The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


January 10, 2014

A Don McCormack column: A couple long-distance dedications


At the helm

Back to Miller, who had had titanic shoes to fill during his tenure as sports editor of the Star Beacon.

He took over for Milton Alfred, a member of the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Hall of Fame, who was the first Star Beacon sports editor, tipping off his tenure and serving in his role for 25 years before resigning in 1946.

Miller was named the second sports editor in this newspaper’s history n June 1948 and held the position until Sept. 10, 1949, when he resigned and was position was next filled by Bill “Slants” Reynard.

Alfred’s 25-year run as sports editor here is the longest in this newspaper’s history.

The second-longest tenure belongs to the current hack at the helm, whose been in charge for 16 years, now.

Radio waves

The Lakeside Dragons will be on center stage the next two nights on ESPN 970 WFUN.

The games played this weekend by coach Jim Hood’s Dragons will be carried by the station, according to station Man About Town, David Hatfield.

He and his tag-team partner, Brad Ellis, will call the Dragons’ Premier Athletic Conference clash against North — coached by Ashtabula’s own Joe Montanaro — tonight from Lakeside Gymnasium, then return their Saturday night when first-year coach Steve French’s Jefferson Falcons come calling.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at

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