GRANGE INSURANCE OHIO ALL-STAR
TO FEATURE TOP HIGH-SCHOOL
GAME TO BE PLAYED FOR 2ND
STRAIGHT YEAR IN COLUMBUS
COLUMBUS – Sixty-eight of the best high-school football players in Ohio will
take the field Saturday, June 22 when the Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic
is played at Columbus Crew Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The 57th Annual Ohio All-Star Classic, the longest-running all-star
football game in the country, features most of the top graduating seniors in the
state. Thirteen members of Ohio State's 2002 recruiting class – including
quarterback Justin Zwick (Massillon Washington), linebackers Bobby Carpenter
(Lancaster) and Mike Kudla (Medina Highland) and wide receiver Roy Hall (Brush)
– will participate in the game, while 24 of the game's 68 players have
accepted scholarships to Big Ten Conference universities.
"We are proud to bring together the best high-school football players in Ohio
for this game," said Steve Gilbert, president of the Ohio High School Football
Coaches Association and head coach at Tiffin Columbian. "This is the premier
all-star football game in the country and is the last chance to see these
outstanding student-athletes play before many of them go on to play at some of
the top Division I schools in the country."
This year's Ohio All-Star Classic will return to Columbus Crew Stadium, where
the game was played for the first time in 2001. The Ohio High School Football
Coaches Association worked with the Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors
Bureau and Columbus Crew Stadium to move the game to Columbus last year after it
was held in Massillon 19 of the previous 21 years and in Massillon, Canton or
Akron each year since 1977. A title sponsorship agreement with Columbus-based
Grange Insurance will keep the Ohio All-Star Classic in Columbus through at
"Grange Insurance is proud to
sponsor this classic sports event and we salute the fine young athletes who are
competing. Grange is committed to supporting young people and through the Most
Valuable Player scholarship donation we can also recognize their excellence,"
said Phil Urban, president and CEO of Grange Insurance. " As Chairman of the
Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, I want to promote bringing
events such as this to Columbus. This is a wonderful opportunity for Grange and
for our independent agents throughout the state to support the Classic and the
student athletes in their communities."
John Gibbons of Lakewood St. Edward will coach the North squad this year and
will be assisted by Tom Lombardo (Mentor Lake Catholic), Bob Olwin (Sherwood
Fairview), Paul Hulea (Poland Seminary), Stan Jefferson (Mansfield Senior) and
Ralph Orsini (Akron Hoban). John Rodenberg of Cincinnati McNicholas will coach
the South squad and will be assisted by Tim Goodwin (Marion Local), Rob
Carpenter (Lancaster), Ty Fleming (Shadyside), Steve Bartlett (Dayton Carroll)
and Paul Nestor (Zanesville Rosecrans).
Ohio All-Star Classic players and coaches will arrive in Columbus on Sunday,
June 16. A Media Preview Day will be held at Columbus Crew Stadium at 2:30 p.m.
on June 16. The players and coaches will make a variety of public appearances
throughout the week, including a visit to Columbus Children's Hospital,
Columbus City Council and a Columbus Crew soccer game. The Ohio All-Star Classic
Scholarship Banquet will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 at the Buckeye
Hall of Fame Café. The teams will practice at Otterbein College and Columbus
Crew Stadium throughout the week in preparation for the game.
The Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic will be televised to a statewide
audience on the Ohio News Network (ONN), a 24-hour, news, weather and sports
OHIO ALL-STAR CLASSIC
WHO: 68 of the top high school football
players in Ohio
WHERE: Columbus Crew Stadium
WHEN: Saturday, June 22. Kickoff is at
TICKETS: Cost is $8 in advance or $10 at
the door. Advance tickets available by calling the Crew Stadium at 614-447-CREW
or by visiting the stadium ticket office.
TELEVISION: Ohio News Network (ONN)
MEDIA PREVIEW DAY: All Ohio All-Star
Classic players and coaches will be available at the Ohio All-Star Classic Media
Preview Day at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 16 at Columbus Crew Stadium.
CREDENTIALS: Please direct requests to
Brent LaLonde at email@example.com, via fax at 614-222-6143 or at 90 N.
High St. Columbus, Ohio, 43215. No credentials are needed to cover the Media