The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


June 23, 2013

Heralds had a ball

Houser’s heroines part of SJ’s revitalized program


  • Junior, Alivia Cimorelli —  “She is a three-year letterwinner and is the team’s most light-hearted player, allowing the most grim situation to be twisted around to a positive opportunity.”
  • Junior MacKenzie Stenroos — ”She provided the team with a player who we could play infield or outfield.
  • Sophomores Jordon Scott and Alicia Ngiraingas — “They were the team’s dynamic duo. Alicia, the team’s most valuable player and No. 1 pitcher, is a player who would love to play all positions, if possible. “Jordon Scott, an exceptional athlete and starting catcher, has barely scratched her playing ability and we look forward to her recognizing what possible potential she has next year.”
  • Freshmen Reilly DeGeorge and Madeline Martino — “They are the future of the program. Both bring playing experience along with tremendous future growth.”

Houser, who took over as head softball coach in the aforementioned 2006 season and went 10-5 that spring, admits if it were only about the bottom line, he would not still be the Heralds’ head coach.

“Since being involved at St. John from 2003 to present, I have been part of some success and definitely some losing seasons,” he said. “Coaching several other teams, from the startup days of the Ohio Jaguars to taking boys from Ashtabula Little League to state five years in a row to winning GLBL leagues with teams out EAC Club, people will always ask, ‘how can you stay at that school (St. John) and deal with the possibility of another losing season?’”

And, to his credit, Houser answered the only way he knows — from the heart.

“My answer is always the same, as it is no matter what team I’m involved with,” he said. “It’s not always about the record, but about the memories you make, the life-building experiences you encounter and use in the future and just being able to say, ‘I was part of the team.’

“Sure, winning is great and we all want so much, the opportunity, but sometimes, as a coach and parent, you just sit back and say, ‘what a great gift these players are,’ and enjoy.”

Which just shows what anyone who has known Mike Houser has always realized — despite six consecutive seasons of struggle — the man is a winner.

And, this spring, his Heralds were, too.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at

Text Only
  • Outlaws win opener

    The Ohio Outlaws Gold did not start well at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals in Salem, Va. on Monday, but they sure did finish their opening encounter with a flourish.

    July 28, 2014

  • Racing remains at the fore

    Raceway 7’s Crate Late Models had an unsanctioned $1000 to win 25-lap feature with Kyle Zimmerman picking up the lion’s share of the glory after leading the entire distance for his first win of 2014.

    July 28, 2014

  • Coming attractions

    While it seems only yesterday school was letting out and summer vacation was starting, the time for respite will have the curtain drop for area high school football players this week.

    July 28, 2014


    TUESDAY, AUG. 12

    • Lake Catholic at Perry (10)

    July 28, 2014

  • Lexi Outlaws gunning for national title in Virginia

    There’s gold in their name and that’s just what the Ohio Outlaws Gold softball squad is gunning for at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals this week in Salem, Va.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Brandon Easton A Don McCormack column:Easton on right pitch in Florida

    Paying a Monday morning visit to the variety store...

    Firing away
    The second summer as a professional baseball player has been an excellent one for Brandon Easton, to this point.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Dale Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: OEW doing good job of passing it on

    On July 18, 19 and 20, the Ashtabula County Wildlife Conservation League (ACWCL) along with Ashtabula Rod & Gun Club (ARGC) held their annual OEW (Outdoor Education Weekend) Weekend.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kaydee Vaulting to The Rock

    When Jefferson’s Kaydee DeVivo first started pole vaulting as a freshman for the Falcons, she knew it was the event for her.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • run VanHoy racing on

    Geneva track star Hailey VanHoy had a near unbelievable run of success during her final months running for the Eagles.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

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