South Central Power

2019 #lineman2lineman

Hard work and being a lineman go hand in hand. It’s true whether you play high school football, or spend your days building utility lines and restoring power. To show our support of all kinds of linemen, South Central Power put the spotlight on some of the best linemen across Ohio, on and off the field.

Each week this fall, in different communities we serve, South Central featured two “Linemen of the Week,” including a South Central line worker and a local football player. The spotlight included photos and brief Q&As with both linemen, highlighting their backgrounds and what helps them to be successful in their roles. Each week, we highlighted them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and used the hashtag #lineman2lineman.

Each of the schools with featured players are now part of a contest to win a $1,000 donation for their Athletic department. And you get to help choose!  Read the profiles below, then go vote! The deadline to vote is Nov. 15.

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Evan Valentine: senior, Logan Elm High School

  • Hometown: Circleville
  • Sports played: Football and wrestling
  • Notable highlights:  3.7 GPA and has verbally committed to Grand Valley State to play college football
  • Years playing football: 4 years
  • Football position: Offensive tackle
  • Best thing about being a lineman:  Battling in the trenches with my brothers.
  • Favorite hobby off the field: Weight training
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: When things get tough, I trust my training and rely on my teammates.
  • Evan’s coach, Terry Holbert, says: Evan is a hard-working young man who takes pride in his work.

Aaron Slatzer:  journeyman line worker, Lancaster

  • Hometown: Somerset
  • Sports played: Football
  • Notable highlights: Journeyman line worker
  • Favorite sports team: Ohio State Buckeyes,
  • Years working as a lineman: 4 years
  • Best thing about being a lineman:The challenge of the work, and the immediate satisfaction of a job well done. I also like working in different places each day.
  • Favorite hobby outside of work: Fishing
  • What keeps you going when things get tough:My wife, as well as the guys I work with.
  • Aaron’s supervisor, Tim Miller, says: Aaron is a conscientious worker who not only devotes himself whole heartedly to any assignment he’s given, but is also dedicated to his fellow linemen; he leads by example and puts safety as top priority. He consistently brings a positive attitude to work each day which helps build and strengthen the overall morale of our shop. His willingness to jump in and “get the job done” and accountability is admirable and much appreciated.

Brock Hill: senior, Paint Valley High School

  • Hometown: Bainbridge
  • Sports played: Football and track
  • Notable highlights: First team All-District 2018, First team All-Ohio 2018
  • Favorite sports team: Atlanta Falcons
  • Years playing football: 7 years
  • Football position: Left tackle
  • Best thing about being a lineman: When you get a pancake.
  • Favorite hobby off the field: Fishing
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: My family. When times get hard on or off the field, I think of them and how proud I wanna make them.
  • Brock’s coach, Pete Hollon, says: Brock has worked countless hours to become a better lineman. All the hours in the weight room have helped him become a dominating blocker and  improved his speed. He is one of the better lineman I have coached in my 24 years as a head coach.

Bob Wynkoop:  journeyman line worker, Canal Winchester

  • Hometown: Marcy
  • Sports played: Football and basketball
  • Notable highlights: Marrying the love of my life and being part of a team to bring electric to a village in Guatemala.
  • Favorite sports team: Columbus Blue Jackets, Ohio State Buckeyes, Chicago Bears
  • Years working as a lineman: 15 years
  • Best thing about being a lineman: Working outside and seeing the lights come on after a storm.
  • Favorite hobby outside of work: Dungeons and Dragons, camping and fishing
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: Socks, you have to have good socks.
  • Bob’s supervisor, Brian Tucker, says: Bob is great to work with every day. He shows great leadership and safety to all the young apprentices we have at the shop.  Bob is Mr. Reliable when a storm comes in. I can always count on him to work when the weather is bad. 

Wyatt Stoddard:  senior, Pickerington North High School

  • Hometown: Pickerington
  • Sports played: Football and wrestling
  • Notable highlights: Team captain, 4.1 GPA, National Honor Society president, Student Council member
  • Favorite sports team: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Years playing football: 14 years
  • Football position: Left tackle
  • Best thing about being a lineman: Being able to go head to head against someone every play and dominate them.
  • Favorite hobby off the field: Watching NFL football
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: My family
  • Wyatt’s coach, Nate Hillerich, says: Our offensive line’s motto is “Tip of the Spear,” and Wyatt models what this means. Wyatt is not only a great offensive lineman but he is a captain and leader for us.

Kelly Ryan:  journeyman line worker, Hillsboro

  • Hometown: Waverly
  • Sports played: Football and baseball
  • Notable highlights: Journeyman lineworker
  • Favorite sports team: Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Years working as a lineman: 25 years
  • Best thing about being a lineman: Working outdoors, job security
  • Favorite hobby outside of work: Hunting
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: Family
  • Kelly’s supervisor, Brian Huff, says: Kelly is a great leader and has been a pleasure to work with since I have been at South Central Power.  I thank him for his valued service.

Jayden Hammond:  senior, Westfall High School

  • Hometown: Mount Sterling
  • Sports played: Football, baseball and basketball
  • Notable highlights: Honorable Mention All-Ohio – Football, 1st Team All-SVC (2018), 12 sacks as a junior
  • Favorite sports team: Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns
  • Years playing football: 8 years
  • Football position: Tight end and defensive end
  • Best thing about being a lineman: Pass rushing
  • Favorite hobby off the field: Hunting and fishing
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: The desire to win and playing for my teammates.
  • Jayden’s coach, Brad Smith, says: Jayden has an unusual blend of size and athleticism that allows him to play a strong side defensive end and tight end, but also flex out to a wide receiver position, much like an Anthony Gonzalez or Jimmy Graham type player. He makes his presence known on both sides of the ball and opposing teams must account for him wherever he lines up.

 

Matt Leist:  journeyman line worker, Circleville

  • Hometown: Circleville
  • Sports played: Basketball
  • Notable highlights: Journeyman lineworker, crew leader, fill-in line supervisor
  • Favorite sports team: Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Years working as a lineman: 19 years
  • Best thing about being a lineman: Different work locations – always moving. Working outside – and the challenges that come along with the job.
  • Favorite hobby outside of work: Hunting and riding motorcycles
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: Family
  • Matt’s supervisor, Jayson Hedges, says: Matt is a hard working dependable lineman. He takes pride in all his jobs, as well as being a good teacher and great leader.

Colton Talbot:  senior, Sheridan High School

  • Hometown: Thornville
  • Sports played: Football
  • Notable highlights: Member of the 2018 playoff team, letterman, team captain
  • Favorite sports team: New Orleans Saints
  • Years playing football: 13 years
  • Football position: Left tackle
  • Best thing about being a lineman: Having your teammates trust you to protect them.
  • Favorite hobby off the field: Hanging with the boys
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: My teammates 
  • Colton’s coach, Paul Culver, says:  Colton Talbot is a terrific young man. He is our team captain by teammates choice and by coach’s choice. He led us in attendance and attitude points. His teammates respect him, he works extremely hard. He is a perfect example of a good teammate as he has been extremely patient and supportive of the team as he waited for his “turn” his senior year because he played behind older players in years past. He is an excellent student as well.

John Dudzik:  journeyman line worker, Barnesville

  • Hometown: Barnesville
  • Sports played: Football and wrestling
  • Notable highlights: Journeyman lineworker, four-year letterman in both sports
  • Favorite sports team: Ohio State Buckeyes and New York Giants
  • Years working as a lineman: 14 years
  • Best thing about being a lineman: The challenge and getting the job done.
  • Favorite hobby outside of work: Farming
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: My wife and kids
  • John’s supervisor, Brian Blon, says:  John is a hard-working, dependable lineman.

Michael Wilson:  senior, Canal Winchester High School

  • Hometown: Canal Winchester
  • Sports played: Football and track 
  • Notable highlights: All OCC as a junior, three-year letterman , 2019 team captain , volunteered for  Salvation Army Christmas Cheer Program, youth football camp, CW Community Services “Community Care Day,” numerous food drives, volunteers in the sound booth at his church,  meet elementary school students on the first day of school as they got off the bus and greeted them with a pencil. 
  • Football position: Offensive guard and nose guard 
  • Best thing about being a lineman: Being in the trenches you have to be tough.
  • Favorite hobby off the field: Lifting weights with my dad or playing basketball with my friends.
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: I think about all the years of practice with my teammates and all the time my parents have put in helping me achieve my goals. 
  • Mike’s coach, Josh Stratton, says: Mike is a one of the most caring, sweet young men I’ve ever meet but on the field he flips the switch and brings the noise.  He has been a pleasure to coach and I am going to cherish every second of his senior year as he will he missed next year.”

Thomas Sestito:  journeyman line worker, Canal Winchester

  • Hometown: Canal Winchester
  • Sports played: Football, soccer and baseball
  • Notable highlights: Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, Journeyman lineworker
  • Favorite sports team: Columbus Blue Jackets, Ohio State Buckeyes and Chicago Bears
  • Years working as a lineman: 16 years
  • Best thing about being a lineman: I like to work outside, and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing my work helps people.
  • Tom’s supervisor, Brian Tucker, says:  Tom is a very professional lineman — he takes his job seriously and always puts safety first in everything he does.

Anthony Lampron Jr:  senior, Pickerington Central High School

  • Hometown: Pickerington
  • Sports played: Football
  • Notable highlights: Senior football captain and two-year starter at center, led team to a Division I Regional Championship last season, played in week one game vs Winter Park (FL) in the Freedom Bowl (GA)
  • Favorite sports team: Tennessee Titans, one of our former Tiger football players is on the coaching staff
  • Years playing football: 12
  • Football position: Starting center
  • Best thing about being a lineman: I have that protective demeanor and I enjoy protecting the quarterback.
  • Favorite hobby off the field: Hunting with my dad
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: My parents have raised me the correct way and not to give in to any tough situation.
  • Anthony’s coach, Jay Sharrett, says: Anthony has led our offense going on two seasons.  His leadership on the field and conduct in the classroom separates him from the ordinary high school student athlete.  He is a no risk of failure due to failure not being in his creed.  I feel these qualities have been instilled in Anthony from strong, supportive parents.  I am truly fortunate to coach fine young men like Anthony Lampron Jr.

Ricky Howell:  journeyman line worker, Hillsboro

  • Hometown: Hillsboro
  • Sports played: Football, wrestling and track
  • Notable highlights: Lettered all three years
  • Favorite sports team: Football
  • Years working as a lineman: 39
  • Best thing about being a lineman: You can start this career as a young person with no four-year degree required, which allows you the opportunity to retire while you’re still relatively young too.
  • Favorite hobby off the field: Fishing
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: My wife
  • Ricky’s supervisor, Brian Huff, says: Ricky is a great person and a pleasure to work with. I am thankful for his years of service.

Lucas Breniser:  senior, Teays Valley High School

  • Hometown: Canal Winchester
  • Sports played: Football, wrestling, track and baseball
  • Notable highlights: Captain of the 2019 football team
  • Favorite sports team: Green Bay Packers
  • Years playing football: 2
  • Football position: Offensive tackle
  • Best thing about being a lineman: Likes working with my dudes. We are all best friends and this helps get the job done.
  • Favority hobby off the field: Favorite hobby is working
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: When things get tough my friends and family get me through. 
  • Lucas’ coach, Mark Weber, says: Lucas’ ability to care about his teammates and be a protector of them is uncommon. In my many years of coaching I have not had many players that were as tough but also as caring as Lucas. 

Zach Azallion:  journeyman line worker, Barnesville

  • Hometown: Flushing, Ohio
  • Sports played: Football, basketball and track
  • Notable highlights: All state  in track and football, journeyman line worker
  • Favorite sports team: Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Years working as a lineman: 5
  • Best thing about being a lineman: The camaraderie with the other linemen
  • Favorite hobby off the field: Golfing
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: The satisfaction and pride of accomplishing tough challenges
  • Zach’s supervisor, Brian Blon, says: Zach is a positive, hard-working lineman.

Drew Walker:  junior, Liberty Union High School

  • Hometown: Baltimore
  • Sports played: Football, wrestling and track
  • Notable highlights: State and district qualifier in wrestling. Placed 8th in districts for discus. One year varsity defensive end in football. Volunteers at local businesses and ball parks. Plans to attend college and participate in sports at the collegiate level and possibly enter the National Guard. 4.0 GPA and taking college courses
  • Favorite sports team: Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Years playing football: 10
  • Football position: Defensive end
  • Best thing about being a lineman: I get the opportunity to do the dirty work!
  • Favorite hobby off the field: Working in the gym and working outside
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: There are many things that keep me going but most importantly it is showing other players that anything can be done; anything can happen.  A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; Proverbs 30:30
  • Drew’s coach, Dan Shirey, says: He works extremely hard on and off the football field. Never backs away from a challenge. He continues to get better as an athlete and in life. He is the type of player every coach wants in his locker room.

 

Brian Cope:  journeyman lineworker, Circleville

  • Hometown: Chillicothe
  • Sports played: Football and baseball
  • Notable highlights: Journeyman lineman, 2018 line worker for Project Guatemala international humanitarian effort, helping power small villages without electricity
  • Favorite sports team: Bengals and Buckeyes
  • Years working as a lineman: 14
  • Best thing about being a lineman: The challenges, and just keeping the lights on
  • Favorite hobby outside of work: Weightlifting
  • What keeps you going when things get tough? Family
  • Brian’s supervisor, Jayson Hedges, says:  Brian is very dedicated to working safely and being proficient with everything he does. Brian prides himself with open arms to helping others, and he’s definitely been an asset to South Central Power Co. I’m grateful to have spent the time in the field with him, and now as his supervisor.

#lineman2lineman: Nate Dupler and Dalton Ford

Dalton Ford:  senior, Unioto High School

  • Hometown: Chillicothe
  • Sports played: Football and basketball
  • Notable highlights: 2018 SVC co-offensive lineman of the year, 2018 1st team all district, 3.6 GPA
  • Favorite sports team: Cleveland Browns
  • Years playing football: 13
  • Football position: Offensive line / defensive line
  • Best thing about being a lineman: Receiving a hug from a running back after he scores a touchdown
  • Favorite hobby off the field: Fishing
  • What keeps you going when things get tough: My family
  • Dalton’s coach, Jeff Metzler, says: I’ve coached Dalton going on four years now. I’ve watched him grow physically, and mentally. Dalton is a very special player. Offensively he makes line checks and blocking adjustments. Defensively, he recognizes offensive tendencies and is able to know not only his job, but the other player’s jobs around him. Having Dalton on the field is like having a coach on the field.  He is extremely valuable to our team.

Nate Dupler:  journeyman lineworker, Lancaster 

  • Hometown: Thornville
  • Sports played: Football and wrestling, Sheridan High School
  • Notable highlights: Journeyman lineman, Tech Sgt., U.S. Air Guard  
  • Favorite sports team: Cleveland Browns
  • Years working as a lineman4
  • Best thing about being a lineman: The challenge – you have to figure out how to handle things as situations come up. When there’s an outage, you never really know what it’ll take to get power restored ’til you get out there. 
  • Favorite hobby outside of work: Fishing
  • What keeps you going when things get tough? I take pride in my work.
  • Nate’s supervisor, Tim Miller, says:  Nate is an intelligent, hardworking, dependable lineman. I feel lucky to have Nate as part of the team and believe him to be an asset to his coworkers as well as the company.