Hossler, Karkoska named co-MVPs

Submitted photo Paul Hossler, Phoenixville's All-PAC-10 two-way lineman, receives the co-MVP award from former head coach Bill Furlong during the Jan. 19 awards luncheon.
Submitted photo Phoenixville quarterback/safety Kyle Karkoska receives the co-Most Valuable Player award from former head coach Bill Furlong while assistant coaches look on.

PHOENIXVILLE - Paul Hossler and Kyle Karkoska were chosen as co-Most Valuable Players of the Phoenixville Area High School football team during the awards luncheon on Jan. 19 at the Phoenixville Area School District cafeteria.

Hossler was an All-Pioneer Athletic Conference selection along both the offensive and defensive line for the Phantoms (4-5, 4-9). Karkoska started at quarterback on offense and at safety on defense.

Head coach Bill Furlong completed his 11th and final season at the helm of the Phantoms. Most of his assistant coaches have been with Furlong for a long time, including defensive coordinator Don Jackson and offensive line coach Jamie Gray for the duration.

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The rest of the staff for 2013 included Bill Thornton, Dave Nester, Nick Rotondo, Brian Kennedy, Joe Bogus, Travis Ford-Bey, Ryan Howard, Andrew Licwinco and Mark Ferko.

The 40-man roster included nine seniors, 16 juniors, seven sophomores and eight freshmen. Captains included back D.J. Brock, lineman Colin Mea, Hossler, back Justin McDougal and Karkoska.

Other special awards were as follows: Freshman-Dominic Nattle, quarterback/defensive back; Sophomore-Matt Palubinsky, running back/linebacker; Junior-Zack Gallow, tight end/linebacker; Senior-Kyle Karkoska, quarterback/safety.

Knockdowns-Colin Mea; Sacks-Zack Gallow; Executioner-Zack Gallow, linebacker, 107 tackles; Scout Team-Armando Serrano; Most Improved-Mike Vargo, lineman; Comeback-D.J. Brock; Special Teams-Alex Wertman, female placekicker; Defense-Zack Gallow; Offensve-Justin McDougal, Matt Palubinsky.

Furlong pointed out that Phoenixville made the District 1-AAA playoffs six times in the past nine years after not qualifying for postseason action the previous 10 years. These seniors were the first class to reach districts three years in a row.

Karkoska was named recipient of the PAC-10’s prestigious David L. Freed Award for overcoming adversity. He was the fourth Phantom to cop the honor during Furlong’s tenure. The Phantoms also won the sportsmanship award from the Norristown Chapter of Officials four times.

Furlong praised the Phoenixville Football Parents Association (PFPA) for helping to strengthen the whole concept of a football organization at the school. Linda Deuber served as president this year.

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