Big 7 honors three BVA players
Belle Vernon Area put three players on the Big Seven Conference first team.
Representing the Leps were junior 1,000-yard rusher Matt Green, senior offensive tackle Tyler Sellew and senior punter Joe Walko.
Champion Thomas Jefferson led the way with eight selections. followed by runner-up Chartiers Valley with seven.
Thomas Jefferson’s Jim Giansante and Chartiers Valley’s Cory Rekasie had the distinction of being named to the first team on both offense and defense.
Doubling as a receiver and linebacker, Giansante was named the MVP on offense.
A center and defensive lineman, Rekasie was named the MVP on defense.
T.J.’s Bill Cherpak was named coach of the year.
Belle Vernon Area placed five on the second team, with Ringgold showing four players and Elizabeth Forward two.
The Leps’ second teamers were senior center Andrew Spate and junior tight end Mike Thayer on offense and senior linebacker Spencer Lynn, sophomore linebacker Adam Cole and Green in the secondary.
Ringgold’s second teamers were senior receiver Ryan Rosenfeld and junior multipurpose back Dylan Patch on offense and junior linebacker Neal Rands and junior safety Derrick Fiore on defense.
Senior running back Josh Pomilio and senior defensive lineman Greg Sotereanos were Elizabeth Forward’s second teamers.
Receiving honorable mention were two BVA linemen, junior Matt Naylor and Sellew, Ringgold sophomore kicker Skyler Fransko, junior lineman Nick DePalma and junior linebacker Damond Goggins and Elizabeth Forward senior guard Riley Kern, junior linebacker Mike Belardia and punter Pomilio.
The entire Big Seven Conference team is on Page 3B.