When it comes to bruising linemen, stout tacklers and sure-footed specialists, there is plenty of talent set to return for the 2019 Lancaster-Lebanon League football season — which is right around the bend.

All three sections are set to return all-star players aplenty:

In Section One, reigning Linebacker of the Year Josh Emge is due back in Manheim Township camp, as the Blue Streaks are set to return 10 of their top 11 tacklers from last fall.

And in Section Two, Cocalico teammates Noah Palm and Brock Gingrich took home plenty of hardware last fall for the Eagles; Palm is the reigning Defensive Back of the Year, and Gingrich pocketed Outstanding Lineman of the Year and Offensive Lineman of the Year honors. And Manheim Central’s Troy Kolk is due back to anchor the Barons’ O and D lines, after he was tabbed the section’s Defensive Lineman of the Year last fall, when Central won section and district titles on the way to the state finale.

This look ahead to the 2019 season — the last in this online series — is more of a list. There are ample L-L League linemen, defensive stalwarts and specialist all-stars returning from last fall. We’ll roll them out here, with some notables to follow. So keep reading …

SECTION ONE

CENTER

Aiden Power, rising junior, Hempfield, honorable mention

Adam Vanino, rising senior, Wilson, honorable mention

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

T.J. Moore, rising senior, Cedar Crest, 2nd team

Nolan Rucci, rising junior, Warwick, honorable mention

Ben Weaver, rising junior, Penn Manor, honorable mention

OFFENSIVE GUARD

Nate Keller, rising senior, Wilson, 1st team

Justin Herr, rising senior, Manheim Township, 2nd team

DEFENSIVE END

Nate Keller, rising senior, Wilson, 2nd team

Ben Mann, rising senior, Manheim Township, honorable mention

Eric Wawrzyniak, rising senior, Cedar Crest, honorable mention

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Grayson Kuhns, rising senior, Manheim Township, 2nd team

LINEBACKER

Josh Emge, rising senior, Manheim Township, 1st team ILB

Sam Emge, rising senior, Manheim Township, 1st team OLB

Aadyn Richards, rising sophomore, Cedar Crest, 2nd team ILB

Jackson Shand, rising senior, Hempfield, 2nd team OLB

Austin Bufis, rising senior, Warwick, honorable mention OLB

Nate Hoekstra, rising senior, Wilson, honorable mention OLB

Tyler Kurtz, rising senior, Manheim Township, honorable mention ILB

Isaiah Stoltzfus, rising junior, Penn Manor, honorable mention OLB

DEFENSIVE BACK

Josh Gibson, rising senior, Penn Manor, 1st team

Troy Corson, rising junior, Wilson, 2nd team

Cole Miller, rising senior, Cedar Crest, 2nd team

Caleb Schmitz, rising junior, Warwick, 2nd team

Brett Benjamin, rising senior, Manheim Township, honorable mention

Jon Engle, rising senior, Manheim Township, honorable mention

KICKER

Jack Wagner, rising junior, Wilson, 2nd team

Jack Beasley, rising senior, Cedar Crest, honorable mention

PUNTER

Kaleb Brown, rising junior, Wilson, honorable mention

KICK RETURNER

Trey Glass, rising senior, Warwick, 1st team

Troy Corson, rising junior, Wilson, 2nd team

Brett Benjamin, rising senior, Manheim Township, honorable mention

Kyle Murr, rising junior, Penn Manor, honorable mention

SECTION TWO

CENTER

Josh Mathiot, rising senior, Conestoga Valley, honorable mention

Joe Sikora, rising senior, E-town, honorable mention

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

Justin Dagen, rising junior, Solanco, 2nd team

Zac Shelley, rising junior, L-S, honorable mention

OFFENSIVE GUARD

Brock Gingrich, rising senior, Cocalico, 1st team

Troy Kolk, rising senior, Manheim Central, honorable mention

DEFENSIVE END

Jake Harbach, rising senior, Manheim Central, 1st team

Luke Shirk, rising junior, Garden Spot, 2nd team

Adnan Traore, rising senior, E-town, 2nd team

Tyler Hartl, rising senior, Manheim Central, honorable mention

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Brock Gingrich, rising senior, Cocalico, 1st team

Troy Kolk, rising senior, Manheim Central, 1st team

Nate Neuhauser, rising senior, Solanco, 1st team

Tristan Mabee, rising senior, E-town, honorable mention

LINEBACKER

Cody Shay, rising senior, Cocalico, 2nd team OLB

Chad Carter, rising senior, Solanco, honorable mention OLB

Seth Harnish, rising junior, Solanco, honorable mention ILB

DEFENSIVE BACK

Noah Palm, rising senior, Cocalico, 1st team

Derek Ulishney, rising senior, Conestoga Valley, 1st team

Jacob Kopelman, rising senior, L-S, 2nd team

Jesse Martin, rising junior, Garden Spot, 2nd team

Ronald Zahm, rising senior, Cocalico, 2nd team

KICKER

Cade Denlinger, rising junior, E-town, honorable mention

PUNTER

Noah Palm, rising senior, Cocalico, 1st team

Jesse Martin, rising junior, Garden Spot, honorable mention

Colby Wagner, rising senior, Manheim Central, honorable mention

KICK RETURNER

Ronald Zahm, rising senior, Cocalico, 2nd team

Cole Rice, rising senior, E-town, honorable mention

Colby Wagner, rising senior, Manheim Central, honorable mention

SECTION THREE

CENTER

Camren Eberhart, rising junior, Lebanon, honorable mention

A.J. McCarty, rising senior, Donegal, honorable mention

Logan Tice, rising junior, Elco, honorable mention

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

Connor Ruhl, rising senior, Donegal, 1st team

Liam Besecker, rising senior, Lancaster Catholic, honorable mention

OFFENSIVE GUARD

Charlie Skehan, rising senior, Lancaster Catholic, 1st team

Jaren Bomgardner, rising senior, Annville-Cleona, 2nd team

Dion Lopez, rising senior, Annville-Cleona, honorable mention

DEFENSIVE END

Hari Allen, rising senior, Lebanon, 1st team

Matt Gambler, rising senior, Columbia, 2nd team

Devin Atkinson, rising senior, Lancaster Catholic, honorable mention

Hunter Hockley, rising senior, Elco, honorable mention

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Connor Ruhl, rising senior, Donegal, 1st team

Logan Wagner, rising junior, Annville-Cleona, 1st team

Gabe Davila, rising senior, Columbia, 2nd team

LINEBACKER

Andrew Miklos, rising senior, Lancaster Catholic, 1st team OLB

Alex Cruz, rising senior, Lancaster Catholic, 2nd team ILB

Trevor Porche, rising senior, Annville-Cleona 2nd team OLB

Erik Williams, rising senior, Elco, 2nd team ILB

Brandon Nauman, rising senior, Elco, honorable mention OLB

Skyler Sattizahn, rising junior, Lebanon, honorable mention ILB

Charlie Skehan, rising senior, Lancaster Catholic, honorable mention ILB

Dan Tobias, rising senior, Annville-Cleona, honorable mention OLB

Luke Williams, rising sophomore, Elco, honorable mention ILB

DEFENSIVE BACK

Evan Heilman, rising senior, Annville-Cleona, 1st team

Tucker Parmer, rising senior, Ephrata, 1st team

Braden Bohannon, rising junior, Elco, 2nd team

Jansen Schempp, rising senior, Octorara, 2nd team

Brock Boyer, rising junior, Ephrata, honorable mention

Joe Fox, rising senior, Donegal, honorable mention

Evan Huey, rising senior, Elco, honorable mention

Sam Knowles, rising senior, Ephrata, honorable mention

Josh Speraw, rising senior, Annville-Cleona, honorable mention

KICKER

Daniel Mueller, rising sophomore, Lancaster Catholic, 1st team

Macrae Plummer, rising junior, Annville-Cleona, 2nd team

Cole Thomas, rising sophomore, Elco, honorable mention

PUNTER

Daniel Mueller, rising sophomore, Lancaster Catholic, 1st team

Brock Boyer, rising junior, Ephrata, honorable mention

KICK RETURNER

Tyler Long, rising senior, Annville-Cleona, 1st team

Tucker Parmer, rising senior, Ephrata, 2nd team

Michael Beals, rising senior, Pequea Valley, honorable mention

NOTABLES: So who is bringing back the most all-star talent? Breaking it down by the numbers, Section Three will have nine all-star linebackers and nine all-star defensive backs due to return, while Section One is due to return eight all-star linebackers and six all-star defensive backs. … Section Three — with 11 — is set to return the most first-team all-stars in the positions we’re breaking down in this post. Section Two is due to return eight first-teamers while Section One is set to welcome back five first-team all-stars from last fall. … Which position is set to return the most first-team all-stars from last fall? Section Two is set to welcome back a trio of first-team defensive tackles, including Cocalico's Brock Gingrich, Manheim Central's Troy Kolk and Solanco's Nate Neuhauser. … All three sections are set to return a first-team offensive guard: Nate Keller (Wilson) in One, Gingrich (Cocalico) in Two and Charlie Skehan (Lancaster Catholic) in Three. … All three sections are also set to return first-team defensive backs: Josh Gibson (Penn Manor) in One, Noah Palm (Cocalico) and Derek Ulishney (CV) in Two and Evan Heilman (A-C) and Tucker Parmer (Ephrata) in Three; Palm, who doubles up as Cocalico’s talented pitch-man QB, is one of the top safeties in the state. … Hard to believe Warwick’s Nolan Rucci was “only” an honorable mention all-star pick as a Section One offensive tackle last fall. After all, the rising junior has 18 scholarship offers, and he’s one of the most sought after O-linemen in the country. … Speaking of recruiting, Manheim Township DB Jon Engle has an offer from Lafayette in his back pocket. Classmate Ben Mann, a two-way TE-DE talent for the Streaks, recently committed to Yale.

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