Former Golden Ram fullback Joe Shay has been named the athletic director at Lebanon Catholic High School. Shay, a Lebanon Catholic alumnus, was a four-year letter winner for the Golden Rams, playing from 1999 through 2002 and graduating with his degree in kinesiology in 2003. A member of the WCU Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll throughout his entire career at West Chester, he served primarily as a blocking back for the Golden Rams although he did register 132 all-purpose yards including a 24-yard touchdown reception in his senior season.
Shay assumes the athletic director's position from Mike Miller who is retiring after 35 years in the role.
The Nice Dauphins continued their winning ways by knocking off the Gladiateurs by a score of 34-12. Surprisingly, former Golden Ram running back Rondell White did not have a single carry. However, as the Dauphins have transitioned to a pass oriented offense, he did haul in seven catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns, accounting for 40% of the team's offensive yards.
A future Golden Ram is scheduled to play in the 16th Annual Lancaster-Lebanon League Tri-County All-Star Football Game to be held on Saturday May 27 at 7:00 pm at Manheim Central High School's Elden Rettew Stadium.
Wide receiver/defensive back Mack Focht of Garden Spot will play for the South squad. The game is sponsored by the Manheim Touchdown Club.
Several future Golden Rams will be participating in the 19th Annual Valor Bowl to be held at 7:15 pm on Thursday, June 1 at West Chester University's John A. Farrell Stadium.
Suiting up for the West All-Stars will be
wide receiver Ethan Harris of Downingtown East,
defensive back Cole Zapf of Downingtown West,
kicker John George of Bishop Shanahan, and
defensive back Chris Day of Downingtown East.
The Valor Bowl was founded by Scott Allison and former West Chester Golden Ram and Killinger Hall of Fame member Joe Carroll, and serves as Chester County's senior all-star game with all proceeds going to benefit the Chester County Special Olympics.
Several current West Chester University football players have participated in the Valor Bowl including Sean Steinmetz, Josh Ganzelli, Ryan Fay, Ben Smith, Quinten Cheyney and Dan Murphy.
Other notable Valor Bowl alumni include 2001 North Offensive MVP Bob Findora who later led the Golden Rams to the 2004 Division II National semi-final and 2010 East Offensive MVP Rondell White who led the Golden Rams to the Division II National semi-final in 2013.
A future Golden Ram is scheduled to play in the 43rd City All-Star Football Game to be held on Saturday May 20 at 5:00 pm at Northeast High School.
Offensive lineman Brendan Ruskowski of Archbishop Ryan will play for the Non-Public squad.
The Nice Dauphins got back on the winning end by topping Les Falcons by a score of 23-18. Former Golden Ram running back Rondell White had 125 yards on 15 carries and completed 3 of 4 passes for 40 yards.
The Dauphins (2-5) face the Gladiateurs (1-6) on May 13.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have released former Golden Ram cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz. They did so after drafting cornerbacks in the third and fifth rounds of the NFL draft this past weekend. Playing primarily on special teams, Shabazz played in eight games for the Steelers and Houston Texans last season. His best performance came in the Steelers 30-12 win over the Miami Dolphins in the AFC playoffs when he registered three solo tackles and a forced fumble.
Penecale finished his West Chester career with 191 receptions for 2,983 yards and 48 touchdowns. When he graduated, he held the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference career touchdowns receiving record and single season records in receiving yards and touchdown receptions. He still ranks among the top five in several West Chester receiving and scoring marks. Big players shine in big games and Penecale was no different. In a 43-30 loss at Ferris St in the first round of the 1994 NCAA Division II playoffs, Penecale had 8 receptions for 146 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Penecale was a unanimous first-team All-PSAC Easts selection as a junior and a second team choice in his senior year. He is already a member of the Killinger Hall of Fame.
Some observations from Friday's Purple-Gold game which was won by Purple by a score of 24-7:
Purple featured the first team offense while Gold was manned by the first team defense.
After last season, the only hole on the offensive line was expected to be Doug Gilbert. But starting right guard Tyler Drob did not dress with a brace on his right knee and Jake Duncan, one of the leading candidates to assume Gilbert's left tackle spot, was on crutches. So, from left to right, the o-line was Evyn Stadulis, Vince Lostracco, Devan LaBau, Frank Tranzilli and Alex Host. There's still plenty of experience on this unit.
The best defensive showing of the game was defensive end Diquan Gilbert. Granted he was facing the second string offensive line and the officials blew the whistle when the quarterback was touched, but Gilbert was relentless and spent most of the game in the Gold backfield. He was credited with seven sacks in the game.
Eerin Young was as effective as ever as a slot receiver. He looks to continue to be that dual threat on offense - running and receiving.
The standout play of the game was made by linebacker Tyler Morrissey. With purple knocking at the door of a touchdown, Morrissey deflected then intercepted a swing pass and returned for 30 yards. It was a great display of athleticism in pass coverage for the big linebacker.