COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Wooding, Bell making climb up leaderboards

While many area players are making an impact at the collegiate level across a myriad of sports, two are continuing to climb up their programs’ respective all-time leaderboards.

Linsly graduate Von Wooding and Wheeling Park product Elijah Bell have been making their presences felt at Division III Oberlin and Division I FCS North Carolina A&T basically from the moment they stepped onto their respective campuses.

Wooding, who starts at linebacker, moved into fifth place all time on the Oberlin tackle chart with 251 career stops earlier this month. Wooding added five more to that total in last week’s game. With a strong season, Wooding could finish his career second in program history in tackles. The school record is an impressive 712.

Bell, meanwhile, has been a highlight reel of catches and production ever since he helped lead Wheeling Park to the state championship as a senior. Bell already owned the A&T record for career touchdowns. By virtue of his 77-yard performance last week, he became the school’s all-time leader in yardage, too. He currently has 2,350 yards receiving. He needs 10 catches to become the school’s all-time leader in that department.

Here’s a look at other Ohio Valley product:



COLTON MCKIVITZ, West Virginia — Senior from Union Local started once again at left tackle in the Mountaineers win over N.C. State. McKivitz was named by the Mountaineer coaches as the offensive lineman of the game.

JOSH SILLS, West Virginia — Red-shirt junior from Meadowbrook didn’t dress for Saturday’s game and remains a question mark for this week’s game at Kansas.

AUSTIN DORRIS, Bowling Green — Shadyide graduate, who is a graduate transfer from Indiana, played in the Falcons’ loss to Louisiana Tech.

CHUCKWUDI CHUCKWU, Ohio — Senior from Linsly played in the Bobcats’ loss at Marshall last weekend.

THOMAS ARONOKHALE, Ohio — True freshman from Linsly was on the travel squad, but didn’t appear in last week’s game in Huntington.

MANDELLA LAWRENCE-BURKE, Kent State — Steubenville grad continued to shine for the Flashes from his new post at linebacker. He had seven tackles, including two for loss and a sack in a loss at Auburn.


ELIJAH BELL, North Carolina A&T — Wheeling Park product caught five passes for 77 yards and in the process became the Aggies. He’s now the school record holder in yards.

MAALIK RICHMOND, Youngstown State — Steubenville graduate posted two tackles in the Penguins win over Duquesne.


MATT BARBOUR, Ohio Dominican — Martins Ferry graduate caught a pass in the loss at number one Valdosta State.

BRADY BLATTNER, Ohio Dominican — Meadowbrook product was impressive in the loss at Valdosta with four tackles and had a tackle for loss.

COLE SKAGGS, West Virginia Wesleyan — St. Clairsville product posted three tackles, including one for loss in a loss at Davidson.

GEREMY PAIGE, California, Pa. — Senior from Wheeling Park had a tackle in the Vulcans’ loss.

ZACH PHILLIPS, West Liberty — Senior quarterback from Wheeling Park completed 16-of-33 passes for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed for 35 yards in the loss to Notre Dame College.

NATE PHILLIPS, West Liberty — Sophomore from Wheeling Park played in last week’s game.

JACK DAVIS, West Liberty — Junior from Martins Ferry played in last week’s game.

CODY ENRIETTI, West Liberty — Weir High product posted four tackles in the loss at Notre Dame College.

CLAY MCDONALD, West Liberty — Wheeling Park product posted 11 tackles in last week’s loss.

KOTY HUDSON, West Liberty — Brooke grad was charted for four tackles in last week’s loss.

THOMAS COLE, West Liberty — Brooke product caught three passes for 13 yards and a touchdown.

REED REITTER, West Liberty — Freshman from Weir High punted 10 times for a 32.6 yard average and had a long of 49 yards.

CHANCE RUCKER, West Liberty — Caldwell alumnus started at left guard for the Hilltoppers.

TYLER ELY, West Liberty — Steubenville graduate started at right guard for the Toppers.

JACK FITCH, Wheeling — Martins Ferry product appeared in last week’s game against West Liberty.

RYAN LAFOLLETTE, Wheeling — Monroe Central product caught 8 passess for 68 yards in last week’s loss.

JAKE KEENAN, Wheeling — Toronto product caught a pass for 16 yards.

MATT GREENWOOD, Wheeling — St. Clairsville graduate made a 29-yard field goal in the loss to Fairmont. He punted 8 times for 264 yards for an average 33 yards. He dropped two inside the 20 yard line.

ZACH EKEY, Wheeling — Steubenville graduate started at right guard for the Cardinals.

BRADY KOLB, Wheeling — True freshman from St. Clairsville made his collegiate debut for the Cardinals.

JOHNNY AGRESTA, Walsh — Steubenville graduate recorded a tackle in last week’s game against Ashland.

ALIJAH DEMITRAS, Walsh — Steubenville graduate started along the Cavaliers’ offensive line.

JACOB STOLL, Walsh — Steubenville Central product appeared in last week’s Walsh loss.


JERMAIN SNODGRASS, Bethany — Wheeling Park product appeared in the Bison loss last week and had a tackle.

KIRKLAND DAVIS, Muskingum — Buckeye Trail product rushed oncefor 3 yards.

LUKE MENGES, Waynesburg — Union Local grad recorded four tackles in last week’s loss to Westminster.

LUCAS DONLEY, Waynesburg — Union Local graduate had two tackles in last week’s loss.

JUSTICE MCCAMICK, Waynesburg — St. Clairsville graduate had two tackles for the Jackets last week.

TANNER CLARK, Marietta — Caldwell product rushed 18 times for 107 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Pioneers’ win at Capital. He also caught a pass for 10 yards.

VIC GIOVENGO, Marietta — Linsly graduate had eight tackles in the win over Capital.

MAX TICE, Marietta — Toronto product posted three tackles in the win over Capital.

TROY PONTIUS, Marietta — Buckeye Trail alumnus recorded a tackle in last week’s victory.

BOONE JONES, Marietta — Shenandoah product had a tackle in last week’s win.

GAGE GIOVENGO, Marietta — Linsly graduate played in last week’s game.


ALYSSA OTTO, Mercyhurst — Freshman from St. Clairsville had her first two collegiate goals in a 10-0 blanking of Wheeling University.

Staskey can be reached via email at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com


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