This is the 12th edition of our Five To Watch series. We thank Attorney Michael Ossont of the The Mattioli Law Firm for returning as our title sponsor for Five To Watch. There are 33 teams in the WVC and LFC so it’s impossible to recognize every single player who might be deserving. The players we do list are some of the best at their position or have an interesting role coming up in 2023 for their team. For players who don’t make the list, we hope you strive to make our lists at the end of the season because they are the ones that really count.
Here are the specialists:
Rowan Laubach, Sr. – Dallas
Height: 5-6 Weight 130
Like many kickers in the area, Laubach plays soccer. That strong leg can be an asset when kicking in football. The Mountaineers had been in good shape with their kicking game the past several seasons and now Laubach steps into the role of place kicker. He was the Dallas punter last season and will continue in that role. Laubach was a WVC Division I First Team punter.
Logan Olsommer, Jr. – Delaware Valley
Height: 6-0 Weight 156
Olsommer is a three-sport athlete who also plays quarterback for the Warriors. The athleticism is there to play many roles for Delaware Valley. He returns as one of the best punters in the LFC as well. Olsommer will have a major impact on the 2023 team with special teams being one aspect of his games. He was named an LFC Division I Second Team punter in 2022.
Connor Poole, Sr. – Williamsport
Height: 6-1 Weight 170
Another soccer player by trade, Poole has been a consistent force in the Millionaires kicking game the past two seasons. He is also returning as the place kicker and punter. Poole has made seven field goals during his career and 51 extra points. He has the most experience of any kicker/punter in the WVC. Poole was named a WVC Division I Honorable Mention kicker last season.
Isaih Rodriguez, Sr. – Old Forge
Height: 6-3 Weight 185
Rodriguez is known for one of the biggest kicks in Old Forge history. The game-winning field goal against rival Riverside helped clinch the division for the Blue Devils. Rodriguez returns as the place kicker and has shown to have a strong leg. He will also return at punter, Rodriguez was named an LFC Division III Honorable Mention kicker and punter in 2022.
John Turner, Jr. – Wyoming Area
Height: 5-9 Weight 170
Turner was one of more consistent punters in the WVC and returns for his junior season. He helped the Warriors a lot with field position and could contribute on offense and defense this season as well. Wyoming Area has always had good special teams play including the kicking game and he continues that tradition. Turner was a WVC Division 2 Second Team punter last season.
OTHERS TO WATCH
Colin Bailer, Sr. – (Kicker) Carbondale Area
Everett Bell, Sr. – (Kicker) Delaware Valley
Liam Burke, Sr. – (Kicker) Wyoming Area
Santino D’Amico, So. – (Kicker/Punter) Riverside
Rylan Montgomery, Jr. – (Kicker) Honesdale