DeBoy to Join Don Raabe Charities Classic NY Squad
Among the six recently-announced Don Raabe Charities Classic participants is a senior who helped to anchor the Salamanca WarriorsÞ offensive and defensive lines last fall.
Aaron DeBoy, a 5-foot-11-inch center and defensive end/defensive tackle, said he wants one more chance to show people that he can compete against quality opponents. The Don Raabe Charities Classic is set for Aug. 3 at Bradford, Pa.Þs Interstate Parkway Field.
DeBoy has twice been a Big 30 All-Star and Class C First Team All-Star. He noted that he and his teammates have been a state title contender for the past three years and listed playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium and at SyracuseÞs Carrier Dome as a couple of the biggest thrills of his high school career. The Warriors advanced to the state championship game in 1999 and finished with a 12-1 record. Last fall they went 11-1 made it to the state semifinal game.
DeBoy said he plans to attend either Jamestown Community College or St. Bonaventure University and to study liberal arts. At Salamanca, he is a member of the National Honor Society and has earned All-Western New York Academic honors.
One of DeBoyÞs teammates for the Aug. 3 game will be Kasey Brown of Randolph. The league All-Star played fullback on offense and was a linebacker on defense. Brown was named RandolphÞs Defensive Player of the Year.
Brown said it is an honor to play in the Don Raabe Charities Classic. He counted starting as a sophomore and having the most tackles as his biggest thrills from competing in football. Brown plans to go to SUNY Albany.
The third player announced this week for the New York squad is Chet Holcomb of Portville. A two-time Big 30 All-Star, Holcomb was a quarterback for the Panthers and a defensive back. He said he enjoyed beating Allegany-Limestone during the GatorsÞ Homecoming game. Holcomb plans to go to SUNY Brockport and to study elementary education.
Three Pennsylvania team players were announced this week: Kyle Wurst of Sheffield, Jesse DePanfilis of Ridgway and Steve Bartas of Smethport.