The inaugural Coach’s Select All-State Football Teams were announced this week and a dozen area players were given the distinct honor after leaving a lasting impression during a successful 2018 season.
The team, released and organized by PAFootballNews.com, differs from the traditional sports writer’s all-state team by being voted on by coaches from around Pennsylvania.
District 4 Class 2A champion Southern Columbia had six members reach the first team of the all-star list — Stone Hollenbach, Gaige Garcia, Julian Fleming, Cole Shankweiler, Lear Quinton and Cal Haladay.
Hollenbach missed five of the Tigers games this past season, but flourished in 11 contests as he threw for 1,737 yards, 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
Garcia buzzed through opposing defenses by running for 2,042 yards and scoring 38 times to go along with eight receiving touchdowns.
Fleming caught 78 passes for over 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns and Shankweiler collected 51 tackles as a defensive tackle.
Quinton produced 68 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season and Haladay had a team-high 131 takedowns, plus three sacks and a pick.
Mount Carmel offensive tackle Billy Anderson was named to the list as the 6-2, 280 pound senior stopped pass rushers from getting to his quarterback on a weekly basis.
Also on the first team was Mount Carmel defensive end Michael Hood, who racked up 66 tackles, including 32 for a loss, and he led the Red Tornadoes in sacks with 17.
The second team featured Southern Columbia linebacker Max Tillett and Mount Carmel tight end Jack Chapman.
Tillett was second on the Tigers in tackles with 123 and he posted two picks to go along with seven sacks.
Chapman was the team leader for the Red Tornadoes in receiving with 30 catches for 612 yards and six scores. The junior captain also had three games where he recorded 94 receiving yards or more.
On the 3A coaches list of all-stars were a few Shamokin players that helped turn the program around after several down years.
Offensive guard Blake Zalar was announced as a member of the first team and Collin Bowers was named to the second team for his efforts as a safety.
Zalar stumped defenders consistently throughout the season and left all 6-3 275 pounds of himself on the field each week to help Shamokin reach the .500 mark at 6-6.