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The season's finest local players, as chosen by The Herald's sports staff


(Note: These are longer bios than what appeared in the print edition)


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Marcellino Manilla Farrell

» By the numbers: 6-1, 195 Sr. TE-SS.

» At a glance: Led the Steelers with a dozen receptions for 161 yards (13.4 yards/catch) including a 3-catch, regular-season outing against Monaca, and was an instrumental cog in an offense that averaged 266.7 yards and 24.6 points per game for a team that advanced to the WPIAL semifinals. Also recovered a fumble for a score (Rochester).

» 2000 honors: Selected to the All-WPIAL Big 8 Conference first-team.

Mike Oestreich

» By the numbers: 5-10, 190 Sr. FB-ILB.

» At a glance: As the lone returning starter from a 9-2 unit that advanced to the 1999 District 10 title tilt, he served as a leader for a surprising squad that won Class AAA county and district championships. He was devastating blocking back for Whiting and Jonathan Hall in the great Greyhounds' ground game, but was more noted for his stingy side. Through the first 13 games -- 12 of which were Wilmington wins -- the 'Hounds Hammer defensive unit yielded an averag
e of only 7.2 points (94) and 154 yards/game (2,002) before being ousted in the state semifinals by West Allegheny.

» 2000 honors: Chosen as the All-Mercer County Athletic Conference first-team (Big School) fullback as well as an inside linebacker.

Carmone Parchman

» By thenumbers: 5-11, 170 Sr. TB-CB.

» At a glance: The latest talented Tigers' tailback, rushed for 2,038 yards on 297 carries (
7.09 yards/carry) and tallied school-record 34 TDs and four 2-point conversions for 212 points. Surpassed the 100-yard plateau 10 times, including four 200-yard efforts, highlighted by a 24-carry, 289-yard outburst against Girard in the District 10 title tilt. Returned three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns. Finished career in top 10 in area in yards and touchdowns.

» 2000 honors: Mercer County Athletic Conference's offensive most valuable player (Big School) for the second straight season, as well as an All-MCAC first-team selection at running back. Undecided regarding future plans, but has received Division I inquiries.

Terrance Phillips


» By the numbers: 6-1, 185 Sr. WR-DE.

» At a glance: Was quarterback Mike Schneider's go-to receiver, catching 41 passes for 665 yards (16.2 yards/catch). Also part of a Tigers defense that pitched seven shutouts and allowed only 105 points in 14 games (7.5 ppg.).

» 2000 honors: Selected to The Associated Press' first-team all-state offense (Small School), as well as a 2-way, first-team All-Mercer County Athletic Conference pick. A returning Heralded 22 choice. Orally bound to Penn State University.

Steve Pompili

» By the numbers: 6-3, 245 Sr. OG-DL.

» At a glance: Was credited with an 87 percent blocking efficiency rating by Hubbard's coaching staff, as the Eagles averaged 273.5 yards and 19.8 points per game in setting a school standard by advancing to the third round of the playoffs. His run-blocking enabled the Eagles to amass 2,612 yards rushing, and coach Jeff Bayuk refers to him as a "finisher,'' pointing out an even dozen "pancakes'' he recorded in one contest.

» 2000 honors: Became the second player in Hubbard High history (following Frank Harris) to twice receive All-Ohio recognition, earning second-team status this season and honorable-mention laurels last year. Also an All-TAC-8, All-County and All-NEO choice. Being courted by several Mid-American Conference schools.

Mike Schneider

» By the numbers: 6-3, 205 Jr. QB-S.

» At a glance: Produced prolific passing numbers in a run-oriented attack, completing 88 of 158 (55.6) passes for 1,523 yards (108.7 yards/game) and 17 touchdowns while being intercepted on only a handful of occasions. Also a hard-nosed runner who rushed for four scores, including a 29-yard burst against Wilmington on a play designed only to gain a 1-yard first down.

» 2000 honors: Selected as the first-team All-Mercer County Athletic Conference (Big School) signal-caller after guiding the Tigers to a dozen wins and a PIAA Class AA Final Four berth.

Anthony Smith

» By the numbers: 6-0, 165 Jr. TB-DB.

» At a glance: The Eagles soared to uncharted territory -
- the quarterfinals of Ohio's Division III playoffs -- and they flew on Smith's fleet feet as he rambled for 1,464 yards on 216 carries (6.8 yards/carry, 122 yards/game). Reached or surpassed the 100-yard plateau on at least seven occasions, highlighted by a 28-carry, 314-yard, 3-TD eruption against Trumbull Athletic Conference backyard rival Brookfield. Also added a 16-tote, 202-yard, 4-score performance verus LaBrae, and a 20-carry, 191-yard, 2-TD outing against Kennedy Christian. Scored 18 TDs.

» 2000 honors: Selected as a first-team All-Trumbull Athletic Conference, All-County and All-Northeast Ohio at tailback, and honorably mentioned on the All-Ohio squad. Has drawn interest from Big Ten Conference schools, according to coach Jeff Bayuk.

Ross Trimmer

» By the numbers: 6-2, 185 Jr. QB-DB.

» At a glance: Completed 33 of 79 passes for 501 yards and six scores in guiding Hickory to a 6-4 ledger, its best in head coach Phil Annarella's 3-year tenure and in several recent seasons in Hornet annals. He also ran for 13 scores, highlighted by 25- and 19-yard jaunts against Slippery Rock; 36-, 3- and 43-yard runs against Reynolds, a 52-yarder against Grove City, and 47-, 1- and 15-yard bursts in a 47-20 season-ending rout of Quad-A Meadville that secured the winning campaign. He gained 130 yards on 15 carries and passed for 86 yards in a memorable outing against Slippery Rock, then came back the next week to rush for 101 yards and throw for 106 in a rout of Reynolds, followed by a 110-yard rushing effort in a victory over Grove City.

» 2000 honors: Selected as a first-team All-Mercer County Athletic Conference (Big School) defensive back and punter, as well as second-team quarterback.

Gio Vendemia

» By the numbers: 5-11, 165 Sr. WR-DB.

» At a glance: Almost became -- according to available Herald records -- the second 1,000-yard receiver in Greenville's great gridiron annals as he hauled in 47 passes for 959 yards (20.4 yards/reception), highlighted by what is believed to be a school single-game standard 8-catch, 242-yard, 4-TD performance at Oil City, which included scores of 71, 9, 37 and 38 yards. Scored 12 touchdowns, including punt returns of 78, 47 and 79 yards, and added a pair of 2-point conversions and kicked one PAT.

» 2000 honors: A two-way first-team All-Northwest Conference choice, who has drawn the attention of Penn State University.

Brandon Whiting

» By the numbers: 5-10, 155 Jr. TB-DB.

» At a glance: Rushed for 1,619 yards on 173 attempts (9.6 yards/carry, 115.3 yards/game) and tallied 28 TDs and 168 total points, Registered regular-season scoring sprints of 35, 31, 23, 21, 23, 33, 31, 21 and 65 yards, highlighted by a 7-carry, 173-yard, 4-TD outburst against Hickory, which included 42-, 40- and 70-yard TDs. Excelled in the postseason, including an 11-carry, 178-yard, 4-TD romp in the District 10 semifinals agianst Titusville, then added a 91-yard scoring sprint on the game's first play from scrimmage in the D-10 title tilt against Greenville. In PIAA playoffs, posted a 19-carry, 149-yard performance against Perry Traditional Academy, as well as a 122-yard effort against state runner-up West Allegheny. Led the area with eight interceptions.

» 2000 honors: Named a first-team All-Mercer County Athletic Conference (Big School) defensive back and second-team All-MCAC running back.

Sam Young

» By the numbers: 6-2, 190 Sr. QB-DB.

» At a glance: Became the area's top passer by season's end, ending his senior campaign with 1,427 yards passing through 10 games, 16 touchdown passes and merely four interceptions. His 142.7 yards-per-game mark was by far the best among local passers. Completed 74 of 126 pass attempts. Connected with WR Gio Vendemia for 12 TD striked in 2000. Threw at least one TD pass in every game except the Trojans' 26-17 win over Harbor Creek in the District 10-AAA semifinals. Passed for better than 100 yards seven times; better than 150 five times; better than 200 twice, including a season-high 266 against Oil City.

» 2000 honors: Named a first-team All-Northwest Conference quarterback and a second-team defensive back.

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