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Staying in touch
Since we’ve been bringing you the stories of Zak Blair and Brandon Easton and their progression from high school, to college and finally, to professional baseball the past several years, we’ve been asked countless times if there is a way to follow the two Ashtabula County natives in terms of their performance.
Turns out, Loyal Readers, there is.
You can keep up to date with how Blair, a Jefferson graduate playing for the Arizona League Cubs, and Easton, a Pymatuning Valley graduate playing for the Gulf Coast League Twins, by going to the following website:
Once there, you can type in their names and it will take you right to their page, which features season statistics as well as game-by-game statistics. They are sortable, too, meaning if you click on “avg” for batting average, it will list how they match up against everyone else in their respective leagues.
Blair, a 20th-round selection in the amateur draft by the Cubs, was still sizzling in several offensive categories entering last night’s game against the AZL Brewers.
Entering that game, the Mercyhurst University graduate was hitting .407, had a .484 on-base percentage, a .519 slugging percentage and an OPS of 1.002.
Easton, on the other hand, was still waiting to make his professional debut. As he related in our Tuesday edition, the Twins have him building arm strength before he makes his first appearance, which he expects to be sometime this week.
There was one glitch in the 2013 high school football schedules yours truly compiled and published in our Sunday edition.
Turns out, the copy of the Edgewood schedule I received had a snafu in it.
First-year coach Josh Franke’s Warriors will host the Brookfield Warriors in Week 7 at Corlew Stadium on Friday, Oct. 11. The copy we received had the game being played AT Brookfield as opposed to Ashtabula Township.
With the game being contested in the friendly confines of Corlew Stadium, it will give Franke & Co. five home games and five road games, not four home and six on the road, as appeared in Sunday’s edition.
On a personal note, I’d like to extend a shoutout to Larry Bagley.
Larry has owned and operated the BP Station in Jefferson since, well, pretty much for as long as I can remember.
I had the occasion to see him Tuesday morning when I dropped the chariot off for its spring/summer tuneup. It reminded me of a story that depicts the kind of guy he is.
A few years ago, one our female news reporters was covering something during the Ashtabula County Fair and she had parked in the lot across from the fairgrounds, over by the JAGS Complex.
When she finished her assignment and went back to her car, it wouldn’t start. Try as she might, it wouldn’t fire up.
Larry happened to hear the car not starting and seeing our reporter, went over to see if he could lend a hand.
After popping the hood and then crawling underneath the engine, he unfolded his tall, lanky frame and said, “I’ll be right back. I have to run up to my station and get a few tools.”
He then did just that, returning in 10 minutes and going right to work.
About 15 minutes later, he said to our reporter, “OK, try it now.”
Of course, it started immediately.
Our on-deadline reporter, thrilled to have her vehicle running, asked Larry, “How much do I owe you? You saved me!”
To the surprise of no one who knows Larry, he refused to accept any compensation.
That, my friends, is Larry Bagley.
McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at email@example.com.
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ACBF HOF Series: Mighty Mike
Mike Blauman was an All-Ohio baseball player at Geneva High School.
He was a star in football in both high school and college, good enough to be selected for the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club’s Hall of Fame in 2006.
Chase-ing a dream
For Jefferson athlete David Chase, there were plenty of possibilities for where to go to college or what sport to play.
A Don McCormack column: Way to go, all for our friend, Joe!
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No average Joe
You can bet, Joe “Pigskin” Pete, one of the best guys this guy has ever had the pleasure calling a friend, will be wearing his trademark grin as he looks down tonight.
Girls from regional squads headline Classic opener
Following on the heels of the celebrations in Geneva and Andover with the Geneva and Pymatuning Valley girls basketball teams playing in the Division II and III regional tournaments, respectively, there is one final party left on the calendar.
Plenty of star power will be on top for boys in Classic
With basketball season officially ending last weekend for teams in the Star Beacon coverage area, it’s time to look forward to the fun of the offseason.
FRIDAY, MARCH 7
Joe “Pigskin” Pete Alumni Basketball Tournament (4:30, Falcon Gym, Falcon Junior High Gym, Falcon Elementary Gym, Jefferson)
A gallant run
With Beachwood’s attention certain to be focused on Geena Gabriel, Pymatuning Valley coach Jeff Compan’s plan Wednesday night was to utilize the pick-and-roll. The Beachwood Bison were able to thwart it, and eventually frustration set in, as did the only loss of the year for the Lakers.
A Bob Ettinger column: Offensive issues do in Lakers
From beginning to end, the Pymatuning Valley girls basketball team had an experience it hadn’t had all season and spelled the end of the season in a regional semifinal at Cuyahoga Falls High School on Wednesday night.
A Don McCormack column: Classics are set for Tuesday
With all the excitement this week with the Geneva and Pymatuning Valley girls involved in regional tournament play, it would be easy for what has become a rite of passage in this area for more than three decades to get lost in the shuffle.
Pymatuning Valley 29
at Cuyahoga Falls
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