The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

April 27, 2014

Smooth sailing at Laker Invitational

Edgewood, Jefferson top area boys

ANDOVER TOWNSHIP — With Reggie Browley getting things off to an excellent start for the Harvey Red Raiders by setting a new meet record in the shot put of 54-3 inches, the stage was set for the Red Raiders to get a lead against the rest of the field in the Laker Invitational on Saturday at Pymatuning Valley High School.

Browley’s efforts proved very important as Harvey scored in every event while extending its lead. The winners were challenged briefly by first the Jefferson Falcons and then the Edgewood Warriors, but their balance was the key to a runaway victory for the kids from Painesville.

“We’ve got a smaller team this year than we have in the past,” Harvey coach Mark Yokum said. “When that happens, kids need to step up and fill roles. I’m really thankful we scored in every event like we did. We got off to a strong lead in field events, especially with Reggie’s event win, and then the kids hung right in there in track events, with multiple scoring a couple times being big for us. All the kids have done a great job of just doing what they are asked to do.”

Harvey won with 151 points. McDonald sneaked into second place late in the day to finish wtih 95 points. Edgewood tallied 89.50, Jefferson had 67, Pymatuning Valley had 63, Conneaut tallied 48, Lowellville scored 44.50, Lakeside earned 33, Mathews had 25, Grand Valley scored 16, Chalker added 13, Brookfield had 11, and Cornerstone Christian finished at the bottom of the list with 5 points.

Jefferson kept itself in reasonable striking distance of the Red Raiders for much of the day behind the superb day enjoyed by senior David Chase. The 6-foot-7 Falcons is capping his high school career with great efforts, paced by a meet and school record effort in the high jump of 6-8. Three times after his success he tried to take the height up to 6-10, and the closest he came was the third attempt, when his leg tipped the crossbar after the rest of his body was over the bar.

He wasn’t done.

In the 100-meter dash, a brief slip coming out of the starting block cost him a winning effort. Riis Smith of Edgewood came out fast and stayed that way to win the event.

Chase came back to win both the 200 and 400 events, giving himself a 38-point afternoon.

Edgewood was solid if not spectacular all day as well. Smith won the 100, took second in the 200 to Chase, and anchored the 400 relay team. Chris Lemay won the 1600, took second in the 3200, and ran a solid leg in a relay team in the 3200 relay that took fifth.

Conneaut’s Levi Stewart claimed the top spot in the 110-meter hurdles and took second in the 300-meter event.

Pymatuning Valley’s Quintin Ratliff gave his team some good moments with a winning long-jump effort of 20-10.75 inches ,while also finishing second to Chase in the high jump.

Grand Valley got some points from Zach Oscar’s efforts in field events. He finished fifth in the long jump and sixth in the discus.

PV’s Ryan Harte claimed first in the pole vault with an 11-6 effort.

Lakeside’s Caleb Henery won the 800 meter run , Edgewood’s Chris Lemay claimed the 1600 title and the Dan Dunlap 3200 Meter Award for the top distance effort of the day went to Danny Loomis of McDonald.

Several coaches were pleased with how things went for their teams on a day that began with a threat of cold , wet weather, and ended up just cold and very windy.

“This was a fun day for everybody I think,” Lakeside coach Olajuwon Cooper said. “There are a  lot of things going on right now, including the prom, so there were some kids not here, but the kids that made it put out a great effort for us.”

Edgewood coach Jim Sanchez was satisfied with his team, but knew that Harvey put on a show as well in winning.

“Our kids did well today,” he said. “You just have to admit that Harvey is loaded with talent. They’ve got good balance, too, in all the events, and that’s important in team competition. There are a lot of good athletes out here, so it’s been fun to just watch. There’s been some close races, and David Chase has put on a show himself. If he had gotten a better start in the 100, he had a chance to win that, too.”

Chase’s coach , T.J.Furman, appreciated what he could get from his team in this meet.

“The kids really gave out some good effort today,” he said. “We looked pretty good all day. David did a great job, and fortunately, even though it was cold and windy, we did a good job. We were kind of depleted due to our school’s prom tonight, so a bunch of kids had to leave early, and we just didn’t have enough point scorers left late in the day.”

Kelly is a freelance writer from Jefferson.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Danielle Zip-ing along

    Just minutes after Geneva’s Danielle Nicholson holed out on the 18th green at the Gray Course at Ohio State University during her freshman year to win the 2011 Division I state championship, the recruitment process of where she would go to college began.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Maruna headed for Mount

    LeeAnn Maruna never really expected to play collegiate golf. She was so taken aback when the opportunity presented itself, she didn’t know how to respond. After all, the Grand Valley graduate had only been playing the game for a few years.

    July 23, 2014

  • Crate Late Models featured

    The Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models, the premier class at Raceway 7, will be featured Friday night as they race for $1,000 to win.

    July 23, 2014

  • Norm He’s the Norm

    In the early part of the 20th century, as golf was taking off in popularity, it was not uncommon for boys to take up the game after becoming caddies.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: The journey is what’s most important

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, you’ve heard over and over and over how it’s been a half-century since one of Cleveland’s big three professional sports teams have won a championship.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Murdick wins as Big Block Modifieds return

    The BRP Big Block Modifed Tour returned to Raceway 7 with 21 of the region’s fastest Modifieds turning out for the scheduled 35-lap event, the first for the Modifieds at the northeast Ohio speedplant since 2005, an event won by Todd Burley.

    July 21, 2014

  • Dale Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Chances for controlled waterfowl hunting

    Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. The drawing dates and times are as follows:

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kingsville gets it done

    In a rematch of a previous softball clash between the Kingsville 9-10-year-olds and those from Conneaut, Kingsville had settled thing quickly and decisively in a mercy-rule triumph.

    July 20, 2014

  • TD Club golf A Chris Larick column: TD Club hopes to score

    Though its life was never seriously threatened, the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club has suffered in recent years.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Don A Don McCormack column: A heartfelt plea to curb violence

    Like everyone who loves soccer — and the rest of us whose interest level rises dramatically every four years when the World Cup comes around — Kevin Meier was appalled at the recent attack of soccer referee John Bieniewicz in Michigan by a player that resulted in Bieniewicz tragically dying.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video