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Central Pa. College Football Hall of Fame Chapter to Honor 39 High School Seniors From 14 Counties

on March 05, 2010 9:14 AM

Thirty-nine high school football seniors from Central Pennsylvania will be honored for their athletics, academics and community service at the 13th annual Student-Athlete Scholarship Banquet sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, March 28.

State College's own tight end and defensive end Colby Way is among the recipients. 

Ten of the student-athletes will be awarded a special $1,000 college scholarship for their outstanding achievements. Scholarship winners will be judged on three basic criteria: academics; football ability, performance and attitude; and leadership and citizenship.

The scholarship money can only be used by the student-athletes to help with their education at the college or university of their choice.

The chapter also will recognize the athletic and academic achievements of seven graduating football players from five area colleges and universities: Juniata, Lycoming, Penn State, St. Francis and Susquehanna. Two scholastic football officials also will be honored with lifetime achievement awards.

Greg Schiano, head football coach at Rutgers University, will be the featured speaker at the banquet, which will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus, starting at 1:30 p.m., with doors opening at 12:45 p.m. Schiano is a former Penn State assistant coach and will be starting his 10th season as the head coach at Rutgers.

Since initiating the awards banquet in 1997-98, the Central Pennsylvania Chapter has given a total of $117,000 while honoring more than 400 deserving student-athletes from certain high schools located in the following area counties: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Juniata, Lycoming and Mifflin counties.

Tickets for the Awards Banquet are $25.00 each and $250.00 for a table of 10. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets should contact Bill Nichol at 238-2127.

The 39 high school student-athletes who will be honored at this year’s banquet are:


  • Altoona Area High School: Jacob Barnik, center and linebacker
  • Bald Eagle Area High School : Jon Gingrich, fullback and defensive end
  • Bellefonte Area High School: Jake Mueller, tight end and defensive line
  • Bellwood-Antis High School: Zachary Doyle, center and defensive tackle
  • Bishop Carroll High School: Richard Laino, offensive tackle
  • Brookville Area High School: Ethan Harmon, tailback and cornerback
  • Bucktail Area High School: Derek Tripp, tailback
  • Central Cambria School: Max Michkofsky, running back and safety
  • Central High School: Mitchell Fredrick, center
  • Central Mountain High School: James Scott Zuback, running back and defensive back
  • Chestnut Ridge High School: Justin Taylor, running back and safety
  • Clarion High School: Patrick Tack, offensive tackle and linebacker
  • Claysburg-Kimmel High School: Aaron Furry, offensive and defensive tackle
  • Clearfield Area High School: Andre David Buck, offensive and defensive line
  • Curwensville High School: Jonathan Michaels, center and defensive end
  • Dubois Area High School: Andrew “Dew” Spicher, tight end and defensive end
  • East Juniata High School: Wade Truitt, running back and linebacker
  • Forest Hills High School: Robert Oshaben, center and defensive tackle
  • Glendale High School: Thomas Bartee, offensive and defensive tackle
  • Hollidaysburg Area High School: Brandon Simpson, linebacker and guard
  • Huntingdon High School: Scott Minor, running back and strong safety
  • Indian Valley High School: Anthony Shearer, offensive and defensive lineman
  • Jersey Shore High School: Jacob Rogers, defensive back and wide receiver
  • Juniata High School: Eric Eberle: end, punter and safety
  • Juniata Valley High School: Taylor Boyd, running back and linebacker
  • Lewistown Area High School: Doug Randall, offensive and defensive line
  • Moshannon Valley High School: Nicholas Gmerek, quarterback and free safety
  • Mount Union High School: Darrien Walker, center, defensive tackle and place kicker
  • Penn Cambria High School: Matt Glass, offensive and defensive line
  • Penns Valley High School: Tibben Zerby, quarterback and defensive back
  • Philipsburg-Osceola High School: Zachary Czap, running back and defensive back
  • Ridgeway High School: Sam Skraba, running back and safety
  • Southern Huntingdon High School: Matthew Gaston, kicker and receiver
  • St. Marys High School: Brad Kopp, center and nose tackle
  • State College Area High School: Colby Way, tight end and defensive end
  • Tussey Mountain High School: Dane Diehl, running back an safety
  • Tyrone Area High School: Levi Reihart, quarterback, running back and defensive back
  • Williamsburg Area High School: Daniel Weaver, guard
  • Williamsport Area High School: Blake Adams, safety and wide receiver


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