The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


April 8, 2013

ACBF brings out the stars

11th annual gala proves a slam dunk


CONNEAUT — Top of their profession

The aforementioned Barbo was again named ACBF Coach of the Year, although this year she split the award with Pymatuning Valley’s Jeff Compan, who wasn’t present Sunday due to a vacation.

Barbo was honored to receive the award, and gave much of the credit to her players.

“This is a very humbling award to receive in a setting such as this,” she said. “I really appreciate everything the foundation does. Thank you to the girls that I had the honor to coach this year.

“When you have a group of girls who are going to dedicate and commit themselves to a program, it makes your job as a coach very easy.”

On the boys side, Edgewood’s John Bowler took home Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Warriors to a 15-6 record.

Bowler was succinct in summing up his qualification for winning.

“You know, good players make good coaches. And I’ve got good players,” he said with a smile.

He also sure to thank the Edgewood administration and his assistant coaches (ACBF Charter Director) Paul Stofan and his son, Jay.

“I’d like to thank my assistant coach Paul Stofan and my son Jay, who helped me all season,” he said.

Hall of Fame

The ACBF Hall of Fame inductees included Kelly (Hitchcock) Emerine of PV, Jim Gilbert of Ashtabula, Jim Henson of Grand Valley, Steve Hanek of St. John, John Higgins, who played at Edgewood and coached at Harbor, Madison and Ashtabula before beome athletic director at Ashtabula and Lakeside, Richard Hill of Rowe, Tiffany Leonard of Geneva, Carl McIlwain of PV, Marianne Meola of St. John, Angie Miller of Ashtabula, Tom Naylor of Conneaut, Hiram Safford, who coached at Austinburg, Al “Red” Schubert, who played for Safford at Austinburg, Carl Stokes of New Lyme Deming and Mickey Zigmund of Jefferson.

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