Lebanon Sports Buzz
Lebanon_Advertising_Banner
Breaking News

sternerBY JEFF FALK

 PHOTOS COURTESY OF LVC

The 2016 edition of the Lebanon Valley College football program certainly wasn’t the first team to get off to a slow start under a new head coach. But the difficulties LVC encountered seemed more related to developmental issues than any adjustments to a new authority figure.

Perhaps the best that the Flying Dutchmen can hope for this season is to learn from that experience.

Given the large number of seniors LVC graduates annually, the amount of carry-over from one season to the next is minute. So what that means for Lebanon Valley is that there will be little momentum to be captured from last year’s season-ending winning streak.

Last season, Lebanon Valley went 4-6 under new head man and long-time offensive coach Joe Buehler. After starting 1-6, the Flying Dutchmen finished with a flurry, in the form of a three-game win streak.

But the past is the past. And it has really little to do with the present.

“I don’t think so,” said Buehler of the getting-used-to-the-new-head-coach hypothesis. “For a long time, I was running a lot of things in our program. I’ve been coaching 29 years and I’m surrounded by guys who have been doing it for the same number of years. I think it had to do more with the development of our team and the growing up we did as the season went along.

garner“I have a great staff,” added Buehler. “I’m really fortunate to be surrounded by great teachers of the game and great students of the game.”

The Flying Dutchmen will open their current season on Saturday at 1 p.m., on the home turf of Arnold Field against Franklin and Marshall. The Diplomats were at least partly responsible for last year’s slow beginning, with their 30-6 triumph over Lebanon Valley in Lancaster.

“I remember our improvement as the season went on,” said Buehler of last year. “Where we started and where we finished were two different places. It took us awhile to get started.

“I would say we definitely tackled better later in the season,” Buehler added. “We grew into a new defense. And I thought the change in quarterbacks helped us improve.”

Buehler is currently working with 129 student-athletes on his roster, 28 of whom are members of the class of 2018. The Flying Dutchmen return seven starters on offense, and depending upon how one counts them, ten to 13 starters, on a very veteran defense.

“I would say ‘yes’ to both,” said Buehler, when asked if LVC entered training camp seeking to improve in specific areas or as a team overall. “We knew we had some holes to fill in. In the spring, we had to improve the passing game. On defense, it was just continue to build. For those guys, it was just improving as football players.

“I’d say we’re where we should be,” continued Buehler. “We need this final week to prepare. We’ve got to make every practice count. We certainly have work to do.”

The Flying Dutchmen offense will revolve around senior quarterback Tyler Sterner, junior tailback Ryan Fink, senior tailback Jon Jones and versatile senior athlete Tim Pirrone. The men up front are spearheaded by fifth-year senior offensive tackle Bob Van Horn.

“I’d like to beat F&M,” said Buehler, a native of Palmyra. “It’s one day at a time. Our team motto is: ‘Win the Day’. If we keep our goals reasonable by being the best men and the best football players we can be, then we’ll have a shot. If we can do that, there’s not a team on our schedule we can’t beat.

“We had an intra-squad scrimmage recently and I was thrilled,” continued Buehler. “We did not lose anyone to injury. We got the work in without getting anyone hurt. The passing game has improved and the running game is still strong. We’ve got to clean up some things offensively. The defense made some plays, which I was excited about. But we tackled better.”

hodgesThat defense has the potential to be very good.

Senior linebackers Tom Garner and Tom Gallagher are both three-year guys, as is defensive back Spencer Moser. In play-makers Blake Lutz and Zach Adams, Lebanon Valley possesses one of the finest safety tandems in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

“I feel that’s where it starts for us,” said Buehler of the defense. “If they play to their capabilities we have a chance to win every football game we play. I would say defensively it’s about being consistent and staying consistent.

“We run well defensively and we have tremendous depth,” Buehler continued. “On the defensive line, we have nine guys who can contribute. Our safeties can do good things. They can fly around and their communication is really good.”

 

 

 

21017 Lebanon Valley College Football Schedule

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT
9/2/2017 Franklin & Marshall College Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
9/9/2017 * Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 1 p.m.  
9/16/2017 * King’s College (Pa.) Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
9/23/2017 * FDU-Florham Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
9/30/2017 * Widener University Chester, Pa. 1 p.m.  
Homecoming
10/14/2017 * Stevenson University Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
10/21/2017 * Misericordia University Dallas, Pa. 1 p.m.  
10/28/2017 * Delaware Valley University Doylestown, Pa. 1 p.m.  
Senior Day
11/4/2017 * Lycoming College Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
11/11/2017 * Albright College Reading, Pa. 1 p.m.

 

lysczek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Football Roster
# NAME CLASS POSITION HEIGHT WEIGHT HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL
1 Cale Bruso Sr. FS 6-0 185 Hegins, Pa. / Tri-Valley
1 Tim Pirrone Sr. WR 5-11 165 Myersville, Md. / Middletown
2 C Spencer Moser Sr. CB 5-7 187 Denver, Pa. / Cocalico
2 Manuel Ramos So. TB 5-9 179 Muncy, Pa. / Muncy
3 Jonah Edmondson Fr. CB 5-3 135 Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown West
3 Sawyer Robinson So. QB 6-2 200 York, Pa. / York Suburban
4 Tyler Hodges Jr. OLB 6-2 200 Lewisberry, Pa. / Red Land
4 Tyler Layton Fr. QB 5-8 190 Avenel, N.J. / Colonia
5 Jeremy De La Cruz Sr. WR 5-7 178 Lebanon, Pa. / Lebanon
5 Nick Tucker Jr. CB 6-0 175 Walkersville, Md. / Walkersville
6 Tyreese Musser Fr. WR 6-0 188 Columbia, N.J. / Columbia
6 Nick Sweitzer Jr. FS 5-10 197 Leesport, Pa. / Schuylkill Valley
7 Mike Gilger Sr. CB 5-7 175 Shamokin, Pa. / Our Lady of Lourdes
7 Gary Wise Jr. WR 6-1 190 Pottstown, Pa. / Pottstown
8 Tyeair Diggs So. WR 5-8 165 Hershey, Pa. / Milton Hershey
8 Tyler Melhorn Jr. DE 6-3 223 Lititz, Pa. / Warwick
9 Adam Domovich Jr. WR 6-1 185 Hummelstown, Pa. / Lower Dauphin
9 Blake Lutz Sr. FS 6-0 176 Reading, Pa. / Berks Catholic
12 Jared Kramp Jr. WR 6-0 185 Lancaster, Pa. / Lancaster Catholic
12 Ja’von Nelson Sr. CB 5-9 169 Tampa, Fla. / Middleton
13 Marcus Brown Jr. K 6-3 215 Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
14 Kody Kegarise Fr. QB 6-0 185 Manheim, Pa. / Manheim Central
14 Tim Schumacher Sr. OLB 5-8 188 Myersville, Md. / Middletown
15 Brett Cohen So. QB 5-10 160 Milford, Pa. / Delaware Valley
15 Cody Davis Sr. CB 5-10 186 West Grove, Pa. / Avon Grove
16 Tyler Gerhart Fr. OLB 6-3 199 Lititz, Pa. / Warwick
16 Josh Stoneberg So. QB 5-11 197 New Freedom, Pa. / Susquehannock
17 Dallas Arner Jr. WR 6-0 195 Berwick, Pa. / Berwick
17 Dylan Lobach So. ILB 6-0 203 New Tripoli, Pa. / Northwestern Lehigh
18 Tyler Cottle Sr. QB 6-6 205 Elizabethtown, Pa. / Elizabethtown
18 Troy Moyer Jr. OLB 5-8 170 Orwigsburg, Pa. / Blue Mountain
19 Jake Cromer So. FS 5-10 170 Dillsburg, Pa. / Northern York
19 C Tyler Sterner Sr. QB 6-0 200 Hanover, Pa. / South Western
20 Nick Bentz So. K 6-0 178 Reading, Pa. / Exeter
20 Cole Hartert Fr. FS 5-11 176 West Grove, Pa. / Oxford
22 Dre Burch Fr. WR 5-7 177 Yardley, Pa. / Pennsbury
22 Tyler Okomba So. CB 5-10 185 Wheatley Heights, N.Y. / Half Hollow Hills East
23 Garrett Campbell Fr. FS 6-0 180 Freeburg, Pa. / Selinsgrove
23 C Ryan Fink Jr. TB 5-9 205 Schuylkill Haven, Pa. / Schuylkill Haven
24 Chris Cassidy Fr. OLB 6-0 176 West Chester, Pa. / West Chester East
24 Paxson Hayes Sr. TB 5-11 190 Annville, Pa. / Annville-Cleona
25 Alec Soltys Jr. ILB 5-11 198 Schuylkill Haven, Pa. / Pine Grove
25 Hunter Wilson So. TB 6-1 185 Marysville, Pa. / West Perry
27 Kevin Sullivan Jr. OLB 5-11 205 Coatesville, Pa. / Bishop Shanahan
27 Zeke Wassell Fr. WR 6-1 172 Tamaqua, Pa. / Tamaqua
28 Zachary Adams Jr. FS 6-0 195 Selinsgrove, Pa. / Selinsgrove
28 Chris Thompson Fr. TB 5-9 208 New Cumberland, Pa. / Cedar Cliff
29 Anthony Jenkins So. FS 5-10 178 Temple, Pa. / Muhlenberg
29 Hugh Mauck Fr. WR 5-10 165 Columbia, Pa. / Hempfield
30 Chance Atkins Jr. CB 5-9 170 York, Pa. / Central York
30 Keegan Corwell Fr. TB 6-0 218 Windsor, Pa. / Eastern York
31 Eamon Blythe So. FB 5-5 209 Harrisburg / Central Dauphin
31 Matt Erickson Fr. FS 6-1 178 Annville, Pa. / Annville-Cleona
32 Derek Cline So. ILB 5-8 222 Lewisberry, Pa. / Red Land
32 Jon Jones Sr. TB 5-10 210 Plant City, Fla. / Brandon
33 Joe Brittain Fr. ILB 6-2 215 Hummelstown, Pa. / Hershey
33 Derrec Robinson Jr. FB 5-9 224 Schuylkill Haven, Pa. / Blue Mountain
34 Teddy Denver Jr. FB 5-9 210 Allentown, Pa. / Salisbury
34 Preston Gehring Fr. CB 5-7 152 Schuylkill Haven, Pa. / Schuylkill Haven
35 Noah Allegreta Fr. FS 5-7 175 Shenandoah, Pa. / Shenandoah
35 Nick Suriel Fr. TB 5-8 170 Allentown, Pa. / Parkland
36 Brenton Krebs Fr. FS 5-10 184 York Springs, Pa. / Bermudian Springs
36 C.J. Steinhilber So. FB 5-10 209 Ashland, Pa. / North Schuylkill
37 Nate Beamer Fr. WR 6-2 185 Myerstown, Pa. / ELCO
37 Nolan Benke Fr. CB 5-10 172 Oxford, Pa. / Oxford
38 Chance Hayes So. FB 5-8 200 Yorklyn, Del. / Wilmington Charter
38 Tyler Lutz Fr. ILB 5-10 197 Manheim, Pa. / Manheim Central
39 Bret Hertzog Jr. FS 5-11 190 Glenville, Pa. / South Western
39 William Langan So. TB 5-11 196 Annville, Pa. / Annville-Cleona
40 C Tom Gallagher Sr. ILB 6-0 220 Ashland, Pa. / North Schuylkill
41 Evan Lysczek Sr. FB 5-9 198 Reading, Pa. / Exeter
42 Jacob Harder Jr. TE 6-2 230 Fabius, N.Y. / Fabius-Pompey
42 Andrew Zeigler Fr. FS 6-0 192 Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Mechanicsburg
43 Hunter Martz Fr. ILB 5-9 188 Hanover, Pa. / Hanover
43 Steve Salerno Jr. TB 5-9 210 Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. / Hasbrouck Heights
44 Kelvin Nieves Jr. TB 5-9 223 York, Pa. / York
45 Travis Fischer Fr. OLB 5-9 185 East Earl, Pa. / Garden Spot
45 Victor Morcelo So. TE 5-11 226 Reading, Pa. / Berks Catholic
46 Dylan Berberick Sr. TE 6-2 230 Greensburg, Pa. / Greensburg-Salem
46 George Limberiou Fr. ILB 5-9 211 Reading, Pa. / Schuylkill Valley
47 Nick Newton Sr. DE 6-0 187 Lehighton, Pa. / Lehighton
47 Chris Torres Fr. FB 5-8 204 Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Mechanicsburg
48 Dawson King Fr. WR 5-11 170 Ephrata, Pa. / Ephrata
48 Alex Trujillo Sr. ILB 5-10 220 Naples, Fla. / Golden Gate
49 Jack Branowski Fr. TB 5-8 160 Pittstown, N.J. / Delaware Valley
49 Noah Smith Fr. CB 5-8 170 Fredericksburg, Pa. / Northern Lebanon
50 Guy Zimmerman Sr. DE 6-0 225 Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
51 Adam Wagaman Jr. DE 6-3 245 Lititz, Pa. / Warwick
52 Cooper Fiadino Jr. OG 5-9 225 Egg Harbor Twp., N.J. / Egg Harbor Township
53 Anthony Kenion Fr. ILB 5-10 219 Aberdeen, Md. / Aberdeen
54 Logan Stover Jr. OG 5-11 240 York, Pa. / West York
56 Dylan Freschi Fr. DE 6-2 196 Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. / Hasbrouck Heights
57 Scott Werner Jr. OG 6-1 265 Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
58 Christian Puchalsky Fr. OLB 5-10 201 Shermansdale, Pa. / West Perry
60 Ryan Bradley Fr. DE 6-2 218 Pippersville, Pa. / Central Bucks West
62 Dakota Johnson-Ortiz Fr. OG 5-10 255 Lititz, Pa. / Warwick
63 Jordan Dziczek Jr. OG 6-3 310 Frackville, Pa. / North Schuylkill
64 Jack Heft So. OT 6-2 317 Spring City, Pa. / Owen J. Roberts
65 Scotty Dickmyer So. OC 5-10 301 Glenville, Pa. / South Western
66 Nick Redmon So. OG 5-9 207 Nazareth, Pa. / Nazareth
67 Nick Robbins Fr. OC 5-9 240 Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin East
69 Bryce Kready Fr. K 5-10 172 Manheim, Pa. / Manheim Central
70 Hunter Adams Fr. OT 6-2 330 Newville, Pa. / Big Spring
71 Lee Amarose Jr. OT 6-2 255 Atlas, Pa. / Mount Carmel
72 Palmer Kerch Fr. DE 5-10 232 Allentown, Pa. / Parkland
73 Bob Van Horn Sr. OT 6-2 260 Ringtown, Pa. / Mahanoy Area
74 Josh Holobetz Fr. K 5-11 169 Pottsville, Pa. / Pottsville
75 Brett Mars Jr. DT 5-11 270 Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
78 Jonathan Dombach Fr. OT 6-3 241 Lancaster, Pa. / JP McCaskey
79 Evan Shiley Jr. OT 6-3 290 Camp Hill, Pa. / Cedar Cliff
80 Dylan Baxter Fr. WR 6-1 163 Dillsburg, Pa. / Northern York
81 Jordan Spahr Sr. ILB 6-1 210 Strasburg, Pa. / Lampeter-Strasburg
82 Ryan Seagrave Jr. WR 6-1 170 Williamsport, Pa. / South Williamsport
83 Kenny Boyer Fr. WR 5-9 160 Dalmatia, Pa. / Line Mountain
84 Andrew Olson Fr. WR 6-1 185 Lebanon, Pa. / Lebanon Christian Academy
85 Colt Baxter Sr. WR 5-11 181 Dillsburg, Pa. / Northern York
86 Steven Salcedo Sr. WR 5-10 185 York, Pa. / York Suburban
87 Wyatt Griffith So. TE 6-1 231 Rising Sun, Md. / Rising Sun
89 Patrick Clark So. TE 6-2 236 Kennett Square, Pa. / Unionville
90 Wyett McLeod So. DE 6-1 230 Fairless Hills, Pa. / Conwell-Egan
91 Tom Miller Fr. ILB 6-0 195 Carlisle, Pa. / Big Spring
92 Ryan Johnson Jr. DT 6-1 265 Bath, Pa. / Bethlehem Catholic
93 Tyler Conlon Sr. DE 6-2 230 Phillipsburg, N.J. / Phillipsburg
94 Trent Donlan Jr. DT 5-10 255 Elysburg, Pa. / Southern Columbia
95 Caleb Oestrike Fr. DE 5-10 203 Glen Rock, Pa. / Susquehannock
96 C Tommy Garner Sr. OLB 6-1 215 Lititz, Pa. / Warwick
97 Jacob Whitfield Jr. DT 6-0 291 York, Pa. / William Penn
98 Austin Maguire Jr. DE 6-2 255 Lititz, Pa. / Warwick
99 Jakob Krebelj Jr. WR 6-8 212 Koper, Slovenia / Mercersburg Academy
99 Hunter McGuire So. ILB 6-1 227 Duncannon, Pa. / Susquenita
Coaching Staff
Coaching Staff
NAME TITLE
Joe Buehler ’89 Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Vince Pantalone Defensive Coordinator
Mark Costello Special Teams Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Jack Beidler ’96 Inside Linebackers/Head JV Coach
Mark Painter Offensive Line Coach
Bill Giovino ’88 Assistant Offensive Line
Jason Vollertsen Defensive Line
Corey Wenger Secondary
Jason Rice Offensive Intern/Running Backs Coach
Ben Guiles Assistant Running Backs Coach
Andrew Livingston ’16 Graduate Assistant Inside Linebackers Coach
Greg Drake Outside Linebacker Coach
Matt Clark Assistant Defensive Line Coach
Jordan Harro Assistant Wide Receivers Coach
Connor Pierce ’16 Graduate Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
Sam Reeser Student Manager
Scott Salerno Student Manager
Pearl Weber Student Manager

2017 MAC Football Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Delaware Valley – 75 (5)
T2. Stevenson – 72 (3)
T2. Albright – 72 (2)
4. Widener – 55
5. King’s – 47
6. Lycoming – 38
7. Lebanon Valley – 33
8. Wilkes – 27
9. FDU-Florham – 19
10. Misericordia – 12

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


× 7 = seven

© 2013 Lebanon Sports Buzz