Senior Football Players

Joey Anderson - OL/DL

Joey Anderson
 
Joey came to the team as a sophomore. His first preseason was pretty rough and we weren't sure if he would make it to the first season game. He continued on and honed his skills for the next two years and had limited time on varsity defense. Joey spent the last two years in the weight room and it really paid off for him. He worked himself into a starting position on the offensive line as a senior. He was a steady blocker on the right side of the line.

Joey Anderson - OL/DL

Joey Anderson
 
Joey came to the team as a sophomore. His first preseason was pretty rough and we weren't sure if he would make it to the first season game. He continued on and honed his skills for the next two years and had limited time on varsity defense. Joey spent the last two years in the weight room and it really paid off for him. He worked himself into a starting position on the offensive line as a senior. He was a steady blocker on the right side of the line.
 

Connor Coolidge - OL/DL

Connor Coolidge
 
Special players come along once, or if you are lucky twice, in a lifetime. Connor is that player. From the time he stepped on the field for Wellsboro football he gave every ounce he had. A 4 year starter and 2 year captain he lead by example but when he spoke everyone listened. Connor doesn't know how to quit, how to stop, or how to give up. Since he first took the field as a freshman he left his mark by taking on players 2 and 3 times his size. He never backed down and he always found a way to win. He was the anchor of the line that protected Ben Shaw and Michael Pietropola and allowed for them to have an excellent career and season. On defense he could be found playing all over the field in the front 7. Unfortunately Connor's senior season was cut short by a major knee injury at Athens. True to his form, he went out as he came in. On the play in question Connor planted his foot and turned, tearing a ligament in his knee. Instead of falling like most players do, he continued with the play and sacked the quarterback; a fitting end to his cut short career. I often told the players to, "Play every play like it is your last." Connor did this every time he took the field. He not only earned the respect of his teammates and coaches, but opposing coaches also. Even though he missed nearly half the season, Connor was selected to the All-NTL second team as center, an award befitting his storied Wellsboro career.

Connor Coolidge - OL/DL

Connor Coolidge
 
Special players come along once, or if you are lucky twice, in a lifetime. Connor is that player. From the time he stepped on the field for Wellsboro football he gave every ounce he had. A 4 year starter and 2 year captain he lead by example but when he spoke everyone listened. Connor doesn't know how to quit, how to stop, or how to give up. Since he first took the field as a freshman he left his mark by taking on players 2 and 3 times his size. He never backed down and he always found a way to win. He was the anchor of the line that protected Ben Shaw and Michael Pietropola and allowed for them to have an excellent career and season. On defense he could be found playing all over the field in the front 7. Unfortunately Connor's senior season was cut short by a major knee injury at Athens. True to his form, he went out as he came in. On the play in question Connor planted his foot and turned, tearing a ligament in his knee. Instead of falling like most players do, he continued with the play and sacked the quarterback; a fitting end to his cut short career. I often told the players to, "Play every play like it is your last." Connor did this every time he took the field. He not only earned the respect of his teammates and coaches, but opposing coaches also. Even though he missed nearly half the season, Connor was selected to the All-NTL second team as center, an award befitting his storied Wellsboro career.
 

Chad Daugherty - OL/DL

Chad Daugherty
 
Chad has been a solid player on both sides of the ball his entire career. A 3 year fixture at tackle, he was also instrumental in helping Ben Shaw and Michael Pietropola attain their outstanding career/season. Chad's greatest contribution was his versatility on defense throughout his career. In his 3 years as a defensive starter he played defensive end, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, Hornet, and free safety! He can run, jump, and make punishing hits. His versatility will be missed.

Chad Daugherty - OL/DL

Chad Daugherty
 
Chad has been a solid player on both sides of the ball his entire career. A 3 year fixture at tackle, he was also instrumental in helping Ben Shaw and Michael Pietropola attain their outstanding career/season. Chad's greatest contribution was his versatility on defense throughout his career. In his 3 years as a defensive starter he played defensive end, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, Hornet, and free safety! He can run, jump, and make punishing hits. His versatility will be missed.
 

Eli Kennedy - OL/DL

Eli Kennedy
 
Eli came to play as a senior! He was a 3-year starter that saved his best season for last. Eli was one of only 2 linemen to start every game this season. He played the ever important left tackle position. In his career Eli was part of the line that helped Ben Shaw set the all-time Wellsboro passing record and Michael Pietropola to pass for 1,000 yards in his first season. He also had a big part in opening holes for Jermain Brooks to make a run as a first team all NTL selection. His stellar play will be missed next year. Eli himself was named to the All-NTL team as an honorable mention at tackle.

Eli Kennedy - OL/DL

Eli Kennedy
 
Eli came to play as a senior! He was a 3-year starter that saved his best season for last. Eli was one of only 2 linemen to start every game this season. He played the ever important left tackle position. In his career Eli was part of the line that helped Ben Shaw set the all-time Wellsboro passing record and Michael Pietropola to pass for 1,000 yards in his first season. He also had a big part in opening holes for Jermain Brooks to make a run as a first team all NTL selection. His stellar play will be missed next year. Eli himself was named to the All-NTL team as an honorable mention at tackle.
 

Dan Saniga - TE/DL

Dan Saniga
 
Dan is one of the best athletes of his class. Another 3 year starter on both sides of the ball, Dan made an impact on this team. On defense he made his presence known at defensive end. He made plays all over the field, often having to run guys down from the backside. His combination of speed and a nose for the ball made Dan a huge threat up front. Offense is where Dan made his mark. He was the leading receiver for the past 2 years from his Tight End position. Dan made big-time catches in crucial situations and long plays out of short passes. His great hands and quick moves made him the favorite target of Ben and Michael alike. Dan also made huge contributions on special teams. In that time he was a punter, kicker, extra point kicker, and punt/kick returner. In the last 2 years Dan never left the field during a game. Dan was selected to the second team All-NTL team as a tight end. He will enjoy a long college career.

Dan Saniga - TE/DL

Dan Saniga
 
Dan is one of the best athletes of his class. Another 3 year starter on both sides of the ball, Dan made an impact on this team. On defense he made his presence known at defensive end. He made plays all over the field, often having to run guys down from the backside. His combination of speed and a nose for the ball made Dan a huge threat up front. Offense is where Dan made his mark. He was the leading receiver for the past 2 years from his Tight End position. Dan made big-time catches in crucial situations and long plays out of short passes. His great hands and quick moves made him the favorite target of Ben and Michael alike. Dan also made huge contributions on special teams. In that time he was a punter, kicker, extra point kicker, and punt/kick returner. In the last 2 years Dan never left the field during a game. Dan was selected to the second team All-NTL team as a tight end. He will enjoy a long college career.
 

Ben Shaw - QB/DB

Ben Shaw
 
A 2 year captain and 4 year starter, what Ben brings on and off the field will be gravely missed. Watching Ben grow and mature as a player was amazing. He took some tremendous shots throughout his career and still keep coming. He played injured most of his career, but you wouldn't know that to watch him. His 80 yard interception for a touchdown versus Towanda his junior year he did with a torn knee. His multiple 30 and 40 yard touchdown passes he had a bad shoulder and multiple records for Wellsboro with a season long ankle injury. He never once asked for time off, or even a timeout. Time and time again he just said, "I want the ball." Ben epitomizes the words team player. In his senior year he moved to 2 new positions. He leaves Wellsboro as the All-Time leading passer and one of the leading touchdown scorers. Ben was selected to the All-NTL offensive 2nd team as a versatility player. He also played the position of linebacker like a 4 year starter. He often made the play by sacrificing his body on the lead blocker(s) and still coming off to make the tackle. Ben was a great leader on and off the field. Wellsboro's loss of this special athlete is some colleges gain.

Ben Shaw - QB/DB

Ben Shaw
 
A 2 year captain and 4 year starter, what Ben brings on and off the field will be gravely missed. Watching Ben grow and mature as a player was amazing. He took some tremendous shots throughout his career and still keep coming. He played injured most of his career, but you wouldn't know that to watch him. His 80 yard interception for a touchdown versus Towanda his junior year he did with a torn knee. His multiple 30 and 40 yard touchdown passes he had a bad shoulder and multiple records for Wellsboro with a season long ankle injury. He never once asked for time off, or even a timeout. Time and time again he just said, "I want the ball." Ben epitomizes the words team player. In his senior year he moved to 2 new positions. He leaves Wellsboro as the All-Time leading passer and one of the leading touchdown scorers. Ben was selected to the All-NTL offensive 2nd team as a versatility player. He also played the position of linebacker like a 4 year starter. He often made the play by sacrificing his body on the lead blocker(s) and still coming off to make the tackle. Ben was a great leader on and off the field. Wellsboro's loss of this special athlete is some colleges gain.
 

Konnor Spencer - WR/LB

Konnor Spencer
 
Konnor is another senior who is going to be missed on both sides of the ball. He has a great set of hands and is an outstanding down field blocker. He has always been a a tough, dedicated, hard-nosed player. Like some of his teammates, Konnor played multiple defensive positions in his four year career. His versatility allowed him to play corner, free safety, Hornet, inside linebacker, and outside linebacker. He would have easily been able to play defensive end if we asked him. It was at linebacker where he made his mark. He was solid against the run and athletic enough to cover the pass where he tied for the team lead this year in pass breakups. Konnor has the ability to play at the next level in the right program.

Konnor Spencer - WR/LB

Konnor Spencer
 
Konnor is another senior who is going to be missed on both sides of the ball. He has a great set of hands and is an outstanding down field blocker. He has always been a a tough, dedicated, hard-nosed player. Like some of his teammates, Konnor played multiple defensive positions in his four year career. His versatility allowed him to play corner, free safety, Hornet, inside linebacker, and outside linebacker. He would have easily been able to play defensive end if we asked him. It was at linebacker where he made his mark. He was solid against the run and athletic enough to cover the pass where he tied for the team lead this year in pass breakups. Konnor has the ability to play at the next level in the right program.
 
Thomas Straniere
 
What can you say about someone like Thomas? He is focused. He is determined. You won't find someone who works harder in the weight room. He has a football attitude. A mostly special teams and JV player his first two years, Thomas broke into the starting lineup a a Junior. Offensively he played receiver. He was a great down field blocker and his best offensive highlight was a long touchdown run at South Williamsport last year. Defensively he really made his mark when he was moved from the secondary to the defensive line mid-way through his junior season. He was instrumental in the two overtime wins versus Wyalusing and Loyalsock. His play created havoc in the backfield all night in both games. He had a similar night like that this year during the North Penn game. He came up with the play of the game by blocking a punt in the end zone which created the go ahead score and solidified the trophy coming home. Momentum was lost prior to that play and afterward we never gave it back. Thomas led the team in tackles for a loss with 10. He was monstrous in the fourth quarter when everyone else got tired he just kept coming. He was selected to the All-NTL team as a second team defensive tackle. A position where he often gave up at least 60 pounds to the guy across from him. The fire Thomas has for the game cannot be replaced.
Thomas Straniere
 
What can you say about someone like Thomas? He is focused. He is determined. You won't find someone who works harder in the weight room. He has a football attitude. A mostly special teams and JV player his first two years, Thomas broke into the starting lineup a a Junior. Offensively he played receiver. He was a great down field blocker and his best offensive highlight was a long touchdown run at South Williamsport last year. Defensively he really made his mark when he was moved from the secondary to the defensive line mid-way through his junior season. He was instrumental in the two overtime wins versus Wyalusing and Loyalsock. His play created havoc in the backfield all night in both games. He had a similar night like that this year during the North Penn game. He came up with the play of the game by blocking a punt in the end zone which created the go ahead score and solidified the trophy coming home. Momentum was lost prior to that play and afterward we never gave it back. Thomas led the team in tackles for a loss with 10. He was monstrous in the fourth quarter when everyone else got tired he just kept coming. He was selected to the All-NTL team as a second team defensive tackle. A position where he often gave up at least 60 pounds to the guy across from him. The fire Thomas has for the game cannot be replaced.