McKenna, Grinols highlight latest Big 30 ‘Classic’ additions
The 10th group — again 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 Allegany-Limestone’s John Giardini, Franklinville’s Jordan Grinols, a student at Ellicottville, Salamanca’s Jarrett McKenna and Cuba-Rushford’s Julius Korytkowski.
Pennsylvania’s additions are Elk County Catholic’s John Wittman and Leo Gregory, Otto-Eldred’s David Wheaton and St. Marys’ Forest Cressley.
Today’s eight selections make 64 players named to the Classic, 32 to each roster that eventually will number 40-plus come game day.
GIARDINI was a 6-foot-1, 210-pound two-way lineman who was A-L’s Lineman of the Year and the recipient of football’s Sportsmanship Award.
A high honor roll student, he will attend Finger Lakes Community College and major in fisheries biology.
His most memorable moment playing football was “when my JV coach designed a running play for me and I scored a touchdown.”
Grinols was a 5-11, 195-pound fullback/cornerback who was a two-time Section 6 Class D All-Star for the Titans who went 8-0 and made the sectional finals where they fell to Clymer-Sherman-Panama last fall.
Grinols will attend Jamestown Community College and major in criminal justice.