Fourteen Clermont County grid stars lead the East to victory in Ron Woyan all-star classic

June 23rd, 2011    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Clermont and Brown county’s representatives on the victorious East Greater Cincinnati high school all-star football squad are, front row, from left, Brad Rhodes of Western Brown, Michael Kennedy of Glen Este, Collin Pitman of Glen Este, Brian Myers of Bethel-Tate, Garrett Myers of New Richmond, Jeff Stagnaro of Cincinnati Hills Christian, and Zac Hultz of Amelia; and row two, TJ Settles of Goshen, game namesake and former Bethel-Tate and Glen Este coach Ron Woyan, David Brausch of Batavia, Nathan Termuhlen of Milford, Jake Cornett of Loveland, Zach Elias of Loveland, David Moran of Loveland, and Jamie Stagnaro of Cincinnati Hills Christian. Not pictured, Jacob Hacker of Clermont Northeastern and team trainer Ken Rushford of Glen Este.

Fourteen Clermont County high school football stars helped lead the East all-star squad to a thrilling 36-35 victory over the West all-stars in the 36th Annual Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association (SWOFCA) Ron Woyan All-Star Game. This victory marked the second consecutive triumph for the East squad.

The game took place at Kings High School and the funds raised from the game will be used for scholarships to benefits the seniors. At halftime $19,000 was awarded.

The recognition of the abundant amount of gridiron talent from Clermont County ‘s high schools and its residents was greatly evident in that 14 Clermont County high school gridiron gladiators were chosen by the area’s head football coaches to be members of the East Greater Cincinnati squad.

Those Clermont County gridiron gladiators who earned berths among Greater Cincinnati’s best high school stars from the class of 2011 included

David Brausch who is a 6-foot, 1-inch, 240-pound defensive lineman from Batavia High School. He will be attending the College of Mt. St. Joseph where he will major in sports management. He is a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division all-star.

Jake Cornett who is a 6-foot, 260-pound defensive lineman from Loveland High School. He resides in the Clermont County section of that school district. He will be attending Lake Erie College, near Cleveland. He is undecided about his major course of study. He is a Fort Ancient Valley Conference East Division all-star.

Zach Elias who is a 5-foot, 11-inch, 175-pound defensive back from Loveland High School. He resides in the Clermont County section of that school district. He will be attending the University of Dayton where he will major in psychology. He is a Fort Ancient Valley Conference East Division all-star.

Jacob Hacker who is a 6-foot, 2-inch, 170-pound running back from Clermont Northeastern High School. He will attend Miami (of Ohio) University. He is undecided about his major course of study. He was unable to play in the all-star game because of a track season-long injury. Hacker was a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-star.

Zac Hultz who is a 5-foot, 9-inch, 155-pound wide receiver from Amelia High School will be attending Morehead (Ky.) State University where he will major in secondary education. He was a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-star.

Michael Kennedy who is a 5-foot, 10-inch, 215-pound offensive lineman from Glen Este High School will be attending the University of Cincinnati where he will major in special education. He was an all-city pick and a Fort Ancient Valley Conference East Division all-star.

David Moran who is a 6-foot, 5-inch, 240-pound defensive lineman from Loveland High School who resides in the Clermont County section of that school district. He will be attending the United States Air Force Academy. He is undecided about his major course of study. He was all-city and a Fort Ancient Valley Conference East Division all-star.

Brian Myers who is a 5-foot, 10-inch, 180-pound defensive back from Bethel-Tate High School. He will be attending Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, where he will study a course in pre-law. He is a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-star.

Garrett Myers who is a 5-foot, 9-inch, 170-pound defensive back from New Richmond High School. He will be attending Campbellsville (Ky.) College where he will major in criminal justice. He was Division II All-District and a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-star.

Collin Pitman who is a 5-foot, 9-inch, 225-pound linebacker from Glen Este High School. He will be attending the University of Cincinnati where he will major in criminal justice. He was an all-city selection and a Fort Ancient Valley Conference East Division all-star.

TJ Settles who is a 6-foot, 2-inch, 230-pound defensive lineman from Goshen High School. He will be attending the College of Mt. St. Joseph. He is undecided about his major course of study. He is all-city, Division II All-District, a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-star, and earned his alma mater’s Sportsmanship Award.

Jamie Stagnaro who is a 6-foot, 170-pound, defensive back from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. The Withamsville resident will be attending Miami (of Ohio) University where he will major in business. He was a Miami Valley Conference all-star.

Jeff Stagnaro who is a 6-foot, 165-pound, defensive back from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. The Withamsville resident will be attending Ohio State University where he will major in economics. He is a Miami Valley Conference all-star.

The Stagnaros are twins.

Nathan Termuhlen who is a 5-foot, 11-inch, 205-pound, running back from Milford High School. He will be attending the College of Mt. St. Joseph where he will major in criminology. He was Division I All-District and a Fort Ancient Valley Conference East Division all-star.

The all-star classic is named in honor of former Clermont County high school coach football and baseball coach Ron Woyan. He coached both sports at Bethel-Tate high School (head baseball and assistant football under Frank Bates) and was the head football coach at Glen Este High School.

The official release from the SWOFCA states the game is named for Woyan “a former public school teacher and high school coach for 35 years. Ron Woyan was instrumental in the growth of the All-Star Game serving as the director for 20 years. Ron served as SWOFCA president for two terms and has been named SWOFCA Man of the Year five times. The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the National Football Foundation awarded their ‘Contribution to Amateur Football Award’ to him in 2005. Ron is still very active in SWOFCA and is also a member of the Ohio High School Coaches Association, the American Football Coaches Association, and the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Football Foundation.“

He recently retired as the running backs coach at the College of Mt. St. Joseph under head coach Rod Huber, a 1979 graduate of Glen Este High School and a resident of Amelia.

Woyan’s son Vince is a coach at Batavia High School.

Said Woyan,” Having this game named for me when there are so many guys who have done so much in the SWOFCA is very humbling. It’s a great honor.”

He pointed out the game came about in many ways to allow players of smaller schools the opportunity to play against players of bigger schools.

The all-star game namesake stressed that “Clermont County players have always had personal standout games for the East squad in the East-West All-Star Game.”

In addition to the Clermont County schools, other schools that were represented on the East squad included Cincinnati Hills Christian, Sycamore, Turpin, Walnut Hills, Princeton, Deer Park, Moeller, Kings, Loveland, Mariemont, Mason, Lakota East, Waynesville, Western Brown, Roger Bacon, Middletown, Indian Hill, Little Miami, and Madeira.

Schools represented on the West squad included Taylor, Mt. Healthy, Shroder, North College Hill, Hamilton, Wyoming, Lakota West, Reading, Clark Montessori, Colerain, Lockland, Ross, Oak Hills, Winton Woods, Talawanda, Purcell, Harrison, LaSalle, Fairfield, St. Xavier, and Northwest.

The SWOFCA sponsors a scholarship that can be applied for. The application must include the name, address, telephone number, school attended, colleges applied to, and intended major course of study. The school guidance counselor or principal is required to list the applicant’s class rank, grade point average, and the ACT and/or SAT scores. The principal must make a recommendation and a member of the SWOFCA must also make a recommendation.

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