- Bonded by baseball and their roots, Zak Blair and Brandon Easton have formed a mutual-admiration society.
- Their high school coaches — Scott Barber at Jefferson and Steve Urchek at Pymatuning Valley — are filled with pride.
— Don McCormack
— Don McCormack
It has taken a while for the Grand Valley Mustangs to put it all together on the softball diamond this season. Wednesday afternoon, the Mustangs did just that, combining a superb pitching effort by Katie Paskey with a tight defense and opportune offense to smother the Maplewood Rockets, 8-1, in Northeastern Athletic Conference action.
The seniors on the Perry softball team wanted to talk with coach Frank Rico. They had some ideas for how their coach could help the Pirates. Rico was receptive of the players’ thoughts. It didn’t hurt that the Pirates were right on the mark in their assessments.
The recent effort that appeared in this space last week about things yours truly did while growing up that prompted several replies, which were also published as a followup, brought one more into my inbox the other day.
Geneva pole vaulter Ally Thompson is competing mostly with herself in the early going. She claimed a major victory in that category in toppling her own Ashtabula County record in the Eagles’ victories over Lakeside and Harvey at Spire on Wednesday.
Grand Valley 8, Maplewood 1
at Grand Valley
THURSDAY, APRIL 24
Ledgemont at Grand Valley (4:30)
Campbell at Edgewood (5)
Lordstown at PV (4:30)
Riverside at Perry (7:30)
Champion at Jefferson (5)
The top of the Cleveland lineup has been starting to hit. If that continues, it will bode very well for the team.
Going into the bottom of the third inning Tuesday, things were looking pretty good for the Madison Blue Streaks at Edgewood.
We all leave a legacy of our persona as we pass from this world to whatever the future holds for us.
Edgewood 14, Madison 3
at Higgins Field, Edgewood