Freeport 2015 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

When Freeport quarterback Ryan Weigold (6-2, 205, Sr.) puts the ball in the air, he'll have plenty of options, as the Yellowjackets have one of the deepest, most talented receiving groups in Class AA.

Leading the way are the Hochbein twins — Dylan (6-2, 180, Sr.) and Brandon (6-2, 180, Sr.) — and Justin Brestensky (5-10, 155, Sr.). The three combined for 107 catches last season. Dylan Hochbein is the WPIAL's second-leading returning receiver (54 catches, 873 yards). He also tied for the team lead with nine touchdowns. Brandon Hochbein (29 catches, 479 yards) and Brestensky (24 catches, 209 yards) are also coming off excellent seasons.

"We're really excited about our receivers. We've got some talented kids, and we've got some speed," Freeport coach John Gaillot said.

Weigold missed half of last season with a torn ACL. He replaces Andrew Romanchak, who passed for 1,922 yards and 19 touchdowns. Ian Miller (5-9, 175, Sr.) will start at running back after rushing for 358 yards and five touchdowns.


Football: Thimons a class act at Freeport

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Brad Everett profiles Freeport football player Logan Thimons.

"Freeport's Logan Thimons is a class act.

In fact, he began a program his sophomore year actually called CLASS ACT, in which he and his team give back to the community and support other school organizations.

"Off the field, he's an amazing young man. He's the type of kid you would want your daughter to marry," Freeport coach John Gaillot said.

On the field, he's amazing, too. Only he's not nearly as friendly."



Football: Blue Chip Chat with Freeport's Logan Thimons

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Megan Ryan has today's Blue Chip Chat with Freeport's Logan Thimons.

Name: Logan Thimons
School: Freeport
Year: Senior
Height: 6-1
Weight: 220
Pos: LB-DE

The scoop
The "natural linebacker" plays more on the defensive line out of necessity for Freeport, ranging from defensive tackle to defensive end to linebacker to tight end on offense. He led the team in tackles last year with 122, including 24 for a loss. He also recorded 5.5 sacks as his team finished 5-4 for fifth in the WPIAL Class AA Allegheny Conference.



Girls Volleyball: Freeport standout looks to end career on high note

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Ken Wunderley profiles Freeport volleyball player Zoe Pawlak. Read his story below.

Zoe Pawlak has experienced the thrill of victory during her high school volleyball career. She also knows the agony of defeat that comes with losing in the playoffs a lot sooner than expected.

Pawlak will soon begin her senior year at Freeport High School with hopes of experiencing the thrill of victory one more time.

"I've coached a lot of talented players in my 13 years at Freeport, but Zoe is the best," Freeport coach Tom Phillips said. "It would be great to have Zoe finish her career with another WPIAL title."

Pawlak has been a fixture in Freeport's lineup since her freshman season. The Yellowjackets were seeded No. 2 in the WPIAL Class AA bracket that season, but were upset by Ambridge in the quarterfinals.


Track: Freeport's Hochbein twins go 1-2 at WPIALs

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The Hochbein twins from Freeport took the top two slots at the Class AA WPIAL championships last Thursday.

Dylan Hochbein won the 300 hurdles in 40.03 seconds. His brother Brandon finished behind him by hundredths of a second after winning the event the week prior.

Both will advance to the PIAA championships later this week at Shippensburg University.

Robert Reichenbaugh will join them at states. The sophomore placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.77.