By Ryan Kaczmarski
On April 4, the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association (GCFCA) met at the Cleveland Browns’ training facility in Berea and drafted 80 graduating high school senior football players. These players will form the East and West All-Star teams and participate in the 40th annual Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Cuyahoga County East-West High School All-Star Scholarship football game.
Not only were 11 players drafted from Westshore high schools, but Lakewood High School assistant coach Joe Zombek was chosen to lead the West squad against the East squad, coached by John F. Kennedy High School’s Scott Wodtly.
“I think the GCFCA did a good thing a few years ago when they opened up the All-Star game to area assistant coaches,” said Lakewood head football coach Ron Lewis. “Joe would like to be a head coach some day, and he will be a good one.
“I am very proud of him, our coaches that will assist him and our players that were selected.”
Along with Zombek on the sideline, Lakewood will be represented on the field by Aturo Morgan (QB/CB) and Sie Doe (DL).
“Aturo and Sie were both big-play guys that could make something happen anytime they were on the field,” Lewis said. “Aturo played quarterback for us, but in the All-Star game I would expect to see him lined up as a wide receiver and defensive back. He has the athletic ability to be a star at that game.
“If the East is going to throw the ball a lot, I would expect that Sie will be hounding their quarterback all night,” he added. “He is a relentless pass rusher.”
North Olmsted High School’s Pat Moran (OL/DL) and Marc Remy (RB/DB) will represent the Eagles in the game.
“Both young men are great examples of how doing well in the classroom and working hard on the field pays off in the end,” said North Olmsted head coach Michael Ptacek. “Both are going to excellent colleges (Remy to Toledo and Moran to Notre Dame in Ohio), and both will be missed next season.
“Pat was a team captain and always led by example in the classroom – with over a 4.0 GPA – and on the field with his relentless effort,” he added. “He was a three-year letterman and an All-SWC performer. Marc was one of the best athletes to ever walk through our doors at NOHS. He is a very gifted athlete, who has a bright future ahead of him.
“We as a team, and as coaches, are very proud of these young men.”
Eric Oster (OT/DE) is the lone Pirate chosen from the Rocky River squad.
“Eric was one of the hardest workers on the team,” said Rocky River head coach Rick Adams. “He worked and became a two-way starter at right tackle on offense and defensive end. Also, he was voted captain by his teammates.
“Eric has a great motor and is very quick off the ball,” Adams added. “He uses his hands very well and is very coachable. I believe that Eric will do a great job representing Rocky River.”
John Doherty (RB/LB) and John Haney (OL/DL) will represent Fairview High School for the West team. Both played key roles in the Warriors’ conference championship last fall.
“John Doherty is a tough, smash-mouth runner, who can catch the ball out of the backfield as well,” said Fairview head coach Tom Narducci. “On defense, he is an outside linebacker, who can play both run and pass equally well. John Haney was a plow driver on the offensive line, who moves his 270-plus pounds very well. He was our quiet leader, who did everything we asked of him, and his self-discipline was a key ingredient that he brought to the table for others to witness. He also led our team in sledgehammer hits, which means putting defenders on the ground.”
Haney will be playing for Baldwin-Wallace College this fall.
The two players from Bay High School who have been selected are Timmy Altieri (WR/CB) and Nathan Notarberardino (OL/DL).
“I am very excited that two of our players will be representing Bay High School in (this game),” said Rockets head coach Ryan Gorius. “Both players have a tremendous work ethic and gave our team outstanding leadership throughout the year.”
Altieri will be playing at Hope College next season, and Notarberardino will be playing at Ohio Northern in the fall.
“I want to wish them both the best of luck, and I know they will do great,” Gorius said.
Kyle Perkins (WR/DB) will represent Westake High School.
“Kyle is an intelligent football player,” said Demons head coach Mark Campo. “As a receiver, Kyle makes plays. He has great hands and can score any time he touches the ball. As a corner, he has the ability to play man coverage. He is physical and aggressive to the football.
“Being selected to the All-Star game is a well-deserved reward for Kyle’s accomplishments.”
Larry Oldenburg (LB) will represent Lutheran West in the All-Star game.
“He was a three-year starter at inside linebacker for us,” said former Longhorns head coach Dave Geye. “This past year, he led the team in tackles with 99 and saw some action at full back.”
Oldenburg will be playing for Concordia University (Ill.) this fall.
The two teams will face off on June 15 at Don Shula Stadium on the campus of John Carroll University at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the game will support the scholarship fund of the GCFCA. The uniforms for both the East and West All-Star teams were donated by the Cleveland Browns. Each player will also wear official Browns game pants and socks during the contest. In addition, both squads will hold their final practice and team activities at the Browns’ indoor practice facility in Berea.