Six Northeastern boys are all-state in volleyball
- 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following are the complete list of all-state picks:
PENNSYLVANIA VOLLEYBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION ALL-STATE TEAMS
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.
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.