Local athletes named Mid-Penn All Stars
LEWISTOWN – Ten Mifflin County athletes were selected to various Mid-Penn All-Star teams during the concluded fall season.
Senior Bronson Smith-Price, along with juniors Gage Schaeffer, Brycen Hassinger and Jayden Jackson made the Colonial all-stars in football.
Freshman Hailee Sheetz and senior Keni Kahley are Commonwealth all-stars in field hockey. In boys’ soccer, senior Reese Carter and junior Leeum Knoerr finished the season as Keystone all-stars, while sophomore Lily Yoder and freshman Kaitlyn Bickhart made the Keystone all-star girls’ soccer team.
Smith-Price earned second-team honors on both offense and defense as a tackle. The senior had 27 stops on defense and protected the blind side of the Husky quarterbacks at left tackle.
“It’s definitely an honor that’s well-deserved. I think he is one of the best linemen in the conference,” Mifflin County coach Scot Sechler said. “Bronson definitely deserved to be an all-star. He has the ability and should have been a first-team guy.”
Hassinger placed on the second-team defense at linebacker and on special teams as the punter. He led the team with 78 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions. He also started at quarterback and paced the Huskies with 651 yards rushing. Hassinger averaged 34 yards a punt.
“I thought Brycen should have been a first-teamer as well. The number of tackles he had in the league ranked him very high as far as total tackles and solo tackles,” Sechler said. “I’m happy for him only being a junior and getting selected to the all-star team is a big thing. I know he wants to play college football and getting this type of recognition is only going to benefit him.”
Schaeffer, second-team running back, ran for 584 yards and six scores. The Husky junior broke the school’s all-time rushing record with 1,999 yards, surpassing Heath Hidlay.
“The running back talent was deep in the league this year. You had (Kyle) Swartz and a couple other guys who had phenomenal rushing yards this year. It was a very tough race,” Sechler said. “Gage broke just about every school record possible for a running back. He holds the touchdown record, the rushing record and he’s closing in on all-purpose yards. The recognition is well-deserved and I’m happy he’s on the list.”
Jackson was a second-team selection at wide receiver who caught 18 passes for 450 yards and four TDs. The junior was a big-play threat, averaging a stellar 25 yards a reception.
“He stepped up big time for us. He was leading the conference in receiving yardage at mid-season, so he is definitely one of the top receivers in the Colonial,” Sechler said. “He’s right up there statistically with the top receivers in the conference. We don’ get to see the votes, but I’m sure he was close to being first team. He was our deep threat and he’s a great kid.”
Carter, who also kicked for the Husky football team, collected seven goals and three assists from his midfield slot to earn second-team honors.
“Reese was our captain and leader this season. He was able to control the midfield and find open players. He is an intelligent player and was able to create his own scoring opportunities. Reese is one of the most unselfish players to come through the program,” Mifflin County coach Robert Lepley said.
Knoerr contributed four goals to the Mifflin County cause, earning second-team status.
“Leeum really developed this season. He is excellent with his back to the goal, feeding the ball back to a midfielder and finding the open space to create a scoring opportunity,” Lepley said. “Leeum moved to central midfield during the season due to injuries and was effective. I look forward to seeing what he brings to the field next season.”
Yoder had nine goals and two assists from her midfield spot and Bickhart played shutdown defense to earn second-team selections. Both were instrumental in Mifflin County winning a program-best six games.
“Kate Bickhart stepped up and led our back four this season, especially after we lost a senior center back for the season to a knee injury,” Husky coach Barrett Knepp said. “Lily moved around a bit, especially early in the season. She did a nice job with whatever we asked of her, but she made the most impact once she moved to outside forward.”
Sheetz made the first team from her forward position and Kahley scored a second-team nod at forward. It was her second time as a field hockey all-star after making it on the 2018 team.