By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE - If the 2012 edition of The Daily Item All-Stars were not a fictional team, the quarterback would find a familiar downfield target. But Bloomsburg quarterback Ricky Klingerman, while knowing he could make big plays with teammate and cousin wide receiver John Klingerman, the Panthers’ junior first-year starter might be just as content to hand the ball off to one of his elite running backs.
Ricky Klingerman is joined in the backfield on this year’s team by running backs Adam Feudale, Southern Columbia; Lucas Klingerman, Mount Carmel (no relation to Ricky and John); and Brandon Smith, Lewisburg.
Flanked opposite John Klingerman is Mount Carmel wide receiver Rob Varano. Providing the protection up front are linemen Mike Schiccatano, Mount Carmel; Nazar Mironenko, Mifflinburg; Harley Stahl, Selinsgrove; Kyle Santorine, Lewisburg; and Ryan Cherwinski, Southern Columbia.
The first-team tight end is Danville’s Bret Berg and the placekicker is Danville’s Shayne Riley.
Some familiar names dot the first-team on defense.
Named first-teamers on both sides of the ball are linemen Mironenko and Stahl, and Smith at linebacker and Berg at defensive back. Smith was the unanimous choice as both the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.
The other first-team defensive linemen are Jake Becker, Southern, and Eric Joraskie, Mount Carmel. The linebackers, in addition to Smith, are Ryan Solomon, Milton; Eric Haney, Danville; Nick Sebasovich, Shikellamy; and Mike Walter, Selinsgrove. The other first-team defensive backs are Cale Rice, Danville; Tyler Krebs, Selinsgrove; and Joe Kleman, Southern.
Krebs is also the first-team punter; Cole Rickert, Line Mountain, is the choice at Athlete; and Lucas Klingerman is the first-team return man.
Danville’s Jim Keiser and Selinsgrove’s Dave Hess are the Coaches of the Year.
Of the 15 schools included in the selections 10 had players selected to the first team, and 13 had at least one player listed on either the first- or second-teams. All of the teams are represented on the Honorable Mention list. The teams were selected by a vote of The Daily Item sports staff, with the help of nominations from all 15 coaches.
Ricky Klingerman, a 6-foot, 180-pound junior quarterback, led the Valley in passing yards with 2,501, completing 205-of-329 with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He was a first-team Heartland Athletic Conference Division III selection.
Brandon Smith, a 6-2, 215, senior fullback, rushed for 1,095 yards on 145 carries (7.6 average) and 19 TDs, and caught 30 passes for 366 yards and four TDs. He was named to the HAC-II first team, and is a three-time all-state linebacker.
Adam Feudale, a 5-9, 200, junior fullback and first-year starter, rushed for 1,179 yards on 163 attempts (a 7.2-yard average) and 20 TDs. He also caught seven passes for 111 yards and a TD. He was named to the HAC-III first-team.
Lucas Klingerman, a 5-7, 165, senior tailback, was the Valley rushing leader with 1,648 yards on 273 carries (6.0 average) with 17 touchdowns. He was also the leader in scoring with 94 points. Only Gary Diminick and Brett and Jon Veach rushed for more yards in a season for Mount Carmel.
John Klingerman, a 5-9, 185, senior wide receiver, led the Valley with 863 yards on 59 catches and 13 TDs and also ran for a TD. He was a first-team HAC-III selection and a Class A all-state selection at wide receiver.
Rob Varano, a 5-11, 174, senior wide receiver, caught 46 passes for 680 yards and seven TDs. He was also named to the HAC-II first team.
Mike Scicchitano, a 6-1, 260, senior tackle, was a four-year starter in the line, who switched over from center. He helped lead the way for more than 2,800 rushing yards and benches more than 400 pounds. He was a first-team HAC-II all-star.
Nazar Mironenko, a 6-1, 275, junior guard was considered the Wildcats’ best lineman. He was also considered among the HAC’s best as he was voted by the coaches to the HAC-I first team.
Harley Stahl, a 6-1, 267, senior was a two-year starter on the offensive line and the coaches considered him one of the best in program history. They said they did not see a defensive lineman all season against whom Stahl could not be successful. He has quick feet and exceptional strength and is durable, and mentally as well as physically tough, the coaches said. He was a member of the HAC-I first all-star team.
Kyle Santorine, a 6-2, 295, senior center, a four-year starter, helped the Green Dragons amass 3,449 yards of offense in 11 games (an average of 314 a game). He was chosen to the HAC-II all-star first team and was selected to the Class AA all-state team this season.
Ryan Cherwinski, a 6-2, 260, senior helped the Tigers rush for 3,791 yards in 13 games (an average of 290 a game). He was named to the Class A all-state team as an offensive lineman.
Bret Berg, a 6-0, 185, senior tight end, caught 37 passes for 521 yards and eight TDs.
Shayne Riley, a 6-0, 150, sophomore kicker, led the Ironmen in scoring with 64 points, on 38 extra point kicks and nine field goals. He was the HAC-I first-team kicker.
Nazar Mironenko was dominating on defense and, the coaches said, many opponents run away from him. In the Shamokin game, Mironenko ran down the Indians’ tailback from behind for a tackle for loss on the opposite side of the field. He was also named to the HAC-I all-star first team.
Harley Stahl, a three-year starter at noseguard, had 95 total tackles, 41 solo, with seven sacks, 15 hurries, five caused interceptions, five caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was a first-team HAC-I selection.
Jake Becker, a 6-1, 230, senior defensive end, had 52 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and six quarterback pressures. He was a HAC-III first-team selection.
Eric Joraskie, a 6-5, 260 tackle who will play at Northwestern University, was third on the team with 71 total tackles, five and a half sacks (for 40 yards in losses), a pass breakup, a blocked kick, 21 tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hurries and two fumble-causing hits. He was a first-team HAC-II selection and a first-team all-state selection last year.
Brandon Smith, a three-year starter at linebacker, has 122 tackles, six for a loss, two sacks, six pass break-ups and two interceptions. He was a first-team HAC-II all-star and a three-time Class AA all-state selection at linebacker.
Ryan Solomon, a 6-0, 220 middle linebacker, had 121 total tackles, 81 solo, with four sacks, five hurries, two fumbles caused, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and two pass break-ups. One of his interceptions came at the goal-line to preserve Milton’s District 4 Class AAA semifinal win over Shikellamy.
Eric Haney, a 6-0, 194, junior middle linebacker, led the Ironmen in tackles with 159, 105 solo, with five and a half sacks, two interceptions and three fumbles caused. He was named to the HAC-I first team and the Class AA all-state team.
Nick Sebasovich, a 6-2, 240, senior inside linebacker, made 95 tackles, 29 solo, and also recovered three fumbles, forced three and had an interception.
Mike Walter, a 5-10, 205, senior linebacker, had 92 total tackles, 37 solo, with 2.5 sacks, three pass break-ups and three caused fumbles. Coaches said Walter is an excellent run defender and does a great job of pressuring the quarterback on blitzes. He was also a good cover guy versus the underneath patterns, they added. Walter was a first-team HAC-I selection.
Bret Berg, a senior safety, had 101 tackles, seven interceptions, three fumbles recovered and 16 passes defended.
Cale Rice, a 5-6, 153, senior cornerback, had 57 tackles, intercepted 10 passes, had three fumble recoveries, two caused fumbles and 16 passes defended. He was a first-team HAC-I selection and was also named to the Class AA all-state team.
Tyler Krebs, a 6-2, 185, senior safety, had 105 overall tackles, 49 solo, with four interceptions, six pass break-ups and one caused fumble. He was a two-year starter at free safety and the team’s leader in tackles. He was selected to the HAC-I first team. He also punted 37 times for 1,396 yards, a 38 average, with a long of 66 and 10 inside the 20-yard line. He was the HAC-I first-team punter.
Joe Kleman, a 5-10, 170, senior cornerback and two-year starter, had 12 pass break-ups, three interceptions and 46 tackles. He was named to the HAC-III first team.
Cole Rickert, a 6-2, 185, senior quarterback, passed for 1,138 yards in just eight games. He was injured in the week-four game with Williams Valley. He completed 77-of-129 passes with 12 TDs and five interceptions. He also rushed for four TDs, scored on an interception return and a two-point run.
Lucas Klingerman had 15 kickoff returns for 386 yards and is second all-time at Mount Carmel (Tony Mazzatesta) with 982 kickoff return yards in his career. Also finished with 2,084 all-purpose yards.