Here are the 2023 District 2 All-Stars presented by the U.S. Air Force. 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.
2023 All-District 2 (Front Row left to right) Nyeem Gonzalez, Andrew Summa, Liam Barrett, Aaron Crossley, Brady Mapes, Nick Kucharski, Jerry Wasilchak. Jake Bondy, Harrison Snyder, Zander Coleman (Middle Row left to right) Daniel Pigga, Nick Donvito, Reese Gaughan, Zack Fox, Ryder Machado; (Top Row from left to right) Nathan Reuther, Alex Castellano, Cooper Patterson, Lukas Gumble, Hunter Patterson, Billy Maloney, Javon James, Carter Faubel, Aiden Black, Justin Kalitsnik, Jacob Albaugh
(Players not present due to the state title game & basketball obligations)
Coach Rich Mannello, Brady Zapoticky, Zach Paczewski, Dan Sabulski, Nate Malarkey, Mason Fedor, Jaidyn Johnson, Joe Granko
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Aaron Crossley, Sr. – Wyoming Area
The Lehigh recruit was not only one of the best overall players in District 2, he was probably the most valuable to his team. The evidence was in the district semfinal as Crossley entered the game injured and still tried to play, but wasn’t himself and the Warriors bowed out of the postseason. But Wyoming Area definitely rode him the rest of the season. Crossley rushed for 1,842 yards and 26 touchdowns. He finished his career with 4,501 rushing yards and 58 total touchdowns. On defense, Crossley had 46 tackles including a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss. He also had 4.5 sacks, four quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and blocked field goal.
OFFENSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Pigga, Sr. – Dunmore
Pigga came into 2023 as a wide receiver and ended up being the MVP of LFC Division II and the Player of the Year on offense. The Bucks coaching staff changed their offense mid-season and decided to make Pigga the primary ball carrier while still keep his role in the passing game and on special teams. He ran for 1,752 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 31 passes for 498 yards and seven receiving touchdowns. Pigga also made splash plays on special teams with two kickoff returns and one punt return for touchdowns. He was also named an LFC Division II First Team defensive back.
DEFENSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Justin Kalitsnik, Sr. – Delaware Valley
Kalitsnik had big shoes to fill when he took over the middle of the field as one of the Warriors linebackers and now somebody will have to fill his big shoes. The senior was the leader of a very physical Delaware Valley defense that won the league and district titles. Kalitsnik recorded his third straight 100+ tackle season as he finished with 153 total tackles which included five sacks. He also recorded two interceptions and a had a fumble recovery. Kalitsnik also was a LFC Division I First Team fullback running for 739 yards.
LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Jacob Albaugh, Sr. – Delaware Valley
The line is always the hardest to name the best of 2023 because there are so many good ones. So, the one that fits this category should be very good on both sides of the football and make the trenches his every night. Albaugh fit that criteria. The senior was a leader from Day 1 and helped the Warriors win the LFC 1 and Class 5A titles. On offense, he was a punishing run blocker but also had great technique with his pass protection. On defense, he was a run stopper, forcing double teams and freeing up his linebackers to make plays.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Rich Mannello – Dallas
The Mountaineers were supposed to be good coming into the season, but not this good. Having to rebuild their offensive line with four new starters, two who weren’t even linemen last season, was a big task, but Dallas made it work all the way to the state championship game. More impressive was the in-game coaching that saw the Mountaineers win two games in double overtime against teams thought to be superior. This season was the second time in the last five seasons Dallas made it to the title game under Mannello.
ALL-DISTRICT 2 OFFENSE
QB – Brady Zapoticky, Jr. – Dallas
Zapoticky led his team to the state championship game and improved dramatically since last season. Going into the title game, he threw for 1,879 yards and ran for 337 yards. Zapoticky threw 25 touchdowns passes with only two interceptions and he also ran for 12 touchdowns, the most of any quarterback in District 2. He now has 3,369 passing yards for his career, 40 touchdowns and only seven picks as he heads into his senior season.
RB – Zack Fox, Sr. – Nanticoke
Fox finished a great career at Nanticoke becoming the Trojans all-time leading rusher. Despite being small in stature, he showed quickness and burst of speed and also improved on first contact his senior season. He finished 2023 with 1,884 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns and also a kickoff return for a score. For his career, he finished with over 4,500 rushing yards and 54 total touchdowns.
RB – Lukas Gumble, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
Gumble was the workhorse for the Trail offense and a leader since his sophomore season. The senior helped lead the Lions to a league and district title and also won two state playoff games. Gumble rushed for 1,643 yards and 29 touchdowns and that’s with leaving games early with big leads. He also added two receiving touchdowns. For his career, Gumble rushed for 3,051 yards and had a total 53 touchdowns. He was also named an LFC Division III First Team linebacker.
FB – Hunter Patterson, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
Patterson is a four-year starter who led the way blocking in the Lions Wing-T offense. But he also was a pretty good runner. Patterson ran for 613 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and had 1,934 for his career. He was also a big contributor to Trail’s championship season with division and district titles. And it wasn’t just his offense that made an impact. He was named the LFC Division III Defense Player of the Year as a linebacker for the Lions.
WR – Liam Barrett, Sr. – Scranton Prep
Barrett used speed and athleticism to become one of the best playmakers in the LFC. He was dangerous as a receiver, but also was used in the running game and made many big plays on special team. Barrett had 37 receptions for 695 yards and nine touchdowns in 2023 and was usually done by halftime with Prep leading big. He also rushed 250 yards averaging almost 12 yards per carry and also scored three touchdowns. On special teams, Barrett returned two punts for touchdowns and had five for his career. He was also an LFC Division I Second Team defensive back.
WR – Mason Fedor, Sr. – Abington Heights
Fedor’s physical stature was intimidating to defensive backs and add his athleticism to that mix, and you’ve got one of the best wide receivers in the area. He ended up with 58 catches for 862 yards and 11 touchdowns. For his career, Fedor had 118 receptions for 1,669 yards and 17 touchdowns. He had a major impact in every game he played as opposing defensive coordinators had to game plan around him. Fedor also was an LFC Division I Second Team defensive back this season.
WR – Zack Paczewski, Sr. – Dallas
Paczewski has a great story and it ended with a state title game appearance. Last year, he missed significant time with a knee injury, and you never know how that’s going to work out. He ended up coming back for the end of his junior year and looked 100% himself his senior season as the big playmaker for the Mountaineers. Paczewski caught 52 passes for 946 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for 295 yards. His speed and grit made him a tough matchup for opposing defenses every night.
TE – Aiden Black, Sr. – Delaware Valley
Sometimes players don’t live up to the hype, but that’s not the case for Black. The Stanford commit continued his dominance as a blocker and made big plays in the passing game. Just the threat of him going downfield against small defensive backs or slower linebackers made a positive impact on the Warriors offense. He led all District 2 tight ends with 420 receiving yards and also scored five touchdowns. Black was also an LFC Division I First Team linebacker.
OL – Alex Castellano, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
Lackawanna Trail dominated up front all season long and it had a unit that worked hard and in-synch. Castellano was the veteran of that crew and took his game to another level in 2023. He helped the Lions to a division and district title and the running game was how they got there. Trail ran for over 4,200 yards on the season. Castellano was also an LFC Division III First Team defensive lineman.
OL – Nyeem Gonzalez, Sr. – Scranton Prep
Scranton Prep’s skill players once again got a lot of the attention, but up front the Cavaliers dominated most opponents. Gonzalez led the Cavaliers offense up front as they were one of the highest scoring teams in the state and that’s with starters usually out at halftime. Gonzalez was an outstanding run blocker using strength and technique, but also provided good pass protection for Prep. He was also named an LFC Division I Second Team defensive lineman.
OL – Nathan Reuther, Sr. – Dunmore
Historically, Dunmore has had some of the best linemen in the region and you can add Reuther’s name to that list. He had over 30 pancake blocks as the resurgent Bucks running game was evident in 2023. The toughness that he showed rubbed off on the younger lineman and the Bucks showed a physical presence that helped get them to the state semifinals. Reuther was also named an LFC Division II First Team defensive lineman.
OL – Dan Sabulski, Sr. – Dallas
The only returning starting lineman from last season, Sabulski had to be an example for younger players and some players who were new to their position. So, even though he was a talented blocker in both the run and pass games, his leadership was even more important. Sabulski helped the Mounts reach the state title game and generate over 4,800 yards of offense. Sabulski was also an WVC Division 1 First Team defensive lineman.
OL – Jerry Wasilchak, Sr. – Valley View
The Cougars always want to run the football and just like the past, they were very good at it once again. Wasilchak was the anchor of the offensive line calling out blocking schemes and executing at a high level in run blocking. Valley View ran for almost 3,000 yards and generated 4,150 yards of total offense in helping the Cougars to their third straight 10-win season.
ATH – Reese Gaughan, Sr. – Riverside
Gaughan will leave Riverside as the LFC all-time leading receiver in receptions and yardage. For 2023, he also had to play quarterback because of injuries and line up at running back as well. The numbers are impressive with 56 catches for 872 yards and 13 touchdowns, 110 carries for 770 yards and 390 passing yards and seven touchdown passes. Gaughan was also a LFC Division III First Team defensive back.
K – Brady Mapes, Sr. – North Pocono
Mapes was an effective scoring weapon for the Trojans on an offense that struggled at times. He was 10 for 10 in field goal attempts including a game-winner against Western Wayne. Six of his field goals were 35 or more yards including two 40+. Mapes was also great on kickoffs helping North Pocono with field position. He has earned a tryout for the Big 33 Classic All-Star game.
ALL-DISTRICT 2 DEFENSE
DL – Carter Faubel, Jr. – Delaware Valley
The Delaware Valley defense was impressive, but the defensive line was plain nasty. This was an old-school unit, and the best of the bunch was Faubel. He was very hard to block in any situation and helped free up three of the best linebackers in the area to make plays. Faubel ended up with 62 tackles which is impressive for an interior lineman. The junior was also an LFC Division I First Team offensive lineman.
DL – Javon James, Sr. – Scranton
James played defensive tackle with intensity and toughness and that’s why he is all-district for the second straight season. The Hobart commit had 57 tackles including six tackles-for-loss and a sack. He caused chaos up front and forced double teams in many different situations. James was a difference maker for the Knights in the trenches. He was also named an LFC Division I Second Team offensive lineman.
DL – Jaidyn Johnson, Sr. – Nanticoke
Johnson ended his career as the all-time sack leader for the Trojans. For 2023, he recorded 25 sacks (almost two per game) and finished with 60 for his career. The senior recorded 80 total tackles and knocked down five passes using that 6’7 frame to obstruct pass lanes. Johnson was also impactful on special teams with six blocked punts on the season.
DL – Harrison Snyder, Sr. – Berwick
The Bulldogs struggled for wins in 2023, but Snyder played at a high level every single night. The senior had 94 tackles, 10 sacks and 21 tackles-for-loss this season and has been a steady and consistent player that played hard in every game, even when the chips were stacked against Berwick. Snyder was also an Honorable Mention tight end in his first year playing the position.
DL – Cooper Patterson, So. – Lackawanna Trail
Patterson was dominant as a freshman at the small school level and got even better this season. The Lions defense was very physical with Patterson leading the way as one of the more physical defensive players in the area. He is not big in stature but plays with tenacity and finds ways to help the players around him be more effective. Patterson also was an LFC Division III First Team offensive lineman.
LB – Zander Coleman, Sr. – Hazleton Area
Hazleton Area got wiped out by graduation last year and had to depend on a handful of players who had some experience. On the defensive side of the ball, that was Coleman. He played fast and was able to make plays on defense even though the Cougars struggled to win games this year. Despite missing several games because of injury, Coleman had 79 tackles, also added 12 tackles-for- loss and three forced fumbles. He was also named a WVC Division 1 Second Team tight end.
LB – Nick Donvito, Sr. – Dunmore
Donvito was the heart and soul of the Dunmore defense in 2023 making plays all over the field. The senior recorded 98 total tackles, five tackles-for-loss, four sacks, and also led the Bucks in fumble recoveries including a 19-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Donvito had a high football IQ and it showed on the field. He was also excellent on special teams blocking four kicks this season.
LB – Joe Granko, Sr. – Old Forge
Granko had to take on a bigger role on both sides of the ball with Old Forge playing a youthful lineup and small roster. However, he stood out as a linebacker who found his way to the football on most occasions. Granko ended up with 103 tackles including 17 tackles-for-loss for the Blue Devils. He also forced five fumbles, recovered four, had a sack and an interception. Granko was named an LFC Division III First Team tight end as well.
LB – Andrew Summa, Sr. – Scranton Prep
Summa was one of the biggest playmakers on a Prep defense that controlled their opponent with strength and speed. The senior was always around the ball and was a very good tackler. He led the Cavaliers with 85 tackles including 23 tackles-for-loss. He also had four interceptions. Summa was also named an LFC Division I Second Team tight end.
DB – Nick Kucharski, Jr. – Valley View
Kucharski was tasked with covering some of the best receivers the Cougars faced and ended up being one of the best shut-down cornerbacks in the area. Although he has speed, it was his technique that was noticeable in coverage. Kucharski also was a sure-tackler and finished with 47 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and 23 pass defenses on the season. He also was an LFC Division I Honorable Mention running back.
DB – Ryder Machado, Sr. – Delaware Valley
Machado is a repeat All-District 2 player and was considered the best safety in the region over the last two years. He used his speed and athleticism to get to the football, but his football IQ was off the charts reading offensive plays and being in the right place to make plays. Machado had 92 tackles and eight interceptions for the Warriors. He also had 15 pass defenses, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two blocked field goals on special teams. Machado was the LFC Division I Most Valuable Player and a First Team running back.
DB – Nate Malarkey, Jr. – Dallas
The Dallas secondary was one of the best in the region, but Malarkey really stood out, especially in big-game situations. His coverage skills were excellent, and he was a reliable tackler against the run. Malarkey had 74 tackles including two tackles-for-loss, six interceptions and one forced fumble. He also had a huge sack in the state playoff game and scored an offensive touchdown to help Dallas get to the title game.
DB – Billy Maloney, Sr. – Scranton
Maloney might have been known for his offense by most people, but he made even more plays on the defensive side of the ball. The senior had 87 tackles, two interceptions, 12 passes defended and 2 forced fumble. He ended up the all-time interception leader in Scranton history. A smart defender with good speed, he was the quarterback of the secondary for the Knights. Maloney was also named an LFC Division I First Team athlete.