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ENDICOTT Four Chenango County high school football programs saw some of their standout athletes venture down to a NFL style football combine this past weekend at Ty Cobb Stadium in Union-Endicott.
Members of the Norwich, Greene, Oxford and Unadilla Valley squads made appearances on Sunday, May 8, with some serious standout performances happening thereafter.
The Norwich Purple Tornado finished 5-4 overall in 2016 and is looking to make a push for a playoff berth in 2017. 2017 is going to see Norwich playing in a newly formatted Section IV Class B division as all Class B teams in Section IV will be combined into a singular division, meaning each regular season game holds even more value with no out of division games on Norwichs 2017 schedule.
Norwich proved to bring the largest amount of athletes to the U-E combine having seven athletes check in.
I think its a testament to how hard these guys are working this off season. Drew, Eric, Grant, Scott, Robert, Shane, and Seth have all put in hard work in the weight room and playing other sports, said Norwich head coach Mike Chrystie. Its always nice when you see the results, especially at a combine with over 200 other players there. Hopefully these guys continue to work hard, whether it be in the weight room (and) agility sessions, or with their respective sports teams.
Eric Conant, RB,11th grade, Height 510, 163 lbs, 4.67 40 yard dash, 4.11 Shuttle, 6.6 3-Cone Drill, 38.5 Vertical Jump, 105 Broad Jump, 14x185 Bench Press.
Shane Lawrence, OL and LB, 10th grade, Height 59, 206 lbs, 5.50 40 yard dash, 5.01 Shuttle, 7.81 3-Cone Drill, 20 Vertical Jump, 77 Broad Jump, 9x185 Bench Press.
Scott Manwarren, OL, 11th grade, Height 61, 232 lbs, 5.71 40 yard dash, 5.1 Shuttle, 7.79 3-Cone Drill, 22 Vertical Jump, 83 Broad Jump, 12x185 Bench Press.
Robert Shepard, OL and DL, 12th grade, Height 60, 250 lbs, 5.50 40 yard dash, 5.19 Shuttle, 7 3-Cone Drill, 28.5 Vertical Jump, 93 Broad Jump, 16x185 Bench Press.
Drew Walsh, RB and DB, 11th grade, Height 60, 180 lbs, 4.79 40 yard dash, 4.41 Shuttle, 7.6 3-Cone Drill, 27 Vertical Jump, 811 Broad Jump, 9x185 Bench Press.
Grant Wessels, RB and DE, 12th grade, Height 511, 198 lbs, 4.85 40 yard dash, 4.44 Shuttle, 7.72 3-Cone Drill, 26 Vertical Jump, 87 Broad Jump, 21x185 Bench Press.
Seth Wessels, RB and LB, 10th grade, Height 57, 145 lbs, 5.35 40 yard dash, 5.12 Shuttle, 7.62 3-Cone Drill, 23.5 Vertical Jump, 83 Broad Jump, 8x135 Bench Press.
Greene is coming off a stellar 2016 season where they finished ranked in New York State with a 6-3 overall record after an early postseason jettison. Greene would see three athletes make the trip to U-E, as the 2017 squad will be looking to replicate the success from years past.
Coy is a very gifted athlete who has been training hard away from school. As one of our few returning seniors we expect him to step up and be a leader, and his combine scores show hes working toward that goal, said Greene head coach Dave Gorton. Both upperclassmen who competed are potential college players and they put in a lot of time on their own.
Tristan Austin, QB, 9th grade, Height 61, 152 lbs, 5.06 40 yard dash, 4.57 Shuttle, 7.6 3-Cone Drill, 27 Vertical Jump, 811 Broad Jump, 10x135 Bench Press.
Coy Austin, QB and LB, 12th grade, Height 61, 190 lbs, 4.55 40 yard dash, 4.4 Shuttle, 7.15 3-Cone Drill, 32 Vertical Jump, 105 Broad Jump, 31x185 Bench Press.
Isaac Hadac, TE and DE, 11th grade, Height 61, 219 lbs, 5.01 40 yard dash, 4.25 Shuttle, 7.3 3-Cone Drill, 28.5 Vertical Jump, 94 Broad Jump, 25x185 Bench Press.
Oxford is coming off a rollercoaster of a season 5-4 overall record but missing the postseason once again. Oxford added a new head coach to the mix in the offseason in Jon Carey. With five athletes making the trip to U-E, Oxford is looking for a bounce-back year in 2017.
As first time participants in the Section IV Combine, I feel our athletes exceeded expectations. As a smaller school, it was quite a shock to compete with larger schools, such as Maine-Endwell and Chenango Forks, but our young men went in and represented Oxford better than I could have imagined, said Oxfords new head coach Jon Carey. As a staff we were extremely proud of our players and are looking forward to the upcoming season of Blackhawk Football.
Brad Beckwith, OL and DL, 11th grade, Height 511, 225 lbs, 5.66 40 yard dash, 5.29 Shuttle, 8.27 3-Cone Drill, 17.5 Vertical Jump, 77 Broad Jump, 2x185 Bench Press.
Richard Hathaway, TE and DE, 12th grade, Height 511, 168 lbs, 5.05 40 yard dash, 4.97 Shuttle, 8.14 3-Cone Drill, 25 Vertical Jump, 87 Broad Jump, 1x185 Bench Press.
William Kelsey, TE and DE, 10th grade, Height 59, 175 lbs, 5.22 40 yard dash, 5.05 Shuttle, 8.3 3-Cone Drill, 20 Vertical Jump, 76 Broad Jump, 5x185 Bench Press.
Christopher Martin, QB and DB, 12th grade, Height 510, 164 lbs, 5.31 40 yard dash, 4.94 Shuttle, 7.75 3-Cone Drill, 24 Vertical Jump, 87 Broad Jump, 0x185 Bench Press.
Isaiah Peterson, WR and DB, 11th grade, Height 510, 157 lbs, 5.20 40 yard dash, 4.80 Shuttle, 8 3-Cone Drill, 25 Vertical Jump, 93 Broad Jump, 8x185 Bench Press.
Unadilla Valley is coming off a 2016 campaign where nothing seemed to fall their way, finishing with a dismal 1-7 record. With one of the top-rushing attacks in Chenango County, UV will be looking to add to the wins column come the 2017 season. Unadilla Valley had three athletes make the trip to the U-E combine.
Young guys, Jonathan Bonanno and Kyler Butts did a great job and they have an exciting future in our program. Colby Moore is a great kid that works his tail off in the weight room, said Unadilla Valley head coach Ray Dayton. Hes (Colby Moore) a leader for us on and off the field. He proved that hes one of the strongest players in the section. We are ecstatic to have him back for his senior year.
Unadilla Valley results:
Jonathan Bonanno, RB and LB, 9th grade, height 59, 154 lbs, 5.18 40 yard dash, 4.25 Shuttle, 8.23 3-Cone Drill, 23 Vertical Jump, 86 broad jump, 12x135 Bench Press.
Kyler Butts, RB and LB, 9th grade, height 510, 167 lbs, 5.23 40 yard dash, 4.48 Shuttle, 7.91 3-Cone Drill, 24 Vertical Jump, 83 broad jump, 9x135 Bench Press.
Colby Moore, OL and DE, 12th grade, height 58, 201 lbs, 5.45 40 yard dash, 5.19 Shuttle, 8.06 3-Cone Drill, 21 Vertical Jump, 82 broad jump, 25x185 Bench Press.
Notably, there were 209 athletes at the combine, of the Chenango County athletes, Coy Austin of Greene ranked in the top-seven in all six of the major categories. While Norwichs Eric Conant ranked in the top-three in five out of six of the major categories.
Coy Austin ranked first in the 40 yard dash at 4.55, seventh in the Shuttle run at 4.44, tied for fifth in the 3-Cone Drill at 7.15, seventh in the Vertical Jump at 32, first in the Bench Press at 185lbs at 31, and tied for first with Conant in the Broad Jump at 105.
Eric Conant ranked third in the 40 yard dash a 4.67, first in the Shuttle Run at 4.11, first in the 3-Cone Drill at 6.6, first in the Vertical Jump at 38.5, with the aforementioned tie at first at 105 in the Broad Jump.
Other notable standouts, Isaac Hadac of Greene ranked third in the Shuttle Run at 4.25, and was tied with Unadilla Valleys Colby Moore in the Bench Press at 25 reps at 185lbs.
Norwichs Drew Walsh finished in sixth for the 40 yard dash at 4.79, fifth in the Shuttle Run at 4.41, and tied for third in the 3-Cone Drill at 7 while Norwichs Grant Wessels finished in third for the Bench Press at 21 reps for 185lbs.