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Man of honor
I’ve been flooded with messages, emails and telephone calls about the passing of Paul Demshar last Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla.
The tributes and stories keep pouring in, many of which I had not heard before, and I get the feeling Paul’s tragic/heroic death while saving his 10-year-old grandson, Garrett, will be with those of us who both knew and loved the man forever.
One of the many calls I received was from Mark Woods, a columnist for the Florida Times-Union, the paper of record in Jacksonville.
Woods wanted to know if his newspaper could borrow our wonderful photo of Paul and his lovely wife, Jennifer, but also if I’d be willing to talk about Mr. Demshar.
Fortunately, Woods had plenty of time to listen as yours truly pretty much poured his heart out to him about one of the best people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.
And, to his credit, Woods produced a wonderful, straight-from-the-heart tribute to Mr. Demshar in the Times-Union’s Sunday edition.
If you’d care to read his fine tribute column about the loss of one of our county’s truly best people, visit the Times-Union’s website at www.jacksonville.com and look for the link to the story.
Being able to talk about not only the loss of Mr. Demshar, but what a salt-of-the-earth guy he was and how his infectious spirit for life rubbed off on everyone, was something I expected to be difficult, but as it turned out, was anything but.
While we are still grieving as a community at his passing, I keep coming back to the same thought as I think of Mr. Demshar.
Because of not only time spent with him — which was never enough — but more so, because of the example he set for all of us... we are better now, as individuals and as a community, than we were then.
Those planning on attending district-tournament baseball and softball games this week are reminded to be prepared to reach for your wallets and into your purses.
Ohio High School Athletic Association rules require admission fees of $6 for adults and $4 for students at all district-level contests for the respective two sports.
Man in blue
Good guy Rick Nemet has been awarded a spot as an umpire in the OHSAA state softball tournament once again.
Nemet, a Jefferson resident and the high school basketball coach of yours truly back in the day, will be making his eighth appearance as an umpire in the Final Four in two weeks at Firestone Stadium in Akron.
He recently worked the prestigious Spring Classic Softball Invitational at Brookside Park in Ashland, the former home of the state softball tournament.
McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at email@example.com.
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The second year of Spire Academy is off to a big start with new sports and more students, according to academy officials.
Adaptive clinic set for Saturday
Wheelchair athletes seeking to hone their skills are in luck as an adaptive basketball clinic will be held Saturday at Spire Institute, according to information released by Spire Institute.
Johnson ready for next chapter
After four years as a member of the Youngstown State volleyball team, Nichele Johnson is closing the book on a chapter in her life as her career as both a player and student is winding to an end.
MONDAY. DEC. 9
Ashtabula County Touchdown Club Banquet (at Our Lady of Peace — formerly, Mount Carmel)
Mathews at GV (6)
Badger at PV (6)
Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Deer-gun season opens with a bang
Hunters checked 22,620 white-tailed deer on Monday, Dec. 2, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Eagles run past Rebels
The Geneva girls put together the one big run in Saturday afternoon’s 59-42 win over South. Then every time the Rebels made a move, the Eagles answered.
Lakers swamp Spartans
Pymatuning Valley girls basketball coach Jeff Compan knows exactly what he has with the Lakers in terms of personnel. He used the Lakers to near perfection in a 64-14 victory over the Spartans on Saturday afternoon at Garcia Gymnasium.
Warriors cage Lions
Admittedly, the Edgewood Warriors didn’t play the style of basketball coach John Bowler is used to having his team play.
Foul or fowl? Either way, Jefferson prevails
For those in Falcon Gymnasium on Friday night for Jefferson’s All-American Conference clash with Lakeview, it may have appeared they had entered the Twilight Zone.
Dragons come up a point short
When looking at the stat sheet from North’s 38-37 victory over visiting Lakeside on Friday, two differences in team totals stand out.
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