West Virginia finalizes roster
WHEELING, W.Va. — It’s go-time for the West Virginia all-stars.
Coach Mike Eddy — formerly of Parkersburg South — completed his roster for the game, which will be played one week from tonight at Wheeling Island Stadium with the announcement of linebackers, defensive backs and his kicker.
Eddy and the Mountaineers will report to Bethany College on Sunday at noon to open training camp.
The defensive group includes Jackson Chaney (Oak Glen), Bastian Geher (Linsly), Jules Giovengo (Linsly), Brayden Mooney (South), Jermain Snodgrass (Wheeling Park), Sebastian Stickler (Magnolia), Jonah Phares (University).
On top of these players, linemen John Marshall’s Gavin Lockhart and Valley’s George Brown have been added to the roster.
“We feel good about our linebackers, but it’ll be interesting to see where those guys play,” Eddy said. “The defensive back group is important, but it’s the group we know the least about. We feel good about our kicker. He has a good, strong, accurate leg.
Here’s a capsule look at the players who retured their information sheets:
JACKSON CHANEY, Oak Glen — This former Golden Bear was all over the field on the defensive side for Coach Ted Arneault’s team.
The 5-10, 160 pounder finished with 76 tackles, recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown.
Along with football, Chaney was a member of the National Honor Society and attended West Virginia Boys State.
Jackson, who plans to attend West Virginia University, is the son of Pat and Amy Chaney.
BASTIAN GEHRER, Linsly — This former Cadet was one of the top tacklers for Coach B.J. Depew’s team.
The 6-2, 210 pounder finished with 101 tackles and was named his team’s defensive player of the year.
Bastian, who plans to attend Cal, Pa., is the son of Michael Gehrer and Dorthea Gehrer.
JULES GIOVENGO, Linsly — This former Cadet did a little bit of everything for Depew’s team despite battling through an injury that cost him a handful of games.
The 5-6, 150 pounder finished with 400 yards and 11 touchdowns receiving. He also had two punt returns for a touchdown. He’s also a cornerback.
Giovengo was named first-team all-OVAC, received the Zimmer Award as Linsly School Athlete of the Year and was named the football MVP in 2018.
Along with football, Giovengo was a standout wrestler and lettered in baseball.
Jules, who plans to attend West Virginia, is the son of Jeff and Tiffany Giovengo.
BRAYDEN MOONEY, Parkersburg South — This former Patriot was instrumental for Eddy’s team both at quarterback and as a linebacker.
The 6-1, 205 pounder passed for 1,609 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 620 yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensively, he tallied 111 tackles, including six for loss.
Mooney was named all-TRAC and all-state. Brayden is the son of John and Alison Mooney.
JERMAIN SNODGRASS, Wheeling Park — This former Patriot was a defensive standout for Coach Chris Daugherty’s team.
The 5-9, 210 pounder finished his linebacker career with 223 tackles, six sacks and an interception.
Along with football, Snodgrass was a standout in wrestling and track.
Jermain, who plans to attend Bethany College, is the son of Tera Snodgrass.
SEBASTIAN STICKLER, Magnolia — This former Blue Eagle was a key for Coach Dave Chapman’s team at receiver and linebacker.
The 5-9, 175 pounder caught 70 pases for 855 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Spencer was first-team all-state and all-OVAC.
Sticker, who is headed to West Virginia University, is the son of Christy Stapel.