Conference Preview: Mountain Valley Conference



By Jacob Gill
Philadelphia Region Director of Scouting

Mountain Valley Conference

This spring will be the last scholastic sports season for the MVC as it is currently known. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the MVC will merge with the Lehigh Valley Conference to form a new, 18-team, as yet unnamed, league. Details have yet to be finalized and/or released regarding division alignment and scheduling, but the eighteen largest schools in District XI will soon be playing under the same banner.

Returning all-MVC
  1st-team 2nd-team Honorable Mention
East Stroudsburg North   '14 OF Remy Costa  
East Stroudsburg South     '14 SS Ryan Nazario
Lehighton Area   '14 OF Nick Hill  
Pleasant Valley     '14 C James Shank
Pocono Mountain East '14 DH/Util Kevin Sensale
(Centenary)
  '15 SS Mike Ferrara
Pocono Mountain West     '14 3B Chris Chiusano
'14 OF Chris Maddalena
Stroudsburg '14 3B Dillon Dunne
'15 OF T.J. Backer
'15 RHP/OF Mike Nikorak
(Alabama)
'14 SS Chris Pignotti
(East Stroudsburg)
'14 DH/Util Joe DePerno
(East Stroudsburg)
 

 

  • 2013 regular-season champ Stroudsburg should be considered the favorite again with its top arms -- 6-foot-4 Nikorak (2013 MVC MVP) and 6-foot-2 DePerno -- back in tow. Along with the five players listed above, '14 C/1B P.J. Van Orman (East Stroudsburg) and '14 OF Bruce Breithaupt round out the seven returning starters for coach Phil Stokes.
  • CostaCosta (right), '14 C Jared Andino, '15 RHP Will Kazura, and '14 IF Will Quiles will lead East Stroudsburg North as coach Matt Suarez continues to develop the program.
  • Pleasant Valley coach Charles Inserra's roster was in need of a make-over after graduating six seniors, including his top three pitchers. Shepherding the inexperienced newcomers will be Shank, '14 RHP Christopher Burke, '15 OF LHP Nicholas Domenici, and '15 IF/RHP Travis Van Houten.
  • Pocono Mountain East graduated eight seniors, so coach Matt Loringer will turn to RHP Sensale and '14 OF/RHP Thomas Neuwiler to carry the pitching staff and lead the offense that lacks the power potential from last year.

 

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