Here are the 2022 District 2 All-Stars presented by Shane Scanlon Law. The list is compiled by feedback from the district coaches and NPF Staff. Only District 2 players are eligible. Players are only eligible at one position even if they excelled at more than one position on the field.
OFFENSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dominico Spataro, Sr. – Lakeland
The Chiefs offense averaged 41 points a game and were the only District 2 unbeaten team in the regular season. Add a district title to that resume and you can understand why Spataro receives this award. The senior made the offense go and the numbers are only part of the story. He led District 2 with 2,372 passing yard and 30 passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 826 yards and 18 touchdowns. All of this sitting early in games when Lakeland had big leads. When Spataro got injured in the district title game, the Chiefs offense had problems producing which illustrated his value even more.
DEFENSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lacota Dippre, Sr. – Lakeland
This is back-to-back for this award for Dippre who played even better after a stellar junior season. The senior was dominant despite being double-teamed and sometimes triple-teamed. Dippre finished with 62 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 6 quarterback hurries and 3 interceptions. He used a combination of speed and power to disrupt opposing offenses and was a major difference maker on the defensive side of the ball. Dippre is being recruited by several Division I FBS schools.
LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
John Jones, Sr. – Crestwood
Nobody ran the ball better than Crestwood and they were also one of the better defenses in the district as well. Jones was a big part of both. The Comets amassed over 5,000 rushing yards and arguably had the best offensive line in the area. He was a powerful blocker who won most one-on-one battles. On defense, he was very hard to block up front and clogged things up making it difficult for anyone to find running room. Crestwood allowed only 14 points per game with a lot of scores coming in mop-up time. Jones was one of the reasons why.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Ryan Arcangeli – Crestwood
The Comets won the division, the district and a state playoff game. That alone makes Arcangeli deserving. But the fact Crestwood did a 180 after only three wins in 2021 was more impressive. Most games were over at halftime that showed how dominating the Comets were in all three phases of the game. It was the second district title for Arcangeli in his fourth season as the head coach.
ALL-DISTRICT 2 OFFENSE
QB – Tyler Wolfe, Sr. – Hazleton Area
Wolfe completed 67% of his passes and threw for 1,987 yards for the high-powered Cougars offense. He added 24 passing touchdowns and ran for two more. He finished his career with an injury but threw for over 4,100 yards and 47 touchdowns in his two seasons as a starter.
RB – Parker Bolesta, Sr. – Dallas
Bolesta was a beast on both sides of the ball but was the face of the Mountaineers offense in 2022. He led District 2 in rushing and touchdowns during the regular season and finished with 2,421 rushing yards and 33 rushing touchdowns. For his career, he rushed for over 3,600 yards and 50+ touchdowns. Bolesta was also WVC Division 1 First Team linebacker. He will play college football at Division I FCS Stony Brook.
RB – Noah Schultz, Sr. – Crestwood
Schultz was a workhorse on offense for the District 2 Class 4AQchampion Comets. He ended up with a school record 2,434 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns. For his career, he rushed for over 3,600 yards and 44 touchdowns. Schultz was also a WVC Division 1 Honorable Mention defensive back.
FB – Justin Kalitsnik, Jr. – Delaware Valley
Kalitsnik was the best blocking linebacker in the LFC and led the way for two talented running backs that combined for over 2,000 rushing yards. He was also an excellent receiver out of the backfield with 17 receptions for 146 receiving yards. Kalitsnik was also an LFC Division I First Team linebacker.
WR – Reese Gaughan, Jr. – Riverside
Gaughan could hurt you in many ways including running the ball and special teams. But where he was most dangerous was at wide receiver. He ended up with the most receptions (61) of any wide receiver in District 2 and was the only player this season to eclipse the 1,000 receiving yard receiving mark in 2022. Gaughan also was an LFC Division III First Team defensive back.
WR – Taheed Jewell, Sr. – Valley View
Jewell’s athleticism and size made him a threat on every play and made the passing game dangerous for the Cougars who are normally run-first. He ended up with a school record 53 receptions, which was second highest of any wide receiver in District 2. He also had 612 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. Jewell was also an LFC Division I First Team defensive back.
TE – Aiden Black, Jr. – Delaware Valley
Black repeats as the All-District tight end and for good reason. He continues to be the best blocking tight end in the district and also upgraded his offensive numbers. He caught 28 passes for 404 yards and 4 touchdowns. Black has received interest from numerous Division I FBS schools. He was a also a LFC Division I First Team defensive lineman.
OL – Kyle Guarino, Sr. – Western Wayne
The Wildcats had one of the best running games in the district and Guarino was a big reason why. A powerful drive blocker who was a four-year starter on one of the better offensive lines in the area. He was also an LFC Division I First Team defensive lineman.
OL – Javon James, Jr. – Scranton
Scranton surprised some people this season and James was a big factor for the Knights success. The offense was very productive in the running and passing game. James was very physical at the line of scimmage and was relied on to be the a leader of the unit. He also was named an LFC Division I Second Team defensive lineman.
OL – Aidan Jardine, Sr. – Crestwood
Jardine was a three-year starter and was one of most physical offensive lineman in the district. He helped the Comets rush for over 5,500 yards and was a leader the last three years and a big reason for winning the division and district.
OL – Anthony Nicotera, Sr. – Scranton Prep
Nicotera repeats as All-District as the Cavaliers had to rely on him even more this season with four new starters on the offensive line. Prep still had success winning the Class 3A title. Nicotera also gutted out the season with some naggin injuries but was still one of the best lineman in the area. He was also named an LFC Division I Second Team defensive lineman.
OL – Adam Wormuth, Sr. – Lakeland
At Lakeland, you have to be both a good run and pass blocker in their offense. Wormuth checked both boxes. The Chiefs had one of most proficient and electric offenses in the district and were also the only team to go unscathed in the regular season. Wormuth was the leader of a very good offensive line and was also named an LFC Division II First Team defensive lineman.
ATH – Jon Seamans, Sr. – Lakeland
The Chiefs tried to find way to get Seamans the ball because when they did, he made things happen. One of the fastest athletes in District 2, Seamans was primarily a receiver who caught 33 passes for 731 yards. But also ran the ball for 181 yards and was one of the best return men in the area with two kickoff returns for touchdowns. Seamans was also an LFC Division II First Team defensive back.
K – Nick D’Amico, Sr. – Riverside
D’Amico showed off a powerful leg on kickoffs that helped the Vikings with field position. He also showed accuracy making 35 extra points and 4 field goals, including a District 2 long of 47 yards against Susquehanna.
ALL-DISTRICT 2 DEFENSE
DL – Magnus Bibla, Sr. – Crestwood
Bibla was a main reason the Comets defense was one of the best in District 2. He was disruptive in both the run and pass game. The senior ended up with 61 tackles including 21 tackles for loss. He also recorded 11 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries and forced 4 fumbles. Bibla was named WVC Division 1 Defense Player of the Year.
DL – Nico Bossi, Sr. – Abington Heights
The Abington Heights defense was very good and Bossi was a big reason why. The Brown commit finished the season with 101 tackles, 10 tackle for loss, 3 sacks, 5 passes defended and a forced fumble. He accomplished this while moving from his natural position at defensive end to defensive tackle for a lot of the season. Bossi was also named the LFC Division I Defense Player of the Year for 2022.
DL – Naquon Johnson, Sr. – Wilkes-Barre
Johnson was a playmaker up front for the Wolfpack. A strong defender against the run, he was even more effective as a pass rusher. The senior finished with 74 tackles and 10 sacks on the season. Johnson was also a WVC Division 1 First Team tight end.
DL – Jacob Martinez, Sr. – Scranton
The Knights had one of the best defensive fronts in the LFC and Martinez was smack in the middle of it. The senior defensive tackle had 86 tackles and 10 sacks to lead the Scranton defense. Martinez had to endure plenty of double-teams the last two seasons.
DL – Cyllel Rose, Sr. – Old Forge
When watching Rose on film, you could see why teams double-teamed him and ran the opposite direction. He finished the season with 15 tackles for loss and scored two defensive touchdowns. Rose was also an LFC Division III First Team offensive lineman for the Blue Devils.
LB – Luke Janiszewski, Sr. – Western Wayne
Despite being injured late in the season, Janiszewski was a huge reason the Wildcats were successful on defense in 2022. He finshed the season with 74 tackles and 15 tackles for loss while compiling an interception, forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. Janiszewski was also an LFC Division II First Team running back.
LB – Spencer Kishbaugh, Sr. – Berwick
Kishbaugh repeats as an All-District 2 linebacker as he was even better in 2022. The senior had 85 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and an interception to lead the Berwick defense. Kishbaugh was also named a WVC Division 1 First Team wide receiver. He recently committed to Division I FBS Coastal Carolina.
LB – A.J. Kucharski, Sr. – Valley View
Kucharski was one of the best edge pass rushers in the LFC and caused havoc in the backfield of opposing offenses all season long. The senior recorded 48 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback hurries and also was used in pass coverage with 6 passes defended. He also added a fumble recovery and 2 blocked punts to his resume.
LB – Mick O’Malley, Sr. – Scranton Prep
O’Malley had big shoes to fill entering 2022 and ended up being the Cavaliers top tackler and leader on defense. The senior finished the season with 110 tackles and 5 tackles for loss. He added an interception and fumble recovery in helping Prep claim another District 2 title.
DB – Rob Barbieri, Sr. – Pittston Area
Barbieri was the leader of the best defense in WVC Division 2 and was always near the ball. As a saftey, he led them team in tackles with 115. He also had five pass defenses, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble. Barbieri was also named a WVC Division 2 Honorable Mention wide receiver.
DB – Matthew Cusatis, Sr. – Hazleton Area
Cusatis was a playmaker in all three phases of the game, but he stood out most on defense. His coverage skills were off the charts and he ended up with 32 tackles, 5 interceptions and 9 pass defenses on the season to lead the Cougars defense. The senior also was named a WVC Division 1 Second Team athlete.
DB – Ryder Machado, Jr. – Delaware Valley
Machado was a ball-hawk on defense as he ended up with 96 tackles. He also was great in coverage as he posted 6 interceptions and 11 passes defended. The one thing the Warriors could count on with him is he made big plays when needed. Machado was also an LFC Division I Honorable Mention running back.
DB – Nick Miscavage, Sr. – Crestwood
The Crestwood defense shut teams down and Miscavage was the leader of the secondary. He finished the season with 42 tackles, 7 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. The senior was a playmaker on defense and had a nose for the ball in the running and passing game.
P – Michael Hartshorn, Sr. – Abington Heights
Hartshorn proved to have one of the strongest legs in District 2 that was used in the kicking and punting game. He had the knack to pin people deep in their territory with 8 kicks inside the 20 yardline. He was invited to play in the 2022 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Hartshorn was also named an LFC Division I First Team kicker.