The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


February 24, 2013

Sports Editor Don McCormack's Mailbag: The Mailbag makes its return

On Heartbreak Highway


I read this, and all I could think of is how (my daughter), Keegan, broke down on Wednesday during Senior night (at Edgewood).

It surprised me, then I was crying because I understand how important sports are. Playing made me a better person and these seniors are all realizing its coming to an end.

I know Keegan loves it‚ it’s her life. :)

Tamera McTrusty

(via Facebook)

Tammy, you, too, felt the pain of Heartbreak Highway in three sports during our high school days, so you know it firsthand, too. — DM


Remembering those days and those kids — you made me cry, Donnie.

More, please...

Deanna Blough

(via Facebook)

Deanna, apologies for the tears, but thank you. — DM


Eloquent way to capture the emotion that accompanies the end of any season, especially on the hardwood. Keep writing, Don.

Love reading your work.

David Negin

(via Facebook)

David, not sure if the word “eloquent” had ever previously been associated with me, but thank you. — DM


Great article right there.

Jim English

(via Facebook)

Thanks, Jim. I know you know this pain, too. — DM


A few years ago, I went back and scrapbooked a lot of my senior year clippings, much of which was basketball. (My mom’s aunt saved EVERYTHING).

One of the pictures I found was of me, fighting back tears and accepting my district runner-up plaque, after losing at Edgewood to Villa Angela-St. Joseph my senior year (1992).

It had run in the Beacon next to an article about the game.

Even though I went on to play in college, that moment still sticks with me, and I know exactly what you are talking about, and exactly how that pain feels.

Amy (Wolf) Cohen

(via Facebook)

Amy, I remember that game — and that photo — very well. — DM


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