OVAC All-Star Football Game To Kickoff Regular Season
The unofficial kickoff to the 2014 high school football season occurs on Sunday, July 27, when the 69th annual Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic is staged at Wheeling Island Stadium.
The 66 players and coaches from Ohio and West Virginia report to camp at Bethany College on July 21 to begin their week-long preparations.
Ohio Coach Jose’ Davis (Bellaire) and West Virginia Coach B.J. Depew (Linsly) both have finalized their rosters for the game.
“Picking this team can be a tough process because you want to do what’s right and honor as many kids as possible,” Davis said. “It’s kind of like fitting a puzzle together because you have some criteria to meet and you can only take so many kids by position.”
Area members participating in this year’s OVAC All-Star game are Bryce Cross from River and Jacob Brill from Magnolia.
Besides the football game, there is a McDonald’s OVAC All-Star Band, Queen of Queens pageant, and two cheerleading squads.
The Mountaineer All-Star cheerleaders will include Kail Mead and Kelsey Schau from Tyler Consolidated.
The OVAC McDonald’s All-Star Band is directed by Clay-Battelle’s Thomas Moore, while the coordinator is New Martinsville’s Ben McPherson. McPherson and his wife, Amanda, will be in charge of 155 kids, including Magnolia High School’s Reece Warren in the drumline; Wesley Lloyd from River; Hundred’s Rachel Watson and Phillip Carson; Valley’s Allison Grimm, Victoria Smallwood, Samantha Roberts, and Field Commander Abby Willey; and Tyler Consolidated’s Bryan Day, Dan Grimm, Julian Work, Marisha Morris, and Sydney White.
Former OVAC All-Stars making a return trip from the 1964 All Star Team include Bill Brookover and Steve Myers from Magnolia; Andy Wiley and John Yarbrough from Powhatan; and Terry Yeager, from Paden City.
The following 10-year reunion attendees also will be recognized: from Tyler Consolidated, Head Coach John Stender; assistant coaches Rob Caldwell, Ryan Walton and Chris Wisvari; and players Craig Sandy and Chance Kildow; Cheerleading Coach Diane Stender and cheerleader Julie Casey Olvfield; and River High School cheerleader Ashley Winters Doty.
This year’s Queen of Queens contestants are Mackenzie Newman from Magnolia High School; Caroline Bantug from Tyler Consolidated High School; and Makenna Collins from River High School.
Forty-one of the fifty schools in the OVAC are represented by participants in activities related to this year’s game. There are 36 schools being represented during the OVAC All-Star Classic, including 136 band members, 19 Queen of Queen candidates, 20 cheerleaders, and 66 football players.
Advance sale tickets are available at all Kroger food markets and at Witschey’s Market for $7. All tickets at the gate will be $10.
All children under the age of five are admitted free of charge.