July 21, 2016
The Pennsylvania roster for this year’s Big 30 Charities Classic includes a congregation of Gators, with Jordan Seefeldt the seventh Port Allegany player added to the Keystone State squad for the 43rd renewal of the annual all-star contest, which is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Aug. 6 at Parkway Field in Bradford. New York, on a two-year winning streak, holds a 22-18-2 overall lead in the series which has raised more than $1.6 million for local individuals and charitable organizations.
“I can’t say enough positive about Jordan Seefeldt. The high level of leadership and coachability he offered to our entire sports program will be tremendously missed now that he has graduated. I will speak on behalf of his basketball and baseball coaches when I say we will miss him on an extremely important and high level,” Gator coach Justin Bienkowski said of the three-sport standout.
“From a football perspective, Jordan was a guy we could always count on to make a big play for our offense. He started his career being mentored by Matt Bodamer and ended his career mentoring our younger guys extremely well. As a head coach I could always count on Jordan doing the right thing with our team goals always on the forefront of his mind. ‘Team first, Jordan last’ would be a slogan to describe how much he valued the team first and his own accomplishments last.”
The 5-11, 165-pound Seefeldt began his varsity gridiron career as the backup quarterback on Port’s record-smashing 2012 squad, then stepped into the starting role the following season. He threw for 971 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore, including a 366-yard performance against Coudersport.
His junior year brought a position switch on offense partway through the season, shifting to running back while Tre’ Garzel took over at quarterback. Seefeldt’s reaction to the move drew praise from Bienkowski.
“He could’ve pouted and let Tre’ fail,” the third-year head coach said. “However, he aided Tre’ to put guys in the right spots and allowed him to execute our offense and accept 100 percent of the credit, no questions asked.”
He ended up leading the team that year with 751 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns, rushing for 132 yards and the game-winning 26-yard score at Coudersport, then clinching a victory over Smethport with an 85-yard pick-six as the Hubbers were driving late in the game.
Seefeldt missed the first three games of his senior year due to injury, but recovered well enough to help the Gators claim the Allegheny Mountain League North Division title — which he listed as his “most memorable moment” in the Big 30 press release — and make the AML All-Star Team at defensive back while contributing at running back, receiver, and quarterback on offense.
“He is honored to play in the Big 30 Game and represent his school. It’s also a chance to play one more game with his guys,” the release noted.
Also a four-year letterman in basketball (along with three in baseball), Seefeldt joined the PAHS 1,000-point club in January. He finished his Gator hardcourt career with 1,119 points, four consecutive berths on the North Tier League All-Star second team, and selection to the Big 30 Senior Classic, where he tallied nine points in Pennsylvania’s 107-95 win.
According to the press release, Seefeldt plans to attend Penn State Behrend and major in secondary math education. A member of the National Honor Society, he also received the John Thrash and Gerald Stayer memorial scholarships and the Technology Education Award at this spring’s assembly. Along with raising prize-winning Angus bulls, his hobbies include power sports (dirt bikes, four-wheelers, snowmobiles), driving heavy equipment and playing basketball. His favorite football team is the Alabama Crimson Tide and his favorite player was Tim Tebow.
Seefeldt joins classmates Dylan Baumgarner, Ethan Budd, Tre’ Garzel, Nate Lowery,
Bryan Stahlman, and Mac Tanner on the Pennsy roster, giving the Gators their second-most players in Big 30 Game history. Only the 2013 edition had more (eight), fresh off their second-straight AML and District 9 titles and the program’s first-ever state playoff win. All but Baumgarner were lettermen on that team, getting an early lesson in the amount of work needed to have a successful season.
“As freshman they witnessed a great experience,” Bienkowski said, “and now as seniors they did their best to fulfill their God-given abilities. We will miss them and we wish them all the best!”