Port Allegany Reporter Argus
Apr. 30, 2009
“If Bryce could spell his name another way it would be ‘T-E-A-M.’”
That brief quote from Port Allegany football coach Mike Bodamer is a perfect description of Bryce Healy, whose talent and commitment were recognized this week with his addition to the Pennsylvania roster for the 36th Annual Big 30 Don Raabe Charities Classic.
“Because of injuries that took place during the season, Bryce was called upon to play every position but offensive and defensive line,” Bodamer continued. “It’s not common that a player is the team’s leading passer and receiver. I know he sacrificed his personal stats by playing so many different positions, but to him, if that would help the team have a better chance of winning, it was worth it.”
The 5-11, 185-pound Healy began his senior season at running back, averaging over seven yards a carry in the opener against Curwensville, but moved to quarterback the following week when starter Camrin Stuckey was sidelined. His versatility was an asset to the Gators throughout the year, as the team captain willingly played wherever the coaches needed him each week. Healy even threw and caught a touchdown pass in the same game against Kane, a feat he noted as his “biggest thrill” on the form sent out by the Big 30 committee. His four touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving) tied for the team lead in 2008, and he also contributed an interception, two fumble recoveries, and nine games’ worth of steady tackling and veteran leadership on defense.
“If we could have kept him in one position it would have been split end. He ran good routes, had very good hands, and once he caught the ball it was difficult to bring him down. On defense he was in a more stable situation, playing primarily in the defensive backfield. Bryce was chosen by the coaching staff as the Player of the Year for the 2008 season because of his willingness to change positions and play each one with success. It would be a big advantage to a team if they could have a kid like Bryce every season,” Bodamer concluded.
A multi-sport athlete, Healy averaged 11.8 points per game to earn a spot on this year’s North Tier League All-Star First Team in basketball, and currently competes in both baseball and track. He’s equally proficient in the classroom; the National Honor Society member plans to attend the Pennsylvania State University and major in finance. Asked about his reasons for accepting the invitation to the game, he said, “It is an honor to be able to play with the best football players in the area, and a chance to play one last football game.”
The Don Raabe Charities Classic, formerly the Big 30 All-Star Game, is played between teams of graduated seniors from the high schools in New York and Pennsylvania which make up the seven-county Big 30 area. This year’s game will be played Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009 at Parkway Field in Bradford, Pa., with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. The first 35 games produced a total of over $1.2 million in donations; in the last two years, the Big 30 was able to reach out to an average of 55 charities and personal causes throughout the Twin Tiers.