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October 24, 2013

Here’s mud in your eye!

Head coaches have vivid weather-related memories

With Week 9 of the high school football season upon us, Mother Nature and her fury will begin to have an effect on what transpires on the gridiron — and, yes, on those who show up to watch — and will most likely do so even more next week.

Back in the day, though, when the seasons did not kick off traditionally until after Labor Day, it was almost commonplace to have games in the final weeks of the season played on snow-covered fields, which before turf came into vogue, resulted in the playing surfaces turning into quagmires, with numbers on jerseys becoming impossible to read.

With that in mind, we asked the 10 head football coaches in our coverage area for the most memorable games — either as a player or as a coach — they’ve experienced.

Their responses proved both interesting and entertaining.

Frank Hall, Lakeside

My eighth-grade year, we were playing Mount Carmel at Massucci Field and it was so cold and rainy that we were literally breaking the ice as we walked onto the field. I think we played less than a quarter before they called the game.

I’m cold right now, just thinking about it.

Rocco Dobran, Conneaut

I have to go a different route if you don’t mind. Other than about three games that I can think of that got delayed because of lightning, nothing too exciting. But my senior year, round two of the playoffs, we played Lakeview. When we got to the game, the field was pretty mushy because of earlier rain. Then by time the game started there was about 3-4 inches of snow on the ground, and by the end of the game, close to six inches. Most fun game I ever played in. We won, 7-6, on a sloppy interception returned for a touchdown.

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  • Mustangs come up short

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  • Scholastic Statistics:

    SOFTBALL
    LAKE EFFECT
    St. John 12,
    Horizon Science Academy 2
    at Massucci Field

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  • Area High School Baseball Statistical Leaders:

    INDIVIDUAL BATTING (minimum 15 at-bats)
    PLAYER    SCHOOL    AVG    OB%    SLG%    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    SB
    Travis Kiser    PV    .647    .682    .823    17    8    11    3    0    0    1    11
    Graham Becker    Riverside    .500    .533    .500    28    5    14    0    0    0    3    1
    Matt Barber    Jefferson    .486    .565    .568    37    9    18    3    0    0    15    0

    April 25, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    FRIDAY, APRIL 25
    Baseball

    Cardinal at Edgewood (4:30)
    PV at Brookfield (5)
    Ledgemont at Madison (4:30)
    Geneva at Jefferson (5)

    April 25, 2014

  • Complete performance

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    April 24, 2014

  • Pirates sail past Eagles

    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.

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  • Don A Don McCormack column: Years of wonder, indeed...

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