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OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic Kicks-Off High School Sports Season

By Staff | Jul 19, 2017

Photo by Bruce Crawford West Virginia’s team for the 72nd annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Charity Football Classic

Its almost time to kick-off the 2017-2018 high school sports season with the 72nd annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Charity Football Classic, which will kick off at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 22 at Martins Ferry’s Dave Bruney Football Complex.

The OVAC Moved the game to Martins Ferry because the field on the Wheeling Island is getting a face-lift as we speak, and barring any late scratches and/or changes, both Ohio head coach Karl Justus and West Virginia head coach John Durdines have finalized their rosters and can’t wait till game time.

“Choosing the roster is unbelievably tough,” Durdines said. “There are so many good kids who you can’t take. And you have to play a game, so you can’t just take 32 players. We have kids who excelled on their teams, but there’s just so much talent.”

“Finding players wasn’t tough,” Justus said. “Eliminating players was the toughest part. With so many good players in the Ohio Valley, narrowing it down to 32 players makes it really challenging.”

Justus represented 18 schools from Ohio with River coming away with the max with three selections in, Mason Ladyga, Luke Matusik and Cody Saksa, while West Virginia’s Durdines selected Tyler Anderson and Jace Reed of Tyler Consolidated; and Chase Street of Magnolia as the only area layers selected.

Photo by Bruce Crawford Ohio’s team for the 72nd annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Charity Football Classic

Besides the football players participating from our area, there are band members, Queen of Queens, and cheerleaders, as well as past players and cheerleaders. OVAC Band Members led by Ben and Amanda McPherson are, Abby Means, Shelby Gatian and Samantha Edwards from Paden City; Macy Lemasters and Rachel Watson from Hundred; and Ross Gorby, Makenzie Kimble, Nachelle Probst, Ted Stackpole and Brianna Wade from Tyler Consolidated.

Dave Grandstaff from Magnolia and William Potts from River are two of the 1967 players that participated in the OVAC will also be honored at the OVAC All-Star game, that will also include Connie Ball of Magnolia who was an OVAC Cheerleader, as well as Michael Matsaskis of Powhatan who was a Coach.

Also Mark Battan (Coach) and Nathan West (Player) of Magnolia will also be introduced as 10-year returnees.

Magnolia High School’s Autumn Cecil is only one of 22 OVAC beauties competing for this years OVAC Queen Of Queen’s to vie for the OVAC high schools 2017 title.

The Talent Show for the Queen of Queens will take place this year at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 20 and will be returning for the third year to the Capitol Theatre. Tickets will be available at the door, $7 for adults and $5 for children.

Autumn Cecil