Jack Baranski Evan Lord Josh Koval

TEAM: Wyoming Valley West Spartans

COLORS: Burgundy & Gold

COACH: Jack Baranski, 3rd Season (5-11)

PIAA: Class 5A

2021 CONFERENCE: WVC Division 6A/5A

2020 RECORD: 2-3 (1-3 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 25-26

STADIUM: Spartan Stadium

OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 6

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 5

OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Pro

DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 4-2-5

2021 PREVIEW

Valley West was rocked hard by COVID-19 issues last season that limited them to 5 games (tied for lowest in the Wyoming Valley Conference) and forced them to cancel a trip to Erie for a state playoff game. However, the games they did play have set them up for some potential success in 2021.

The offensive line is the biggest strength for the Spartans with four starters returning including all-division left guard Evan Lord. Aiden Golightly solidifies the left side at tackle while Mark Raskiewicz and Jaden Swainbank are back on the right side. Only center John McLaughlin is new to the unit. Jason Pearson also got extensive playing time last season and will provide depth.

The skill positions have less experience including the quarterback position where Luke Buss takes over. It’s an entire new backfield as Isaiah Cobb will be the primary ball carrier with Josh Koval leading the way at fullback. Connor Olisewski is a returning starter at wide receiver while Ryan Meyers, Hunter Pries, and Maki Wells will compete to play opposite him. A new tight end will also join the lineup with Nick Giza, Lucas Zdancewicz, and Erick Munoz in the mix.

The defense will be strong at the end position where Pearson and Swainbank were starters last year. Two new defensive tackles will be added to the unit in Golightly and Raskiewicz. Koval and Cobb return to their linebacker positions and will be backed up by McLaughlin and J’Von Gamble. Only Olisewski at safety returns to the secondary with newcomer safties Meyers, Patrick Meade and Paul Riggs could see playing time. Logan Dwyer, Pries, and Wells will be the cornerbacks.

Pries did some placekicking in 2020 and Jonathan Cardona and McLaughlin will also be involved in special teams.

QUOTE FROM COACH BARANSKI: Team has a nice mix of veterans and talented newcomers. Our ability to run the ball and stop the run will be key to our success. We expect to play physical and be competitive week in and week out in a very talented conference.

RETURNING ALL-STARS – WVC DIVISION 1
Second Team Offensive Line – Evan Lord
Second Team Defensive Line – Jaden Swainbank
Second Team Linebacker – Josh Koval

2021 Wyoming Valley West Roster

#PlayerPositionWeightHeight2021 Grade
1Paul RiggsLB, RB1755'119
1J’Von GambleLB, RB1655'911
2Patrick MeadeDB, QB--12
2Jake DubaskasLB, RB1855'119
3Ryan MeyersDB, WR--12
3Erick MunozLB, TE1705'1011
4Maki WellsDB, WR1806'510
5Az-Zubair SharifLB, TE1905'1110
6Isaiah CobbLB, RB2216'210
6Luke BussDL, QB1906'411
7Connor OlisewskiDB, WR--12
8Ty MakarewiczLB, RB1505'1010
9Shaun ReidDB, WR1756'011
11Hunter PriesDB, WR1856'011
12Tajae AlbrittonDB, WR1855'910
12Jonathan DanielsDB, WR2106'611
14Starmel HaskinsRB--12
15Lucas ZdancewiczLB, QB1956'110
16Jonathan CardonaK1755'1011
21Gwen LangleyK--12
22Zack TomascikLB, RB--12
23Gavin PhillipsLB, RB--12
32David CoulibalyDB, RB--10
33Jorge MajanoLB, RB--11
36Devon SudaDB, WR1505'911
42Wesley BrennanDB, WR1655'1010
44Josh KovalLB, RB--12
45Logan DwyerLB, RB2025'1111
50Evan LordDL, OL--12
50Elliot ThomasDL, OL2906'210
53Robert RamageDL, OL--10
54Mark RaskiewiczDL, OL--12
54Nasir HallDL, OL2276'29
55Daniel StavishDL, OL--11
56Jameson StavishDL, OL--10
64Eli HigbieDL, OL--10
64Chris BonoskiDL, OL2505'911
65John McLaughlinLB, OL2286'011
67Sully GombedaDL, OL--11
68Jason PearsonDL, OL2056'111
70Cole McKenzieDL, OL2556'110
72Dominic SpeceDL, OL1805'910
73Jordan McElweeDL, OL--12
74Aiden GolightlyDL, OL--11
75Mark WigginsDL, OL1905'710
78Aidan TannerDL, OL--10
87Camron CiprianniDB, WR--10
88Nick GizaLB, TE2386'411
88Javone DawsonDB, WR--10
92Jayden SwainbankDL, OL--12