Paying another visit to the variety store...
We’ve received several submissions in regards to what makes high school football special already.
However, Loyal Readers, I have no doubt there are many more great experiences to be shared so, come on, send them my way.
Just to reiterate, we want to hear from fans, cheerleaders, band members, mascots, chain-gang members, you name the role, we want to hear why Friday Night Lights are so special to you. Basically, we want to hear from anyone... and everyone.
We have a tentative deadline set for Wednesday, but we will continue to take them as our schedule permits.
Just a reminder, our annual high school football preview, “Kickoff ’09,” will appear in our Thursday, Aug. 27 edition.
This year’s section will be 48 broadsheet pages, with full color on the vast majority of them.
Congratulations go out to Dave Jones.
One of the true nice guys, Jones, is the new varsity volleyball coach at Harvey High School.
Jones replaced Jim Sanchez midway through the 2007 season — taking over after starting the season as eighth-grade coach at Braden Junior High — and guided the Warriors down the stretch to a 13-10 finish. Under Jones’ leadership, Edgewood finished strong that season, going 7-4 with him at the helm. Those Warriors finished in a tie for second place with Jefferson behind coach Annah Haeseler’s undisputed champion Geneva Eagles. A year ago, Jones lost nine letterwinners to graduation and Edgewood posted a 6-15 season.
When The Godfather of area volleyball, Dave Fowler, wanted to return to the bench, Jones knew his time was up — as would anyone who was placed in his position.
However, it’s good to see him land on his feet in Painesville, where the Red Raiders will be playing in a brand new gymnasium as they enter the Chagrin Valley Conference.
Jones succeeds Tricia Pozsgai at the helm of the Red Raiders. Pozsgai, the daughter of former Indians utility man Kevin Rhomberg (1982-84), led the Harvey spikers the previous six seasons.
Jones inherits a squad that finished 4-17 last fall and a program that hasn’t won more than six matches since the Red Raiders set a school record with eight wins in the 1987 season.
Release the hounds
Now, on to not one of the good guys.
In case you missed it, Michael Vick was signed to a two-year contract by the Philadelphia Eagles last week.
The fact he signed with a team is no surprise. Once NFL Commissioner/Czar Roger Goodell gave his blessing, it was only a matter of time.
Personally, I can’t see stopping Vick from earning a living.
However, being an animal lover — dog Rocky and cat Zach are my roommates — I can’t help but feel Vick should be forced to first endure what he did to the pooches.
With that in mind, he should:
n Be hung from a tree, by his feet, of course, though that would be humane compared to what he did to dogs.
n Have jumper cables hooked up to, oh, any body part would be fine.
n Be held under water.
If Vick were to do that, he’d have my blessing to play a game for millions of dollars again.
Until then, well, the headline in the Philadelphia Daily News the day after Vick signed with the Eagles said it all:
“Hide your dogs!”
McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paying another visit to the variety store...
Give him an Oscar!
For the first three years of his football career with the Grand Valley Mustangs, offensive lineman Alex Oscar said he viewed playing football as more of a job than a fun sport to play.
Then, during his senior year, the Mustangs finished 7-3 and won a Northeastern Athletic Conference title under first-year coach John Glavickas and Oscar suddenly started viewing the game as fun again.
Goal: Be a Pioneer... literally
Jefferson graduate Ariann Barile doesn’t have plans to rule the world — yet. She has, however, put herself on a path to accomplish that goal if she so decides, by choosing to attend Marietta College and play softball for the Pioneers in the fall.
A Don McCormack column: TD Club announces its Class of 2013
Paying a visit to the variety store...
Love of the game
Even though Roy Brashear was born two years before James “Farmer” Burns, it was the latter who beat the former in terms of becoming the first man born in the city of Ashtabula to reach the majors.
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A Don McCormack column: Blashinsky very much in the game
Dave Blashinsky wears more than one hat, these days.
2013 North Coast Road Racing Grand Prix:
n July 4 — Ashtabula YMCA Firecracker 5K, 8:30 a.m., 263 W. Prospect, Ashtabula,
Director: John Bowler 997-5321
Farmer Burns — Ashtabula’s first major leaguer
Third of a series...
Two weeks ago today, one of the first man born in the city of Ashtabula to play in a Major League Baseball game celebrated his 137th birthday.
Then again, odds are, he wasn’t around to blow out the candles at such an age, but no one is sure.
For while we know James Joseph Burns was born on June 2, 1876 in Ashtabula, there is no record of his death.
Shootout returning ‘home’
The Westside Shootout is returning home.
Tribe lets one get away
It could have been an uplifting victory. Instead, it was a frustrating loss.
After having his at-bat prolonged by an error on a foul ball, Anthony Rendon took advantage by hitting his first major-league home run.
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