Area senior football standouts meet tonight for 27th Jack Arvin Classic


Campbell coach Jeff Bayuk


Larry Kempe, Ursuline Coach and his son Paul Kempe.

By Greg Gulas

Area fans will get a jump on the football season tonight when players from Mahoning and Columbiana counties take on a team of Trumbull County all-stars in the Mahoning Valley Coaches Association’s 27th-annual Jack Arvin Classic at Girard’s Arrowhead Stadium.

“Before practices even begin, co-director Ron DeJulio and I address both teams in order to inform and educate them about the legacy of Jack Arvin,” said Jeff Bayuk, the MVCA’s co-director and former coach at Campbell, Hubbard and Canfield. “If Jack wasn’t an original organization member, then he was one of their earliest members and what he stood for, sportsmanship and fair play is what this game is all about.

“As heated as play can be at times, we make sure that both the players and coaches understand that it happens between the white lines and the whistles.”

Arvin was the head coach of Brookfield High for one season, coached at Stow for a season and spent 37 years as an assistant football coach and head track coach at Hubbard.

Larry Kempe, an assistant coach at Ursuline High, will serve as head coach of the Mahoning-Columbiana squad. McDonald head coach Dan Williams will lead the Trumbull County team.

Kempe will coach his son Paul, who is headed to Walsh University this fall to play for the Cavaliers while four Irish teammates, Jordan Markota, Jeff Podolsky, Michael Zappa and Pete Wearsch, will join Kempe on the Mahoning-Columbiana unit.

Each team will have nine practices before the game.

“The kids to this point have been absolutely great,” Kempe said. “Being from Girard and having coached at Girard High, and then being able to coach my son in his very last scholastic game at Arrowhead Stadium is really very special for both of us.”

Paul, the Irish quarterback who helped lead his team to a 41-3 mark and three consecutive state championships, will draw the starting assignment but will share time with East’s Shawn Haywood.

“Shawn [Haywood] will play the second series and everyone on the team will play either offensively, defensively or on special teams for the first three quarters,” Kempe said. “I did ask the team, however, if the game was close in the fourth quarter do we continue to play everyone or do we go for the win?

“They all responded to go for the win, so at that time we’ll go with those players that have had a hot hand.”

Williams and in addition to three of his Blue Devils stars, Nick and Justin Rota, and Chris Humphries, he will welcome players from Brookfield, Champion, Girard, Howland, Hubbard, LaBrae, Lakeview, Liberty, Mathews, Mineral Ridge, Newton Falls, Warren Harding and Warren JFK.

“This is a great experience for all of the kids,” said Williams, who will coach three of his own players, Nick and Justin Rota and Chris Humphries. “Rivals during the season, the players now find themselves on the same team and they are really coming together after just several practices.

“The area is well-represented with players from all divisions. You can tell that all have been coached really, really well throughout their high school careers because they pick up things very easily. We will be ready come Thursday night.”

Assisting Kempe will be John DeSantis, Chet Allen, Andrew Frasco, Michael Frasco, Brad Turnbull, Dom Cutrone, Matt Green and Kevin Cylar while Williams will be assisted by Tom Knight, Gary Carkido, Joe Celli, Bob Jones and Scott Murray.

Game time is 7 p.m. with tickets $6 and available at the gate the night of the game.


The Mahoning Valley Coaches’ Association’s 27th annual Jack Arvin Classic will match many of the area’s top senior football players tonight at Arrowhead Stadium in Girard. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate. Here’s the rosters for this year’s game:


No.-Name (Ht., Wt.), High School, College

2-Lester Hughes (6-1, 175), Campbell Memorial, Undecided

3-Jermayne Brooks (6-0, 185), Struthers, Akron

3-Cam Patterson (6-0, 160), Austintown Fitch, YSU

4-Paul Kempe (6-1, 185), Ursuline, Walsh

4-Kevin McDonald (5-7, 165), Struthers, Akron

5-Seth McNally (5-9, 175), Leetonia, Military

5-John Rosati (6-2, 170), Western Reserve, Kent State

5-Mike Thomas (5-10, 180), East, YSU

7-Oshae Lawrence (5-9, 175), East, Kent State

8-Keil’n Thurston (6-1, 210), Ursuline, Snow J.C.

9-Shawn Haywood (5-10, 190), East, ASA

10-Jordan Markota (6-2, 215), Ursuline, YSU

11-Shane Stevens (6-1, 185), Austintown Fitch, Lake Erie

20-Antoine Cox (5-11, 200), Austintown Fitch, YSU

21-Ed Newhouse (6-0, 180), Western Reserve, Military

21-Bruce Reed (5-9, 185), Austintown Fitch, Lake Erie

23-Dom Thomas (5-10, 185), Chaney, YSU

33-Jeff Podolsky (5-8, 170), Ursuline, Ohio Northern

33-Carmen Tarantino (5-10, 200), Boardman, Mount Union

40-Clay Cooper (5-9, 200), Poland, YSU

40-Matt Richards (5-7, 140), United, Kent State

54-Justin Kasner (5-8, 205), Jackson Milton, YSU

56-Nick Sebastian (5-11, 260), Poland, Hiram

57-Michael Zappa (6-0, 215), Ursuline, Cincinnati

58-Austin Main (6-0, 215), Boardman, YSU

58-Mike Semach (5-11, 250), Springfield, Slippery Rock

58-Pete Wearsch (6-2, 245), Ursuline, Walsh

72-Nick Ramsey (6-2, 240), Springfield, Akron

75-David Guidos (5-11, 265), Campbell Memorial, Waynesburg

83-Richard Bledsoe (6-1, 175), Campbell Memorial, Iowa Western

89-Anthony Gelonese (6-0, 195), Canfield, Mt. Union

Coaches: Larry Kempe, John DeSantis, Chet Allen, Andrew Frasco, Brad Turnbull, Dom Cutrone.


No.-Name (Ht., Wt.), High School, College

1-Danny Duvall (5-11, 190), Hubbard, Robert Morris

1-Denny Sulick (5-9, 175), Brookfield, Heidelberg

3-Mikhail Seawood (6-1, 240), Warren Harding, undecided

4-DeVonte West (6-1, 165), Warren Harding, Walsh

5-Blake Robinson (5-11, 190), Niles, undecided

5-Wade Pruett (5-8, 190), Mathews, undecided

6-Mike Lopuchovsky (6-1, 190), Hubbard, Ohio State

7-Toma Leveto (5-8, 160), Lakeview, Edinboro

10-Andrew Sekela (6-1, 185), LaBrae, Kent State

10-Justin Rota (6-0, 170), McDonald, YSU

11-Carl Broadbent (5-10, 170), Warren JFK, undecided

13-K’von Williams (6-2, 175), Warren Harding, Walsh

18-Bryan Daugherty (5-10, 175), Girard, Wooster

24-Andy Davis (5-10, 175), Howland, undecided

25-Nick Rota (6-0, 170), McDonald, YSU

27-Kyle Richey (6-0, 215), Girard, Waynesburg

32-James Rasey (5-7, 190), Champion, Akron

33-Evan McBride (5-10, 180), Warren JFK, undecided

35-Nate Marisco (5-11, 235), Warren Harding, Lake Erie

42-Blake Novotny (6-2, 225), Hubbard, YSU

53-Aaron Stubbs (5-10, 205), LaBrae, Wash. & Jeff.

53-Andrew Hover (5-11, 246), Hubbard, Kent State

57-Chris Humphries (6-2, 195), McDonald, Hiram

62-Stephen Yanovich (6-2, 290), Newton Falls, St. Francis

65-Don De Arment (6-1, 260), Howland, Westminster

66-Chuck Sayer (5-11, 220), Howland, Westminster

67-Luca Markulin (6-5, 250), Liberty, Gannon

72-Billy Rentz (6-1, 265), Hubbard, Westminster

74-Bryce Grimm (6-4, 310), Champion, YSU

76-Tyler Keeley (5-10, 220), Mineral Ridge, undecided

88-Justin Misterka (6-2, 190), Lakeview, Wash. & Jeff.

Coaches: Dan Williams, Tom Knight, Gary Carkido, Joe Celli, Bob Jones, Scott Murray

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