BLOG: Two York County linemen rated among state's best

Steve Heiser

Two monster linemen from York County have been rated among the top football players in Pennsylvania for the Class of 2017.

The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA), in conjunction with the Big 33 Classic, released its annual listing of top high school football prospects for the Class of 2017. The list of 105 student-athletes is made up of rising seniors from across the state. It was compiled for the sixth straight year and represents a cooperative effort on the part of representatives from the PSFCA. It is the only list of its kind to be compiled exclusively by high school coaches.

Red Lion's Nick Argento, right, tries to bring down Northeastern's Christopher Whack last season. Argento is rated among Pennsylvania's best high school football players in the Class of 2017.

Red Lion High School's Nick Argento and York Suburban High School's Gavin Barclay made the list. Argento is listed at 6 feet, 3 inches and 305 pounds, while Barclay comes in at 6-6 and 282 pounds. Argento was a two-way first-team selection to the York-Adams League Coaches Division I All-Star Team in 2016 at offensive guard and defensive tackle. Barclay was a first team pick in Division II at offensive tackle.

Argento and Barclay are two of 20 District 3 players to be recognized. The other District 3 players on the list are:

Coaches name football all-star team

Grant Breneman, Cedar Cliff, quarterback, 6-1, 195.

Bryan Downey, Lancaster Catholic, athlete, 5-11, 180.

Luke Emgee, Fleetwood, quarterback/defensive back, 6-1, 188.

Grayson Sallade, Manheim Twp., quarterback/defensive back, 5-10, 175.

Trael Seegares, Susquehanna Twp., running back/linebacker, 5-11, 198.

Bill Williams, Camp Hill, running back/defensive back, 5-6, 175.

Devin Evans, Susquehanna Twp., defensive back, 5-10, 195.

Foday Jalloh, Wilson, wideout/linebacker, 6-2, 200.

Trysten McDonald, Cedar Cliff, wideout/defensive back, 6-2, 202.

Bryan Neal, Susquehanna Twp., wideout/defensive back, 5-10, 188.

Alex Wade, Manheim Twp., wideout/defensive back, 5-11, 185.

Ricky Poillon, Lancaster Catholic, tight end/defensive end, 6-5, 235.

Alex Twiford, Wilson, tight end, 6-3, 230.

Shaun Hastings, Cedar Cliff, lineman, 6-3, 265.

Brady Maxwell, Cocalico, lineman, 5-11, 250.

Raunya Mitchell, Susquehanna Twp., lineman, 6-4, 280.

Khalique Washington, Lebanon, lineman, 6-5, 285.

Josiah Quigley, Cumberland Valley, linebacker/running back, 6-2, 205.

“This year’s list reflects balance in every position, reinforcing that Pennsylvania consistently turns out quality student athletes who are solid college prospects," said PSFCA member and Philadelphia area coach Mark Schmidt. "We look forward to seeing them excel both on and off the field in the coming year."


Spring Grove's Erlemeier headed to Richmond: Spring Grove High School's Abby Erlemeier has verbally committed to play NCAA Division I women's soccer for the University of Richmond Spiders.

Erlemeier, a junior, plays for HMMS United Eagle FC out of Mechanicsburg.

The speedy Erlemeier had 14 goals for Spring Grove last season. As a freshman, she was the only freshman named to the All-York-Adams League Division I All-Star Team and she was nominated for the league's Player of the Year honor.

Spring Grove's Abby Erlemeier will play Division I soccer next year for Richmond in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The 5-foot, 5-inch midfielder/forward is also a National Honor Society student with a 3.8 grade-point average.

Three York-Adams teams ranked in boys' volleyball: Three York-Adams League boys' volleyball teams are ranked in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association state polls.

Northeastern, despite falling in the semifinals of this weekend's Koller Classic at Central York, remain No. 1 in Class AA. The Bobcats are the three-time defending state AA champions.

They lost to Parkland in the Koller semifinals, 25-20, but standout hitter Reese Devilbiss did not play in that game as a precautionary measure because of a thumb and ankle injuries. Parkland is now ranked No. 1 in AAA. Northeastern, with Devilbiss, had swept Parkland earlier this month at the Bobcat Invitational.

York Suburban is ranked No. 7 in AA. They had been ranked No. 4 the previous week, but dropped after a York-Adams League loss to Red Lion last Tuesday.

Central York remained No. 4 in AAA. The Panthers earned a key win over Red Lion on Thursday.

Dallastown's Austin headed to Mansfield: Dallastown High School's Sierra Austin will join the Mansfield University women's soccer team next season.

Mansfield head coach Tim Dempsey made the announcement in a news release on Monday.

Austin is a two-sport athlete at Dallastown in soccer and track and field. She was a All-York-Adams League First Team All-Star soccer selection in 2014. She was Dallastown's Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015 and a 2015 team captain. She was a member of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 York-Adams League Division I championship teams and a member of the 2015 York-Adams League championship team.

She was named to the Dallastown distinguished honor roll and plans to major in elementary education.

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