Edinboro graduate student and offensive guard Justin Kasmierski, a 2017 Ridgway High School graduate and Elkers standout, was named a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West All-Conference second-team all-star.
The son of Julie and Craig Kasmierski was among six Fighting Scot players earning recognition. Senior safety Deandre Dowdell was named to the first team, graduate students Derian Smith (DE), Tarique Smith (DE), and Ryan Pasternak (OL), and freshman Reed Martin (WR) were named to the second team.
Kasmierski, had an incredible 2016 season when the Elkers finished 10-3 and defeated Elk County Catholic 42-13 in the District 9 Class A championship game, where he recorded a safety. The title was the first of four straight and the first since Ridgway and Johnsonburg merged in 2013.
Besides his play on the offensive line, Kasmierski's stood out on the Ridgway defense and had 97 tackles – 11 for sacks in 2016. He also returned an interception for a TD in a 13-0 win at Bradford. He was named to the Pa. Football Writers All-State team and was a two-time Allegany Mountain League All-Star, a Big 30 All-Star, and lettered for four seasons in baseball and three in basketball while at Ridgway.
According to Edinboro's Athletic Department Kasmierski is a Forensic Accounting Major. He has two sisters Alyssa and Jenna, and his grandfather James Nelson played football at North Carolina State.
Kasmierski wore #78 at both Ridgway and Edinboro.