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December 27, 2013

Richland's Solarczyk claims Point Stadium Award

JOHNSTOWN — Richland High School football player Tanner Solarczyk earned the 2013 Point Stadium Award.

The award was announced Friday night during a banquet at Ace’s Lounge in Cambria City. Former Point Stadium Award winner Jack Buchan was the featured speaker at the event.

Solarczyk was the September monthly nominee based on his Sept. 27 performance in Richland’s 70-21 victory over Bishop McCort. The Rams senior running back gained 111 yards and scored four touchdowns on only 14 carries against the Crushers.

“It’s a great honor to be nominated,” Solarczyk said. “Winning it ... I couldn’t tell you how surprised and honored I was to win it.” 

Solarczyk scored on runs of 11, 3, 5 and 12 yards. He averaged 7.9 yards per carry in the game.

“Our team did great (that night),” Solarczyk said. “It wasn’t just me it was everyone. As a team, I think it was one of our best games.” 

The Richland standout finished with 1,664 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns for 120 points as the Rams went 12-1 and placed second in District 6 Class AA.

In addition to his being presented the Point Stadium Award plaque, Solarczyk will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Other monthly nominees for the Point Stadium Award included: Bishop McCort football player Luke DiFrancesco (October); Delweld outfielder Nate Campbell (August); Delweld pitcher Marcus Shippey (June); California (Pa.) first baseman Kyle Petty (May); Mount Aloysius pitcher Derrick Capiak (April) and Pitt-Johnstown second baseman Jake Warner (February and March).

Delweld left fielder Devin Pritts earned Point Stadium Play of the Year for catching a long fly ball hit by a Buffalo batter in the second inning of a AAABA Tournament game on Aug. 6.

Pritts chased the well-hit drive, jumped and made an acrobatic catch just as he hit the wall near the scoreboard. A crowd estimated at 3,000 roared after the play. Buffalo had two on base and led 1-0 at the time. Delweld eventually won 6-5.

Other Play of the Month nominees included:  Cambria Heights freshman football player James Baum (October); Bishop McCort senior receiver Nemo Trexler (September); Berkley Hills right fielder Brett Marabito (co-July), Berkley Hills Renegades left field Matt Kastelic (co-July); Pritts (co-June); Marabito (co-June); Pitt-Johnstown outfielder Drew Ebersole (March) and Pitt-Johnstown catcher Kyle Morrow (April).

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