The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

October 22, 2013

PV must get off the canvas

Lakers must shake off loss to GV and get prepared for Ledgemont

ANDOVER TOWNSHIP — It would seem the Pymatuning Valley Lakers are a prime candidate for a letdown.

Coming off an emotional 22-16 loss at archrival Grand Valley in a battle to determine undisputed first place atop the Northeastern Conference and pave the road to the championship, the Lakers came out on the short end of a 22-16 verdict at Grand Valley Stadium.

So, how will the emotional state of the Lakers (3-5, 2-1) be Friday night when they host the Ledgemont Redskins at Laker Stadium.

Just fine, according to coach Neal Croston.

“I believe we will be ready to go,” he said. “Week 9 is our senior night. That should be motivation enough.”

Croston knows, as always, his guys invested heavily in last week’s game against their archrivals in Orwell.

“It was another exciting game,” he said. “It was your typical PV-GV game.

“I’m proud of the way our guys played. We had a goal-line stand in the first quarter, we had some young guys step up because of injuries, we moved the ball and created some turnovers. We did a good job of controlling what we could control.”

Now, though, the Lakers must pull their britches up and get to work with the 41st game in the all-time series with Ledgemont next on tap. PV leads the series, 22-17-1, though coach Joe LaRosa’s Redskins have won the last four matchups. Croston is still in search for his first victory against Ledgemont, PV’s last triumph in the series being a 34-6 win by coach Jason Root’s Lakers in Week 5 of the 2008 season at Laker Stadium.

Ledgemont defeated PV last fall at R.W. Sidley Field in a dogfight, 19-13.

The Redskins (1-7, 0-3) are coming off a 26-25 loss to visiting Windham last week, extending their losing streak to six since a 42-6 win at Newbury in Week 2.

“On offense, they will run the spread and pro-style formations,” Croston said. “On defense, they play a forty or fifty man front.

“They have a good running back in sophomore Jarrett Young. He is small at 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, but seems to make plays all over the field. Fullback Mike McKeon is also a player we will need to contain.”

Croston knows what the Lakers — who are without standing running back J.T. Willis, who had surgery to repair a torn ACL two weeks ago — must do this week to emerge victorious and match their win total from a year ago.

“No. 1, turnovers,” he said. “We are 3-0 when we throw no interceptions.

“Second, team defense. We have to contain Jarrett. And third, senior leadership. We need to focus on Week 9.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • BB1 Walk on the wild side

    Going into the bottom of the third inning Tuesday, things were looking pretty good for the Madison Blue Streaks at Edgewood.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rick Peck A Rich Kelly column: Rick Peck... his legacy born at CLA

    We all leave a legacy of our persona as we pass from this world to whatever the future holds for us.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • BB2 Scholastic Statistics:

    BASEBALL
    NON-CONFERENCE
    Edgewood 14, Madison 3
    at Higgins Field, Edgewood

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area High School Softball Statistical Leaders:

    INDIVIDUAL BATTING (minimum 15 at-bats)
    PLAYER    SCHOOL    AVG    OB%    SLG%    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    SB
    Brittany Baitt    Riverside    .645    .667    .806    31    11    20    3    1    0    8    0
    Cassidy DiFranco    Riverside    .588    .632    .647    17    7    10    1    0    0    0    0
    Alyssa Chadwick    Conneaut    .563    .630    .625    32    12    18    2    1    0    6    5
    Alyssa Irons    Jefferson    .526    .526    .632    19    5    10    0    1    0    9    2

    April 23, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
    Baseball

    Niles McKinley at Lakeside (4:30)
    Bloomfield at Conneaut (4:30)
    Maplewood at Grand Valley (4:30)
    Riverside at Edgewood (4:30)
    PV at Mathews (4:30)
    Orange at Perry (4:30)

    April 23, 2014

  • Tribe Royals crown Wahoos to split first two games

    The concerns about Indians starter Danny Salazar continue to grow.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edgewood SB Warriors whack Struthers

    Edgewood softball coach Steve Cunha’s main focus for the season centers on his team playing well in the All-American conference. In their inaugural season as part of the AAC, the Warriors continued their strong start by defeating visiting Struthers, 8-2, on Monday afternoon.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Falcons go the extra Niles

    Jefferson coach Scott Barber knows good things usually happen when you put the ball in play and put pressure on the opposing team’s defense.

    April 22, 2014

  • Emotional rescue

    Three Ashtabula area runners joined 36,000 of their closest friends Monday during the 118th rendition of the Boston Marathon.

    April 22, 2014

  • Spartans stymied

    Ursuline pitcher Makayla Shore freely admitted she didn’t quite have her best stuff against Conneaut on Monday at Skippon Park. Despite that fact, the hurler tossed a no-hitter to beat the Spartans, 10-0.

    April 22, 2014

Sports Week in Review April 14 to 19
Sports Week in Review April 7-12
Spring Sports Practice in Ashtabula County
2014 AP BB Tourney Top 25
2014 AP BB Tourney Scoreboard
2014 AP BB Tourney News
2014 AP BB Tourney Photos
Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic
Girls Regional Basketball Action
Week of Champions
Sports Week in Review February 21, 22
Grand Valley at Edgewood Boys Basketball
Sports Week in Review Feb. 3 to 8
Sports Week in Review January 30 to Feb. 1
Sports Week in Review January 13-18
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video