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6:00 PM Arrivals

Welcome

Tonight’s Program

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

6:30 PM Opening

Pledge of Allegiance

ER Bernard Wirth

6:30 PM Dinner by All Occasions Catering LLC.

Salad

Roast Beef

Potato

Vegetable

Rolls and Butter

Dessert

Coffee and Soft Drinks

7:15 PM Introductions and Acknowledgements

History and Explanation of the Trench Trophy

Committee

Lineman’s Pledge

Bill Pukalo

Guest Remarks and Award Presentations

Jim McNally

Len Jankiewicz

Ed Sciera

Jack Catanzaro

Dave Hack

Former Award Recipients

8:15 PM 2012 Trench Trophy Awarded

Jim McNally

John Gebhardt Memorial Scholarship Awarded

Lancaster Elks Lodge

8:30 PM Closing Remarks

ER Bernard Wirth and Committee

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2012 Trench Trophy Finalists

#63 | Jason Bunk

Alden High School

#74 | John Czech

Jamestown High School

#51 | Cortland Haines

Jamestown High School

#68 | Ryan Hunter

Canisius High School

#54 | Sean Murphy

Timon/St. Jude High School

#74 | Nick Nocek

Fredonia High School

#71 | Micheal Senn

Orchard Park High School

#52 | Khalil Sommerville

Bennett High School

#52 | Tyler Studd

Springville High School

#50 | Jake Swan

Maple Grove High School

2012 Underclassman Award

Presented by Dave Hack and Be the Best Football Camp

Large Schools

#74 | Adam Belica

Orchard Park High School

Small Schools

#70 | Erik Feitshans

Alden High School

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Trench Trophy Executive Committee

Kuras Carl Co-Chairman/Founder

Sciera Ed Co-Chairman

Rizzi Philip Co-Chairman

Zajac Jerry Secretary

Rizzi Victor Treasurer

Braun Gary Trustee

Cronin Dennis Trustee

Graver Chuck Trustee

Hajduk David Trustee

Keicher Robert Trustee

Pukalo Bill Trustee

Constantino Sibby Administrative Assistant

Peek Becky Administrative Assistant

Gustavel Daryle Administrative Assistant

Kuhn Len Co-Founder

Trench Trophy Committee Members

Aldinger, Richard

Anna, Michael

Bruso, Sean

Catanzaro, Jack

Damiani, Dave

D’Arcy, Larry

Delzer, Bob Sr.

DeYoung, Dave

DiRienzo, Lou

Eicheldinger, Rick

Ferrentino, Mike

Gesse, Ken

Graham, Glenn

Grffin, Steve

Hack, Dave

Helmicki, Steve

Hersey, Dave

Huber, Chuck

Jankiewicz, Len

Klinger, Mark

Kolb, Jason

Kupka, Frank

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Kuras, Chad

Labenski, Tim

Le Mere, Bob

Maciejewski, Ken

Mason, Dennis

O’Brien, Ken

Ozolins, Bernie

Sanita, Tony

Sciandra, Angelo

Scimia, Joe

Sharpe, Bob

Sugg, Harry

Warnick, Don

Warnick, Fred

Wegner, Brian

Wegner, Gary

Wegner, Ken

Weiss, Roger

Whelan, Paul

Wilson, Brian

Zicittella, Bob

Zieziula, John

Paul Ficzere | John Gebhardt | Tom Terhart

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Jim McNally

Former NFL Offensive Line Coach

Guest Speakers

Kenmore West graduate, Jim McNally, was considered too small to play line. His size

and speed even earned him the nickname “Mouse” in the back yards of Kenmore. Jim began his

coaching career as an assistant with UB until the school ended their football program, Jim moved

on to other other college programs including Marshall, Boston College, and Wake Forest before

being hired as the offensive line coach with the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.

Jim would spend 15 years with Cincinnati coaching a line anchored by Pro Football Hall

of Famer, Anthony Munoz. After leaving Cincinnati in 1994, Jim signed on as offensive line coach

for the NFL expansion franchise, Carolina Panthers and then would hold the same position for

the New York Giants during their 2000 appearance in the Super Bowl. Jim then got the opportunity

to come back home to Western New York and coach for his hometown Bills. In 2007, after four

years with the Bills and over 30 years of coaching, McNally retired.

Jim is a member of the Kenmore West Athletic Hall of Fame and a 2008 inductee to the

Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the UB Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.

Len Jankiewicz

Former Head Football Coach Lancaster High School

A 1969 graduate of Lancaster High School, Len attended SUNY Brockport where he

graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1973. In 1974 Len returned to his alma mater as an

assistant coach on Joe Foyle’s staff at Lancaster. He remained on Joe’s staff until his retirement in

1986 where he was then promoted to head coach and later Athletic Director in 1993. Len would

remain the head coach at Lancaster until his retirement in 2011, amassing a record of 143-93-2.

Len has been the recipient of numerous awards through his coaching career including

the Gordon Bukaty Memorial Award in 2006 and Section VI Athletic Administrator of the Year in

2007. He was also inducted into the WNY Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

An active member of the Western New York scholastic athletics community, Len has

sat on, and chaired, many committees including the Section VI Athletic Council, WNY Amateur

Football Alliance, and the WNY Football Coaches Association.

Len resides in Lancaster with his wife Robin.

Jack Catanzaro

Union College All-American

Jack is a 1986 graduate of Lancaster High School and was an All-Star on the 1985

Championship Team, Joe Foyle’s final season as head coach at Lancaster. He went on to attend

Union College where he captained the 1989 team that won the Lambert Cup and played for the

Division III National Championship in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. That season Jack achieved

first team all league, all East and All-American honors for his play at offensive guard.

Dave Hack

5 Time CFL All-Star and 1999 Grey Cup Champion

As a player, Dave was a three-year starter at Division I Maryland. A member of the

Buffalo Bills practice squad in 1996, he went on to play nine seasons with the Hamilton Tiger Cats

of the CFL, where he was a five-time league all-star and won the Grey Cup Championship in 1999.

He has also coached two seasons at both St. Francis High School and Erie Community College and

served as a guest coach with Hamilton and the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL.

In 2008 David joined the Buffalo State Bengals’ coaching staff to help coach the offensive

line. He is the founder of “Be the Best” Football Camp LLC. He has a bachelor’s degree from

Maryland in kinesiology and a master’s in education from D’Youville College. David is a native of

Holland, NY, and he currently resides in East Aurora with his wife Deborah and their two Bernese

mountain dogs.

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Special Guests

Mark Adair

Editor of Football Weekly

Dylan Anna

2010 Trench Trophy Winner

Chuck Amo

Section 6 Athletic Council Representative

Stu Boyar

WGRZ Channel 2 Sports

Sal Capaccio

WGR Sports Radio 550 Host and Local Media Personality

Jasen Carlson

2009 Trench Trophy Winner

David Dee

Time Warner Cable SportsNet

Milt Dickerson

Kensington Lions Club and WNY All Star Game Chairperson

Dan Evans

Buffalo Bills Vice President of Information Technology

Joe Foyle

Coaching Great and Member of Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame

Dick Gallagher

Editor and Founder of Western New York High School Sports

Don Heins

YNN Buffalo Sports Anchor

Chuck Huber

Former Coach and President of WNY Football Coaches Association

Jesse Jesonowski

2005 Trench Trophy Winner

Denny Lynch

Greater Buffalo Sports HOF VP and Former Director of Public Relations Buffalo Bills

Dennis Sarow

Connolly Cup Chairman

Ken Stoldt

Section 6 Athletic Council Football Chairman

Dick Wojciechowski

Monsignor Martin Athletic Council

Buffalo News Sports Writers

Mary Jo Monnin, Keith McShea, and Lauren Mariacher

Village and Town of Lancaster Elected Officials

WGR Sports Radio 550 - Inside High School Sports

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Camille Lewandowski

Secretary

Gerald Zajac

Treasurer

Robert Wilde

Leading Knight

Fred Warnick

Loyal Knight

Sebastian Constantino

Lecturing Knight

Lou Di Rienzo

Esquire

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‘12 - ‘13 Lodge Officers

Bernard Wirth

Exalted Ruler

With nearly 1 million members in more than 2,000 local lodges

nationwide, the Elks is one of the largest and most active fraternal organizations

in the world. The Lancaster Elks Lodge donates to numerous

charitable causes on the local, state, and national levels. We offer numerous

activities and services to not only our members and their families, but also

the community. This great organization always welcomes new members

with open arms, so if you’re interested, let us know. Elks believe in the

principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, Fidelity, God, and Patriotism.

A few examples of what the Elks do for the community:

Hoop Shoot -- Free Throw Program

Nearly 3 million boys and girls participated in 2010.

The largest co-educational sports program in the country.

Open and free to all boys and girls, ages 8-13.

Drug Awareness Programs

Provides resources to help educate children about the dangers of drugs.

Helps to support educators, parents, and community leaders, in their fight against youth drug use.

Scholarship Programs

Awards over $3 million in scholarships EVERY year, second only to United States Government.

Veterans Services

All 172 VA Medical Centers have a committee of Elks which helps to enhance the lives of our ill

and aging veterans.

Elks National Foundation

The charitable trust has total net assets of over $390 million.

The ENF distributed more than $16 million during the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

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Robert Delzer

Inner Guard

Daniel Nycel

Chaplain

Paul Welker

Tiler

Carl Kuras

Paul Neunder

Walter Paluszak

Richard Eicheldinger

Rodney Blicharski

Trustees

Carl Kuras

Manager

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Week One Nominations:

Brandon Randle - Burgard

Alex Haney - Lockport

Justin Kindt - Depew

LaMar Russel - Cardinal O'Hara

Rich Zee - East Aurora

Week Two Nominations:

Matt Gioia - West Seneca West

Mike Enouch - Fredonia

Jerid Bradley - Catt. / Little Valley

John Domres - Amherst

Chris Smith - St. Francis

Week Three Nominations:

Doug Ingraham - Grand Island

John Wood - St. Joes

Gary Coughlin - Timon St. Jude

Eric Rogers - Burgard

Garvie Freeman - South Park

Week Four Nominations:

Ryan Amos - Cleveland Hill

David Filighera - West Valley

Adam Lake - Albion

Alex Port - North Tonawanda

Adam Rosner - Depew

Doug Worthington - St. Francis

2003 Nominees and Finalists

Week Five Nominations:

Andy Benk - Lockport

Robert Colpoys - Niagara-Wheatfield

Keith Domon - Tonawanda

Gary Maull - Olean

Mike Rathbun - Maryvale

Trophy Finalists:

Class AA:

Alex Haney - Lockport

Class A:

Doug Ingraham - Grand Island

Class B:

John Livingston Eden

Class C:

Ryan Amos - Cleveland Hill

Class D:

Any Sickles - Randolph

Monsignor Martin:

Chris Smith - St. Francis

Harvard Cup:

Garvie Freeman - South Park

Brandon Randle - Burgard

Week Six Nominations:

Jerod Allen - Medina

Matt Graham - Orchard Park

John Livingston - Eden

Pat Neligh - Southwestern

Kyle Van de Velde - Lancaster

Week Seven Nominations:

Andrew Daines - Niagara Falls

Brad Maderer - Alden

Mike McGuire - Williamsville North

Joe Sidari - Medina

Josh Solem - Springville

Week Eight Nominations:

Mat Derx - Portville

David Dix - Hamburg

Steve Gaiser - West Seneca West

Justin Oddo - St. Joe's

Rob Webb - Lewiston-Porter

Justin Weber - Orchard Park

Week Nine Nominations:

Jerome Chambers - Lockport

Anthony Symanski - Lafayette

Matt Langsworthy - Southwestern

Jake Keller - Eden

Mike Antonelli - Grand Island

Week Ten Nominations:

Andy Sickles - Randolph

Joe Podlucky - Grand Island

Matt Miller - Portville

John Boyd - Orchard Park

Kevin Thie - St. Francis

Damon Fortner - Burgard

Trophy Finalists:

Ryan Amos - Cleveland Hill

Garvie Freeman - South Park

Matt Graham - Orchard Park

Alex Haney - Lockport

Doug Ingraham - Grand Island

Justin Kindt - Depew

John Livingston - Eden

Gary Maull - Olean

Brandon Randle - Burgard

Chris Smith - St. Francis

Doug Worthington - St. Francis

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Week One Nominations:

Joe Sidari - Medina

Chris Smith - St. Francis

Mike Rathbun - Maryvale

Jason Weber - Orchard Park

Chad Brooks - Albion

Week Two Nominations:

Matt Miller - Portville

John Gemza - West Seneca West

Darby Leroy - Lake Shore

Nick Sczczepanski - Canisius

Nick Rubert - Lockport

Week Three Nominations:

Adam Cruz - Tonawanda

Chris Murphy - Orchard Park

Carson Calabria - Albion

Tim Brown - Burgard

Matt Gartler - Iroquois

Jim Griffin - Timon

Week Four Nominations:

Adam Rosner - Depew

Adriel Santiago - South Park

Doug Worthington - St. Francis

Matt Sanscrainte - Cheektowaga

Josh Brant - Sweet Home

Steve Coan - Frewsburg

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2004 Nominees and Finalists

Week Five Nominations:

Peter Bittner - Williamsville North

Tom Cich - Williamsville East

John Pomarzynski - St. Mary's

Jim Nicotta - Eden

Nick Schmidt - West Seneca West

Trophy Finalists:

Tim Brown - Burgard

Steve Coan - Frewsburg

Matt Langworthy - Southwestern

Ian Margerum - Hamburg

Matt Miller - Portville

Jason Weber - Orchard Park

Alex Port - North Tonawanda

Adam Rosner - Depew

Adriel Santiago - South Park

Chris Smith - St. Francis

Doug Worthington - St. Francis

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Week Six Nominations:

Jake Brant - Starpoint

Jaik Halpainy - Panama

Matt Henry - Alden

Robert Humes - Riverside

Justin Piershalski- St. Joe's

Alex Port - North Tonawanda

Week Seven Nominations:

Kyle Reeb - Cheektowaga

Ian Margerum - Hamburg

Scott Guenther - Lancaster

Mike Farraca - Williamsville East

Maurice Randle - Burgard

Week Eight Nominations:

John Hoog - McKinley

Chris Ryberg - Panama

Colin Thompon - Grand Island

Rob Gronkowski - Williamsville North

Kevin Wild - Amherst

Week Nine Nominations:

Jason Weber - Orchard Park

Alex Port - North Tonawanda

Doug Worthington - St. Francis

Adriel Santiago - South Park

Matt Miller - Portville

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Week One Nominations:

Jeffrey Beaver - Burgard

Ryan Mruk - Lancaster

Dan Warner - St. Mary's

Jeremy Kelley - West Seneca West

Ben Hendrick - Orchard Park

2005 Nominees and Finalists

Week Two Nominations:

Andy Dlugosz - Timon/St. Jude

Matt Lodestro - Falconer

Pat Nowak - Cheektowaga

Matt Piazza - St. Joe's

Kevin Wild - Amherst

Rob Gronkowski - Williamsville North

Week Three Nominations:

Jacob Brant - East High School

Brandon Farrell - Cleveland Hill

Alex Herman - Hamburg

Brian Malak - Frontier

Terry Mimms - Mckinley

Joe Webb - Lackawanna

Week Four Nominations:

Drew Graziadei - Sweet Home

Andy Holland - Albion

Max Annis - North Tonawanda

Pat Garrity - Canisius

T J Bootey - Jamestown

Justin King - Grand Island

Nick Borgosz - Clarence

Week Five Nominations:

Mike Farraca - Williamsville East

John Milks - East Aurora

Greg Michaels - Orchard Park

Mike Appenheimer - Maryvale

Chris Pawlowski - West Seneca East

Jesse Jesonowski - Iroquois

Trophy Finalists:

Max Annis - North Tonawanda

Pete Bittner - Williamsville North

Abdullah Hadi - Lackawanna

Jesse Jesonowski - Iroquois

Justin King - Grand Island

Blake Eaton - Allegany Limestone

Tim McElwain - Randolph

John Hogg - McKinley

Jeffrey Beaver - Burgard

Jeff Papia - St Joe's

Week Six Nominations:

Dave Meadows - Ohara

Phil Budzinski - Depew

Jeff Papia - St. Joe

Julio Rivera - Riverside

Randy Pike - Panama

Jake Button - Niagara Falls

Marcus Bynes - Burgard

Week Seven Nominations:

Chad Boskat - Jamestown

Brad Braun - Starpoint

Trevor Henderson - Casadaga Valley

Kevin Eppinger - Silver Creek

Pete Bittner - Williamsville North

Week Eight Nominations:

Aaron Barczak - St. Mary's

Matt Sanscrainte - Cheektowaga

Brian Monaco - Amherst

Blake Easton - Alleghany Limestone

Brandon Antonelli - Grand Island

Week Nine Nominations:

Jim Lougen - St. Joe's

Ben Hallock - Pioneer

Jacob Brant - Starpoint

Mike Durwald - Lancaster

Joe Perlino - Sweet Home

Week Ten Nominations:

Justin King - Grand Island

Jeffrey Papia - St. Joe's

Abdullah Hadi - Lackawanna

Kevin Eppinger - Silver Creek

Tim McElwain - Randolph

Carlton Byrum - Depew

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Week One Nominations:

Brent Atkinson - Lewiston-Porter

Joe Inglut - Lake Shore

Mike Appenheimer - Maryvale

Nick Christman - Sweet Home

Sam Mantesanti - Medina

Week Two Nominations:

Nick Azzarelli - Tonawanda

Tyler Durinka - Williamsville East

Dave Eron - St. Mary’s

David Skrip - Albion

Phil Tardivo - Depew

2006 Nominees and Finalists

Week Three Nominations:

Anthony Benson - Grover Cleveland

Randy Bloom - Orchard Park

Scott Boyer - Amherst

Colin Byrne - West Seneca East

Blake Eaton - Allegany-Limestone

Harrison Steinwald - St. Joe’s

Week Four Nominations:

Carlton Byrum - Depew

Andy Dlugosz - Timon/ St. Jude

Kyle Gibas - Starpoint

Bob Giovino - Cleveland Hill

Abdullah Hadi - Lackawanna

Phil Ryan - West Seneca West

Week Five Nominations:

Pat Blizniak - East Aurora

Randy Colling - Pioneer

Anthony Crispo - Cardinal O’Hara

Neil Nelson - Falconer

Joe Rizzuto - Canisius

Gil Rodriguez - Frontier

Week Six Nominations:

Joe Depalma - Silver Creek

Nick Kakavand - Iroquois

Neil Raddu - West Seneca West

C.J. Ryan - St. Joe’s

Maurice Tossah - Burgard

Joe Webb - Lackawanna

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“Snow Storm” Nominees:

Corey Balcerzak - Lockport

Brad Dolce - Orchard Park

Nick Halett - Pine Valley

Tim McElwain - Randolph

Greg Michaels - Orchard Park

James Rayhill - Grand Island

Peter Violante - Lewiston-Porter

Andy Apperson - Maple Grove

Marcus Bynes - Burgard

Clifton Crotz - Catt./Little Valley

Cameron Hutcherson - East

Josh Jesonowski - Iroquois

Pat Linnane - Lew-Port

Jim Litz - Maryvale

Alex Mueller - Lackawanna

Chris Skubis - Clarence

John Urschel - Canisius

Trophy Finalists:

Mike Appenheimer - Maryvale

Andrew Apperson - Maple Grove

Anthony Benson - Grover Cleveland

Carlton Byrum - Depew

Joseph DePalma - Silver Creek

Abdullah Hadi - Lackawanna

Nicholas Kakavand - Iroquois

Gil Rodriguez - Frontier

Christopher Skubis - Clarence

Harrison Steinwald - St. Joe’s

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Week One Nominations:

Randy Bloom - Orchard Park

Nick Christman - Sweet Home

Randy Colling - Pioneer

Tyler Durinka - Williamsville East

Paul Eaton - St. Francis

Week Two Nominations:

Corey Balcerzak - Lockport

Curtis Hairston - Cleveland Hill

Josh Jesonowski - Iroquois

James Skura - Clarence

Joe Webb - Lackawanna

Week Three Nominations:

Kevin Dudkowski - Depew

Neil Nelson - Falconer

Chris Schart - J.F.K.

Dan Skinner - Timon/St. Jude

Mike Smith - Grover

Week Four Nominations:

Mike Brown - St. Mary’s

Tim Kopp - Maryvale

David Skrip - Albion

Drew Westcott - Hamburg

Randell Wilkie - East

Week Five Nominations:

Tim Boorady - Grand Island

Randolf Diamon - Ken. West

Tyler Freeman - Westfield

Marcellus Jones - Lancaster

Neil Raddu - West Seneca West

Aaron Roy - North Tonawanda

2007 Nominees and Finalists

Trophy Finalists:

Corey Balcerzak - Lockport

Anthony Benson - Grover Cleveland

Randy Bloom - Orchard Park

Nicholas Christman - Sweet Home

Kevin Dudkowski - Depew

Zack Eldridge - Cleveland Hill

Art Garvey - East Aurora

Corey Hymes - St. Francis

Joshua “Mooch” Jesonowski - Iroquois

Jose Rosario - Randolph

Week Six Nominations:

Jon Bayerl - Depew

Colin Byrne - West Seneca East

Colton Erickson - Falconer

Jerome Fields - Williamsville North

Corey Hymes - St. Francis

Week Seven Nominations:

Anthony Christopher - Cardinal O’Hara

Zack Eldridge - Cleveland Hill

Jake Havernick - Cheektowaga

Sean Mulhern - St. Joe’s

Sean Painter - West Seneca West

Week Eight Nominations:

Jared Falkenrath - Cardinal O’Hara

Art Garvey - East Aurora

Brenden Hammer - Cheektowaga

Robert Reed - Wilson

Dustin Synder - West Seneca West

Week Nine Nominations:

Anthony Benson - Grover Cleveland

Marquis Davis - McKinley

Peter Ewing - Nichols

Alex Golda - Lackawanna

Marcus McKoy - Lockport

Week Ten Nominations:

Nicholas Bonacquisti - Orchard Park

Mike Golombek - Cleveland Hill

Jon King - Southwestern

William Middlebrooks - McKinley

Jose Rosario - Randolph

Lancaster Elks Lodge Lineman Awards:

Colton Erickson - Falconer

Small School Underclassman of the Year

Nicholas Bonacquisti - Orchard Park

Large School Underclassman of the Year

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Week One Nominations:

Kevin Gerlach - Williamsville South

Xavier Hodge - Burgard

Dylan Kawalec - J.F.K.

Kevin Kieliszek - Lancaster

Don Rohauer - Alden

Week Two Nominations:

Nick Bonaquisti - Orchard Park

Boomer Brock - Iroquois

Chris Buck - Frontier

Curtis Hairston - Cleveland Hill

Josh Stockwell - Medina

2008 Nominees and Finalists

Week Three Nominations:

Andrew Alvira - Timon/St. Jude

Blair Bell - Cheektowaga

Dillon Gallagher - Williamsville South

Corey Gens - Maple Grove

Jason Pazda - Clarence

Week Four Nominations:

Zack Alabadi - Lackawanna

Michael Crage - Starpoint

John Heisler - Maryvale

Justin Mesi - Orchard Park

Zach Weiland - North Tonawanda

Week Five Nominations:

Mark Biersbach - Depew

Ben Bunker - North Tonawanda

Sean Mulhern Jr. - St. Joe’s

Xavier Robinson - Jamestown

Demetrious Smith - Cleveland Hill

John Urschel - Canisius

Trophy Finalists:

Chris Buck - Frontier High School

Ben Bunker - North Tonawanda High School

Corey Gens - Maple Grove High School

Reggie Green - Lackawanna High School

Curtis Hairston - Cleveland Hill High School

Ryan Harnden - Grand Island High School

Kevin Kieliszek - Lancaster High School

Justin Mesi - Orchard Park High School

Steve Phillips - Sweet Home High School

Donald Rohauer - Alden High School

Mike Smith - Grover Cleveland High School

John Urschel - Canisius High School

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Week Six Nominations:

Kyle Colling - Pioneer

Jeremy Ferguson - Burgard

Reggie Green - Lackawanna

Nick Muscarella - Alden

Mike Smith - Grover Cleveland

Week Seven Nominations:

Jonathan Connors - West Seneca East

Jerome Fields - Williamsville North

Ryan Harnden - Grand Island

William Middlebrooks - McKinley

Mike Myers - J.F.K.

Brandon Potyok - Lancaster

Week Eight Nominations:

Stephen Jacobson - Salamanca

Zach Roberts - Silver Creek

Randall Wilkie - East

Pat Wilson - Canisius

Ryan Wilson - Sweet Home

Week Nine Nominations:

Jasen Carlson - Southwestern

Ryan DiFlavio - West Seneca West

Steve Phillips - Sweet Home

Gorden Schubert - West Seneca East

Jordan Smith - Riverside

Week Ten Nominations:

Chris Akromas - Sweet Home

Corey King - Fredonia

Aaron Kostrewa - North Tonawanda

Dan Lombardozzi - Clymer

Andrew Wascher - Maple Grove

Week Eleven Nominations:

Nathan Longbine - Orchard Park

Justin Love - St. Francis

Jordan Sisti - St. Francis

Dante Williams - Riverside

Andrew Zdrojewski - Canisius

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Week One Nominations:

Troy Bigelow - Eden

Brad Bowen - Iroquois

Brian Duquette - St. Joe’s

Jeremiah Luderman - Lancaster

Dion Merrell - Amherst

2009 Nominees and Finalists

Week Two Nominations:

Christian Barczykowski - Alden

Dillon Gallagher - Williamsville South

Matt Hornung - Cheektowaga

Matt Knotts - Niagara-Wheatfield

Zack Marsh - Panama

Tysean Rodgers - Sweet Home

Week Three Nominations:

Andrew Alvira - Timon/St.Jude

Jasen Carlson - Southwestern

Sean Mulhern - Riverside

Matt Smolarek - Depew

Andrew Pingitore - Cassadaga Valley

Adonte Williams - Riverside

Week Four Nominations:

Ari Goldfarb - Nichols

Richie Massaro - Williamsville East

Mike Miller - Lafayette

Ryan Shanahan - Cleveland Hill

Casey Shreve - North Tonawanda

Kyle Shreve - North Tonawanda

Week Five Nominations:

Ryan DiFlavio - West Seneca West

Anthony Durno - Sweet Home

Deshawn Evans - Burgard

Kevin Gerloch - Williamsville South

Michael Gilmartin - Cardinal O’Hara

Willy Ruiz - Canisius

Week Six Nominations:

Andrew Becker - Williamsville North

Chad Ewanic - Hamburg

Alexander Jordan - Burgard

Zach Roberts - Silver Creek

Jeff Sley - Iroquois

Jasen Watts - East Aurora

Week Seven Nominations:

Keith Bykowski - Cheektowaga

Brandon Hite - Fredonia

Desmond Howard - St. Francis

Sean Kennedy - Lancaster

Kyle Moore - Albion

Marquan Myles - Niagara Falls

Week Eight Nominations:

Joe Boyd - Orchard Park

Eric Harnden - Grand Island

Paul Kenno - Niagara Falls

Weston Lederhaus - Lockport

Jesse Skubis - St. Mary’s

Sam Tarasek - Hutch Tech

Week Nine and Ten Nominations:

John Holland - Canisius

Jeremy Keesler - Randolph

Domenic Principale - Clarence

Trevor Shutte - Southwestern

Alex Walczak - Cheektowaga

Andrew Wascher - Maple Grove

Trophy Finalists:

Troy Bigelow - Eden

Jasen Carlson - Southwestern

Dillon Gallagher - Williamsville South

Eric Harnden - Grand Island

Matt Hornung - Cheektowaga

Desmond Howard - St. Francis

Zack Marsh - Panama

Sean Mulhern - Riverside

Casey Shreve - North Tonawanda

Kyle Shreve - North Tonawanda

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Week One Nominations:

Austin Bauer - Lancaster

Daquan Ford - Burgard

Joshua Koscielniak - Orchard Park

Scott Rogers - Grand Island

Mike Schiavi - Lackawanna

Week Two Nominations:

Andrew Alvira - Timon-St.Jude

John Kling - Depew

Thomas NeMoyer - Canisius

Jesse Skubis - St. Mary’s

Luke Zaporowski - Iroquois

Week Three Nominations:

Dylan Anna - Pioneer

Jordan Eliason - Clarence

Josh Fritz - North Tonawanda

Chris Lanphere - Chautauqua Lake

Pat Langworthy - Southwestern

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2010 Nominees and Finalists

Week Four Nominations:

Jeremy Crone - Lewiston Porter

Ben Fluent - Randolph

Jordan Hardy - East

Kadeem Hillmon - Grover Cleveland

Todd Therrien - Williamsville East

Week Five Nominations:

Joseph Adinolfi - St. Joe’s

Blade Garlow - Medina

Brian Johnson - Cheektowaga

Patrick Moran - Orchard Park

Nate Samborski - Lancaster

Week Six Nominations:

Jesse Clarkson - Williamsville South

Jake Currie - Southwestern

Mike Kasprzak - Depew

Ken “Gino” Roberson - Riverside

Anthony Sanders - McKinley

Alex Walczak - Cheektowaga

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Week Seven Nominations:

Joshua Beres - West Seneca East

Andrew Castilone - Williamsville North

Ken Fierle - Iroquois

Henry Fumerelle - Sweet Home

John Walker - Grover

Week Eight Nominations:

Kevin Drury - St. Mary’s

Jerimiah Luderman - Lancaster

Zack Nykula - Fredonia

Tyler Shaw - Eden

Basiel Yarbrough - Burgard

Week Nine Nominations:

Mikal Coleman - Sweet Home

Brett Dechent - Lackawanna

Mike Fischer - Orchard Park

Dalton Maska - Starpoint

Zachary Rejewski - Lake Shore

Week Ten Nominations:

Jack Cambria - St. Joe’s

Nick Foss - Alden

Matthew Militello - Lackawanna

Jordan Naudasher - Silver Creek

Adam Pasnik - St. Francis

Week Eleven Nominations:

Brad Bowen - Iroquois

Brandan D’Amato - J.F.K.

Cederick Peterson - Lockport

Nick Rossi - Grand Island

Derion Washington - Riverside

Ben Woods - Fredonia

Trophy Finalists

Dylan Anna - Pioneer

Austin Bauer - Lancaster

Jack Cambria - St. Joe’s

Ben Fluent - Randolph

Pat Langworthy - Southwestern

Thomas NeMoyer - Canisius

Anthony Sanders - McKinley

Mike Schiavi - Lackawanna

Todd Therrien - Williamsville East

Dereon Washington - Riverside

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Week One Nominations:

Michael Arcuri - Clarence

Andrew Burgio - Depew

Justin Davis - Bennett

Kyle Dipirro - St. Mary’s

Michael Prevorse - Pioneer

2011 Nominees and Finalists

Week Two Nominations:

Devon Leach - Orchard Park

Michael Morganstern - Cheektowaga Central

Todd Peoples - Cleveland Hill

T.J. Scamurra - Williamsville South

Troy Studd - Springville

Adam Sunholm - Jamestown

Week Three Nominations:

Josh Chase - Alden

DiMilo Gibbs - Timon-St. Jude

Jordan Kihl - Lancaster

Max Russell - Newfane

Andrew Stockman - Silver Creek

Week Four Nominations:

Andrew Berg - Williamsville North

Levi Boyer - Albion

Shane Knibbs - Starpoint

Calvin Nemec - East Aurora

Evan Volmich - North Tonawanda

Larry Wright - Lackawanna

Week Five Nominations:

Miles Bartholomew - St. Francis

Chris Eisenhut - Orchard Park

Brandon Lathrop - Kenmore West

Marco Maronski - Frontier

Jordan Sanders - St. Joe’s

Week Six Nominations:

Bryan Agle - Eden

Casey Erhardt - Iroquois

Joe Smith - St. Francis

Jackson John - Salamanca

Roger Wangelin - Olean

Mike Wild - J.F.K.

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Week Seven Nominations:

Jaden Cotton - Depew

DeVonte Davis - Cleveland Hill

Chuck Grunzweig - Grand Island

Zac Kreib - Depew

Jack Plunkett - Canisius

Anthony Rogers - Lafayette

Week Eight Nominations:

Charles Burtch - Tonawanda

Babatunde Cole - Amherst

John Denecke - St. Francis

Marquel Foster - Bennett

Cody Merrill - Westfield/Brocton

Durshron Sanders - Niagara Falls

Week Nine Nominations:

Chad Cooper - Southwestern

Corey Fohrd - Lancaster

Anthony Green - Sweet Home

Mike Grimaldi - North Tonawanda

Joe Keller - Akron

Week Ten Nominations:

Nathan Anderson - Frewsburg

Dan Austin - Southwestern

Raymond Jackson - Cleveland Hill

Joshua James Jacobs - Williamsville South

Derek Rolfe - Chautauqua Lake

David Waterman - Maple Grove

Trophy Finalists:

Nathan Anderson - Frewsburg

Dan Austin - Southwestern

Miles Bartholomew - St. Francis

Andrew Burgio - Depew

Josh Chase - Alden

Kyle DiPirro - St. Mary’s

Brandon Lathrop - Kenmore West

Devon Leach - Orchard Park

Mike Morganstern - Cheektowaga

T.J. Scamurra - Williamsville South

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2012 Nominees and Finalists

Week One Nominations:

Nicholas Bachman - Barker/Roylton Hartland

Jason Bunk - Alden

Ryan Hunter - Canisius

Anthony Pezzulo - Chautauqua Lake

Michael Senn - Orchard Park

Week Two Nominations:

Matt Dolegowski - Iroquois

Connor Johnson - Pioneer

Jake Swan - Maple Grove

Andrew Theal - West Seneca. East

Adam Zawadzki - West Seneca West

Week Three Nominations:

Gowah Abrams - Akron

John Czech - Jamestown

Thomas Furlong - Lockport

Nick Nocek - Fredonia

Frank Spina - St. Joe’s

Week Four Nominations:

Robert Buono - Depew

James Hanners - Cheektowaga

Andrew Hoffman - St. Mary’s

Nate Ward - Clarence

Steve Wilde - Starpoint

Week Five Nominations:

Darmarr Dantzler - Burgard

Cortland Haines - Jamestown

Fredrick Ross - Bennett

Steve Warthling - Tonawanda

Josh Weisbeck - Alden

Week Six Nominations:

Sam Bonk - Clarence

Bruce Friedenberg - Lake Shore

Pat Haley - Canisius

Jeff Pinto - Sweet Home

Anthony Sundquist - J.F.K.

Week Seven Nominations:

Cliff Brown - McKinley

Greg Crane - Williamsville South

Dan Lictus - Clymer

Alec Morris - Cheektowaga

Tyler Studd - Springville

Week Eight Nominations:

Kevin Armstrong - Starpoint

Chris Mellott - North Tonawanda

Sean Murphy - Timon

Ramello Peterson - Clevland Hill

Khalil Sommerville - Bennett

Week Nine Nominations:

Jared Dolan - Kenmore East

Joe Majdanik - Sweet Home

Hardshdeep Mander - Williamsville North

Jake Muscarella - Canisius

Kaliq Sacther - Cleveland Hill

Chris Saden - Fredonia

Trophy Finalists:

Jason Bunk - Alden

John Czech - Jamestown

Cortland Haines - Jamestown

Ryan Hunter - Canisius

Sean Murphy - Timon/St. Jude

Nick Nocek - Fredonia

Micheal Senn - Orchard Park

Khalil Sommerville - Bennett

Tyler Studd - Springville

Jake Swan - Maple Grove

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Livingston Wins Award as Top Lineman

The Buffalo News

December 7, 2003

John Livingston of Eden has been named winner of the inaugural

lineman of the year award by members of the Trench Trophy Committee.

The award, sponsored by the Lancaster Elks Lodge, takes into account a

player’s performance on and off the field, as well as attitude.

Livingston, a 6-foot-1, 285-pound senior tackle, helped open

holes for an Eden backfield that averaged 267 yards per game. Eden finished 11-1, reaching

the New York State Class B semifinals losing to Chenango Forks.

“Our committee felt Livingston kind of portrayed the intensity that carried Eden as far

as they got,” said committee chairman Len Kuhn. “We felt like he dominated on both

sides of the ball, even against Chenango Forks, and that’s what made him stand out above

anyone else.”

Livingston was chosen from a group of finalists that included Ryan Amos

(Cleveland Hill), Matt Graham (Orchard Park), Alex Haney (Lockport), Doug Ingraham

(Grand Island), Garvie Freeman (South Park), Justin Kindt (Depew), Gary Maull (Olean),

Brandon Randle (Burgard), Chris Smith (St. Francis), and Doug Worthington (St. Francis).

Weber Wins Trench Trophy

The Buffalo News

December 5, 2004

Jason Weber, whose work in the trenches helped lead the Orchard

Park football team to the Section VI Class AA championship, is this year’s

winner of the Trench Trophy as Western New York’s superior lineman.

Weber was a three-year starter for the Quakers and was named

to the All-Western New York first team. At defensive tackle, the 6- foot,

265-pound senior captain led OP in tackles with 90, and at right guard

he helped create openings for running back Andy Pace (1,277 yards). Weber also finished

fourth in the state as a heavyweight wrestler last year, is a shot put and discus thrower in

track and is an Eagle Scout.

The Trench Trophy was created last year by the Lancaster Elks Club, which will

host an award ceremony Dec. 14 at which Weber will be presented with a $500 scholarship.

He will also be honored at Saturday’s Western New York football banquet.

The Trench Trophy Committee, which included more than 50 scouts and coaches

who attended games and viewed films throughout the season, picked an honor roll of top

linemen each week before selecting 11 finalists.

The other finalists were: Tim Brown (Burgard), Steve Coan (Frewsburg), Matt

Langworthy (Southwestern), Ian Margerum (Hamburg), Matt Miller (Portville), Alex Port

(North Tonawanda), Adam Rosner (Depew), Adriel Santiago (South Park), Chris Smith (St.

Francis) and Doug Worthington (St. Francis).

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Trench Award: Jesonowski is Top Lineman

The Buffalo News

December 8, 2005

Jesse Jesonowski of Iroquois High School was awarded the third

Trench Trophy as Western New York’s most outstanding lineman Wednesday

evening at the Lancaster Elks Lodge.

Other finalists were: North Tonawanda senior Max Annis,

Williamsville North senior Pete Bittner, Grand Island senior Justin King, Lackawanna

junior Abdullah Hadi, Allegany-Limestone junior Blake Eaton, Randolph junior Tim

McElwain, St. Joe’s senior Jeff Papia, McKinley senior John Hogg and Burgard junior

Jeffrey Beaver.

Rodriguez Wins Hardware

The Buffalo News

December 14, 2006

The 2006 football season continues to get better for Gil

Rodriguez of Frontier. Rodriguez was selected Wednesday as the winner

of the Trench Trophy, which goes to the top lineman in Western New York.

The presentation was made at the Lancaster Elks Lodge.

Rodriguez, a 250-pounder, was part of a Frontier team that made a break-through

in his senior year. He suffered through two losing seasons with the Falcons before they

finished 5-3 in 2006.

“He plays both ways, whistle to whistle,” said Phil Rizzi, co-chairman of the

selection committee. “He’s known for his pancake blocks. He hustles and enjoys blocking.”

The other finalists were: Mike Appenheimer (Maryvale), Andrew Apperson

(Maple Grove), Anthony Benson (Grover Cleveland), Carlton Byrum (Depew), Joseph

DePalma (Silver Creek), Abdullah Hadi (Lackawanna), Nicholas Kakavand (Iroquois),

Christopher Skubis (Clarence), and Harrison Steinwald (St. Joe’s).

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Christman Wins Trench Trophy

The Buffalo News

December 6, 2007

The notion that Sweet Home had an

exceptional line this season got a big boost

Wednesday when two-way standout Nick

Christman was named winner of the fifth annual

Trench Trophy. The award, sponsored by Lancaster

Elks Lodge No. 1478, recognizes the top lineman

in Western New York.

“I’m really excited because this is a really

big thing and there are a lot of good kids out

there,” said Christman.

Christman was presented the award

John Hickey/Buffalo News

Carl Kuras, co-chairman of the Trench Trophy executive

committee, joins winner Nick Christman of Sweet Home

during a banquet attended by over 200 at the Lancaster Elks Club on Broadway. The

event’s guest speaker was Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame member Joe Foyle of

Lancaster.

Christman, a 6-foot-2, 285- pound senior, was an offensive guard and

defensive tackle. With Christman dominating on both sides of the ball, Sweet Home

won Section VI’s Class A title finishing with a 10-1 record. The Panthers’ only loss was

in the Far West Regionals to Aquinas of Section V. In that game Christman was named

Defensive MVP.

“My goal on defense is to run sideline-to-sideline on every play and on offensive it’s

to knock the kid across from me on his butt. That keeps me going every play,” said

Christman. “You play as hard as you can and never give up.”

The annual winner of the Trench Trophy is determined by a 51-man committee

of qualified Elks Lodge members, local coaches and former players. During all 11

weeks of the football season, Trench Trophy scouts attended select games of all 87

teams in Western New York to rate and grade players for nominations. An original list

of over 300 lineman was whittled down to a top 10.

Carl Kuras, a Trench Trophy co-chairman, said Christman was the top votegetter

on most ballots.

“The committee felt his tenacity on both sides of the ball was the deciding

factor,” said Kuras. “He had stamina to go both ways. He had a motor on both sides

of the ball and displayed leadership. Being the MVP on a losing team in the Regionals

is pretty impressive.”

Christman played four seasons on Sweet Home’s varsity team. For the past

two seasons he was a first-team All-Western New York selection.

Previous winners of the award have been Gil Rodriguez (Frontier, 2006),

Jesse Jesonowski (Iroquois, ’05), Jason Weber (Orchard Park, ’04) and John Livingston

(Eden, ’03).

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Urschel wins Trench Trophy

Canisius tackle is top lineman

By Mary Jo Monnin

The Buffalo News

December 11, 2008

Seeing John Urschel compete against

Aquinas and St. Francis was all Charlie Graver

needed to convince him he was looking at this

year’s Trench Trophy winner.

The organization’s head scout and

30 other committee members agreed as the

Canisius senior was named winner of the sixth

annual award Wednesday night before 200 at the

Lancaster Elks.

“Considering Aquinas’ reputation and

the linemen and the size they had, even though

Canisius lost the game, he was dominant,” said

Graver. “He was all over the field on every play

on offense and every play on defense. He had

that never-quit attitude.”

John Hickey/Buffalo News

High grades on the field and in the classroom helped twoway

tackle John Urschel of Canisius earn the Trench Trophy,

recognizing WNY’s top lineman.

The award, sponsored by the Lancaster Elks Lodge No. 1478, recognizes the

top lineman in Western New York. The committee includes members of the Elks

Lodge, local coaches and former players. During the 13-week season, the committee

scouted all 87 teams in WNY. Urschel was chosen from an original list of more than

300 candidates.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Urschel was a two-way tackle for the Crusaders

(6-4), runners-up to St. Francis in the Monsignor Martin Association’s League AA.

Urschel was named to the All-Catholic first team in all three of his years as a starter.

His tremendous skills, along with a 94 academic average, has allowed him to

consider Stanford, Princeton, Cornell and the University at Buffalo.

The timing of the award couldn’t have been better for Urschel, who had an

in-home visit with Princeton’s head coach after the award presentation.

“This is a great feeling,” said Urschel, who wanted to recognize his line

coach Rich Robbins and head coach Brandon Harris. “I wasn’t sure I was going to

win it; these are all great players. It could have been any of us.”

The event’s guest speaker was longtime NFL offensive line coach and

Kenmore native Jim McNally. He encouraged the athletes and their parents to “enjoy

the journey” their high school years offer.

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Southwestern’s Carlson Best in the Trenches

The Trench Trophy scouts who

focused on the play of Southwestern’s

Jasen Carlson this season often came back

with similar observations.

“It was like running into a brick

wall when you went to his side,” said Carl

Kuras, co-chairman of the organization

that annually recognizes the top high

school football lineman. “You had to

game-plan around him. If you didn’t you

were in trouble.”

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior

was recognized for his efforts on both

sides of the ball Wednesday night as he

By Mary Jo Monnin

The Buffalo News

December 10, 2009

John Hickey/Buffalo News

Southwestern’s Jasen Carlson, with Trench Trophy co-chair Ed Sciera and

former Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Jim McNally, starred on both

sides of the ball.

won the seventh annual Trench Trophy during a banquet for 230 held at the Lancaster

Elks.

Carlson anchored both sides of the line for Southwestern, winners of the past

two New York State Class C titles. This season he had 51 tackles, two fumble recoveries

and forced two fumbles. In Carlson’s four years as a starter, the Trojans went 42-4.

“It helps a lot having great athletes at the quarterback and the running back

position like Zack Sopak, Levi Bursch and John Mistretta and all my other teammates. It

makes it pretty easy,” said Carlson. “A lot of great players have won this award. I’m just

glad to be one of them.”

It’s been a big week for the Southwestern football program as quarterback Zack

Sopak won the Connolly Cup last Saturday.

Southwestern coach Jay Sirianni said Carlson is the best lineman he’s coached in

his seven seasons. “He demands a double team on defense. Offensively, Jasen’s technique

is well refined for a high school player,” he said.

The event’s guest speaker was Buffalo Bills right tackle Kirk Chambers. Also

attending was longtime NFL offensive line coach and Kenmore native Jim McNally.

The award is sponsored by the Lancaster Elks Lodge No. 1478. Players from all

86 teams in Western New York were scouted during the first 10 weeks of the season.

Kuras, along with 24 other committee members, chose Carlson from an original

list of 100. For the first time juniors were eliminated from consideration.

Other finalists for this year’s award were: Troy Bigelow (Eden), Dillon Gallagher

(Williamsville South), Eric Harnden (Grand Island), Matt Hornung (Cheektowaga),

Desmond Howard (St. Francis), Zach Marsh (Panama), Sean Mulhern (Riverside), Casey

Shreve (North Tonawanda) and Kyle Shreve (North Tonawanda).

Past recipients are: John Urschel of Canisius (2008), Nick Christman of Sweet

Home (2007), Gil Rodriquez of Frontier (2006), Jesse Jesonowski of Iroquois (2005),

Jason Weber of Orchard Park (2004) and John Livingston of Eden (2003).

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Pioneer’s Anna wraps up Trench Trophy

Dominant lineman hauls in hardware

By Mary Jo Monnin

The Buffalo News

December 9, 2010

Dylan Anna made a first impression that turned into

a lasting impression.

The Pioneer senior, discovered by scouts early in the

voting process, was named the winner of the eighth annual

Trench Trophy on Wednesday during a banquet for 200 at the

Lancaster Elks.

“One of our scouts after the first week said ‘you’ve got

to see this guy,’” said Trench Trophy co-chairman Ed Sciera. “He

just goes and goes. He was on our radar from the beginning. He

plays to the whistle. He’ll make his initial block, and then he

looks downfield for the next guy to block. That was one of the

first things that attracted us.”

The award recognizes the top senior lineman among

all 86 football teams in Western New York. Sciera, along with 40

other committee members, chose Anna from an original list of

55, which made up the five nominees from each of the 11 weeks

of voting. Committee members watched an estimated 700 hours

of film before giving the nod to Anna.

Mark Mullville/Buffalo News

Dylan Anna was chosen from an original list of 55.

“I’m kind of stunned, all the hard work and sweat and tears finally paid off,” said Anna,

who received the award from former Buffalo Bills line coach Jim McNally. “I was so happy to be a

finalist and then they called my name.”

The award is sponsored by the Lancaster Elks Lodge No. 1478. Its $1,000 scholarship was

funded by the friends and family of the late John Gebhardt, who died unexpectedly on Dec. 10,

2009. Gebhardt was a member of the Elks and a 1964 graduate of Lancaster. He played football at

Maryland.

Anna hopes to continue his career and is considering St. John Fisher, among other

schools.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Pioneer co-captain was also second team All-Western New York.

An offensive guard and defensive tackle, he led the Panthers to a 7-2 record and a No. 8 ranking in

the WNY small school poll.

Retired Lackawanna coach and Trench Trophy Executive Committee member Bill

Pukalo saw Anna play three times. He said he was good in pass protection, hitting a second-layer

defenseman and could get down field.

“He was everything you wanted in a lineman,” Pukalo said. “It seemed he was wellrespected

by opponents because he was getting double-teamed. When it takes two people to block

one guy, that’s a good sign. I talked to him before one of the games. He seemed very focused.”

Guest speakers were Jack Catanzaro, a Lancaster graduate and All-American at Union

College; Dave Hack, the Niagara-Wheatfield coach and All-CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats lineman; and

Nick Christman, a Sweet Home graduate, starting guard at Edinboro and the 2007 Trench Trophy

winner.

The Underclassman of the Year award was presented by Hack and went to junior guard/

defensive tackle Andrew Burgio of Depew.

Other finalists for the Trench Trophy were: Austin Bauer (Lancaster), Jack Cambria

(St. Joe’s), Ben Fluent (Randolph), Pat Langworthy (Southwestern), Thomas NeMoyer (Canisius),

Anthony Sanders (McKinley), Mike Schiavi (Lackawanna), Todd Therrien (Williamsville East) and

Dereon Washington (Riverside).

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OP’s Leach powers his way to Trench Trophy

By Mary Jo Monnin

The Buffalo News

December 8, 2011

Devon Leach couldn’t be beaten on

the field and on Wednesday night he couldn’t be

beaten off of it.

The Orchard Park senior came out on

top in a field of 10 finalists to land the ninth

Trench Trophy. A punishing run blocker on

an undefeated team, Leach was presented the

annual award recognizing the top lineman in

Western New York before an estimated 250 at the

Lancaster Elks Lodge.

“It was quite a surprise and I’m

honored to get it,” said Leach, who is 6-foot-3

and weighs 290 pounds. “I had four great guys

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John Hickey /Buffalo News

Devon Leach of Orchard Park was presented with the Trench Trophy by

former NFL line coach Jim McNally.

play around me, and they made me look good. We worked really hard together. We’re good

friends, we spent a lot of time together and had really great chemistry.”

The handsome trophy also comes with a $1,000 scholarship named for the late

John Gebhardt, one of the Trench Trophy’s founders. After a year of prep school at Bridgton

Academy in Maine, Leach is planning to attend Yale and continue his football career while

majoring in pre-med and biology.

Leach becomes the second Orchard Park lineman to win the award, joining Jason

Weber, the 2004 recipient.

“One-on-one blocking, there was no one who could take him on,” said longtime OP

line coach Bob Ferrentino. “As far as run-blocking, he’s right up there with the best. He moves

pretty well and is also a good student.”

Ferrentino said this was the biggest and strongest line he’s had in his 18 years. “Not

only did they have size, they moved very well. They were like 300-pound ballerinas,” he said.

Leach, who can squat 650 pounds and bench 350, anchored a line from his left guard

spot that paved the way for gifted running back Okoya Anderson to gain 1,705 yards and score

33 touchdowns. Leach was at his best in short-yardage or goal-line situations. He was named

the offensive line MVP of the Class AA state championship game.

Trench Trophy scout Dave Hajduk watched hours of film of Leach from four games

and voted for him. He was one of 43 Trench Trophy scouts who saw at least three games.

“The biggest thing I liked about Leach was he was good at going after the linebackers

and defensive backs,” said Hajduk. “In high school you don’t see a lot of that. He was very

good at getting the right angle and taking them out. For a big guy like that, that was unusual.”

Orchard Park’s O-line averaged 267 pounds. Joining Leach with his hand on the

ground were senior Matthew Dolan (RG), sophomore Adam Belica (C), junior Michael

Senn (RT), senior Chris Eisenhut (LT). Leach and Senn were first team All-Western New York

selections while Eisenhut was third team.

Other Trench Trophy finalists were: Dan Austin (Southwestern), Nathan Anderson

(Frewsburg), Miles Bartholomew (St. Francis), Josh Chase (Alden), Kyle DiPirro (St. Mary’s),

Brandon Lathrop (Kenmore West), Mike Morganstern (Cheektowaga), T.J. Scamurra

(Williamsville South) and Andrew Burgio (Depew).

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Memorialized Members

In 2010 the Trench Trophy saw the loss of two of

its founding members, John Gebhardt and Tom Terhart.

These men were very important supporters of and generous

contributors to the award. Their loss greatly affected the

committee and everyone who knew them.

The Trench Trophy is proud to announce that our

yearly college scholarship and Pitbull Awards have been

renamed in honor of these members.

The John Gebhardt Memorial Scholarship and

Tom Terhart Pitbull Awards, which recognizes players at

linebacker, fullback, and tight-end, are proud additions to

our program; these awards were both renamed by result of

a unanimous vote by the Trench Trophy Committee in late

August of 2010.

Though we will always miss these great men, the

Trench Trophy is honored that their legacy as supporters of

the award will live on.

John Gebhardt and Tom Terhart

Forever Enshrined

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Congratulations 2012

Trench Trophy Finalists!

Good Luck in the Future!

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(At Como Park)

Lancaster, NY

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The Cheektowaga Warriors

Football Boosters would like

to congratulate all of the 2012

Trench Trophy Finalists!

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Phone: 716-206-0498

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Upcoming Camps:

Line Play Fundamentals and Techniques

June 25th-27th

Depew High School

Fee Includes UnderArmour T-Shirt and Jersey

More Dates to Follow!

Coach Dave Hack

1999 Grey Cup Champion

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Per Player

Check our website for actual

times, locations, and information

on future camps!

Email: DHack@BTBFootball.com

Or Call: 716.523.8383 for More Information

www.BTBFootball.com

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DEPEW WILDCAT

Football

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EAGLE BOOSTER CLUB

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Lancaster

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Redskins

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www.MTB.com

Congratulations

2012 Trench

Trophy Finalists!

Lisa A. DeJohn

Vice-President, Branch Manager

4747 Transit Road

Depew, NY 14043

716.656.8792

Understanding what’s important.

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2012 Canisius Crusaders

11-0

Msgr. Martin League Champions

Best of luck #68 Ryan Hunter!

Preparing the young men of Western New York

in the Jesuit tradition for college and for life

since 1870

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Congratulations Finalists!

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PENDLETON LIONS CLUB

Pendleton, New York

CONGRATULATIONS 2012

TRENCH TROPHY FINALISTS

Over 40 Years of Service

to the Community

1969 ~ 2012

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We Support Our Community

Best of Luck to All of the Nominees!

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

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Seibel

Modern

MFG. & WELDING CORP.

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38 Palmer Place

Lancaster, NY 14086

www.SeibelModern.com

Dunkirk Elks

Lodge #922

Visit Us At:

428 Central Avenue

Dunkirk, NY 14048

716.366.1110 (Lodge)

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Phone: 651-3551

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HOURS

Monday - Friday 9:15am - 6:15pm

Saturday 10:35am - 2:35pm

PHONE: 716.634.2585

FAX: 716.634.2586

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7138 Transit Road - Williamsville, NY 14221

Congratulations to the

2012 Trench Trophy

Finalists!

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NEW ENGLAND MOTOR FREIGHT

Ken Wegner

Regional Sales Manager

716.871.9870

www.NEMF.com

EXCELLENCE IN MOTION!

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The Kensington Lions Club,

along with our game presenting

sponsor AdPro Sports,

congratulate all of the 2012

Trench Trophy finalists

Please Join us for the

38th Annual Lions/AdPro Sports

All-Star High School

Football Classic

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Stadium T.B.D.

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Western New York

High School Sports

-- and --

Dick Gallagher

Congratulates all of the finalists

for the 2012 Trench Trophy!

Western

New

York

Football

Coaches

Association

Best of Luck to all

of the WNY High

School Athletes!

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Lancaster Elks Lodge

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

Join Us!

Membership Slots Available

Our Lodge holds many great events throughout the

year, here are just a few examples:

Kids Christmas Party

Adult Christmas Party

Annual Charity Golf Tournament

WNY Powerlifting Championships

Hoop Shoot - Free Throw Contest

New Years Eve Party

Trench Trophy Banquet

Mothers Day Brunch

Bills Tailgate Parties

Saturday Bingo

... And many more!

www.LancasterElks.com

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2012 Scholarship Fund Contributors ($20 and Up)

Dave De Young - NY West State VP

Jerry and Ginny Zajac

NYSEG Retirees

Wednesday Pinnacle Group

Bob Le Mere

2012 Scholarship Fund Contributors ($10 and Up)

Harry Sugg

Ken Maciejewski

Electric Liquor - Electronic Dispensors - Redi-Bar

Juice Systems - Wine and Draught Beer

Bar-Systems of Western New York

John Strough

289 Main Street

Tonawanda NY 14150

(716) 693-9632

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K NG

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Golf Course and Driving Range

13822 North Rd.

Alden, NY

716.937.4741

CONGRATULATIONS

TRENCH TROPHY FINALISTS!

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January

• Monday, January 21, 6pm - 9pm

• Tuesday, January 29, 6pm - 9pm

February

• Saturday, February 2, Noon - 3pm

• Monday, February 18, 6pm - 9pm

• Friday, February 22, 6pm - 9pm

Congratulations

Jake Swan!

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March

• Wednesday, March 6, 6pm - 9pm

• Wednesday, March 13, 6pm - 9pm

• Friday, March 22, 6pm - 9pm

• Friday, March 29, 6pm - 9pm

We are so proud of you!

Love, The Maple Grove Family

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THE

BUFFALO

B I L L S

PROUDLY

SUPPORT

WESTERN

NEW YORK

HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL

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Lancaster

Redskin

Football

Proud Supporter of

the Trench Trophy!

Go Skins!

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Officers

Michael D. Lutz

President

Chris Fox

Vice President

Rosemary Sullivan

Treasurer

Matthew Wilson

Financial Secretary

Susan Roma

Recording Secretary

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Executive Board

Tim J. Schiffer

Chairman

Vince Muto

Jason Comstock

John D. Wild

Roman Cefali

Phil Haylett

Ron Reiger

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2012 Scholarship Fund Contributors ($50 and Up)

Chuck Huber

Rick Eicheldinger and Family

Coach Joe Foyle

Coach Len Jankiewicz

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Depew, NY 14043

716-856-3065 | Info@LoVullo.com

For All of Your Insurance Needs!

Congratulations Finalists!

www.LOVULLO.com

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ED HENNING, INC.

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Brother Paul Haniszewski

24-HOUR TOWING

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911 RANSOM ROAD

LANCASTER, NY 14086

PHONE: 716-683-5174

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4995 Broadway | Depew, NY 14043

Restaurant, Banquet House, and Sports Bar

P: 716.685.4400

F: 716.685.0418

www.Magruders.org

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Thank you Golf Tournament Patrons and Volunteers

Bob Delzer

Kuras Family

Jerry Zajac

Rizzi Family

Lamparelli Family

Rebecca Peek

Visit the Trench Trophy Online:

www.TrenchTrophy.com

84 Aero Drive � Cheektowaga, NY 14225 � 716.633.7780

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RoseAnn and Kelly Galenski

Allissa and Megan Galenski

Bob Sharpe

Ralph Berns

Keicher Family

Daryle Gustavel

Special thanks to all of our Committee Members and supporters --

we couldn’t honor these great student-athletes without all

of your help.

Banquet Program Printed By

Parrinello Printing Inc.

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See you in 2013!

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