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Bill Beckner Jr. | Grandstand review

Derry football coach Vince Skillings

Derry football coach Vince Skillings

Football teams are learning how to read camp gaps this week so they can open careers this season.

At Derry, trainers learn what a generation gap feels like.

Derry sophomore coach Vince Skillings is 62 years old. Take the total age of three of his assistants and you could hit that number.

The redesigned staff, dealing with a more normal preseason than Skillings and a few other coaches encountered in a Covid-controlled 2020 year, is nothing but diverse.

JR Smith is 43 and Justin Hill is 42. Then come Levi Humberger (23), Justin Hayes (22) and Justin Fallat (20).

Here’s another layer on the age difference: Skillings has 23 years of coaching experience. Smith and Hayes each have one, and Hill, Humberger, and Fallat, who literally just played for the Trojans, have none.

“I feel smart with all these young people,” Skillings said with a laugh. “Some of them played a few years ago. They all love the game and want to help us. “

Zimmer’s energy

GCC football assistant coach Tyler Zimmer keeps players on their toes as they practice. No daydreaming on his watch, not with his energetic approach.

“His energy is incredible from 8am,” said senior running back / linebacker Danny Dlugos. “It’s like he drank 10 espressos, but he didn’t. It’s contagious. He picks everyone up. “

Thomas was happy to have Zimmer, a soon-to-be Hall of Fame for Seton Hill, on the team this season.

“The kids respect him, they know he was there and did that. It’s a hall of fame, ”said GCC trainer Marko Thomas. “It’s just a boost of energy and the kids feed on it.”

Green to Seton Hill

Carter Green could be the quarterback at Penn-Trafford this fall, but he’ll be playing lacrosse in college.

The 5 foot 10, 190 pound senior recently made a commitment to Seton Hill.

PaPreps lists Green as one of the best midfielders in the state.

Hempfield Junior Quarterback Jake Phillips is also a talented lacrosse player.

Sums in the preseason

MaxPreps recently came out with its all-Pennsylvania preseason soccer team, and some local players made the list.

Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli, a Wisconsin commit, made the first-team offensive all-purpose, and Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock (all-purpose) and Cole Weightman (linebacker) were listed on the second-team defense.

Other WPIAL and City League selections for the first team have been Tyreese Fearbry of Perry (DL), Patrick Brody of Gateway (DB) and Ta’Mer Robinson of Brashear (DB).

Second teams were Rodney Gallagher from Laurel Highlands (DB), Cadin Olsen from Armstrong (QB), Donovan Hinish from Central Catholic (DL), Jeremiah Hasley from Pine-Richland (DL), Noah Bhuta from Mt. Lebabon (P) and Justin Caputo from South Fayette (K).

See the complete team here.

Mahoney coaching

The Catholic sports director of Greensburg Central, Dan Mahoney, is training the school’s boys’ golf team this fall. He also trained last season after former coach Will Merchant left to become assistant manager at Seton La Salle.

The WPIAL golf season for boys and girls’ teams opens on Thursday.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at bbeckner@triblive.com or on Twitter.

Tags: Belle Vernon, Derry Area, Greensburg CC, Penn-Trafford