New Castle News


November 28, 2013

High School Football: Neshannock’s Dovidio, Oliva lead Big Seven all-stars



Union advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals last year, but missed the postseason this fall when the Scotties finished sixth in the Big Seven with a 3-5 mark. They were 4-5 overall.

Young, a senior, was a first-team selection at wide receiver and defensive back. The versatile player saw time all over the field. He finished with 218 yards rushing on 41 carries, 23 catches for 355 yards and 11 TDs.

“We had a few talented skill people this year. An injury to Rob Clark kind of forced the load to Ben. People knew we’d try to get the ball to him. He scored from the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions. He is multifaceted. He responded at each position,” Union coach Stacy Robinson said. “Defensively, he has a skillset and the ability. He can accelerate. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is the fastest player in the league. He has really come on as a football player. I hate to see him go. He is another quality kid. He touches all the bases and does all the right things. Wherever he goes, he’ll be successful.”


Big Seven Conference

First Team


Tight End: Steven Jeffries (Neshannock), Sr.

Wide Receivers: *Mallory Clayburn (Sto-Rox), Sr.; Benjamin Young (Union), Sr.

Linemen: *Ralph Dovidio (Neshannock), Sr.; Aaron Vanasco (Laurel), Sr.; Jessie Rippole (Sto-Rox), Sr.; Nick DeDominicis (Western Beaver), Sr.; Ryan Theobald (OLSH), Sr.

Quarterback: *Lenny Williams (Sto-Rox), Sr.

Running Backs: *Eli Owens (Neshannock), Jr.; Hunter Roknich (Western Beaver), Jr.; Brendan Blair (Sto-Rox), Sr.

Kicker: Noah Wertz (Laurel), Jr.



Linemen: *Ralph Dovidio (Neshannock), Sr.; Rick Nail (Laurel), Jr.; Nick DeDominicis (Western Beaver), Sr.; Brandon Gary (Sto-Rox), Jr.

Linebackers: *Gianni Oliva (Neshannock), Sr.; Dalton Rosta (Laurel), Sr.; Elisha Bonner (Sto-Rox), Sr.; Tom Marra (OLSH), Sr.

Defensive Backs: *Josh Dando (Laurel), Sr.; *Mallory Clayburn (Sto-Rox), Sr.; Benjamin Young (Union), Sr.; Seth Dueitt (Neshannock), Jr.; Lenny Williams (Sto-Rox), Sr.

Punters: Spencer Pullium (Laurel), Sr.; Greg Strong (OLSH), Sr.


Most Valuable Offensive Player: Lenny Williams (Sto-Rox), Sr.

Most Valuable Defensive Player: Gianni Oliva (Neshannock), Sr.

Lineman of the Year: Ralph Dovidio (Neshannock), Sr.

Coach of the Year: Dan Bradley (Sto-Rox)


Second Team


Tight End: Elisha Bonner (Sto-Rox), Sr.

Wide Receivers: Brent Johnson (Rochester), Sr.; Nick Metz (OLSH), Sr.; Javelle Kirkland (Sto-Rox), Jr.

Linemen: Jesse Mays (Sto-Rox), Jr.; Zach Barnes (Neshannock), Jr.; Matt Girting (Western Beaver), Sr.; Joey Arrigo (South Side Beaver), Jr.; Jamie Hooks (Union), Sr.

Quarterback: Ernie Burkes (Neshannock), Sr.

Running Backs: Dalton Rosta (Laurel), Sr.; Tyler Welsh (Shenango), Sr.; Nathan Block (South Side Beaver), Jr.

Kicker: Jason Owrey (Neshannock), Sr.



Linemen: Steven Jeffries (Neshannock), Sr.; Nick Metz (OLSH), Sr.; Alonzo Regna (Shenango), Sr.; Dakota Cameron (Laurel), Sr.; Matt Girting (Western Beaver), Sr.

Linebackers: Brent McCormick (Shenango), Sr.; Brent Johnson (Rochester), Sr.; Billy Drear (Western Beaver), Sr.; Nathan Block (South Side Beaver), Jr.; Damien Denanas (Sto-Rox), Jr.

Defensive Backs: Nick Miller (Western Beaver), Sr.; Cedric Gray (OLSH), Jr.; Javelle Kirkland (Sto-Rox), Jr.

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