The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

August 12, 2013

A Don McCormack column:Hemlock Springs steps up in a big way

Sports Editor

Paying a visit to the variety store...

Warrior mentality

There are so many golf tournaments at the many excellent courses across our coverage area, it would be next to impossible to talk/write about each and every one of them.

However, one coming up at the end of this month, on the first day of high school football in these parts, in fact, is certainly worthy of some special mention.

Hemlock Springs Golf Club will host the 2013 American Heroes Scramble. The field will be limited to 36 teams and all proceeds from the event will benefit one of the best causes around, The Wounded Warrior Project.

Founded in 2003, the purpose of The Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service men and women, to help injured service members to aid and assist each other. Also, the concept of the project is to provide unique, director programs and services to meet the needs of the injured service men and women.

Entry fee for the event is $300 per foursome and includes adult beverages, pop and water on the course, a box lunch delivered to each cart, full steak dinner and a chance to win a full year’s membership, free golf and more. Non-golfers can enjoy the steak dinner, auction and festivities for $30 and volunteers are welcome.

Entry deadline is Aug. 23 and you can register by calling the course at 466-4044 or also online at

Softball stars

The Ohio Outlaws 16U Silver came home from California with quite an accomplishment in tow.

The squad, featuring area standouts Lexi Zappitelli of Conneaut and Sam Blashinsky and Taylor Rowe of Edgewood and managed by Edgewood assistant coach Dave Blashinsky, took part in the ASA-USA National Championship Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif. and finished a ninth in a battle-tested 137-team field.

The Outlaws went 5-2 in bracket play, winning their first three games in the winners’ bracket, defeating the Minnesota Force, 6-0, Extreme Elite, 4-1, and Illinois Force, 4-0, to reach the Sweet 16.

The Outlaws dropped to the losers’ bracket with a 2-0 loss to the KH Hitters, but rebounded to defeat Extreme Elite for a second time, 4-1, and then edged the Firecrackers, 1-0. The ’laws were eliminated by the Roseville Heat, 7-3.

The Outlaws posted a 1-1 mark in pool play, besting the Nor Cal Shockers, 4-0, and bowing to George Power TPS Gold, 3-2.


George Bellios, representing the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club, reports the organization’s 2013 dinner and awards banquet will be held Monday, Dec. 9, again at the Mount Carmel Banquet Center, located on East 21st Street here in Ashtabula.

That night, the men who comprise the Class of 2013 of the Ashtabula County Football Hall of Fame will be inducted.

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