Ohio linemen named for OVAC?game
Mark Holenka knew when he accepted the duty as Ohio head coach for the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic that the selection of linemen would be of ultra importance.
The Shadyside head coach, who is coaching for the first time in the game, believes that he and his staff formed a very solid wall for his skill players to operate behind.
“These are the guys you need to do yeoman’s work,” Holenka said. “We think we have depth on our line at both sides of the ball. Some of these guy are names many might not have heard a lot about, but they’re the ones that you want to make sure you start your team with.”
The players from both teams report to camp one week from today and the game will be played on Sunday, July 28 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
TROY BLAIR, Meadowbrook – This former Colt was a two-way standout in the trenches for Coach Jesse Wells’ squad last season.
The 6-1, 265-pounder led the Colts in fumble recoveries.
Along with football, Blair was active in Future Farmers of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Troy is the son of Donna and Dan Blair.
BRANDON BROWN, Cambridge – This former Bobcat anchored the offensive front for Coach Kevin Gunn’s squad last fall.
The 6-5, 250-pounder was the starting center and earned three letters for the Bobcats.
He was a first-team all-Eastern district honoree and earned all-Ohio acclaim.
Along with football, Brown lettered in basketball.
Away from athletics, Brown was a three-year academic letterman and took part in Ohio Model United Nations.
Brandon, who plans on attending Lake Erie College, is the son of Tim and Kellie Brown.
ZACH COOLE, Martins Ferry – This former Purple Rider was a mainstay at guard for Coach Dave Bruney’s team.
The 5-9, 220-pounder graded out above 90 percent blocking all season as he earned his third letter.
For his efforts, Coole was a first-team all-Eastern District, Honorable Mention all-Ohioan and twice named to the all Times Leader team. He was also a first-team all-OVAC and he received the Sportsmanship Award following the Martins Ferry-Bellaire game.
Away from football, Coole is a standout in the classroom. He’s a member of the National Honor Society and he also volunteers.
Zach, who plans on attending Robert Morris, is the son of Jeff and Cathy Coole.
EVAN EGGLESTON, River – This Pilots’ standout was a four-year regular for Coach Mike Flannery’s team.
The 6-4, 230-pounder was named second-team all-Ohio, first-team all-Eastern District, all-OVAC, all-PVC and was a Block of Granite nominee.
Along with football, Eggleston lettered in basketball and track.
He’s also a standout in the classroom. He’s a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, FCS and he attended Buckeye Boys State. He also won the Kiwanis talent show and took part in Relay for Life.
Evan, who has received the Pioneer Academic Scholarship to Marietta College where he’ll play football, is the son of Joe and Amy Eggleston.
COREY ERNEST, St. Clairsville – This former Red Devil was an anchor on both sides of the line for Coach Brett McLean’s squad.
The 6-2, 280-pounder was a two-way tackle for the state runner-up Devils. He was named first-team all-OVAC, all-Eastern District and he was chosen for the North-South Game.
Along with football, Ernest was a standout in wrestling. He won the OVAC 285-pound title and qualified for the Division III state tournament.
Away from athletics, Ernest was a member of the St. C. Chamber Choir and held the lead role in the musical “Grease.”
Corey, who is the son of Chuck Ernest and Teresa Saavedra, plans on attending West Liberty University.
BRIAN MAGORIEN, Caldwell – This former Redskin was a two-way tackle for Coach Josh Perkins’ team.
The 6-3, 270-pounder recorded five sacks and recovered two fumbles from his defensive tackle spot and was named his team’s lineman of the year.
Magorien was recognized for his efforts as a first-team all-OVAC, all-PVC and all-Eastern District selection. He was also honorable mention all-Ohio.
Away from athletics, Magorien is active in youth group, Noble County 4H, Relay for Life and also volunteers with the American Cancer Society and serves on the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Logistics Committee.
Brian, who plans on attending Ohio State University, is the son of Bob and Amy Magorien.
SHANE WINLAND, Indian Creek – This former Redskin saw action on both sides of the ball for Coach Andrew Connor’s squad.
The 5-11, 230-pounder was a first-team all-Eastern District offensive lineman and was also an all-OVAC Class 5A member. He was also special mention all-Ohio.
Along with football, Winland lettered in basketball.
Away from athletics, Winland was a member of the National Honor Society, an academic letter winner, member of the Key Club and active in Kolment Youth Group.
Shane, who plans on attending West Liberty, is the son of Jeffery and Taunya Winland.