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June 21, 2014

Former coach honored for long service



Awards: A number of athletes received special recognition from the Ken Lantzy organization.

For the game, Richland’s Matt Shaffer was chosen as the outstanding back from the South.

The other South winners included: Greater Johnstown’s Grant Brandon (offensive lineman), North Star’s Dalton Rice (defensive line) and Somerset’s Douglas Berkebile (defensive back).

The North’s outstanding offensive back was Northern Bedford’s Kyler Diehl.

The other North winners are Bishop Guilfoyle’s Nick Little (defensive lineman), Bedford’s Alec Jones (offensive lineman) and Cambria Heights’ Isaac Scelesky (defensive back).

Prior to the start of the game, Bishop McCort’s Luke DiFrancesco received the $500 David Rizzo Memorial Award while Homer-Center’s Mike Newhouse earned the $500 Paul Shandor Memorial Award.

Scott Bauer of Central Cambria along with Derek Mullen and Levi Albright of North Star were the recipients of the $500 Robert P. Gardill scholarships for scholastic achievement while Steven Richards of Saltsburg earned the Arthur R. Palumbo $1,000 scholarship for academic excellence.

Stacy Schmitt of North Star, who has stepped down as the Cougars coach after 11 seasons, was selected as the 2014 honoree by the Lantzy committee.

Schmitt helped the game run a little more smoothly by compiling a set of written guidelines to help future coaches of the all-star game become more familiar with the Ken Lantzy program. He also suggested rules of etiquette to govern dorm life during the week of the game.

Cory Isenberg is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at

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