Coach Bob Stelma Paul Riggs Isaiah Cobb

TEAM: Wyoming Valley West Spartans

COLORS: Burgundy & Gold

COACH: Bob Stelma, 1st Season

PIAA: Class 5A

2023 CONFERENCE: WVC Division 1

2022 RECORD: 0-10 (0-6 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 13-35

STADIUM: Spartan Stadium

OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 8

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 6

OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Pro

DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 3-5

2023 PREVIEW

It has been a rough stretch for Wyoming Valley West football, but there is optimism that the program can be turned around. The school administration went out and brought in former Spartan Bob Stelma to do the job. Valley West didn’t win a game last season so there is only one direction to go and that’s up.

The roster actually has plenty of experience so that should help in 2023. Lucas Zdancewicz returns at quarterback with Madden Sandly and Carson Brown serving as his backups. Isiah Cobb hopes to return to form at running back while Paul Riggs and Tyler Mattis will also get carries.  Jake Dubaskas is the returning starter at fullback with Bronx Maldonado providing depth. Maki Wells is back at wide receiver and will be joined by Ty Makarewicz. Tajae Albritton, Hunter Hivish, Tyler Mattis, Chase Meyers, and Jonathan Otway are also on the depth chart. Kamau Ingram and Az-Zubair Sharif will see time at tight end.

The offensive line will return four starters including left guard Eliot Thomas, center Tyler Ruddy, right guard Nasir Hall and right tackle Dajuan Edwards. Cole McKenzie is projected to be the left tackle backed up by Gavin Brady. Logan Colliani, Liam Corbett, Jacoy Grant, Wil Hebda, and Dabian Madonado will provide depth up front.

Hall is a returning starter at defensive and with McKenzie, Corbett, and Hebda also getting playing time. Thomas, Edwards and Carter Isabell could see reps at defensive tackle. Cobb and Riggs are returning starters at outside linebacker with Ingram providing depth. Dubaskas is back at inside linebacker and will be paired with Sharif.  Maldonado, Sandly, and Ruddy could also be in the rotation. Ty Makarewicz and Wells are both experienced and will start again in the secondary. Albritton, Mattis, Hivish, Damien Jackson, Otway, and Preston Sninsky will also vy for playing time.

Roger Staron will be the kicker and Ingram the punter.

QUOTE FROM COACH STELMA: I am excited for my first year in the tough Wyoming Valley Conference. My goals are to have the players compete at a high level, strive to give their best all-out effort, and have them grow in their skills and abilities both on and off the field. Coming off an 0-10 season, I want the players to develop confidence in themselves and their teammates by working together and pushing one another to be their best.

RETURNING ALL-STARS – WVC DIVISION 1
Second Team Linebacker – Isaiah Cobb

2023 Wyoming Valley West Roster

#PlayerPosition2023 GradeHeightWeight
1Paul RiggsLB, RB115'11165
2Jake DubaskasLB, RB115'10195
3Tyler MattisDB, RB115'10150
4Maki WellsDB, WR126'5180
5Az-Zubair SharifLB, TE125'9175
6Isaiah CobbLB, RB126'0225
7Kamau IngramLB, TE115'10210
8Ty MakarewiczLB, RB125'8150
10Hunter HivishDB, WR105'6150
11Madden SandlyLB, TE106'0205
12Tajae AlbrittonDB, WR125'9190
13Jiasen SmithDB, WR115'9145
14Leland AlexanderDB, WR115'7160
15Lucas ZdancewiczLB, QB126'0200
17Carson BrownDB, QB115'11170
21Preston SninskyDB, WR105'5135
22Nick VeldersDB, WR115'11130
23William LebronLB, RB115'5160
24Erik ReyesLB, RB11--
25Damian JacksonDB, WR105'4130
26Keegan WalshDB, WR115'8150
27Carter IsbelRB---
28Xaiver NunezDB, WR105'4115
32Chase SkolodaLB, RB115'7145
33Zain HerbertDB, RB105'10170
34Isaiah ButchkoDB, RB105'10190
35Bronx MaldonadoLB, RB125'9220
36Chase MeyersDB, RB105'6135
42Lorenzo JohnsonLB, RB115'7180
44Roger StaronK115'8145
45Jonathan OtwayDB, WR95'9160
50Elliot ThomasDL, OL126'2230
51Tyler RuddyDL, OL115'10190
52Sydair JohnsonDL, OL105'10210
54Nasir HallDL, OL126'1210
56Conner WilkesDL, OL105'9190
58Dabian MaldonadoDL, OL116'1270
62Logan ColianniDL, OL115'7210
64Eli HigbieDL, OL115'7235
65Dajaun EdwardsDL, OL126'1320
66Will HebdaDL, OL105'9215
69Liam CorbettDL, OL106'0190
70Cole McKenzieDL, OL125'11240
73Gavin BradyDL, OL116'2270
74Jack KeatingDL, OL105'10250
78Tim GolightlyDL, OL116'2225
79Jacoy GrantDL, OL125'10300
87Xsavior MorrisonDB, RB115'9160
88Jacob StevensLB, RB115'9175
99Carter IsabellDL, RB115'9210