NEW CASTLE —
LAUREL TRIO EXCELS
Clem, an offensive lineman, is the Spartans’ lone senior to earn first-team honors.
“Cody was a very consistent football player his whole career for us. He never missed practice and was a blue-collar type of player,” said Jerry Holzhauser, who stepped down as Laurel’s coach after the season. “He could play any position. We had him at tackle, guard and center. He had great technique, strength and leverage. He was a team captain, too.”
Dando, who quarterbacked Laurel, was a standout in the defensive secondary. The junior earned first-team honors as a defensive back.
“He was the mainstay of the secondary this year. He was a real strong part of it. If there was a matchup and we had to put him on a certain player, that’s where he went,” Holzhauser said. “He played both safety and corner. He is an outstanding athlete. He’s a real smart player and a good tackler. He has real good size as a defensive back.”
Wertz, a sophomore, earned first-team honors at punter for Laurel, which finished 4-4 in the conference and 5-4 overall.
“He played receiver and in the secondary, too. He was extremely dedicated to the kicking game. For a good many years, he’s worked extremely hard on kicking and punting,” Holzhauser said. “He made second-team kicker, too. He’d always stay after practice. Even after dark, I’d see him out there. Even his mom would be out there holding the ball for him. He’s a great kid. All three of these players are super kids. I couldn’t ask for anything more out of them, for sure.”
ALBERTINI LEADS ’CATS
Albertini, a junior, was Shenango’s lone first-teamer. He was picked at defensive end.
“He had started eight games as a sophomore on the defensive line and I think that helped him. He used that as valuable experience,” said Ryan Mayo, who stepped down as the Wildcats’ coach after the season. “This year, he came in and was a steady player on both sides of the ball. He was probably our best player on both sides of the ball. He’s definitely one of the building blocks of the future. All around, he is a great kid.”