitsko and linebacker and lineman Hunter Ilgen.

Bellefonte will be represented by linemen Isiah Hahn and Zach Stephens, Philipsburg-Osceola will send receiver and defensive back Tanner Lamb, and receiver-defensive back Mike Jabco will be the representative from St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.

The alternates on the North roster include State College’s Carter Hardy, Matt Suchanec and Drew Flanagan; BEA’s Colton Comley, P-O’s Kyle Hawkins and Logan Day; Bellefonte’s Dan Caprio and Titus Tice of St. Joe’s.

The South team is led by Tyrone’s Jason Wilson, with Eagle assistants Jeff Lechner, Darren Elvey and Pat McNelis joining him, along with Juniata Valley’s Bill Musser and Jason Grassi.

The teams begin preparations for the game Sunday, with practices each day over the next week at Bald Eagle Area’s Alumni Stadium for the North and Altoona’s Mansion Park for the South.