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Six Northeastern boys are all-state in volleyball

Steve Heiser
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  • Reese Devilbiss was named all-state for a fourth straight season.
  • Brandon Arentz made the all-state list for a third time.
  • Chris Lee, Jeff Reynolds and Matt Schaeffer are all-state picks for a second straight year.

The Northeastern boys' volleyball program has achieved almost legendary status within the state of Pennsylvania over the past few years.

Reese Devilbiss leaves Northeastern as a four-time all-state selection.

The Bobcats recently captured their fourth straight PIAA Class AA state championship.

They finished the 2016 season at 23-0 and were ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania and No. 4 in the nation by MaxPreps.com.

Now the Bobcats have added yet another honor.

Their entire starting lineup has been named to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AA All-State Team.

Reese Devilbiss earned his fourth straight all-state selection, while Brandon Arentz captured his third all-state honor. Chris Lee, Jeff Reynolds and Matt Schaeffer are now two-time all-state picks, while Dakoda Hoffman picked up his first all-state recognition.

Lee is the only junior in the group, while the other five have graduated.

Devilbiss, 6-foot, 3-inch outside hitter, leaves Northeastern as possibly the most decorated volleyball player in York County history. He is set to play for national champion Ohio State and just finished off a stint with the Team USA under-21 squad, which recently won the title at the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Conference Continental Championship in Canada. That earned the U.S. team a berth in the 2017 World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Northeastern sweeps to fourth straight state crown

Arentz is a 6-2 outside hitter, Hoffman is a 6-4 middle hitter, Lee is a 5-10 libero, Reynolds is a 6-3 middle hitter and Schaeffer is a 6-foot setter.

Three other York County players honored: The Bobcats, however, were not the only York County players earning all-state recognition.

York Suburban had two players selected for the AA team — Kaleb Ansell, a 6-2 senior setter, and Jack Schultz, a 6-4 junior middle hitter.

Suburban finished tied for second in the York-Adams League regular season and finished second, behind Northeastern, in the District 3-AA playoffs. The Trojans also advanced to the state AA semifinals, before again losing to the Bobcats.

A total of 21 players earned all-state honors in AA.

One York County player collected all-state recognition in AAA — Central York's 6-6 senior outside hitter, Hayden Wagner. Wagner, who is set to play at the NCAA Division I level for George Mason, helped the Panthers tie for second in the York-Adams League regular season.

Thirty-one players were named all-state in AAA.

Ansell, Schultz and Wagner were all first-time all-state picks.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

Following are the complete list of all-state picks:

PENNSYLVANIA VOLLEYBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION ALL-STATE TEAMS

CLASS AAA

Ben Chinnici, Pennridge, OH, 6-4, junior.

Daniel Klapper, Central Bucks West, OH, 6-1, junior.

Jake Milnazik, William Tennent, OH, 6-2, senior.

Jesse Smith, Pennridge, S, 6-1, senior.

Sean Sweeney, Pennsbury, OH/S, 6-2, junior.

Jason Yakimiv, Council Rock North, MH, 6-7, senior.

Tyler Buterbaugh, Hempfield, MH, 6-1, senior.

Nick Farlow, Ephrata, MH, 6-4, senior.

Dan Fry, Penn Manor, OH, 6-1, junior.

Sam Greenslade, Penn Manor, OH, 6-5, senior.

Reuben Kemrer, Penn Manor, S, 6-0, junior.

Nick Oleska, Hempfield, L, 5-8, senior.

Logan Smiley, Hempfield, OH, 6-3, junior.

Hayden Wagner, Central York, OH, 6-6, senior.

Frank Perehinec, Altoona, OH, 6-4, senior.

Jake Dixon, Bethel Park, OH, 6-6, senior.

Matt Gagnon, Seneca Valley, OH, 6-5, junior.

Mike Kapusta, Bethel Park, OH, 6-4, junior.

Tom Kisick, Latrobe, S, 6-1, senior.

Brandon McGowan, Penn-Trafford, OH, 6-2, junior.

Mitch Niderstros, Norwin, OPP, 6-5, senior.

Brendon O’Toole, Penn-Trafford, OH, 6-5, senior.

Jack Reese, Fox Chapel, MB, 6-6, senior.

Brandon Thorsen, Bethel Park, S, 6-1, senior.

Brett Bosak, Liberty, MH, 6-3, senior.

Jack Dreisbach, Parkland, MH, 6-4, senior.

Andrew Hilman, Parkland, S/OH, 6-3, senior.

Logan Prestas, Liberty, OH, 6-1, senior.

Logan McGinley, Whitehall, OH, 6-2, junior.

Charlie Saloum, Northampton, L, 5-8, senior.

Kyle Stout, Parkland, OH/OPP, 6-6, senior.

CLASS AA

John Carr, Holy Redeemer, MH, 6-8, senior.

Rob Zbierski, Holy Redeemer, OH, 6-6, senior.

Kaleb Ansell, York Suburban, S, 6-2, senior.

Brandon Arentz, Northeastern, OH, 6-2, senior.

Reese Devilbiss, Northeastern, OH, 6-3, senior.

Dakoda Hoffman, Northeastern, MH, 6-4, junior.

Chris Lee, Northeastern, L, 5-10, senior.

Jeff Reynolds, Northeastern, MH, 6-3, senior.

Matt Schaeffer, Northeastern, S, 6-0, senior.

Jack Schultz, York Suburban, MH, 6-4, junior.

Jimmy Burke, Bishop Guilfoyle, OH, 6-3, senior.

Collin Welteroth, Bishop Guilfoyle, OH, 6-2, senior.

Anthony Baronio, Ambridge, OH, 6-1, senior.

Capen Brendle, Ambridge, S, 5-11, senior.

Matthew Knab, Beaver County Christian, S, 6-0, junior.

Derek Kuhn, Ambridge, OH, 6-0, senior.

Quinn McCracken, Beaver County Christian, MH, 6-2, senior.

Collin Neville, OLSH, OH, 6-4, senior.

Garrett Johnston, Saegertown, L, 5-8, senior.

Peter Mattocks, Saegertown, OH, 6-2, senior.

Steve Reisenauer, Cambridge Springs, OPP, 5-10, senior.