DuBOIS –While some of the faces may have changed, it seems like the attitude remains much the same for the DuBois Area High School boys’ track and field team this season.
DuBois, which finished second behind Bradford at the District 9 meet in team points, lost a couple big contributors but looks like it has some others ready to step up and fill the void.
Head coach Brian Clinger, who starts his 20th year with the program, including the last 14 as the head coach, is optimistic about what the Beavers bring to the table this year.
“I’m just as excited to be part of the Beaver tradition this season as I was in my first,” Clinger said. “This season, just as in the past, we are going to concentrate on academics, commitment and the team concept to hope to excel.”
Joining Clinger as assistants will be Greg Posteraro and Brad Sweet.
In the sprints, the Beavers will look to senior Kyle Frantz and juniors Kenny Garvey, Domenic DiLullo and Ethan Fields to bring home some points. DiLullo and Fields finished Nos. 8-10, respectively, in the 200 dash at the district meet last year, while sophomore Damien Ashenfelter was sixth in the 100 and sophomore Andrew Boyle was 10th in the 400.
Some of those same names will be on display in the distance events, as Boyle will be joined by senior Jeremy Fischer, junior Jacob Butterfuss and sophomore Kaleb Stevens.
Stevens and Fischer fared well in some of those events at districts last year, as Fischer took fourth in the 1,600 and seventh in the 3,200 while Stevens was third in the 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600.
Boyle also took 12th in the 800 behind junior Seth Braid (3rd) and Alex Bush (11th).
DuBois has its best couple of returners in the field with junior Rick Lines and sophomore Jordan Meinert returning to the squad.
Lines took second in the javelin while Meinert was second in the high jump.
Senior Carson Hanna and Matt Holben, who tied for third in the pole vault, and junior Bradyn Schwabenbauer are also expected to help out in the jumps while seniors David Henniger and Shawn Knobloch will add some depth in the field as well.
Freshman Alex Oharah could also be make his presence known in the field as the season progresses.
“I’m looking forward to getting a meet under our belt,” Clinger said. “The weather has been hit-and-miss so far this year but I feel the days we have been getting outside have been very productive for us.”
The Beavers will get a chance to show just where they stand when they host Elk County Catholic Tuesday.
Seniors: Michael Blizzard, Alex Bush, Drew Buskirk, Brendan DuBois, Jeremy Fischer, Kyle Frantz, Carson Hanna, David Henniger, Randy Holben, Shawn Knobloch, Richard Lines, Greg Raiford, Bradyn Schwabenbauer, Josh Wayland. Juniors: Seth Braid, Jacob Butterfuss, Keaton Chapman, Domenic DiLullo, Ethan Fields, Kenny Garvey, Bryce Kot, Robert Martini, Nick Meholick, Zhane Powell, Austin Shaffer-Doan, Gaven Wolfgang, Layton Yarus. Sophomores: Damien Ashenfelter, Andrew Boyle, Antonio Deemer, Koby Grimm, Jordan Meinert, Micah Pearce, Brenden Saunders, Joshua Singler, Kaleb Stevens. Freshmen: John Angelo, Manny Deemer, Gavin Frantz, Brady Johnson, James Lines, Elijah McDonald, Alexander Oharah, Noah Pierce.