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Football scholar athlete banquet Sunday

Published March 05. 2010 05:00PM

The 50th annual National Football Foundation Lehigh Valley Chapter Awards Dinner will take place on Sunday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Center.

Former Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams head coach Dick Vermeil will be the guest speaker. Vermeil, who also coached at the college level at UCLA, won a Super Bowl with the Rams.

Below are capsules on the six area nominees and a list of the remaining student-athletes.

Corey Raymond Cinicola

Jim Thorpe

A 6-4, 225-pound quarterback, he ranks 8th out of 162 students. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a principal's list high honor roll student all four years, participates in basketball and baseball and is involved in other organizations. He is active in his church and volunteers for several community activities.

Timothy Alan Sulzer


A 6-2, 200-pound fullback and linebacker, he ranks 1st out of 225 students. He is Treasurer of the National Honor Society, editor of the yearbook, participates in Scholastic Scrimmage and numerous other student organizations. He volunteers at the Miracle League, Head Start, Operation Christmas Child and Red Cross blood drives.

Christian Freudenberger

Northern Lehigh

A 6-0, 215-pound offensive guard and defensive tackle, he ranks 6th out of 188 students. He earned second team all-state as well as all-conference honors, is a member of the National Honor Society, class president, yearbook staff member, participates in class musicals and track as well as numerous other student organizations. He volunteers for both Special Olympics and Lehigh Valley Hospital and is active in his church youth group.

Michael Oswald


A 6-1, 180-pound fullback and linebacker, he ranks 57th out of 208 students. He earned all-conference honors and is an honor roll student. He is a Lehigh Valley and state trapshoot champion. He is active in his community.

Joshua C. Grohotolski


A 5-10, 175-pound wide receiver and defensive back, he ranks in the top-half of this class of 133 students. He is a member of student government and participates in both wrestling and baseball. He is a member of both the Environmental and Future Business Leaders clubs.

Cale Craig

Pleasant Valley

A 6-0, 215-pound defensive end and tight end, he ranks 73rd out of 472 students. He earned all-conference honors and is an honor roll student. He is active in his school and community.


Eric Sciascia Schwartz, Allentown Central Catholic

Zachary Robert Neigh, Bangor

Christopher J. Zinns, Bethlehem Catholic

Brandon Cole Lesko, Catasauqua

Michael D. Guyer, East Stroudsburg North

Greg A. Kessel, East Stroudsburg South

Sean Ross MacDougall, Easton

Ty Souders, Emmaus

Joe Paul Liberati, Freedom

Jarrod Joseph West, Liberty

James Kyle Lukow, Dieruff

Daniel David Wilk, Nazareth

Zachary Thomas Szoke, Northampton

Brian David Bedoya, Notre Dame

Danton Alastair Ponzol, Palisades

Andre Rishard Williams, Parkland

Philip M. Racciato, Pen Argyl

Wolfgang Philip Connell, Phillipsburg

Justin S. Mazza, Pius X

Philip John Major, Pocono Mountain East

Brian Victor Martinez, Pocono Mountain West

Matthew Ryan Ehrets, Salisbury

Nicholas Tyler Oblas, Saucon Valley

Eric S. VanArsdale, Southern Lehigh

Matthew Joseph McLynch, Stroudsburg

Pat M. Bet, Whitehall

Nicholas Scott Rhodes, Allen

Matthew Ryan Lippincott, Wilson


Sam Shuman, East Stroudsburg University

David Cressman, Kutztown University

Mark Leggiero, Lafayette College

Brien R. Ruyak, Lehigh University

Michael Bishop, Moravian College

Jake Floyd, Muhlenberg College

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