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From The Portsmouth Daily Times, Thursday 25 November 1999, pg. B1,B3

"'Burg, PHS Dominate All-Area Team
"By Rick Greene, Times Sports Editor

"Eight Wheelersburg Pirates and seven Portsmouth Trojans highlight the 1999 Portsmouth Daily Times All-Area Football Team.

"The team, which consists of a first-team, a second-team and a list of honorable mentions, is voted on by area coaches and includes players from all 15 area teams.

"'We've got excellent football players in this area,' Waverly coach Ed Bolin said. 'If you look at this team, it's dominated by Wheelersburg and Portsmouth, but they really had some great players.'

"Wheelersburg receiver Jason Schmidt, the All-Area Offensive Player of the Year, joined teammates Luke Emnett, Josh Blevins and Michael Branon on the offensive side.

"Emnett is a running back who rushed for 1,080 yards and averaged over 11 yards a carry. Blevins and Branon are both offensive linemen.

"Portsmouth running back Jeremy Hamrick joined PHS receiver Jay Stombock and lineman Zach Thompson as first-team selections.

"Waverly quarterback Dustin Howard, who dominated the area statistically with over 2,200 passing yards, was voted as the top signal caller.

"Minford's versatile running back Eli Parkes, who rushed for 1,182 yards, joined Emnett and Hamrick in the first-team backfield.

"Oak Hill's Jeff Allen and Waverly's Brett Leffler are the other two first-team players on the offensive line. Oak Hill's Josh Brunton was the first-team placekicker.

"Josh Newman, who recently signed a national letter-of-intent to play baseball at Ohio State, was voted the team's Defensive Player of the Year. The 'Burg took up twoof the four positions at linebacker as Josh Mayhew also qualified. Portsmouth's Jeff Swords and Oak Hill's Josh Nelson were also first-team selections.

"Both of Portsmouth's defensive ends - R.J. Cameron and Zach Harris - were selected on the defensive line. They joined Wheelersburg's Ryan Price and Lewis County's Teddy Thayer.

"Jonah Booker, Portsmouth's do-it-all speedster, was a first-team pick at defensive back as was Valley's Nate Bukiewicz and Wheelersburg's Andy Gill.

"Northwest's Tim Lang was the punter.

"The second team quarterback was Portsmouth's Greg Estep and joining him in the backfield were running backs Matt Keeney (Valley), Brad Carpenter (Symmes Valley), and Doug Montavon (Notre Dame).

"Waverly's Josh Gillott and Notre Dame's Brett Pierron were the second-team receivers. Notre Dame's Tony Rammel, Valley's Matt Erwin, Minford's Micah Stiles, Portsmouth's Matt Howbert and Green's Kyle Darnell were the offensive linemen. Wheelersburg's Josh Tilley was the second-team placekicker.

"West's Justin Cook, East's Jim Walburn, Northwest's Jake Pertuset and Greenup County's Robert Maddix were the second-team defensive linemen. The linebackers were Waverly's Johnathon Johnson, Notre Dame's Andrew Graf, Green's Brad Bainer and Oak Hill's Chad Russ.

"The defensive backs were Minford's Jeremy Frazie, Notre Dame's Scott Chatfield and Green's Alex Poe.

"Greenup County's Brandon Gable was the second-team punter.

"Bolin said the All-Area Team has more credibility than te All-Southeast District Team, partly because the district teams are divided by divisions.

"'I think the All-District team is a little bit watered down,' he said. 'I think this team means a little more because the coaches had (more of a voice), so this has a little more prestige and it'll be a little more recognized.'

"The Daily Times circulates in Scioto and Lawrence counties in Ohio and Greenup and Lewis counties in Kentucky. The 15 area teams are East, Green, Greenup County, Lewis County, Minford, Northwest, Notre Dame, Oak Hill, Piketon, Portsmouth, Symmes Valley, Valley, Waverly, West, and Wheelersburg."


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