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January 28, 2014

Ligonier Valley's Bloom selected to play in Big 33 Classic

Ligonier Valley’s Alec Bloom made quite an impact during his senior season as one of the state’s best tight ends.

The accolades show it: A selection to the Pennsylvania Sportswriters All-State team and a nod on USA Today’s all-Pennsylvania squad are the most notable of the honors received by Bloom, who was also a first-team tight end selection on The Tribune-Democrat’s All-Area Team.

The 6-foot-7 Bloom, who is still linked to Connecticut at the moment, can now add a selection to play in the Big 33 Classic to that list.

Bloom, who hauled in 45 passes for 830 yards and 12 touchdowns, was named to the Pennsylvania team comprised of the state’s standout football players. Bloom was the area’s lone representative on the Pennsylvania squad, which will face a team of Maryland all-stars on June 14 at HersheyPark Stadium.

This year’s game will be broadcast by the NFL Network.

Despite missing the Rams’ last three games of the season with a knee injury, Bloom saved some of his best performances for Ligonier Valley’s strongest opponents. In a two-week span against Penns Manor and eventual District 6 Class A champion Homer-Center, Bloom caught a combined 19 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns.

The Pennsylvania team, coached by Easton’s Steve Shiffert, was announced by a live YouTube feed earlier this afternoon.

"I am so excited for Alec and proud of his accomplishments but this is the pinnacle of them all,” Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel said. “This is the highest honor that a Pennsylvania football player can earn.  It is the game you dream of playing in your entire lifetime. I know that Alec will proudly represent Ligonier Valley, this area, and Pennsylvania.”

 

Shawn Curtis is the sports editor of The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/shawncurtis430. 

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