The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

June 5, 2013

No doubting Thomas

Geneva star will follow in dad’s footsteps at Mount Vernon

Natalie Thomas is a bit of a throwback to a different era. The Geneva graduate wants to follow her parents into the teaching profession. She’s even taking it as far as attending Mount Vernon Nazarene College, the alma mater of her father.

“My parents are my role models,” Thomas, the daughter of Bill and Angela Thomas, said. “I look up to them. I know my dad got a good education (from Mount Vernon) and has been successful. Going there, I know I will get a good education.”

Thomas will get the opportunity to walk the same paths, take the same classes and learn from some of the same professors as her father did.

“It was really cool when we were there visiting and we were walking the campus,” Thomas said. “My dad was pointing out things that he did in different places. There are still a couple of professors there who taught my dad.

“It was cool. My dad was so excited that I’m going there. He can tell me his stories and I will be able to share my stories with him.”

A three-sport star as an Eagle, Thomas will play basketball at Mount Vernon.

“It’s just always been my favorite sport,” Thomas said. “I love volleyball and track, but I’ve played basketball since Bitty Ball at the Geneva Rec Center. It’s always something I’ve loved.

“My college doesn’t have a track team, so that was already out. It was actually a pretty easy decision (between volleyball and basketball). Since my freshman year, I had the goal of getting good enough to play basketball at the college level. It’s always been my goal to play basketball in college.”

Among Thomas’ choices were the College of Wooster and Wilmington College.

“(Mount Vernon) has always been my dream school because my dad went there,” Thomas said. “I’ve been there a lot. I’ve stayed on campus for different things. I’ve always wanted to go there.

“I loved the College of Wooster, but I felt a peace when I thought about Mount Vernon.”

Mount Vernon’s commitment to faith also helped sell Thomas.

“They’ve got a Christian atmosphere,” she said. “I

Text Only
Sports
  • Jefferson flying high

    Jefferson boys track coach T.J. Furman didn’t know what to expect from his young team coming into the 2014 season.

    April 20, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    BOYS TRACK
    NON-CONFERENCE
    Jefferson 130, Pymatuning Valley 88, Springfield 75, Southeast 73.50, LaBrae 67, Liberty 56.50, Conneaut 44, Maplewood 39, Chalker 32, Windham 18
    at LaBrae

    April 20, 2014

  • Advantage, Diemer

    Every pitcher wants to get the advantage against every batter she faces. Edgewood lefty Taylor Diemer gave herself that edge and it proved to be key as the Warriors topped Madison, 1-0, Friday at Edgewood.

    April 19, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    SOFTBALL
    NON-CONFERENCE
    Edgewood 1, Madison 0
    at Edgewood

    April 19, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    SATURDAY, APRIL 19
    Baseball

    Brookfield at Conneaut (1)
    Grand Valley at Berkshire (10)
    Chardon at Madison (DH, 11)
    Edgewood at Fairport (11)
    West Geauga at Riverside (11)

    April 19, 2014

  • Spartans knock around Dragons

    After being cooped up in gymnasiums for the better part of the season so far, the Conneaut and Lakeside softball teams were just happy to get onto a diamond. Playing for the first time in nearly a week, the Spartans toppled the Dragons, 11-2, Thursday afternoon at Lakeside.

    April 18, 2014

  • PV can’t get past Mathews

    Thursday afternoon at Pymatuning Valley, the visiting Mathews Mustangs were able to do what every coach hopes for — execute. They played a clean game from start to finish in every facet of the game, and that carried the Mustangs to an 8-2 Northeastern Athletic Conference victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    BASEBALL
    NAC
    Matthews 8, PV 2
    at PV

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    FRIDAY, APRIL 18
    Baseball

    Geneva at Edgewood (11)
    Niles McKinley at Edgewood (5)
    Conneaut at Lakeside (4:30)
    Madison at Euclid (4:30)
    Softball
    Madison at Edgewood (4:30)
    Geneva at Mentor (10, DH)
    Tennis
    Conneaut at Madison (4)

    April 18, 2014

  • Justin Butler Justin time

    It was just four short years ago that Justin Butler was spending his fall on a soccer field.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Week in Review April 14 to 19
Sports Week in Review April 7-12
Spring Sports Practice in Ashtabula County
2014 AP BB Tourney Top 25
2014 AP BB Tourney Scoreboard
2014 AP BB Tourney News
2014 AP BB Tourney Photos
Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic
Girls Regional Basketball Action
Week of Champions
Sports Week in Review February 21, 22
Grand Valley at Edgewood Boys Basketball
Sports Week in Review Feb. 3 to 8
Sports Week in Review January 30 to Feb. 1
Sports Week in Review January 13-18
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video