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Frazier hopes to equal regular season success of 2011

Frazier's Joseph Hela (left) and Steven Prescott are two offensive linemen who helped the Commodores qualify for the playoffs last season and hope to reach higher goals this year. Evan R. Sanders/Daily Courier

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Frazier roster

No. Name Position Height Weight Class

2 Dakota Hixson WR/DB 6-0 150 Jr.

3 Timothy Carson WR/DB 5-10 235 So.

4 Bret Poling WR/DB 5-6 122 Fr.

6 Nathaniel Zurich TE/LB 5-11 171 So.

7 Blake Herron WR/QB/DB 5-11 154 Sr.

8 Michael Luce WR/DB 6-0 155 Jr.

11 Charles Manack QB/LB 6-0 197 Jr.

12 Hunter Patterson QB/WR/LB 5-4 135 Fr.

21 Michael Fartini RB/LB 5-9 205 So.

24 Chaise Bertocci RB/LB 5-11 220 Jr.

25 Ethan Weiser RB/DB 5-10 155 So.

28 John VanDivner RB/DE 5-10 160 Sr.

31 Andrew Kopec RB/DB 5-11 148 Sr.

40 Zachary Mastowski RB/LB 5-11 196 Jr.

45 Jonathan Klorczyk TE/DE 5-10 170 Sr.

50 Tyler Harkins OL/DL 5-11 218 Sr.

53 Travis Cottrell OL/LB 5-8 180 Fr.

55 Justin Kulwicki OL/DL 5-10 234 Sr.

56 Jacob Girvin OL/DL 5-10 172 Jr.

62 Nicholas Harvey OL/DL 4-11 148 Fr.

64 Todd Pellick OL/DL 5-9 205 So.

66 Steven Prescott OL/DL 6-0 243 Sr.

70 Michael Crow OL/DL 5-8 178 Fr.

71 Daniel Leonard OL/DL 6-3 267 Jr.

75 Joseph Horvath OL/DL 5-9 182 Fr.

76 Joseph Hela OL/DL 6-0 265 Jr.

78 John Vasquez OL/DL 6-0 230 Jr.

79 Robert Carocci OL/LB 5-8 151 Fr.

80 Jaime Fell WR/DB 6-2 170 Sr.

81 Gino Gallo WR/LB 5-9 125 So.

86 Paul Pellick TE/OL/LB 5-11 191 Sr.

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Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, 12:05 a.m.

The 2011 football season was a barrier-breaking campaign for Frazier. The Commodores won six games in the Tri-County South and qualified for the WPIAL Class A playoffs for the first time since 2002.

A 69-25 loss to Sto-Rox in the first round of the playoffs did little to diminish the accomplishment.

“It was a major goal accomplished,” Frazier coach Mike Steeber said. “It was a difficult challenge, and they felt the pride in that accomplishment. The kids will be disappointed if they don't make it back this year. They are hungry for more.”

The Commodores lost key pieces from that team to graduation, but Frazier has plenty of players that remember the feeling of playing in a meaningful game in Week 10 of the high school season.

“It was a great feeling,” junior running back Zachary Mastowski said. “It felt like a college atmosphere. It was a great experience and it makes us want to win a playoff game this year.”

According to Mastowski, the feeling of making the playoffs after such a long drought for the program is never far from the minds of the players. Building on that success is also a regular topic of discussion in the Frazier locker room.

“We talk about it every day,” Mastowski said. “It's our No. 1 goal.”

Steeber and this year's Frazier team understand that the past is the past and making the playoffs last year doesn't guarantee anything this season. However, the team can't help but draw upon last year's breakthrough season.

“It was a special thing, and we played a lot of important games,” Steeber said. “And a lot of the kids we have left from that team played important roles.”

Several of the players that had key roles on last year's team can again be found on the offensive line.

“That's a core group,” Steeber said.

Senior Justin Kulwicki was a member of last year's offensive line that helped the Commodores make the playoffs. He put into perspective what a trip to the playoffs means for a program that has struggled to get there for the better part of a decade.

“What matters most is that as a program we've been getting better and better each year,” Kulwicki said. “And we only want to go further and do better than last year.”

There are 16 players on Frazier's roster this year that were on last year's team as the Commodores began their quest for a long overdue playoff appearance. Steeber is hoping they all remember the sacrifices it took to reach their goal in 2011 as the team looks forward to 2012.

“We have to remember what it felt like to be there and what it took to get there,” Steeber said. “We have to remember the pain of losing and know what it will take to go further.”

Jason Black is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-626-3534.

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