New Castle News

Mohawk

February 6, 2014

Football Signing Day: Jeffries, McFarland choose their schools

NEW CASTLE — Toughness.

Whether you’re talking about 6-foot-5, 270-pound Neshannock High senior Steven Jeffries or 5-9, 175 Mohawk senior Shane McFarland, the word fits.

Both players battled through early-season injuries to lead their respective football squads through the 2013 season and in the process, earned scholarships to continue their football and academic careers at Football Championship Subdivision institutions.

Jeffries, a son of Robert and Amy Jeffries, signed his binding letter of intent to play at Youngstown State University yesterday, while McFarland, a son of Brian and Lucinda McFarland, committed to Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.

THE INJURIES

Jeffries missed minimal action after unknowingly tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the Lancers’ 35-14 win over Big Seven Conference foe Shenango in Week 4.

“Once (the YSU coaching staff) found that out about Steven, there was no doubt he was a guy they wanted to have in their program,” Neshannock coach Fred Mozzocio said. “He came back and played the entire season. Never missed a workout. Never missed a practice. Never missed a game.

“He laid it all on the line for his teammates, his coaches and his community. He played the entire season with that injury. You could see he was dragging, but he refused to come out of the lineup. My respect for Steven as a football player and his toughness is unbelievable. That’s something I won’t ever forget.”

McFarland suffered an abdominal injury in the Warriors’ 35-8 triumph over Freedom in Week 1 and typically never left the field after.

“For a running back, that can be a serious problem,” Mohawk coach Joe Lamenza said. “People don’t understand how much pain he played through this year. Every once in a while, you’d see him wince, but he never complained. He never asked to come out. He just elevated his performance every week. His toughness, durability and stamina was just incredible.

“I was asked by a lot of college coaches to describe him in word. I just kept coming back to ‘tough.’ He’s just a tough, physical football player. I can’t think of a better compliment to give to a player.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Mohawk
  • Mohawk accepts teacher retirements

    The Mohawk school board accepted the retirements of four teachers who had taught for a combined total of 118 years.

    April 16, 2014

  • 01.jpg Photos, Preview, Cast List: Mohawk to present ‘Music Man’

    There may be trouble in River City but the cast of “The Music Man” is more like a family affair. The production at Mohawk High School brought together a group of friends and further tightened an already close bond.

    April 2, 2014 8 Photos

  • Kindergarten registrations

    February 26, 2014

  • Mohawk buys new school buses

    The Mohawk Area School District has purchased new school buses. The school board members Monday agreed to buy two buses from Wolfington Body Co., of Exton, Pa. at a cost of $79,015 per bus.

    February 11, 2014

  • football.jpg Football Signing Day: Jeffries, McFarland choose their schools

    Toughness.
    Whether you’re talking about 6-foot-5, 270-pound Neshannock High senior Steven Jeffries or 5-9, 175 Mohawk senior Shane McFarland, the word fits.

    February 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mohawk renovation to cost $2.6 million

    The Mohawk Area School Board this week awarded contracts for a $2.6 million elementary school building renovation project. The general contractor will be Mahoning Builders, which submitted a bid for $554,906.

    January 23, 2014

  • mitchel.tiff Pro Baseball: Mohawk grad to scout for San Diego Padres

    Bobby Mitchell’s new year started out with a bang. The 1985 Mohawk High graduate received and accepted a job offer from the San Diego Padres to be an associate scout under scout Tom Burns.

    January 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • band1.tiff Bit of a stretch: Student to conduct workshop on rubber band bracelets

    Olivia McKenna, 11, started getting interested in rubber band bracelets last summer. “My friends all had them and they looked like they were really fun to make,” the Mohawk sixth-grader and Bessemer resident remembers.

    December 10, 2013 2 Photos

  • Activity bus returning to Mohawk

    Mohawk area students are an active bunch. To accommodate their extracurricular activities, the district has agreed to reinstate the activity bus to take students home following after-school activities.

    November 13, 2013 1 Story

  • Mohawk board approves plan

    Mohawk School board this week unanimously approved the district’s comprehensive plan. “This plan shows the state where we are headed,” said assistant superintendent Lorree Houk. “It outlines our educational goals and what we are doing to accomplish them.”

    November 13, 2013

House Ads
Poll

Are you concerned enough about the Heartbleed bug on the Internet to change all of your social media and website passwords?

Yes. It’s always a good idea to change passwords regularly anyway. I just have so many, I’m not sure where to start.
No. From what I’ve read, companies are still trying to figure out how to fix the flaw. The bad guys will just have access to my NEW passwords, too.
Not sure, but I blame Al Gore. He invented the Internet, right? How’s he going to get us out of this mess?
     View Results