Local All-Star football game canceled


The MVCA's Jack Arvin Classic has been a Valley staple for 35 years

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning Valley Coaches Association announced on Friday that they have decided to cancel the Jack Arvin Football Classic for 2020.

Ron DeJulio, the Director of the Jack Arvin Football Classic made the announcement this morning. The decision came following a meeting of the board members last night.

This would have been the 36th All-Star Game for the MVCA. Organizers say they plan on resuming the game next year. The game was scheduled to have been played on June 11th.

“We made the decision based upon the OHSAA release regarding possible dates for Spring sports and the timeline created by the Governor. Even if there is some limited return to school, logic says there will still be restrictions,” Marc Bjelac, president on the Mahoning Valley Coaches Association stated.

The annual all-star game features some of the best senior football players from Mahoning, Columbiana, and Trumbull counties each summer.

“The contacts with the schools haven’t gone out to select players because the school days have shifted to on-line and that makes it much more challenging to reach out to everyone and for them to reach out to all their ball players,” Bjelac remarked about the teams for this year.

The idea of moving the game back in the year was discussed, however, Bjelac explained that the proposition would create a whole new set of challenges. Chief among them are student-athletes going to college and not being available to participate.

The MVCA has also canceled their events for the month of April including their Spring College Football Recruiting Night and the Reverse Raffle.

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