Delone Catholic's Austin Noel was named to the 2012 Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class A All-State Football Team on Wednesday.
Noel, a 6-foot, 1-inch, 210-pound senior, was selected at linebacker.
He was the undisputed leader of the Squires' defense, leading the team with 153 tackles (11.8 per game). He finished with 94 solo stops and 59 assisted tackles. He also led the team with 61/2 sacks.
Noel was at his best in Delone's 28-13 victory over Steel-High in the District 3-A championship game, when he finished with 13 tackles, including two sacks.
Noel was also Delone's leading receiver from his tight end slot, catching 23 passes for 483 yards, an average of 21 yards a catch. He scored five touchdowns.
The Squires finished the season at 9-4.
Both the Class AA and Class A all-state teams were released Wednesday. The Class AAAA and Class AAA teams will be released on Thursday.
The selection of the all-state teams are overseen by the sportswriters who cover high school football around the commonwealth. Players were nominated in all four classifications, then a statewide ballot was sent out affording all writers an opportunity to cast votes.
Wyomissing linebacker Alex Anzalone was named the Class AA player of the year, while Clairton's Tyler Boyd repeated as the Class A player of the year.
Anzalone, a 6-3, 225-pound Notre Dame recruit, recovered from a miserable first half in the Class AA title game last week against Aliquippa to help guide a group of 20 experienced seniors to the school's first state championship -- and the first for a team from Berks County.
Anzalone is regarded as one of the top five outside linebacker recruits in the 2013 high school recruiting class. He had a monster two-way season for the undefeated Spartans, with nearly 1,500 rushing yards and 30-plus touchdowns to go along with more than 100 tackles on defense.
He wasn't the only Wyomissing player to make the team as one of the top 33 players in the state at the Class AA level. Anzalone was joined by kicker Jonah Bowman, who drilled a state-championship-record 52-yard field goal in the 17-14 victory over Aliquippa last week; along with offensive lineman Ben Wertz and defensive lineman Jeriko Reyes.
Veteran Spartans head coach Bob Wolfrum was the overwhelming choice as the Class AA Coach of the Year. The Wyomissing coach since 1986, Wolfrum has 243 victories with the Spartans and one state championship to go along with six District 3 titles.
Anzalone was one of eight Class AA players making a repeat appearance. Hickory's DeShawn Coleman, Imhotep Charter's David Williams, South Fayette's Zach Challingsworth, Mount Carmel's Eric Joraskie, Wilkes-Barre GAR's Shakir Soto, Penn Cambria's Mack Behe and Lewisburg's Brandon Smith each made the squad for the second year in a row.
Boyd, meanwhile, totaled nearly 2,500 total yards and 40-plus touchdowns as a running back, wide receiver and occasional quarterback for the four-time state champion Bears.
Clairton shut out Dunmore 20-0 for the Class A title. Dunmore coach Jack Henzes, a 46-year veteran with 371 career victories, was tabbed as the Class A Coach of the Year.
Boyd, Port Allegany quarterback Matt Bodamer, Penns Manor athlete Danny Ferens and Clarion linebacker T.J. Armstrong all repeated as Class A selections.
Following are the 2012 Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State football teams in Class AA and Class A, with players' school, height, weight and class.
Quarterback: Brett Brumbaugh, South Fayette - 6-3, 180 So.; Nick O'Brien, Wyoming Area - 5-10, 180 Sr.
Running Back: DeShawn Coleman, Hickory - 6-0, 175 Sr.; Shai McKenzie, Washington - 6-0, 215 Jr.; Tanner Solarczyk, Richland - 6-0, 197 Jr.; David Williams, Imhotep Charter - 6-1, 200 Sr.
Wide Receiver: Lucas Benton, Wilkes-Barre GAR - 5-9, 170 Sr.; Zack Bogoly, Wilson Area - 6-2, 200 Sr.; Zach Challingsworth, South Fayette - 6-2, 185 Sr.
Tight End: Scott Orndorff, Seton-Lasalle - 6-5, 240 Sr.
Offensive Linemen: Josh Dininy, Richland - 6-4, 273 Sr.; Jaleel Fields, Aliquippa - 6-2, 275 Jr.; Jaryd Jones-Smith, West Catholic - 6-7, 290 Sr.; Kyle Santorine, Lewisburg - 6-2, 295 Sr.; Ben Wertz, Wyomissing - 6-3, 260 Sr.
Athlete: Patrick Duvgineaud, Jim Thorpe - 5-11, 170 Sr.; Terry Swanson, Aliquippa - 5-9, 182 Jr.
Kicker: Jonah Bowman, Wyomissing - 6-0, 190 Sr.
Defensive Lineman: Scott Beltz, Penn-Argyl - 6-3, 210 Sr.; Eric Joraskie, Mount Carmel - 6-4, 265 Sr.; Jeriko Reyes, Wyomissing - 6-1, 215 Sr.; Shakir Soto, Wilkes-Barre GAR - 6-4, 255 Sr.; Stuart Urch, Ligonier Valley - 6-1, 219 Sr.
Linebacker: Alex Anzalone, Wyomissing - 6-3, 225 Sr.; Mack Behe, Penn Cambria - 6-2, 190 Sr.; Cole Bush, Burrell - 6-2, 220 Jr.; Eric Haney, Danville - 6-0, 192 Jr.; Jaylin Kelly, Washington - 6-2, 235 Sr.; Brandon Smith, Lewisburg - 6-2, 215 Sr.
Defensive Back: Elijah Cottrill, Beaver Falls - 6-2, 170 So.; Dravon Henry, Aliquippa - 6-0, 182 Jr.; Cale Rice, Danville - 5-6, 172 Sr.
Athlete: Paryss Marshall, Catasauqua - 6-1, 180 Jr.
Player Of The Year: Alex Anzalone, Wyomissing.
Coach Of The Year: Bob Wolfrum, Wyomissing.
Quarterback: Matt Bodamer, Port Allegany - 6-1, 180 Sr.; Chavas Rawlins, Monessen - 6-3, 188 Sr.; Lenny Williams, Sto-Rox - 6-0, 190 Jr.
Running Back: Blake Bowman, Tri-Valley - 5-9, 170 Sr.; Daiqwon Buckley, Dunmore - 5-11, 215 Jr.; Casey Gray, Bellwood-Antis - 6-0, 170 Jr.
Wide Receiver: Nick Conway, Port Allegany - 6-2, 170 Sr.; John Klingerman, Bloomsburg - 5-9, 185 Sr.; Terrish Webb, Clairton - 6-1, 175 Sr.
Tight End: Erik Smeltz, Line Mountain - 6-2, 200 Sr.
Offensive Linemen: Ryan Cherwinski, Southern Columbia - 6-0, 260 Sr.; Devonte Harvey, Clairton - 5-10, 195 Sr.; James McHale, Dunmore - 6-7, 285 Jr.; Austin Mital, Moshannon Valley - 6-3, 270 Sr.; Spencer Smeal, Curwensville - 6-2, 240 Sr.
Athlete: Tyler Boyd, Clairton - 6-2, 175 Sr.; Danny Ferens, Penns Manor - 6-1, 190 Sr.
Kicker: Philip Esposito, Brockway - 6-0, 180 Sr.
Defensive Lineman: Mike Boland, Dunmore - 6-5, 265 Sr.; Keith Shawley, Bellwood-Antis - 5-11, 225 Sr.; Nick Ceschini, Bishop Guilfoyle - 6-4, 220 Sr.; Robert Boatright, Clairton - 5-10, 170 Sr.
Linebacker: T.J. Armstrong, Clarion - 6-2, 205 Sr.; Alex Atkins, Northern Cambria - 6-2, 235 Sr.; Austin Noel, Delone Catholic - 6-1, 210 Sr.; Cody Pavlick, Southern Columbia - 6-1, 200 Jr.; Shane Schuback, Old Forge - 6-0, 200 Jr.; Garrett Vulcano, Chartiers-Houston - 6-1, 190 Sr.
Defensive Back: Dywan Blanding, Steel-High - 5-9, 180 Sr.; Titus Howard, Clairton - 6-2, 160 Sr.; Doug Twigg, Glendale - 5-9, 166 Sr.
Athlete: Owen Daniel, Williams Valley - 6-1, 180 Sr.; Brian Tomasetti, Old Forge - 6-1, 175 Sr.
Player Of The Year: Tyler Boyd, Clairton.
Coach Of The Year: Jack Henzes, Dunmore.