The ninth group — this time containing eight players — has been named to the 47th annual Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic. This year’s game is set for the night of Aug. 1 at Bradford’s Parkway Field.
The all-star football game, founded by Don Raabe, matches graduated senior stars from each side of the Big 30 border with New York leading the series, 22-21-3, though Pennsylvania hasn’t lost since the 2015 renewal.
Proceeds benefit area charities and, over the first 46 years, the game has donated more than $1.7 million to local causes.
Added today to the New York squad are Olean’s Nick Fratercangelo, Allegany-Limestone’s Tom Callen, Portville’s Julian Morales and Cattaraugus-Little Valley’s Jason Young.
Pennsylvania’s additions are Ridgway’s Paul Gresco and Jake Wickett, Bradford’s Derek Sunafrank and Warren’s Tony Batiste.
These eight selections make 56 players named to the Classic, 28 to each roster that eventually will number 40-plus come game day.
Young, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound two-way tackle, is honored to play in the Charities Classic “because my father played in and eventually coached in the game.”
Young is undecided on a college major, but plans to play football for the school he chooses. He received the Jason Denfrund Memorial Hog Award for being the best lineman on the team. His
hobbies include hunting, fishing, skiing and playing football and baseball. His favorite NFL team is the Buffalo Bills and his favorite player is former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.