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Rine: Football Season? Yes, Please

July 23, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Loyal followers of this space know well that it's money time in these eyes. The start of football season and the preparation that goes into it are a huge part of what makes this job so enjoyable.

The fact the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Football Charity Classic will be played Sunday at Wheeling Island Stadium, makes returning from what has become our annual beach trip a lot easier to swallow.

Sunday's game is incredibly special not just the fact that it marks the official beginning of the upcoming season, but it's great to see a group of guys who have grown up as rivals putting on the same uniform in search of a common goal. As you read this those young men are forming what once appeared unlikely friendships and making memories that will stand the test of time.

Sure, there is no playoff berth or conference title for the winner, but this is serious business. The rivalry that exists between Ohio and West Virginia, who are separated only by a bridge over water, is very real.

Free Football

The annual SUBWAY Sports Clinic Series begins Sunday morning as the OVAC will be playing host to its ninth annual free youth football clinic in conjunction with the Rudy Mumley contest.

Registration will take place at Wheeling Island Stadium from noon-12:45 p.m. and the clinic will last from 1-2:30 p.m. under the direction of OVAC football coaches including members of Coach Chris Daugherty's Wheeling Park staff. The instructors will teach the basic fundamentals of football with a focus on building self-esteem.

The clinic, which is free, is open to boys and girls ages 6-13. Parents and legal guardians are required to have insurance and be present the day of the clinic to sign a waiver form. For more information visit, email James Companion at or call him at 304-639-1238.

Frankovitch Has New Home

Former Weirton Madonna boys' basketball standout Drazen Frankovitch has a new address closer to his roots. A 14-point, 11-rebound performer during his senior season as a Blue Don, Frankovitch is taking his talents - and 6-foot-6, 227-pound frame - to Garrett (Md.) College.

The Lakers are regarded as a high-level junior college, and Frankovitch hopes to continue his transition from center to power forward/small forward.

Garrett finished right around the .500 mark last season while competing in Region 20.

Frankovitch, a former standout for coach George Vargo, spent last season as a redshirt at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Shawn Rine can be reached via email at

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