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.
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