Former CCHS lineman opening football camp

GIVING BACK — Former Catholic Central lineman Jake Stoll is the brains behind the inaugural Crusader Football Camp, which begins on July 23. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central graduate Jake Stoll soon will be leaving soon for Walsh University in North Canton to continue his football and academic careers.

Before he goes, however, the All-Ohio lineman will spend a few July days giving back to his community.

Stoll, the son of Teresa Stoll, is the brains behind the inaugural Crusader Football Camp, which will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 23 and July 24 at the CCHS sports complex.

“This is something I wanted to do for the community,” said Stoll, who starred on both sides of the ball for Central’s 2018 Division VI playoff squad. “The camp is free, and each attendee will receive a free T-shirt. I know football campus can get expensive and, by offering a free camp, I’m hoping to get lots of kids from the community to attend.”

Stoll said the camp is open to children in grades 2-6 from all area schools.

“I spoke to Anthony Agresta when he was hired as Central’s new head football coach, and he could not have been more excited about the camp idea,” Stoll said. “He has hosted many youth football camps in the past, and we are looking forward to making this an annual event.”

Stoll will be one of the camp instructors, along with Agresta. Others lined up to assist are Rich “Moose” Pizzoferrato, J.D. Parise, Cedro Parise and Rick Gillette. Stoll expects to have many more Central alumni participating.

Those interested in participating can sign up during the annual Central Fun Fest, set for this Saturday and Sunday on the school grounds. Stoll will be accepting registrations in the school cafeteria. Information is available by calling Teresa Stoll at (740) 317-9243 or texting Jake Stoll at (740) 275-8522.

To help with staging the camp, Stoll has lined up a number of sponsors. Those providing assistance so far are the Stoll family, the Zack Collaros Foundation, Albert Carapellotti, Wintersville Trophy Shop, Mosti Funeral Home, Michelle Gorman and the Catholic Central Boosters Club.

“I’m really excited for it, and I’m glad it’s happening,” Stoll said. “I really want to thank those who have agreed to sponsor the camp. We’re still looking for more financial support.

“I also want to thank coach Agresta. Once I talked to him and realized I had his support, I was able to get the rest of the coaches on board.”