Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic: Ethan Budd

Port Allegany OG/DT Ethan Budd

Port Allegany OG/DT Ethan Budd (Photo by Pam Fischer)

Lori Chase
Feb. 18, 2016

The latest list of additions to the Pennsylvania roster for the Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic includes another second-generation player from Port Allegany, Ethan Budd.

Donning the same No. 76 jersey worn by his father Greg (1983) and brother Nick (2013), both previous Big 30 Game participants, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound lineman earned a spot on the Allegheny Mountain League all-star squad for the second season in a row during Port’s run to the AML North title.

“Ethan has been an extremely reliable part of our team his entire career,” Gator coach Justin Bienkowski said. “I don’t think I remember him missing a single practice, which is rare in today’s era. I’m biased towards linemen anyhow, but Ethan was a staple for us as a two-way starter on both sides of the ball as an offensive and defensive lineman. He was a two-year captain and has grown up a ton in building character and showing his teammates the importance of the impact the weight room can have on the football field. I could always count on him leading our linemen drills in practice and being a role model for the younger guys.”

Already a District 9 wrestling champion, state qualifier, and Big 30 All-Star as a junior, Budd put his grappling skills to good use on the gridiron, averaging 7.6 tackles per game to tie for second on the team.

According to the Big 30 release, Ethan “is looking forward to playing in the game his father and brother both played in. His most memorable moments playing football were making it to the final four in the state playoffs, and running in a two-point conversion” in the regular-season finale against Sheffield.

Budd, who plans to major in engineering in college, listed hunting, fishing, boating and lifting among his favorite leisure-time activities, and cited the Pittsburgh Steelers and James Harrison as his favorite football team and player.

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Budd takes the handoff from Tre Garzel and rumbles into the end zone for a two-point conversion against Sheffield. (Photo by Pam Fischer)

 

Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic: Bryan Stahlman

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Port Allegany OT/DE Bryan Stahlman (Photo by Pam Fischer)

Lori Chase
Feb. 18, 2016

As a two-way lineman, Port Allegany senior Bryan Stahlman earned a spot on the Allegheny Mountain League all-star team on offense and raised havoc in opposing teams’ backfields on defense for the North Division champions.

As a two-way lineman, Port Allegany senior Bryan Stahlman earned a spot on the Allegheny Mountain League all-star team on offense and raised havoc in opposing teams’ backfields on defense for the North Division champions.

Now, he’ll get a chance to do the same for the Pennsylvania squad in the 43rd annual Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic, slated for Aug. 6 at Parkway Field in Bradford.

“Bryan really came into his own this season as a starter upfront on both sides of the ball,” Port coach Justin Bienkowski said of the 6-foot-2, 210-pound offensive tackle/defensive end. “His technique was something that allowed him to have a lot of success. Bryan is one of those guys we all really wish we could have one more year with. He has grown exponentially as a young man through being a part of our football team. He always wanted to take what he was told and do his best to apply it.

“The success he had on the field was attributed to his attention to detail and understanding how the game works. He has a high sports IQ and really was a ton of fun to coach. His appreciation for the game and being part of a team really showed during this past season. There’s not enough good things I can say about coaching Bryan.”

Stahlman, a National Honor Society member, plans to major in criminal justice at Mansfield to prepare for a career in law enforcement. Also a member of the Gator track and field team, he finished second in the javelin at the North Tier League meet last spring before placing eighth at districts.

According to the Big 30 release, Bryan “is looking forward to playing alongside the players he has faced for a long time.” The Gators’ backup quarterback as a sophomore before moving to the line, he mentioned the two-point conversion pass to Mac Tanner against Sheffield as his most memorable football moment, and listed golf and boating with the family among his hobbies. An Indianapolis Colts fan, he cited punter Pat McAfee as his favorite player.

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Stahlman closes in on one of his five tackles against Sheffield. (Photo by Pam Fischer)