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Around the corner
As the 10 area high school football teams are preparing for the 2013 season that is just around the corner, so, too, is our team here at the Star Beacon.
While the first day of the season will be Friday, Aug. 30, our “season debut” will be on display for the world to see a bit earlier.
We’ve received several telephone calls and emails asking when our annual high school football preview section will be published.
Well, without further ado, the section titled “Kickoff ’13,” will appear in our Wednesday, Aug. 28 edition.
It will be printed Sunday, Aug. 25, so, yes, Loyal Readers, that means our “kickoff” will take place this week.
There is some breaking news about “Kickoff ’13,” though!
At my request, our publisher, Jim Frustere, and our editor, Neil Frieder, have given the OK to expand the section.
Because of that, “Kickoff ’13” will be the largest publication ever produced by this newspaper.
The past few seasons, the section has been 64 broadsheet pages.
This season, though, we’re going the extra mile, bumping the section up to 80 pages.
The expansion is happening because we have several, never-done-before features planned for the section.
We won’t let the cat out of the bag today, though, because we want you to be surprised, Loyal Readers, but we’ve put plenty of time and effort into attempting to come up with some new and unique concepts.
Yours truly is waist-deep in working on the monstrous project, but we at Team Beacon believe the extra time and effort will be well worth it.
The kickoff times for two high school football scrimmages set for Friday night.
The matchup between Cardinal and Geneva at Spire Stadium will now commence at 5:30.
The contest between Western Reserve and Pymatuning Valley will be initiating at 7 p.m.
We ran a story several months ago about Jim Bollman’s new coaching stop.
The Harbor High School graduate and a member of the Ashtabula County Football Hall of Fame, is now the offensive coordinator for Mark Dantonio at Michigan State University.
Bollman, of course, worked in the same capacity for coach Jim Tressel during his tenure as head coach at Ohio State.
We will be following up with Coach Bollman down the line, a bit.
McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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