North Xtra: Fabulous 22 Football All-Stars

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Elijah Zeise

North Allegheny

WR/DB, 6-2, 200, Sr.

As one of only three returning starters for the Tigers, Zeise was the team's most dynamic threat in a rebuilding year. A Pitt recruit, he easily led the team in receptions (49), receiving yards (952) and was also a formidable presence in the defensive secondary.

T.J. Holl

Seneca Valley

QB/S, 6-1, 205, Jr.

In his first season as the team's starting quarterback, Holl emerged as a strong dual threat under center. Holl, the son of Raiders coach Don Holl, was eighth in the WPIAL in passing yards with 1,804 and added a team-high 723 rushing yards.

Elijah Jackson

Highlands

RB, 5-7, 140, Jr.

A small but incredibly quick running back, he made his mark this season, finishing among the top 20 in the WPIAL in rushing yards (1,287) and scoring a team-high 14 touchdowns. Jackson helped lead the Golden Rams to the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals.

Joshua Schultheis

Mars Area

RB, 6-1, 205, Jr.

The success of coach Scott Heinauer's wing-T offense is dependent upon an excellent running back and Schultheis was just that and more for the Planets. He rushed for 1,645 yards this season, the sixth most of any WPIAL player, and 25 touchdowns.

John King

Mars Area

OL/LB, 5-10, 202, Sr.

King was a critical component of a Planets team that finished 9-2 and advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals. For his efforts, he was honored on the All-Greater Allegheny Conference first team on both offense and defense.

Jon Floss

Hampton

WR/DB, 5-11, 170, Sr.

Though the Talbots struggled this season, Floss was a dynamic and versatile threat for the team. He made first-team all-conference as a defensive back and also as an all-purpose player. At wide receiver, Floss led Hampton in receptions with 36.

Dane Jackson

Quaker Valley

QB/DB, 6-2, 170, Jr.

It was a banner season for the Quakers, as they won their first playoff game in more than a decade. A big reason for that turnaround was Jackson. A talented junior, he compiled 2,086 yards of total offense, leading the team in passing and rushing.

P.J. Fulmore

North Catholic

RB/QB/DB, 5-8, 180, Jr.

After missing a handful of games early in the season, Fulmore became the driving force for the WPIAL and PIAA champions. In all, he rushed for 1,213 yards and took over at quarterback after starter Adam Sharlow sustained a season-ending injury in Week 8.

Adam Sharlow

North Catholic

QB, 5-10, 185, Jr.

Sharlow was not on the field as the Trojans made their push to WPIAL and PIAA titles, but he had a standout season nonetheless. Despite missing significant time with an injury, Sharlow had 1,537 total yards and was Eastern Conference offensive player of the year.

Ryan Long

North Catholic

OL/DL, 6-2, 250, Sr.

Long was a valuable piece for the Trojans throughout the season, paving the way for rushers such as Fulmore and anchoring a defense that held opponents to 10.6 points per game. He made first-team All-Eastern Conference for both offense and defense.

Ben DiNucci

Pine-Richland

QB, 6-3, 185, Jr.

Under first-year coach Eric Kasperowicz, DiNucci thrived, to say the least. His 2,131 passing yards ranked seventh among all WPIAL players and first among all players from schools in the North Xtra coverage area. He also had 15 touchdown passes.

Layne Skundrich

North Allegheny

LB, 5-9, 195, Jr.

Skundrich played a large role in the Tigers' WPIAL and PIAA Class AAAA championships last season, leading the team in tackles. He followed that up this season as a first-team All-Northern Eight Conference selection while again serving as a defensive linchpin.

Connor Slomka

Pine-Richland

RB, 6-1, 205, Jr.

Though the Rams did much of their work through the air this season, Slomka was an incredibly productive running back, rushing for 1,144 yards and a team-best 17 touchdowns. He was a first-team honoree in the competitive Northern Eight Conference.

Chuck Calabrese

Shady Side Academy

LB/QB, 6-0, 192, Sr.

The Indians fell a game short of a perfect regular season, largely behind a stingy defense led by Calabrese, the Allegheny Conference defensive player of the year. In all but two of their regular-season games, opponents were held to fewer than 20 points.

Dalton Day

Avonworth

LB/TE, 5-10, 210, Sr.

In his final high school season, Day excelled, helping lead a strong defense that had four shutouts. He was named the Eastern Conference defensive player of the year as the Antelopes finished 9-2 this season, with both losses against North Catholic.

Connor Shinsky

Knoch

OL, 6-5, 255, Sr.

It was an up-and-down season for the Knights, who finished 4-5, but Shinsky was a consistently strong presence. A first-team All-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at offensive tackle, Shinsky also made second-team all-conference on the defensive line.

Kevin Koch

North Hills

DB/RB, 6-0, 200, Sr.

In his final season of high school football, Koch was at his best, as he was selected as a member of the All-Northern Eight Conference first team at defensive back. At running back, he rushed for 384 yards and four touchdowns.

Elliott King

North Hills

DL/OL, 6-0, 197, Sr.

Playing for first-year coach Pat Carey, King helped anchor what was a strong defense for much of the season, earning first-team all-conference honors along the way. The Indians held more than half of their regular-season opponents to fewer than 20 points.

Allan Cratsenberg

Highlands

TE/DL, 6-3, 225, Sr.

Cratsenberg left an indelible mark on the Golden Rams program, particularly after a strong senior season in which he did a little bit of everything. In addition to making first-team all-conference at tight end, he led the team in tackles.

Steve Gaviglia

Seneca Valley

DL/OL, 6-2, 265, Sr.

Gaviglia was a formidable presence on the Raiders' defensive line, allowing him to be among the team leaders in tackles. His performance this season on defense was honored with a spot on the All-Northern Eight Conference first team.

Tucker Van Dyke

Seneca Valley

DL/TE, 6-3, 225, Sr.

Like Gaviglia, Van Dyke has been a major player on the Raiders' defensive line for multiple seasons. He was a first-team all-conference selection, helping lead a defense that limited all but two of its regular-season opponents to fewer than 20 points.

Dennis Briggs

Shady Side Academy

RB/LB, 5-11, 190, Sr.

As a Pitt recruit, Briggs' name carried weight in the WPIAL, something which was reflected in his performance this season. A two-way player, Briggs made first-team All-Allegheny Conference on offense, defense and on special teams as a kick returner.


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