Delelles Is First Big Red All-Valley Soccer Captain

Photos by Josh Strope Shown is The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register’s 29th annual All-Valley Boys’ Soccer Team. From left is Kyle Hendershot (St. Clairsville), Ryan Davenport (St. Clairsville), William Rice (Weir), Ryan Delelles (Steubenville), Adam DiCarlo (Steubenville), Konner Govey (Brooke) and Jacob Estep (Wheeling Central). Not pictured is Tom Beigel (Steubenville Catholic), Mikey Irvin (Steubenville Catholic), Evan Naylor (Steubenville), Manuel Suita (Linsly) and Luke Tenaglio (Weir).

Steubenville has been one of the best soccer programs in the Ohio Valley for a number of years, but one thing was always missing on its resume –an OVAC championship.

That box was finally checked off this season and a big reason for that was Ryan Delelles.

For a team that is predominately known as defensive-minded, Delelles was the goal-scoring machine that finally helped get Big Red over the hump.

At the conclusion of the season, Delelles was lauded with a number of awards, the latest coming today as he is named the captain of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register’s 29th All-Valley Boys’ Soccer Team.

“It is pretty cool because there is a lot of talent around here,” Delelles said of being captain. “We are making a name for ourselves in soccer to be an elite team. Our group of seniors really helped build up the program this year, winning our first OVAC title in school history was pretty big.”

Delelles is making his second straight appearance as an All-Valley first teamer. The senior becomes the first player in school history to be chosen as the captain of the All-Valley squad.

“Ryan has developed into an excellent soccer player,” Steubenville coach Greg Bowers said. “His hard work showed this year in the offseason and set him up for an excellent senior year. We knew every game that teams would have to adjust to stop him and that made the players around him better.”

As a senior, Delelles scored a school-record 32 goals on his way to setting the standard at Big Red with a 63 total. He finished with 14 assists this season to bring his career total to 58.

Along with All-Valley captain, the center midfield/forward was selected first team All-Ohio, All-OVAC and All-Eastern District. He was also named the OVAC Class 4A Player of the Year.

“I am looking at a few Division I schools, a couple top-tier Division II schools, but Division I is the goal,” Delelles said. “I think physicality (is something I have to get better at). I have always prided myself in being more physically fit than everyone. I think it is going to be big to be quick on the ball and the knowledge of soccer in general, not just the skill.”

Tom Beigel Steubenville Catholic

Steubenville Catholic coach Steve Kopcha always seems to have that young player ready to take his game to the next level and keep the program’s success going. Through the years, many top players graduated, only to be followed up by someone else to take his spot. The next young star for the Crusaders may be Tom Biegel. The sophomore forward led Steubenville Catholic with 22 goals and chipped in three assists on his way to being first team All-OVAC and Eastern District honorable mention.

Ryan Davenport, St. Clairsville

St. Clairsville coach Gary Watt said “Ryan Davenport will be the premier goalkeeper in the valley next year,” and there definitely will be a case made. The junior has already established himself among the best in goal as he was selected first team All-Eastern District, All-OVAC and All-Buckeye 8. Davenport stopped 103 shots this season and recorded seven shutouts. In a game against East Liverpool, he was called on to face four penalty kicks, stopping two of them as the Red Devils went on to claim the Buckeye 8 championship.

Adam DiCarlo, Steubenville

A returning All-Valley first teamer, Adam DiCarlo was the perfect complement to Delelles, as evidenced by a school-record 65 assists. “Adam has great vision on the field and makes the guys around him better,” Bowers said. “He is very strong on the ball which allows the players around him to make runs into space. Adam is one of the best passers I have seen in high school.” DiCarlo may be known for his passing, but he also got in the scoring column 19 times for the OVAC Class 4A champs. The senior forward was also named first team All-OVAC and Eastern District for the second straight year and second team All-Ohio.

Zach Calvert, Wheeling Park

The second goalie on the All-Valley team, Zach Calvert shone the most when the lights were the brightest. Not afraid of the big moment, Calvert had arguably his best game of the season in the Region One championship victory against Buckhannon-Upshur, making a number of incredible saves to keep the Buccaneers off the board for 100 minutes, then stopping two shots in the penalty kick shootout to help send Park to the state tournament. There he blanked Hedgesville — his seventh shutout of the season — in a semifinal match. Calvert, a sophomore, was also selected first team all-state by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association and All-OVAC.

Jacob Estep, Wheeling Central

With all the success Wheeling Central has had in its sports, boys’ soccer is one that has yet to find its footing. Jacob Estep could be one of the major pieces to changing that perception. Named a team captain as a sophomore, Estep played in only 14 games but still managed to score 29 goals and 10 assists as Wheeling Central came a victory away from a sectional championship. He was selected first team all-state and All-OVAC.

“Jacob is normally the most skilled player on the field,” Central coach Brian Komoroski said. “He has exceptional foot skill and speed. He has all of the tools to play at a very high level in college.”

Konner Govey, Brooke

For as much credit as Brooke coach Joe Pepe gets for turning around the Bruins soccer program, he couldn’t have done it without some quality players. His best player the past four years has been Konner Govey. The senior forward was one of the most consistent goal-scorers in the valley despite being the focus of every team the Bruins faced. His ability to fight his way through a defense led him to 21 goals to go along with five assists. He also added 53 steals. Govey, making a second straight appearance on the All-Valley first team, was also selected first team All-OVAC and second team all-state.

Kyle Hendershot, St. Clairsville

A senior captain for Watt’s Red Devils, this midfielder is a four-year starter and letterwinner. With the graduation of two-time All-Valley captain Jordan Vincent, Kyle Hendershot was called upon to take over the leadership role and did so to perfection. He was the leading scorer for the Red Devils this season and during his four years helped lead St. Clairsville to two Buckeye 8 championships, an OVAC title and two runner-up finishes. He was selected as the team MVP, as well as first team All-OVAC, All-Buckeye 8 and All-Eastern District, and will play in the OVAC and Eastern District all-star games.

Mikey Irvin Steubenville Catholic

A returning first team All-Valley selection, Mikey Irvin finished a solid career in leading Steubenville Catholic to another OVAC championship. A lethal goal-scorer, Irvin was the focus of every defense and excelled anyway. With 19 goals and 10 assists, Irvin had three of those in the 1A/3A championship victory against Linsly. The senior standout was named first team All-OVAC and Eastern District, while also being selected as the 1A/3A OVAC Player of the Year.

Trip Meredith, Wheeling Park

While Calvert was solid in net this season, his job was made a lot easier by a stout defense, led by Trip Meredith. Playing alongside his brother and cousin, Meredith is as good as they come. The Patriots advanced to the state title game and a lot has been made about the team’s youth, but how far the team comes the next few years will be a large part of the foundation built by Meredith. The senior’s leadership was evident this season and will be missed by Coach Mario Julian. The hard-nosed defender added a goal and three assists and was named first team All-OVAC and second team all-state.

Evan Naylor Steubenville

A second team All-Valley selection last season, Evan Naylor improved his game and became the latest in a long line of standout defenders for Bowers’ Big Red squad. Steubenville has been known for its defense for years and Naylor took over that leadership role for a defense that allowed 19 goals all season. He also showed his offensive prowess, too, with nine goals and seven assists.

“Evan has great knowledge of the game and puts his teammates in positions to be successful. Evan is a field general and did an outstanding job organizing the defense and finding opportunities to support our offense,” Bowers said. Naylor was also first team All-OVAC and All-Eastern District.

William Rice, Weir

Defense is the name of the game with Weir and they have about as good of a quartet of defenders as you will find in West Virginia. Two players from that defense represent the Red Riders on the All-Valley team, the first being William Rice. A four-year starter and captain, Rice has shut down some of the best forwards in the valley and the state. Offensively, Rice had the deciding goal in the shootout to send Weir to a regional championship and a state semifinal appearance in Beckley. He had eight goals on the season. He was named first team all-state and All-OVAC,

Chris Romanek, Wheeling Park

The leading scorer on a state runner-up usually gets you a first team All-Valley nod among others. But Chris Romanek is more than just goals. The sophomore midfielder was the do-it-all for the Patriots. His could score (12 goals), pass (8 assists) and take on the opposing team’s best player in the field. Whatever Romanek was called upon to do, he did it and did it as well as anyone in the state. You can bet Julian and his assistant coaches are thrilled to have Romanek in the fold for two more years as the best may be yet to come. He was selected first team All-OVAC and all-state.

Manuel Suita Linsly

Maybe the best pure goal-scorer in the Ohio Valley, Manuel Suita was probably the most dangerous player around with the ball at his feet. His vision was second to none and his hard-nosed attack always had defenders on their toes. The senior midfielder, making his second straight appearance as an All-Valley first-teamer, scored 27 goals and 12 assists — playing a part in 50 percent of his team goals. Suita was also named first team All-OVAC.

Luke Tenaglio Weir

When you play Weir, you are likely going to go home with a few bumps and bruises from its smashmouth defense. Joining Rice in representing Weir is another one of those ferocious defenders in Luke Tenaglio. The senior defender was the anchor for Coach Jim Luevano’s defense and often jumped into the offensive attack. Tenaglio showed arguably the most improvement for the Red Riders going from an OVAC honorable mention to first team all-state and All-OVAC in his final campaign.

BOYS

First Team

Tom Beigel, Steubenville Catholic

Ryan Davenport, St. Clairsville

Ryan Delelles, Steubenville (C)

Adam DiCarlo, Steubenville

Zach Calvert, Wheeling Park

Jacob Estep, Wheeling Central

Konner Govey, Brooke

Kyle Hendershot, St. Clairsville

Mikey Irvin, Steubenville Catholic

Trip Meredith, Wheeling Park

Evan Naylor, Steubenville

William Rice, Weir

Chris Romanek, Wheeling Park

Manuel Suita, Linsly

Luke Tenaglio, Weir

Second Team

Louis Aulick, Wheeling Park

Gage Barnhart, Brooke

Corban Barrett, Linsly

Vincent Bauer, Wheeling Park

Preston Campos, Oak Glen

Nick Cruny, Brooke

Brett Hinchee, Weir

Ashton Knuutila, Weir

Thomas Minor, Wheeling Central

Joe Positano, Harrison Central

Chance Provenzano, Oak Glen

Alvaro Ramirez, Linsly

Jack Stryker, Wheeling Central

Sebastian Wells, Union Local

Joe Zinno, Steubenville Catholic

Honorable Mention

Brooke: Garrett Bernardini, Matthew Reed

Edison: Carter Montgomery

Harrison Central: Evan Stine, Corey Dunlap

Indian Creek: Gunner Bretell

John Marshall: Justin Mencer

Linsly: Chaz Ghaphery, Will Carson

Monroe Central: Zack Smith

Oak Glen: Coleman Conley, Jacob Clark

St. Clairsville: Alec. St. Clair

Steubenville: Joseph Venditti

Steubenville Catholic: Joe Kuebler, Michael Rechen

Tyler Consolidated: Luke Daugherty

Union Local: Logan Ricer

Weir: Ryan Bodrog

Wheeling Central: Kyle Newmeyer, Alex Magruder

Wheeling Park: Clay Meredith, Cole Meredith

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