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Local athletes selected to play in 2006 Lezzer Lumber Classic

The Central Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association (CPFCA) has set Friday June, 16 as the game date for the 22nd Lezzer Lumber Football Classic. The game will be played at Tyrone’s Gray Veterans Memorial Field with the contest set to begin at 7 p.m. The classic features 80 players from 32 schools in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clarion, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Juniata and Mifflin counties.
Shane Barr, Trey Brockett, Robert Emigh, Brit Mingle and Leonard Wilson will participate for Tyrone, and Troy Brunner, Tony DelGrosso, Dan Kovac and Adam Martin will play from Bellwood-Antis.
The Lezzer Lumber Company of Curwensville is the third and most recent corporate sponsor for the Classic, in the 21 years, the game has been played. This is the ninth year for Lezzer Lumber as the Game Sponsor. Lezzer Lumber is a building and construction supply company with three locations in the region at Curwensville, Dubois and State College. Overall, Lezzer Lumber has nine locations in central and western Pennsylvania.
Tickets are available at the three regional Lezzer Lumber locations-Curwensville, Dubois and State College, or may be purchased from each of the head football coaches. Pre-game price will be $5.00 per ticket for both adults and students. Tickets at the game will be $6.00 for adults and students.
The South squad, with both Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis players, will be coached by Jim Zauzig of Huntingdon. His Bearcats went 9-3 in 2005 and won the District 6-AAA championship. Associate coaches will be Steve Guthoff and Chuck Banas of Tyrone, Frank Baker of Huntingdon, A. J. Hoenstine of Central, and Al Hepner and Allen Muir of Lewistown.
Long-time Moshannon Valley head coach Howie Camberg, who is retiring after 27 years as head coach of the Black Knights will serve as head coach for the North Squad. His associate coaches will be Mike Keith, Tim Janocko and Adam Walstrom of Moshannon Valley, Tom Gravish of Bellefonte, Mike Markle of Bald Eagle Area, and Chad Koleno of West Branch. Camberg has won over 160 games in his career, including the District championship in 1996.
Co-sponsors of the 2006 Classic will be The Centre Daily Times, JJ Powell/Snappy’s and Forever Broadcasting of State College.
The two squads will practice through the week leading up to Friday’s game, with the South practicing at Huntingdon High School and the North practicing at Clearfield High School. Both teams will hold two-a-days practicing in the afternoons and then evenings.
Several special features will accompany the Classic. Head coaches Al Wolski of State College (North), and Craig Sponsky of Bishop Carroll (South), will be presented as 2005 Coaches of the Year.
Player profiles from participants in the 1996 Classic of Nate Glunt (Curwensville) and in memory of Andrew Jodon (Bald Eagle Area) will be presented from the North Squad and Matt Stultz (Hollidaysburg) and in memory of Randy Zook (Indian Valley) from the South Squad.
Tom Gibboney (Huntingdon) and John McDonald (Hollidaysburg) will be presented as 2006 inductees to the CPFCA Coaches Hall of Fame.
Eight to 10 individuals who play in the game, will be selected as CPFCA scholarship winners. The CPFCA has awarded $74,000 in scholarships to 148 recipients over the past 21 years. There will also be offensive and defensive MVPs selected from the North and South squads.
The Central Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association will host the second Lezzer Lumber Football Classic Golf Tournament on Sunday, June 11, at the Sinking Valley Country Club Golf course. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the scholarship funds for the Classic.