Valley Takes on Youthful Look
By BUBBA KAPRAL
PINE GROVE — Logan Miller starts Year 3 as head coach at Valley. It is a season that harbors much promise.
Despite the loss of some quality talent via graduation, the Lumberjacks are far from void of skilled performers.
“We are going to be a young football team this year, but I think that being young helps us,” Miller said. “For as young as they are, they are about as tough a group as I have coached.”
Graduation claimed nine Lumberjack gridders: Tyler Kocher, Levi Streets, Travis Leek, Austin Lowe, Brodie Scyoc, Jordan Williams, Levi Rux, Peyton Bassett and Morgan Willoughby.
Much of the Lumberjack fortunes this year will rest on the arm and legs of athletic quarterback Abe Satterfield (5-foot11, 190). The junior letterman can make plays throwing and running and will be surrounded by some nice weapons.
Gavin Streets (6-0, 160) is a dynamo of a performer. The multi-dimensional sophomore boasts a host of offensive skills and will be deployed all over the field, be it at running back or wideout, or at times quarterback.
Senior Ethan Fluharty (5-10, 220) is a bullish of a fullback for the Lumberjacks. A pair of freshmen — Hunter Bradley (5-11, 150) and Gunner Stillwagner (5-10, 150) — will also receive some ball-toting duty.
Streets headlines a solid cast of receivers. Nicholas Leek (6-1, 190) is a nice-sized and dependable target at tight end.
Miller has a deep pool of wide receivers to utilize.
Seniors Richard Leek (5-6, 150), Tommy Yoho (5-8, 150) and Austin Barr (6-2, 160) as well as junior David Sell (6-0, 185) are capable and veteran ball-catchers.
They will be supported by a solid quartet of juniors: Levi Anderson (5-9, 170), Matthew Arnett (5-10, 160) and Jacob Burch (5-8, 150).
Sophomore Tommy Shannon (6-1, 155) and freshman Isaiah Bassett (6-2, 170) provide more depth to an already loaded position.
Valley boasts some quality beef up front with seven linemen tipping the Toledo scales at more than 200 pounds.
Seniors George Brown (6-0, 250) and Colby Kinkade (5-11, 300) are the anchors of the O-line. Both are three-year lettermen.
Junior Hunter Wood (5-11, 235) and sophomore Logan Bassett (6-0, 200) are seasoned trench hands as is sophomore Wyatt Dallison (5-11, 250).
Depth will come in the form of junior Caden Haught (5-10, 170), and freshmen Mark Liggett (5-6, 235) and Billy Kuhn (5-10, 180).
Defensively, Fluharty, Dallison and Satterfield will see time at the end slots while Brown, Kinkade and Bassett will share time at tackle.
The linebackers will be Sell, Nicholas Leek, Burch and Haught.
The secondary will be manned by Streets, Yoho, Richard Leek and Anderson.
Streets will also handle the kicking chores.
“We have a young group but we are working with them to get them ready to go,” Miller said. “We will see in time.”
Miller is being assisted by Jeff Derby, Colton Wright, Dave Palmer and Mark Winters.