Hundreds in Sharon gather to remember football players

Evan Gill, 17, and Corey Swartz, 18, both Sharon High School football players, were killed Friday night in a head-on collision. John Zdelar, 50, of Brookfield was also killed, and four others were injured in the crash.

Staff Report


Hundreds of Shenango Valley residents gathered Sunday evening at Sharon High School stadium to remember two Sharon High School football players who died Friday night in a head-on collision.

Evan Gill, 17, and Corey Swartz, 18, were seniors at Sharon and teammates on the Sharon football team.

“We are here to remember them and to grieve for that loss,” Rev. James A. Reardon said at the vigil. “It is that loss that we are hurting today. That [lost] physical presence really hurts. It sucks.”

Also killed in the accident was John Zdelar, 50, of Brookfield.

Police say a preliminary investigation suggests Swartz, who was driving his Mazda sport utility vehicle, crossed the median strip on east Connelly Boulevard and struck the Chevy Silverado that Zdelar was driving.

Two other Sharon football players, Craig and Gregg Osmon, 17-year-old twin brothers from Sharon, were also passengers in the Mazda. They are both in St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown undergoing surgery and treatment.

Zdelar’s passengers were his step-son, Evan Wallace, 10, and Blake Yenderak, 12. Evan was just released from the hospital today. Blake was released from Sharon Regional Health System after he was treated Friday night.

Swartz, Gill and the Osmon brothers were supposed to play in their first playoff game of the season Saturday, which has now been moved to 7 p.m. Monday at Erie Veterans Stadium.

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