Tough break for St. C.’s Monteroso at Purdue

Purdue freshman wide receiver Dan Monteroso will be sidelined for the entire 2013 season after breaking his collarbone during practice Thursday evening.

Boilermakers’ head coach Darrell Hazel confirmed the injury after Friday’s morning practice and announced that the St. Clairsville High School graduate will undergo surgery today.

Though the injury will cost Monteroso this season, it shouldn’t cost him a year of eligibility. He will most likely take a red-shirt, meaning he’ll still have four years to play at Purdue, starting in 2014.

The injury occurred as Monteroso went up for a catch, was hit and fell awkwardly to the ground. He left practice immediately.

On his Twitter account, Monteroso said, “not how I wanted to end my day. But, it’s all good, He has a plan.”

Monteroso reported to Purdue in early June when the summer classes began and, from all reports, had been highly impressive during workouts.

The former Red Devil, who actually committed to Boston College, before changing his mind after the Eagles’ coaching change, was a first-team all-Ohio player in both football and basketball.

Monteroso’s injury capped a tough week for former OVAC standouts at the FBS level.

A week ago today, it was reported that Steubenville High product Najee Murray had been dismissed from the Ohio State Buckeyes for a violation of team rules. OSU Head Coach Urban Meyer clarified that on Sunday and said Murray had been suspended for a training camp issue.

Madonna graduate Connor Arlia, who had worked his way onto a scholarship at West Virginia University, opted to leave the program on Wednesday, citing a desire to play at a different level.

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ANOTHER St. Clairsville High product is off to a strong start in his efforts to make a mark at the Division I level. Big-play wide receiver Jerrid Marhefka opted against several Division II offers and elected to accept a walk-on at Ohio University.

Thus far, it’s working out well for Marhefka, who set an all-division record in the Division IV state title game for receiving yards.

Marhefka, who is wearing number 24 for the Bobcats, caught a 33-yard touchdown during a scrimmage on Friday. Reportedly, he had to adjust to the ball in the air and went over a defender for the catch.

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A MARTINS FERRY product is also listed on Division I rosters this fall. Freshman Trent Neavin is wearing number 35 for the Pitt Panthers. Neavin is a walk on candidate and is expected to eventually contend for time at fullback.

The Panthers open their season on Labor Day night against new ACC rival Florida State.

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BELLAIRE HIGH graduate Logan Koshenka is a walk on candidate at the University of Tulsa. Koshenka is wearing number 42 for the Golden Hurricane.

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LINSLY SCHOOL graduate Akil Blount is battling for action at linebacker at Florida A&M University. The true sophomore wears number 47 for the Rattlers.

Blount and his teammates will visit Ohio State on Sept. 21.

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SEVERAL OHIO Valley products are also in the coaching ranks at the Division I FBS level. Bellaire High graduate Todd Fitch is in his first season as wide receivers coach at Boston College.

Cadiz graduate Jay Peterson, who is a member of the OVAC Hall of Fame, is the defensive coordinator at Miami of Ohio. The Redhawks open their season on Aug. 31 at Marshall.

Paden City graduate Jeff Casteel is once again leading the defensive unit under Rich Rodriguez at the the University of Arizona.

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THE ANNUAL NFL Officials Academy was held at St. Clairsville’s Red Devil Stadium this summer. It marked the second straight season the camp was held at an OVAC school.

The academy’s graduation was held during Pro Football Hall of Fame Weekend in Canton.

The list of graduates includes: Aaron Botizan, Jared Bradbury, Gary Brandon, Trisha Caldwell-Cravener, Nick DeLongo, Brad DeMarchi, David Filippi, Troy Fitzpatrick, Tyler Fitzpatrick, Rob Green, Jason Harold, Matt Karpinski, Michael Lee, Steven Murray, John Przelenski, Patrick Reasbeck, Kyle Sherich, Aaron Schneid and Ryan Willis.


  • WHEELING NATIVE Doug Wojcik, who is the head basketball coach at the College of Charleston, promoted Bishop Donahue graduate Joe Wallace from Director of Basketball Operations to assistant coach. Wallace worked under Wojcik at the University of Tulsa as well.
  • CINCINNATI MOELLER graduate Spencer Iacovone, whose mother Lisa is a Cadiz graduate and father Dominick is a Steubenville Central graduate, was named a second-team all-American infielder by Louisville Slugger. The Marshall University signee was one of three Ohioans named to the team. Iacovone is also on the Thundering Herd football team this fall. He guided Moeller to the 2012 state championship from his quarterback position.
  • THE TIMES Leader’s annual Pigskin Preview will be hit the newsstands on Tuesday, Aug. 27. The 164-page tab contains information on all 49-football playing schools in the OVAC. It also features in-depth previews on Ohio State, West Virginia, Ohio University and other local colleges.

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