1943 – Follansbee & the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference

The OVAC was established in 1943 with Follansbee among its first members.  At that time there were two divisions, class A and AA, with Follansbee classified as a smaller school in the A division.

57 Follansbee's Joe Chorba and Mario Lombardi played in the first WV-Ohio All Star game in 1940. The 1940 game occurred before the current OVAC was established in 1943. Photo Courtesy of Steubenville Herald Star.

 

 

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First Ohio Valley All Star Football Game Program.

 

 

 

 

Three past presidents of the OVAC were directly connected to Follansbee.   Follansbee’s Coach Mac Bowles served as president during 1949-1950.  Homer Bodley, who was a principal at FHS, was OVAC president during 1968-1969.  George Kohelis, who graduated from Follansbee High in 1961, served as president during 1999-2000 while at Weirton High School.
 
Four Follansbee coaches are celebrated for winning the OVAC class A football championships. Representing FHS, Mac Bowles’ Blue Wave teams were champs in 1947, 1948 and 1949.  Gus Winter won in 1950.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Gus Winters 1950 10-0 Team.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Representing St. Anthony, Tony Paesano led the Follansbee St. Anthony Steelmen to the class A championship in 1958, and Ron Pawlowski won again for the Steelmen in 1960.
 

Multiple Follansbee High Coaches have led the West Virginia team in the Ohio-West Virginia All Star Game.  They are the following:

  •  1950 – Mac Bowles – Ohio 14 WV 0                                        
  • 1951 – Argue E. “Gus” Winter – Ohio 13 WV 6                       
  • 1954 – Doug Stone – WV 13 Ohio 0                                         
  •  1955 – Doug Stone – Ohio 31 WV 20                                       
  • 1956 – Doug Stone – Ohio 27 WV 0
  • 1967 –  Denny Williams  – Ohio 6 WvV 0

Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Championships 1943 – 2009 http://www.ovac.org/Content/ViewPDF/notebook.pdf

“All Star Football Game History“ http://www.ovac.org/Content/ViewPDF/Notebook_Football_All_Star_Game_History.pdf