Boys soccer preview
In his ninth year, Steubenville Big Red boys soccer coach Greg Bowers returns 13 lettermen from a 10-6-2 season.
“We have a lot of experience coming back,” he said. “Last year we had trouble being consistent throughout an entire game and finishing around the net.”
The lettermen are – Bryan Brown, Dominic DiCarlo, John Paul Duff, Charles Massie, Blake Mullen, Michael Rosaschi, Tanner Westlake, Jason Criss, Jorge Dominguez, Nate Kurty, Phil Stoutz, Tyler Clevenger and Parker Dalton.
The newcomers are Alex Isla, Ethan Brown, Brandon Delaratta and Federico Torres.
Duff is back for his third year in goal.
“This season the defense should be solid and if we can find a way to make some goals we could have a nice season,” said Bowers, who is 98-33-15 in his nine seasons on the sideline.
The Red Riders lost nine seniors to graduation and have some holes to fill.
But, coach Joe Pepe, in his 21st season, also has 11 lettermen returning from a 16-4-2 squad that lost to Fairmont Senior (2-1) in the West Virginia Class AA-A regional final.
Leading the way are senior midfielder Alex Hannah and senior keeper Matthew Tenaglio. Hannah is a three-year letterman and starter and Tenaglio a three-year letterman and two-year starter.
Hannah was honorable mention all-state last year and all-OVAC.
The remaining letter winners are senior Ryan Dragonir, juniors Jordan Barney, Jonathon Fedoush, Ben Kopa and Kristian Fuchs, sophomores are David Gianni, Ryan Kirk, Ethan Gilbert and backup keeper Michael Ceraolo which will also see lots of time on the field. Also looking for playing time is sophomore Matthew Stonebraker.
Newcomers are Zachary Hannah, Chayton Luevano and Michael Gresko.
Weir has won eight straight OVAC. titles and nine overall.
“This team is very young and is already working hard to keep the program strong,” said Pepe. “The coaching staff has been working very hard with the players and they seem to be adapting well.”
Fighting for playing time are Thomas Szymanek, Chancellor Penebaker, Tyler Stumpf, Brandon Konnovitch, Caleb Foglio, Anthony Veltri, Nicholas Barnabei, Brandon Cramer, Justin Roberts and Danny Mayfield.
Head coach Steve Kopcha returns six seniors on his roster of 26 – Leo Herrmann, John-Paul McNamara, Pat Hernon, Isaac Sanford, Carlo Fabian and Blake Kiedrowski.
Hermann was named the Ohio Eastern District Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division III Player of the Year in 2012.
“This year we have a good core of returning players that will provide valuable experience and allow us to be competitive this year,” said Kopcha, the OSSCA Eastern District Division III Coach of the Year. “They will also provide great leadership to our many first-year players.
“Having a good combination of both veteran and new players will allow us to create depth on our roster that will help carry us through this year and future years.”
Returning in goal is junior John Bolster.
He is joined by classmates Harold Rogers, Jacob Decker, Anthony Lamantia, Jack Evans and Jude Ledyard, sophomores Anthony Raymond, Kevin Herrmann, Caleb Moore, Jacob Rigaud, Brady Bolger and Aidan Gotta and freshmen Stephen Bolster, Lucca DiMichele, Joseph Sanford, Nathan Kilonsky, Evan Moore, Austin Fowkes, Joey Schlich and Jake Bolger.
Head coach Brian Cerullo is pretty optimistic about his squad.
“I know we lost a lot of talent with last year’s graduating class, but I expect great things from Brooke soccer this year,” he said.
“I am very excited about this season. Our senior captains, Zac Ciccolella, James Harrick, and Brett Parrish, lead a young team including eight freshmen.”
Cerullo also has seniorsBryce Kesling and Nick Stillson, juniors Chris Beaman, Paraag Gupta, Jakob Heilman and Michael Reiordan, sophomores Christian Hooper, Jacob Kennedy, Dalton Minger, Ty Sicurella and Matthew Valentine and freshmen Zach Bolnar, Gavin Browne, Nicholas Calvert, Austin Chambers, Adam Law, Mason Lough, Austin Tennant and Dylan Wounaris.”
“We have a great mix of veteran players and underclassmen prepared to prove themselves on the field,” said Cerullo, whose 4-9-1 team last year lost in the sectional tournament.
The Golden Bears are led by forward Cullen Bennett and Chris Bailey, one of the best sweepers around.
Coach Aaron Bennett is also relying on seniors Devin Polen, Ian Travis, Justin Bailey, Mark Smith and Brock Smith.
“As long as we stay healthy, we will have a good solid year,” said the coach. “Our largest goal is to make sure we win those games we lost by one last year.”
The juniors are Addison Sayre, Nathan Bennett (keeper), Cody Waggnoer and Evan Hall.
The Golden Bears also have sophomores Jesse Lantz, Zach Mynes and Christian White and freshmen Devon Flanigan, James Crain, Dylan Garmire, Nathan Fryer and Andrew Tinsky.
The Redskins were 4-9-4 a year ago and lost nine seniors off that team.
“Our players have been working very hard to replace them,” said head coach Jonathan Hoover. “We are a young team that is going to play hard for the full 80 minutes.”
Captains Lee Utt and Russell Ratcliffe (seniors) and junior Max Lewis will lead with way, along with seniors Kyle Probert and Gabe Thomas.
“I have a great class of seniors who are great examples of what it means to be a true student-athlete,” said Hoover.
Also in uniform are juniors Corey Hartung, Cole Recinella and Jimmy Bolyog, sophomores Zack Barker (goalie), Lucas Kennedy, Joey Donley, Jordan Herald, David Emley, Nick Utt, Drew Markja, Jonathan Blackburn, Tyler Campbell, Noah Thomas, Michael Vella and Brendan Cole and freshmen Paul Voltz, Bradley Quaigg, Caleb Duggan, George Shea and Andrew Price.
“We hope to improve on last season and continue to build a program at Indian Creek,” Hoover remarked.
Head coach Chris Bomley, the OSSCA Eastern District Division II Coach of the Year, has 17 players in uniform – three are seniors in Zac Sansone, Armando Sinicropi and Travis Bell.
“Our team is young but we have a very solid junior and senior class that are leaders on and off the field,” said Bomley.
The juniors are Christian Durbin, Cody Kuntupis, Cory Kuntupis and Troy Sargeant.
Sophomore Josh Wioka will be the goalie.
Bomley also has sophomores Brett Ferrell, David Harris and Alex Mariscal and freshmen Logun Gates, Hunter Howell, David Kinney, Mitchell Sinicropi, Jacob Turachak and Misha Zdinak.
The Huskies are in their frist year as a varsity sport and are coached by Eris Sheets.
“Last year we had a co-ed club team, but most of the boys that I am coaching have been playing in youth leagues for several years,” said Sheets. “I am very excited to see how we stack up against other schools in the valley.
“I have a great core of five seniors that I am leaning on to lead my team and I believe that we will be very competitive.”
Those seniors are Kyle Dodds, David Forrester, Geoff Pecar, Jonah Rodgers and Parnell Sheldon. There are no juniors on the squad.
Sheets also has sophomores Scott Forrester, Nathaniel Hoyt, Tristan Kulow, Drew Mizer, Evan Ossman and Conner Pecar and freshmen James Forrester, Matt Mizer, Logan Starr and Zach Stubblefield.
Jefferson County Christian
Coach Jim Seabright is in his third year and has 15 players on the roster, led by seniors Wes Seabright, Nic Marshall and Matt Townsend.
The remainder of the roster are juniors Blaze Bowers, Garrison Mathison, Chris Brown, Christian Brown, Chris McGurn, Michael Orsatti and Jerome McCoy, sophomores Michael Wendt, J.D. Pritchard and Max Martin and freshmen Elisha Bartlett and Christian Hayden.
“Our goals are always the same and leading the way is our team verse, Matthew 5:16,” said the coach. “We have athletes who can play both ends of the field and that will help us. We are also a pretty versatile team. I like what we will bring to the table each game.”
The Royals are seeking a return to the SouthWestern Christian Athletic Conference championship game. They were runners-up in 2011 and semifinalists n 2012.
“We just have to remember each game who we are playing for,” said Seabright.