The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


January 7, 2014

A Don McCormack column: Compan’s Lakers make quite a splash

While all schools and many businesses are closed today because of Mother Nature’s fury, the variety store is open for your shopping, er... reading, pleasure...

Red-hot Lakers

When the Associated Press released the first of its weekly high school basketball polls for girls and boys last night, only one area team was mentioned with the elite in the Buckeye State.

However, it was certainly a terrific mention.

The Pymatuning Valley Lakers are rated third in the Division III girls rankings, trailing only first-place Columbus Africentric and Oak Hill.

Coach Jeff Compan’s high-flying Lakers have steamrolled their way to a perfect 10-0 record so far this season.

PV received three first-place votes in this week’s AP Poll and totaled 114 points, behind Africentric’s 148 and Oak Hill’s 134. Only Africentric (11) received more first-place votes than the locals.

Compan & Co. will take their 5-star act on the road Thursday night when they invade Thompson to take on the Ledgemont Redskins in a Northeastern Athletic Conference clash.

Words from above

It’s always wonderful and rewarding for an author to have his words read.

However, when it’s done by his boss, well, you get the idea.

Along those lines, Jim Frustere read the centerpiece of our Monday sports section, in which we asked readers to send along their memories of Red Right 88, the Browns’ infamous AFC divisional playoff game against the Oakland Raiders, played in minus-5 degree temperatures on Jan. 4, 1981.

The game, at the time the second-coldest game in NFL history, was decided when a pass by NFL Player of the Year Brian Sipe of the Browns was intercepted by Oakland’s Mike Davis, who cut in front of Hall of Fame Browns tight end Ozzie Newsome to make the pick and save Oakland’s frozen bacon in a 14-12 verdict.

I began the column by describing my memories of the day as I, an 18-year-old high school senior at the time, was one of the 77,665 brave souls in attendance that memorable day.

Turns out, so was my boss.

With that, Mr. Frustere, the mic is yours...

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