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April 21, 2014

A Don McCormack column: AAC seems A-OK for Edgewood

For the first time since the demise of the storied Northeastern Conference, teams from Edgewood High School are competing for conference championships this spring.

The Warrior baseball, softball, boys track, girls track and boys tennis teams represent Edgewood’s first foray into league play as a full member of the All-American Conference.

Don’t look now, but on the diamonds, Edgewood is doing just fine.

Coach Bill Lipps’ Warrior baseball squad stands 3-0 in conference play heading into action this week.

Meanwhile, coach Steve Cunha’s Warrior softballers are 2-1 going into today’s AAC clash against visiting Struthers, a loss at the hands of current league co-leading Lakeview being the only blemish on their record.

Regardless of record, it’s great to see Edgewood athletes and teams having a chance to be part of a conference.

With Lakeside’s vote on entrance into the AAC just around the next bend, here’s hoping athletes from Conneaut High School have the same opportunities in the not-too-distant future.

What’s not known is if an Ashtabula County division of the AAC — proposed in this space last year — has been up for consideration.

With Jefferson and Edgewood already in, and Lakeside up for vote in the near future, it would seem to make sense to also add Conneaut, but...

Stat attack

Speaking of high school baseball and softball, head coaches are reminded today is the deadline for us to receive up-to-date season individual and team statistics for their respective squads.

Coaches are also asked to include any and all schedule changes from those that were submitted by their athletic director for the lid for the 2014 season was (finally) taken off.

All information can be submitted via email to sports@starbeaon.com or via fax at 998-7938.

Bookworm

As mentioned many times in this space, one of the really cool aspects of this job is having an opportunity to receive and read books that are sent our way.

The latest occurrence of that is when a copy of “A Summer to Remember — Bill Veeck, Lou Boudreau, Bob Feller and the 1948 Cleveland Indians” came across my desk.

The 300-page effort by author Lew Freedman — writer of nearly 60 books on sports — is a must for any fan of the Indians wanting to reach an indepth look at the Tribe’s last championship nine.

Being that “Veeck — as in Wreck” is one of my favorite reads, Freedman’s words, published by Skyhorse Publishing out of New York — serves as a perfect bookend.

It includes a tremendous two-page, panoramic photograph of Game 5 of the 1948 World Series, which attracted a record-setting mob of 86,288 to Cleveland Stadium.

At $24.95, “A Summer to Remember — Bill Veeck, Lou Boudreau, Bob Feller and the 1948 Cleveland Indians” is a bargain.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at donmac@suite224.net.

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