Global Bowl Italy Game Preview

Global Bowl Italy Game Preview

ddb3e822aaa28a156a3379342612943fHigh school football standouts from Arizona, California, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania uniting as Team Stars & Stripes take on the Lazio Marines Under-19 team in Global Bowl Italy this Sunday, March 29.

Head coach Bill Gallagher of Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia will lead the Americans, as the eighth annual Global Bowl returns to Italy having been contested previously in Japan (2008 and 2009), France / Belgium (2010), Germany (2011), Italy (2012 and 2013) and Spain (2014), with Team Stars & Stripes boasting a 5-2 record against local opposition.

“It is always an honor to bring top quality high school seniors, true ambassadors, to a country like Italy to promote the sport and to provide them such a learning experience,” said coach Gallagher. “The challenge this year is especially interesting as we will be playing a true club team at the U19 level, the Marines, along with other selected players from the Rome region. Our young men have been preparing, our coaches teaching, all the while bonding together as a team, so Sunday’s game should be fun for everyone.”

Game notes:
• Team Stars & Stripes boasts an all-time 5-2 record on their travels since 2008.
• A pair of quarterbacks from Philadelphia area schools will lead the Team Stars & Stripes offense. Ryan Whayland, who threw for 1,608 yards in 2014 for Episcopal Academy, and Zach Carroll of Father Judge are expected to see time under center for the American select team.
• Assistant coach John Storey of Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, OH, has coached in each of the seven previous Global Bowl games.
• Coach Evan Sharpley played both football and baseball at the University of Notre Dame.
• The offensive line protecting them will be anchored by 2014 All-Inter-Ac First Team selection John Minicozzi of Episcopal Academy.
• From Arizona, center Paul O’Donnell and linebacker J.P. Ramirez of Mountain View High School were named to the 2014 All-Southern Arizona second team, while teammate wide receiver Justin Guana received an honorable mention, as did lineman Bernie Soto of Canyon Del Oro.
• Three members of the roster from Tesoro (Calif.) High School include 2012 Varsity Rookie of the Year, 2013 Varsity Ironman of the Year, 2013 2nd Team All South Coast League selection Nick Fehrenbach on the defensive line. On the offensive side of the ball, teammate Zach Hickman was named All-CIF, First Team All-County and First-Team All League.
• Villa Angela-St Joseph from Cleveland has provided players to the Team Stars & Stripes roster since the touring select side first traveled to Japan in 2008.
• Jack Gallagher and Daniel Cervenik of VASJ will handle the kicking and punting duties.
• Indiana’s sole representative on the roster will be RB/LB Christian Miller of Northridge High School, whose defensive leadership helped his team to the state semi finals last season.
• Head coach Bill Gallagher played in the same backfield as Global Football President Patrick Steenberge at the University of Notre Dame in 1970 and ’71.

No. Position            Name High                   School, State
4     OLB/Kickoff    Daniel Cervenik           VASJ OH
6     TE/LB               Caleb Lassiter               Roxborough PA
7     Kicker/Punter  Jack Gallagher            VASJ OH
10   QB                       Zach Carroll                 Father Judge PA
11   QB                       Ryan Whayland           Episcopal Academy PA
13   WR/LB              Enrique Sparkman      Mountain View AZ
14   RB/LB/Safety  Christian Miller            North Ridge HS IN
17   RB/DB               Kashta Davis              Germantown Academy PA
22   WR/RB/S/LB  Justin Gauna                Mountain View AZ
32   WR/DB             Josh Nelson                   Tesoro HS CA
44   LB/OL/FB        JP Ramirez                    Mountain View AZ
51   OL                       Zach Hickman              Tesoro HS CA
53   OL/DL               John Minicozzi             Episcopal Academy PA
55   DE                      Erin Williams JR          VASJ OH
62   Center                Paul O’Donnell             Mountain View AZ
70   OL/DL               Bernie Soto                   Canyon Del Oro AZ
72   OT/DT               Kovas Kijauskaus        VASJ OH
77   DT                       Javahn Singleton         Roxborough PA
84   OL/DL               Tyler Watson                VASJ OH
86   DL                       Ryan Potter                  Mountain View AZ
90   OL/DL                Nick Fehrenbach        Tesoro HS CA

Coaching Staff: Head Coach: Bill Gallagher, Episcopal Academy, Philadelphia, PA; Assistant Coaches: John Storey, Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School, Cleveland, OH; Dean Greenberg, Mountain View High School, Tucson, AZ; Evan Sharpley, Indiana. General manager: Patrick Steenberge

Support Staff: Catherine Brown, Mary Gallagher, Linda Storey, Jacqueline Sharp, Mel Greenberg, Clifford Miller, Cheryl Miller, Ron Van Voorst, Tony Rini, Cindy Rini, Leo Jenkins, Tom Perry

History of Team Stars & Stripes games (high school age team)

2008
GE Global Challenge Bowl
Kawasaki, Japan
Japan U-19 National Team 24 Team Stars & Stripes 14

2009
Global Challenge Bowl
Kawasaki, Japan
Japan U-19 National Team 38 Team Stars & Stripes 21

2010
Global Bowl France
Amiens, France
Brussels All-Stars 0 Team Stars & Stripes 83

2011
Global Bowl Germany
Munich, Germany
Munich Cowboys Juniors 0 Team Stars & Stripes 34

2012
Global Bowl Italy
Rome, Italy
Italian U-19 National Team 0 Team Stars & Stripes 50

2013
Global Bowl Torino
Torino, Italy
Italian U-19 National Team 0 Team Stars & Stripes 67

2014
Global Bowl Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Spanish all-star team 6 Team Stars & Stripes 47