WHEELING - Football is a rough game and, unfortunately, injuries are often times a part of it. Two Ohio players - Daniel Lattanzio of Beaver and Manard Reed of Steubenville - were both hobbled with what head coach Mark Holenka believes are knee injuries.
The severity won't be known until a MRI can be done, but Reed left the game in the first half and didn't return. Lattanzio was injured in the second half, but remained in the game.
QUEEN OF QUEENS ROYALTY
OHIO DEFENSIVE?backs Chase Kinemond (5) and Korey Lafferre (9) break up a pass intended for Parkersburg South’s Braxton Johnson during the first half of Sunday’s OVAC?All-Star Charity Football Classic held at Wheeling Island Stadium. The Mountaineers prevailed, 28-19.
Wheeling Park retained the crown in the Queen of Queens competition. Recent Park graduate Gabrielle Payne was crowned as the Queen during halftime.
Two local contestants - Shadyside's Karli Bonar and St. Clairsville's Andrea Greenwood - also placed. Bonar was the second runnerup and Greenwood was the fourth runnerup.
Brooke's Juliet Casinelli actually won two awards during the evening. She was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants and she placed as the first runnerup.
The OVAC McDonald's All-Star Band once again rocked the Wheeling Island Stadium at halftime. It's highly impressive what 150-plus musicians can put together in four days of working at Bethany College.
Martins Ferry's band director, Julia Wayne, served as the director this year.
To end its show, the band formed "OVAC" on the field, which was extremely impressive.
Toronto's John Rodesh won the OVAC Band Scholarship that was presented at halftime.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
Long-time Times Leader Sports Writer Rich Gibson, who died earlier this month after a bout with lymphoma, was honored with a moment of silence. It was a fitting honor for a man who invested more than 30 years covering prep sports in this valley. Gibson will be honored once again next month when he's formally inducted to the OVAC Hall of Fame.
GOING FOR TWO!
In case you were in the crowd and wondering why West Virginia was attempting to go for a two-point conversion each time it scored, it wasn't because it was pulling the old Woody Hayes line and going for two because they couldn't go for three.
Actually, the Mountain State had only 32 players on its roster and the one missing player was a kicker. Head coach Mike Young indicated prior to camp it would be kicker by committee, but during the week, they just felt more comfortable going for the 2-point conversion.
Many of the large crowd on hand probably could have left midway through the first quarter. Not because the game was out of hand, but because they'd seen about the coolest thing possible already.
Each year, the Health Plan sponsors a Punt, Pass and Kick competition, which begins on the back line of the end zone.
Chester Barnabei of Weirton, who had a soccer background, launched the pass to about the 40 yard line and then punted to 31 yard line on the right hash. He then nailed the kick to win $10,000.
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