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Forecast:
1) Olean
2) Eden
3) Pioneer
4) Springville
5) East Aurora
6) Dunkirk

Top Players:
Connor Johnson, Pioneer
Tyler Studd, Springville
Pat Scholla, Olean
Alex Smythe, Eden
Zach Torain, Dunkirk
Joe Gugino, East Aurora

 

Olean Huskies

Head Coach: Mike Kane (112-28-3) 23 years
Assistant Coaches: Steve Anastasia, Phil Vechio, Steve Estes, Les Desolier
2011 Varsity Record: 4-4-0
Starters returning: Offense 3 Defense 3
Key Players: Pat Scholla, Dante Tarr, Will Bathurst, Luke Hennessy, Dillan Kemp, Chris Gayton, Anthony Canderlarie
Key losses: Roger Wangelin, Maleke Fuentes
2011 JV record: 8-0-0

Huskies return several quality players for Mike Kane in his 24th season as Head Coach. Offense to be directed by SR. Pat Scholla, who is an excellent athlete. Dante Tarr, Will Bathurst, and Luke Hennessy, will help Olean to put points on the board. Dillan Kemp and Anthony Candelarie will be led by Chris Gayton. Will face Pioneer and Eden in weeks 4 & 5, and should compete for title. Talent from undefeated JV team will help the Huskies get back to the playoffs.

Eden Raiders

Head Coach: Chuck Tilley (92-52-0) 17 years
Assistant Coaches: Lee Leavell, Mike Alessi
2011 Varsity record: 6-3-0
Starters returning: Offense 2 Defense 3
Key Players: Alex Smythe, Jon Lyndsly, Matt Bialy, Brady Bermingham
Key Losses: Mitch Eck, Ryan John, Brian Agle
2011 JV record: 6-2-0

Raiders have recorded a 13-5-0 mark in the past two seasons under Chuck "Double Wing" Tilley. Eden lost several starters to graduation. Alex Smythe is a candidate for 1,000 yards rushing. Other key players include Jon Lyndsly, Matt Bialy, and Brady Bermingham. Play East Aurora and Springville in the first two weeks. Look for the Raiders to compete for the title.

Springville Griffiths

Head Coach: John Sopko (6-12-0) 2 years
Assistant Coaches: Rob Valenti, Garret Girst
2011 varsity record: 5-4-0
Starters returning: Offense 4 Defense 5
Key Players: Chris Phinney, Reed Lipowicz, William Dickinson, Tyler Studd, Ryan Cordova, Ethan Benz, Josh Cieslica
Key Losses: Matt Wolcott
2011 JV record: 6-3-0

Griffiths have improved each year under Coach John Sopko and will try and continue that trend in 2012. Springville has All-WNY candidates anchoring the line in Tyler Studd and Reed Lipowicz. Offense is to be led by Chris Phinney and Bill Dickinson. Josh Cieslica, Ethan Benz, and Dave DeLuca will lead the defense. Host Eden in first league game in week 2. Talent from JV squad (6-3-0) will help Coach Sopko. Look for the Griffiths to compete for a playoff berth and title.

Pioneer Panthers

Head coach: Jim Duprey (40-48-0) 10 years
Assistant Coaches: Chris Edwards, Frank Miga, Dave Buncy, and Ian Wionchowski
2011 Varsity Record: 8-1-0
Starters returning: Offense 4 Defense 5
Key Players: Connor Johnson, Kyle Hoffman, Justin Bliss, Ryan Miller, Dorien Theriault, Steve Andryzejewski, Rob Sutherland, Zack Franz, Tyler Siddle, Kris Riordan, Ryan Merlau, Ian Moran, Dominic Redden
Key Losses: Corey Vail, Tony Lock, Nate Woodruff, Tyler Wiedemann
2011 JV record: 4-3-1

Panthers went undefeated in the regular season only to lose to Alden in the playoffs. Coach Jim Duprey's squad is 16-2 in the past two seasons. Pioneer has several quality players led by 6'5" 300 lb. lineman, Connor Johnson. Kyle Hoffman, Ryan Miller, and Dorien Theriault will lead the offense. Other key players include Stever Andryzejewski, Rob Sutherland, and Zack Franz. Host Dunkirk and travel to East Aurora in the first two weeks. Will Compete for a League Title.

Dunkirk Marauders

Head Coach: Rob Genco (1st year)
Assistant Coaches: Unknown
2011 Varsity Record: 2-6-0
Starters returning: Offense 5 Defense 4
Key Players: Dominic Hitchcock, Kevin Burns, Edwin Gomez
Key Losses: Kevin Holmes, Eddie Marshall

Marauders start off the new season with a new Head Coach in Rob Genco. Dunkirk will look to improve on last year's 2 win mark, and returns 9 starters. Key players include Dominic Hitchcock, Kevin Burns, Edwin Gomez, and Zach Torain. Open with tough matchups against Pioneer and Olean. Look for the Maruaders to improve in 2012.

East Aurora Blue Devils

Head Coach: Tim Wade (44-33-0, 9 years) 
Assistant Coaches: Jeremy Ling, John Swiniuch, Gary Vara
2011 Varsity Record: 1-7-0
Starters returning: Offense 7 Defense 8
Key Players: Joe Gugino, Alec Hibit, Drew Horton, Manny Sadek, Grant Haffenden, Jake Luick, Eric Warner, Tyler Norcia, Bryce Potter 
Key Losses: Calvin Nemec, Jon Alston

2011 JV Record: 2-5-0

Blue Devils will try to improve for Coach Tim Wade. East Aurora has key players returning in Joe Gugino, Alec Hibit, Drew Horton, and Grant Haffenden. Blue Devils open at Eden and host Pioneer in the first two weeks. Look for East Aurora to get back on track in 2012. Will be young but will have experience.

Preseason All-League:
Offense:
QB Alec Hibit, East Aurora
QB Pat Scholla, Olean
RB Chris Phinney, Springville
RB Alex Smythe, Eden
RB Drew Horton, East Aurora
TE Jon Lyndsly, Eden
WR Will Bathurst, Olean
WR Dante Tarr, Olean
OL Connor Johnson, Pioneer
OL Grant Haffenden, East Aurora
OL Reed Lipowicz, Springville
OL Dominic Hitchcock, Dunkirk
OL Manny Sadek, East Aurora
RS Brady Berminham, Eden
K Dominic Redden, Pioneer

Defense:
DL Joe Gugino, East Aurora
DL Steve Andryzejewski, Pioneer
DL Tyler Studd, Springville
LB Ryan Cordova, Springville
LB Zach Torain, Dunkirk
LB Dave DeLuca, Springville
LB Drew Horton, East Aurora 
DB Matt Bialy, Eden
DB Dorien Theriault, Pioneer
DB Bill Misenheimer, East Aurora
DB Kyle Hoffman, Pioneer

News & Notes: 

  • Olean JV went undefeated (8-0-0) in 2011 
  • Biggest: Connor Johnson, Pioneer & Grant Haffenden, East Aurora 
  • Strongest: Connor Johnson, Pioneer & Steve Andryzejewski, Pioneer 
  • Fastest: Dorien Theriault, Pioneer 
  • Eden Varsity is 22-6-0 in the past 3 years, while the JV is 17-5-1 in the same time 
  • Springville Head Coach John Sopko has done an excellent job making the Griffiths a competitive team \
  • Top Underclassman: Alex Smythe, Eden & Will Bathurst, Olean 
  • Top Athlete: Will Bathurtst, Olean 
  • Huskies have not had a winning season in last 6 years 
  • Coach with most wins: Mike Kane, Olean 
  • Top Academic Achievers: Pat Scholla, Olean, Bill Dickinson, Springville, Dave DeLuca, Springville 
  • Best Cheerleaders: Eden 
  • Top Complex: Dunkirk 
  • Best Rusher: Alex Smythe, Eden 
  • Top Lineman: Connor Johnson, Pioneer 
  • Best Dressed: Springville coaches 
  • Best Dancer: Ryan Miller, Pioneer 
  • Game Changer: Pat Scholla, Olean 
  • Must See Game: Olean @ Eden (Sep. 29) 
  • Unsung Player: Dillan Kemp, Olean 
  • Player you'll get to know: Will Bathurst, Olean
  • Player to Watch: Grant Haffenden, 6'5" 245lb. Jr. Lineman from East Aurora 
  • Preseason Offensive Player of Year: Alex Smythe, Eden 
  • Preseason Defensive Player of Year: Joe Gugino, East Aurora 
  • Forecast: League will be very competitive.
  • Favorites: Olean with several talented players from last year's JV squad, and Eden with Alex Smythe and Chuck Tilley's Double Wing offense.

Last time in Sectional Championship:
Dunkirk: Never
East Aurora: 2007
Eden: 2009
Olean: 2004
Pioneer: 2001
Springville: 1997

Last time Won Sectional Championship:
Dunkirk: Never
East Aurora: Never
Eden: 2003
Olean: 2002
Pioneer: 2001
Springville: 1995 
 

 

 

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