The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


November 13, 2012

Region’s best

Blue Streak, Pirate headline Northeast Lakes All-District football squad

Madison defensive back Bo Ransom and Perry linebacker Evan Nichols headline a strong group of representatives from the Star Beacon coverage area on the Northeast Lakes All-District football team.

Ransom is the Defensive Player of the Year in Division II and Nichols earns the same honor in Division IV.

Edgewood was rewarded for a 7-3 regular season and its first trip to the Division IV, Region 13 playoffs with five first-team all-district representatives.

Running back Dylan McCaleb is the lone Warrior on the first-team offense. Defensive tackle Matt Fitchet, linebacker Anthonie Magda and defensive backs Louie Wisnyai and Riis Smith made the first-team defense.

Joining McCaleb on the offense is Pymatuning Valley receiver Tim Cross.

Defensive end Billy Miller and Nichols made the first-team defense for the Pirates.

Grand Valley’s 7-3 season, which resulted in a Northeastern Athletic Conference championship — its first league championship since 1997, was rewarded with second-team honors for guard Glenn Zaller and linebacker Sean Szitas.

Perry’s Connor Lowe is a second-team offensive lineman.

Geneva, Lakeside and Madison is represented in Division II.

Aside from Ransom, the Blue Streaks have running back Mark Murray and offensive lineman Joe Bashore on the first team.

Running back Aaron Rossi is a first-teamer for the Eagles and defensive back Shawn Gilbert represents the Dragons.

Geneva’s Dakota Brininger is a second-team defensive back.

In Division III, Jefferson has running back Scott Davidson on the first team.

The Falcons, 8-2 on the season, have quarterback Tony Chiacchiero, receiver Kyle Ashburn, defensive back Jacob Hamilton, linebacker Shayne Crumrine and kicker Brandon Balascio on the second team.

Conneaut defensive tackle Billy Post is also a member of the second team.

Riverside defensive back Nick Iapaolo is the only Beaver on the first team in Division I. Teammates August Runyon, a defensive end, and Chalo Lopez, a linebacker, were members of the second team.      

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.

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