Ohio names defensive backs, kicker for OVAC game
Ohio head coach Mark Holenka has named his defensive backfield and kicker for the upcoming Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic.
And it’s a versatile group of players who could help on either side of the ball.
“These guys are all great athletes,” Holenka said. “They’re quick, can cover and they’re good against the run. Plus, they’re all able to help us on offense, too, if we choose to do that. We’ve got two of our own (Shadyside) kids there, which should help because we use the secondary to make a lot of our calls.”
Along with the defensive players, Holenka also has set Bellaire’s Dalton Conroy as the Ohio side placekicker.
“He showed time and time again that he has a big leg and he made a lot of clutch kids,” Holenka said.
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
IAN BAKER, Shadyside – This former Tiger was a standout in the defensive backfield for Holenka’s team.
The 5-8, 170 pounder recorded 29 solos, 28 assists, three pass breakups and an interception. He also recovered a funble and blocked a kick. He saw time offensively as a wide out and was a kick returner.
Baker was named all-Eastern District, all-OVAC and all-Times Leader for his fine season.
Along with football, Baker was a standout in wrestling, winning the OVAC title and placing in the Ohio State Tournament twice. He also lettered in track.
Ian, who is the son of Jerry and Davida Baker, plans on attending Belmont College.
DALTON CONROY, Bellaire – This former Big Red was a real weapon for Coach Jose Davis’ team as a kicker.
The 6-0, 235 pounder connected on 14 field goals and 76 point after touchdowns. He also had 137 kickoffs for 6,941 yards.
For his fine season, Conroy was a first-team all-Ohioan kicker in Division V. He was also all-Eastern District, all-OVAC, all-Buckeye 8 and he was named WTOV-9 Special Teams Player of the Year.
Along with football, Conroy won three letters in baseball.
Dalton, who is undecided about his future plans, is the son of Christopher and Jana Conroy.
CHASE KINEMOND, Shadyside – This former Tiger served as the quarterback on both sides of the ball for Holenka’s team.
The 6-1, 175 pounder passed for 2,083 yards and ran for 1,154, while accounting for 47 touchdowns during his prep career. On the defensive side, Kinemond had 149 tackles and 11 interceptions.
For his efforts, Kinemond was twice named first-team all-Ohio as a defensive back. He was all-OVAC, all-Times Leader and all-valley.
Along with football, Kinemond was an OVAC wrestling champ and twice placed in the Division III state tournament.
Chase, who plans on attending Ohio University Eastern, is the son of Scott and Bobbi Jo Kinemond.
KOREY LAFFERRE, Monroe Central – This former Seminole did a little bit of everything for Coach Jay Circosta’s squad.
The 5-10, 160 pounder played quarterback and wide receiver and on defense played in the secondary. He ran for 1,000 yards as quarterback after serving as the Seminoles’ leading receiver as both a sophomore and junior.
For his efforts, Lafferre was named third-team all-Ohio, first-team all-Eastern District, all-OVAC, all-PVC.
Korey, who is the son of Kasey Lafferre and Patty Shreve, plans on attending West Liberty University.
SEAN McGEE, Martins Ferry – This former Purple Rider was a mainstay on both sides of the ball for Coach Dave Bruney’s team.
The 6-1, 265 pounder shined at middle linebacker and saw time both on the offensive line and some at fullback.
Along with football, McGee was twice an all-Ohioan in the shot put. He was also one of the area’s top discus throwers.
Sean is the son of Jamie and Jeff McGee.
MATT PETRELLA, Steubenville – This former Big Red standout made numerous big plays for Coach Reno Saccoccia’s team last season.
The 6-2, 205 pounder was a standout at wide receiver, making 37 catches for 500 yards. He also scored six touchdowns. Defensively, he had 32 tackles, a sack, two interceptions and a touchdown.
Petrella was named all-OVAC and second-team all-Eastern District.
Matt, who plans on playing football at Youngstown State University, is the son of George and Janine Petrella.
CODY SCHAU, Martins Ferry – This former Purple Rider made big play after big play on both sides of the ball for Bruney’s squad.
The 6-2, 170 pounder was a wide receiver and safety for the Riders. he had 55 receptions for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 98 tackles and 11 interceptions.
Schau was honored for his efforts by being named first-team all-Ohio, all-Eastern District and all-Valley.
Schau was also a standout in basketball, helping to lead the Riders to the Division III regional. He scored better than 1,000 points in his career.
Cody, who plans on attending Hood College in Maryland to play basketball, is the son of Kris Schau and Sherry Dowdell.