January 4, 2012
Coaches' / PFN All-State Teams Named for 2011
After pouring through over 850 nominations, the PFN selection committee came up with their Top Three Teams on Offense and on Defense in all four classifications.
"There were so many talented and deserving athletes who were nominated," said Rich Vetock. "It took our committee hours and hours to narrow them down and make some very tough decisions. In many cases, there was not a whole lot of difference. That speaks highly of our overall talent pool here in Pennsylvania."
Tom Elling, co-editor of PFN, added, "We truly appreciate the effort of the head coaches who took time to make the nominations. Unfortunately, we cannot select everyone and there is sure to be much discussion on the selections. That is a good thing as it gives our players the recognition and publicity they deserve. Be sure that we have worked long and hard to make the selections. I want to thank all of our committee for your diligent research and contributions to the process. Also, several respected football writers contributed their knowledge and opinions. Thanks to them."
Selection Method: The PFN All-State Team is formulated through online nominations/submissions by the head coaches; submissions by selected media and recruiters, and the PFN staffs' own observations via onsite games, MaxPrep stats and the PFN Keystone Club.
- Class AAAA
- Class AAA
- Class AA
- Class A
PFN thanks and salutes the coaches who took
the time to nominate their players. Since we cannot possibly cover every game
and every player, we depend upon the head coaches to nominate worthy
PA Sportswriter's All-State Team Selections (on RodFrisco.com)
January 5, 2012
He was a dominant force all year long for McDevitt, and one of the most highly-recruited players in the nation. He is Noah Spence. And now he can add one more title beside his name- Pennsylvania Football News' MISTER FOOTBALL- emblematic of the #1 high school football player in the state.
For the first time in Pennsylvania Football News history, a defensive player has been selected as PFN's Mister Football!
Spence is one of the true Blue Chippers in the Keystone State and that bodes well for Buckeye fans as Spence recently committed to play football in Columbus, Ohio, for Head Coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State.
The 6'3", 245 lb defensive end was a first team Sportswriters All-State Team and a unanimous selection to the Pennsylvania Football News All-State team.
Although being double-teamed for most of the year, Spence accumulated 98 tackles and registered 12.5 sacks to help lead the Crusaders to the PIAA championship game.
The five-star recruit has been rated the the nation's top defensive end in the country and the Number three overall prospect in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com.
Other honors for Spence include Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year and his selection to the Under Armour All-American Team.
His coach Jeff Weachter speaks of Noah in glowing terms.
"He is the same Noah no matter how many accolades he receives. The honors seem to motivate him even more. I've coached a lot of Division I players and Noah has to be the hardest worker of them all."
Weachter continued, "He comes from a great family - Greg and Hellen Spence- and he has 4 or 5 adopted brothers. Noah is an outstanding student; well-liked by the whole student body. He has volunteered for Special Olympics and Easter Seals. He is quite deserving and you can be sure he will remain humble."
Athletic Director (and assistant football coach) Tommy Mealy adds, "Noah is a first-class student-athlete. He has a 3.4 GPA, and he never misses school and has missed very few workouts. He led our team to a very successful and rewarding season. "
As this article is being written, Spence is in Florida participating in the
Under-Armour all-star game. Coach Weachter reports that Noah is doing well and
is participating in the 'lineman challenge" as part of that experience.
Spence becomes the 5th player in Pennsylvania to receive this honor which was started by PFN in 2007. Previous winners include Terrell Pryor (Jeannette), Zach Barket (Schuylkill Haven), Kyle Smith (Lancaster Catholic) and Brendan Nosovitch (Allentown Central Catholic).
January 4, 2012
All-Academic Forms Due February 8
We believe that well-rounded athletes should be recognized. The criteria is (1) Must have a 3.0 cumulative average or better (*based upon a 4.0 scale) and (2) must have played in at least half of the varsity games.
Head Coaches do the nominating. The form can be found HERE.
*Guidance Counselors are asked to convert any scale other than a 4.0 to the 4.0 scale.
January 8, 2012
Big 33 Team Selected
January 3, 2011
PIAA to Announce New Enrollment Classification for 2012-2014
The PIAA will soon release the next two-year cycle Classifications.
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January 3, 2011
Coming SOON.. the new and improved Athletic Directors' Helper
This will be THE source for schools needing to fill their schedules or advertise coaching openings. It will be a FREE service to our schools - nationwide. We provide a service to the men who provide a great service to their schools.