Shell, Boyd are named Players of the Year
Hopewell's Rushel Shell stands alone atop the state's career rushing list.
And after claiming that distinction in the final fall of his extraordinary high school career, the Pitt recruit leads another impressive group of players: the 2011 Pennsylvania Sportwriters' Class AAA All-State team.
Shell, who ran for 2,312 yards the past season, was named the Class AAA Player of the Year on Wednesday, beating out the state's top recruit, Bishop McDevitt defensive end and Ohio State bound Noah Spence.
Shell also was selected to the USA Today All-USA high school football first team.
The Vikings star finished his career with 9,078 yards — 51 more than Steelton-Highspire's Jeremiah Young — and topped a national record previously held by Oklahoma alum and NFL veteran Billy Sims for consecutive 100-yard games with 39.
Another WPIAL running back, Clairton junior Tyler Boyd, was named the Class A Player of the Year less than a week after his explosive performance propelled the Bears to a third straight PIAA title.
WPIAL Class AAA champion Montour had a notable presence on the team, with quarterback Dillon Buechel, running back Julian Durden and receiver Devin Wilson each selected, while Lou Cerro was named Class AAA Coach of the Year.
Four other WPIAL players were on the AAA team: Central Valley returner Robert Foster and defensive lineman D.J. Fink, Franklin Regional defensive back Corey Lauer and Ringgold's Quad Law.
Boyd, meanwhile, was one of four Clairton players on the Class A team, along with offensive linemen Carvan Thompson and Eric Walker and defensive back Trenton Coles.
Joining the quartet of Bears on the Class A team were Sto-Rox linebacker Deaysean Rippy and defensive back Marzett Geter, Bishop Canevin defensive lineman Eric Hirschfield and linebacker Mike Dunn and Rochester running back De'Andre Moon.
The Class AAAA and AA All-State teams will be announced Thursday.
The 2011 Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Class AAA and A football team, with players' school, height, weight and class.
Dillon Buechel, Montour, 6-4, 175, Sr.
Brendan Nosovitch, Allentown Central Catholic, 6-3, 205, Sr.
Alec Werner, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 6-0, 195, Jr.
Preston Bare, Palmyra, 6-0, 200, Sr.
Julian Durden, Montour, 5-9, 175, Sr.
Brandon Peoples, Archbishop Wood, 5-10, 180, Sr.
Rushel Shell, Hopewell, 5-11, 215, Sr.
Kevin Gulyas, Allentown Central Catholic, 6-1, 185, Sr.
Brian Lemelle, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 5-11, 175, Jr.
Devin Wilson, Montour, 6-4, 175, Jr.
Colin Thompson, Archbishop Wood, 6-6, 255, Sr.
Brandon Arcidiacono, Archbishop Wood, 6-6, 255, Sr.
Jason Emerich, Blue Mountain, 6-4, 275, Sr.
Tad McNeely, Allentown Central Catholic, 6-4, 275, Sr.
Madison O'Connor, Pottsgrove, 6-6, 330, Sr.
Frank Taylor, Archbishop Wood, 6-4, 295, Sr.
Robert Foster, Central Valley, 6-2, 185, Jr.
Wesley Phipps, Grove City, 5-9, 180, Sr.
Jon Chereson, Cathedral Prep, 5-10, 153, Jr.
D.J. Fink, Central Valley, 6-0, 220, Sr.
Mike Galatini, Valley View, 6-3, 255, Sr.
Averee Robinson, Susquehanna Twp., 6-1, 275, Sr.
Noah Spence, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 6-4, 245, Sr.
Bryton Barr, Mechanicsburg, 6-0, 225, Sr.
Brock Dean, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 6-1, 220, Sr.
Jon Hicks, Palmyra, 6-3, 235, Sr.
Nyeem Wartman, Valley View, 6-3, 230, Sr.
Alkwan Williams, Greater Johnstown, 6-1, 218, Sr.
Levonte Ford, Erie East, 6-1, 245, Sr.
Corey Lauer, Franklin Regional, 5-11, 160, Sr.
Desmon Peoples, Archbishop Wood, 5-8, 170, Sr.
Delton Williams, Cathedral Prep, 6-2, 190, Jr.
Perry Law, Ringgold, 5-8, 160, Sr.
Nate Smith, Archbishop Wood, 6-1, 190, Sr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rushel Shell, Hopewell
COACH OF THE YEAR
Lou Cerro, Montour
Matt Bodamer, Port Allegany, 6-1, 175, Jr.
Mike Gaval, Mahanoy Area, 6-0, 165, Sr.
A.J. Long, Pius X, 6-0, 18, Sr.
Tyler Boyd, Clairton, 6-1, 170, Jr.
Colin Bryan, Windber, 6-0, 188, Sr.
Alex Holland, Curwensville, 6-0, 180, Sr.
De'Andre Moon, Rochester, 6-0, 215, Sr.
Mike Burke, Columbia, 6-2, 200, Sr.
Tyce Miller, Port Allegany, 5-10, 160, Jr.
Boise Ross, Pius X, 6-0, 175, Jr.
Ian O'Shea, Bellwood-Antis, 6-0, 180, Jr.
Alex Karlovich, Line Mountain, 6-1, 300, Sr.
Todd Munchak, Curwensville,, 5-11, 295, Sr.
Zach Rugg, Bishop McCort, 6-5, 269, Sr.
Carvan Thompson, Clairton, 5-10, 215, Sr.
Michael Weber, Mercyhurst Prep, , 6-3, 310, Sr.
Danny Ferens, Penns Manor, 6-0, 190, Jr.
David Argust, Old Forge, 6-0, 178, Sr.
Philip Esposito, Brockway, 6-0, 175, Jr.
Jacob Craig, Berlin-Brothers Valley, 6-2, 220, Sr.
Eric Hirschfield, , Bishop Canevin, 6-0, 182, Sr.
Quinton Hixson, Northern Bedford, 6-3, 295, Sr.
Tom Schetroma, Southern Columbia, 6-0, 260, Sr.
Eric Walker, Clairton, 6-3, 245, Sr.
T.J. Armstrong, Clarion, 6-2, 215, Jr.
Mike Dunn, Bishop Canevin, 6-1, 225, Jr.
Bryan Flory, Columbia, 5-10, 175, Jr.
Luke Patten, West Middlesex, 5-10, 180, Jr.
Deaysean Rippy, Sto-Rox, 6-2, 205, Sr.
Marzett Geter, Sto-Rox, 5-9, 180, Sr.
Brody Pollock, Union (Rimersburg), 5-11, 180, Sr.
Trenton Coles, Clairton, 6-3, 180, Sr.
Cole Weachock, Minersville, 5-10, 170, Sr.
Matt Moore, Southern Columbia, 6-2, 200, Sr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tyler Boyd, Clairton
COACH OF THE YEAR
Bill Packer, Penns Manor
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