Brooke trio comes full circle

BETHANY – Surrounded by children on a daily basis in the fall, it doesn’t take Shawn Ashbrook long to recollect his early days on the football field.

Ashbrook, a recent Brooke High graduate, helps coach the Wellsburg Colts – a youth team he played on a decade ago.

“Those little kids keep me going,” Ashbrook said with a smile. “I love going down there and teaching them what I’ve learned over the years. I remember being in their shoes and looking up to the older guys, so it’s pretty cool to have been one of those older guys for the kids of today.”

He’ll get one last chance to demonstrate his football skills in one last high school football game in Sunday’s OVAC All-Star Game at Wheeling Island Stadium.

“Hopefully I can get a win in my last game,” Ashbrook said. “The season didn’t go the way I had hoped, so it’s good to get one more chance to end on a win.”

The Bruins went 3-7 in the 2013. Todd Clark and Logan Green were teammates with Ashbrook during the past four seasons and will join him in representing the West Virginia All-Stars against Ohio.

“We have to put it all out on the field,” Green said. “It’s an awesome feeling, I just can’t wait to play.”

Clark is a third-generation OVAC All-Star as his father, grandfather and a cousin played in this game over the years. The first game was played in 1940 – a 13-7 West Virginia win.

“I’m pretty sure everybody in my family who played in it won,” Clark said. “So, it’s a lot to live up to.”

Clark and Green – both lineman – combine to tip the scales at a whopping 490 pounds.

Ashbrook, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound fullback and linebacker averaged double-digit tackles in his senior season.

He realizes that those numbers are behind him – and so is his football career. Ashbrook will major in business management at West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown in the fall.

“We’re all kind of just normal guys now,” Ashbrook said. “We get to play football together one last time before moving on with our lives.

“It’s been fun meeting new guys and walking from dorm room to dorm room in between practices just hanging out and playing X-Box.”

Green will play football collegiately at Alderson Broaddus University, so his blue and gold West Virginia jersey will stay consistent with what we will wear as a Battler.

He’ll certainly miss being a Bruin, though.

“Playing under the lights on Friday nights,” Green said. “That was the best part of high school.

“Running out of the tunnel and seeing hundreds of people in the stands cheering for you – there’s no better feeling.”

Clark has been feeling the heat this summer, working in a steel mill.

“It does get a little hot in there,” he said.

But the feeling of getting selected for the All-Star Game has been equally steamy.

“It’s just awesome,” Clark said. “My family was really excited. They were happy for me to be chosen and proud of me even before they knew I was going to be playing.”