Thanks, Mother Nature.
The Star Beacon has been forced to postpone many postseason all-star contests through the years, including our girls and boys basketball games, are wrestling match and, of course, our baseball and softball events.
However, never before have we been forced to postpone our volleyball match — until now.
With the end-of-the-world-like conditions that hit much of the eastern half of the country Monday, schools across Northeast Ohio were closed Tuesday, forcing postponement of our volleyball match.
Now, though, all systems are go and the 24th annual Star Beacon-Frank Roskovics Senior Classic will be held today at Lakeside Gymnasium. Action will kick off at 6 p.m.
“With everything that we all went through in the last 48 hours, it only made sense to push the Classic back,” Star Beacon sports editor Don McCormack said. “Rob McGruder and the good people at Lakeside are always great in helping us stage our events and we are very thankful Rob and his staff agreed to host it one day after it was scheduled.”
The match will feature the top senior players from the 11 teams that make up the Star Beacon coverage area — Conneaut, Edgewood, Geneva, Grand Valley, Jefferson, Lakeside, Madison, Perry, Pymatuning Valley, Riverside and St. John.
The two teams will be coached by PV’s Rob Wludyga and St. John’s Stephanie Kubec on one side and Madison’s Brynn Ryan and Riverside’s Brandy Thomas on the other.
Playing for Kubec and Wludyga are Kubec’s daughter Brenna Kubec and her St. John teammate Brenna Powers. They are joined by PV’s Ally Workman, Heather Brant and Michealia Skleres, Madison’s Hallie Vollmar and Ashley Hixon, Conneaut’s Lydia Coccitto and Angie Zappitelli, Riverside’s Rachel Bares and Maria Zito, Perry’s MEgan Reid and Courtney Brassow and Edgewood’s Judith Silvieus and Jaime Rogers.
Ryan and Thomas’ team will consist of Maggie Julius and Alexis Parsons of Riverside, Allie Klimko and Haley Dake of Madison, Alexa Roberts and Tori Toth of Perry, Katie Thomas and Abby Pisano of Edgewood, Natalie Thomas of Geneva, LeeAnn Farr and Giulia Giancola of Jefferson, Paige Halsey and Emily Gehring of Lakeside and Sarah Bixel and Kelly Preske of Grand Valley.
Rob Rich of PlayAll Awards and Engraving is donating Player of the Match plaques for a player on each team.
The match began back in the fall of 1989, when coach Dave Fowler led the St. John Heralds to the Class A state championship match, where they bowed to Newark Catholic.
The name of Frank Roskovics was attached to the Classic in recognition of his decades of service to girls sports in this region.
The former longtime volleyball and girls basketball coach at Harbor High School, Roskovics founded the Ashtabula County Women’s Scholar-Athlete Association and is a member of the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Hall of Fame.
He is a St. John High School graduate.
Star Beacon’s annual all-star volleyball match now set for tonight at Lakeside
Thanks, Mother Nature.
THURSDAY, DEC. 5
Grand River at Andrews (6)
New Day at St. John (6)
Windham at GV (6)
Girard at Jefferson (5:30)
PV at Maplewood (6)
St. John at New Day (5)
Chardon at Conneaut (6)
TD Club HOF Series: Tony was a tiger
Think of Tony Hassett’s football career as a three-act drama, its end still unfinished.
Hassett, a star defensive tackle on Bob Herpy’s unbeaten Geneva teams of 1975 and 1976, will be inducted into the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club Hall of Fame on Monday.
Rossi, Madga first-team All-Ohioans
The area’s football teams all hovered around the break-even mark in Divisions III, IV and V, but a number of players were given All-Ohio recognition.
Second quarter does in Geneva at West Geauga
If you would have taken a break to get a snack or attend to other things, you might have missed the decisive stretch of the Geneva boys’ 77-55 loss at West Geauga on Tuesday.
PV can’t climb out of hole
Picking up where he left off last week, Quintin Ratliff ran off the first eights points for the Pymatuning Valley Lakers.
Mustangs come up short in opener
In an opening night battle between two teams retooling with youth and inexperience, the Berkshire Badgers and Grand Valley Mustangs went at each other full force and on even terms all night Tuesday at Grand Valley. The difference in the game was what all coaches hope for — a spurt or two that covers an extended period of time that either takes a lead or extends a lead.
It’s rarely good for a basketball team to be chasing its opponent whether it be on the scoreboard or on the court. The St. John girls found themselves in that exact predicament and it ended in a 47-34 loss to Horizon Science Academy at Spire on Tuesday night.
Horizon Science Academy 47, St. John 34
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4
Conneaut at Edgewood (6)
Lakeside at Riverside (6)
North at Madison (6)
Jefferson at Brookfield (6)
Blue Streaks head D-I, D-II All-Ohians
The Madison Blue Streaks football team made the deepest run of any team in the Star Beacon’s coverage area this season, advancing to the Division II, Region 3 final before falling to Glenville.
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