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Not only will the Lakeside Dragons have a new head coach on the sidelines for the 2013 season in the form of former Harbor High School star an Chardon assistant Frank Hall, but they will also be facing a different cast of characters in terms of opponents.
Gone is the traditional matchup with perennial power Howland — usually played on Thursday night of the first week.
Gone is the Week 2 clash with the Perry Pirates.
Gone is the Week 3 contest against Ashtabula County rival Edgewood.
Hall & Co. will kick off their 2013 season on the road on Friday, Aug. 30 at Youngstown East. It will mark the first meeting between the Dragons and the Panthers on the gridiron.
Lakeside had played Howland in its opener the past eight seasons, having dropped the last seven games, including a 43-16 verdict at Lakeside Stadium last fall.
Likewise, Lakeside has never played Brush in the 12 seasons the Dragons have been suiting up since ancient rivals Ashtabula and Harbor were consolidated before the 2001-02 school year. The Dragons and the Arcs will play in Lyndhurst in Week 2.
The Dragons had played Perry the previous two seasons in Week 2, coming out on the short end of 53-22 and 36-14 verdicts in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
There is history with Jefferson, Lakeside’s Week 3 opponent for its home opener, though. In fact, the Dragons and the Falcons played every season from 2001 through 2008. The one common dominator in those eight games — Lakeside won every one of them.
There will be even more intrigue in this one as Hall’s son, Quincy, is a nose tackle for coach Jimmy Henson’s Falcons.
With Jefferson replacing Edgewood on Lakeside’s schedule, it should be noted the Dragons will not be playing the only opponent they’ve defeated in their last 30 games on the gridiron.
Lakeside’s 20-0 triumph at Corlew Stadium in 2011 and its 20-14 of the playoff-bound Warriors last fall at Lakeside Stadium were the only victories in a 2-28 overall mark the last three seasons.
The Dragons’ final seven opponents will be against Premier Athletic Conference squads, in order — Riverside, Geneva, at University, at North, South, Madison and at Chardon.
Just the facts
Area high school spring sports varsity coaches and athletic directors are reminded that their respective preseason information sheets are due back to us here at the Star Beacon by Friday.
They can be sent via fax at 998-7938 or email at email@example.com.
I was saddened to heard of the passing of Steve Kudlock, who died at age 68 on Friday.
When yours truly had the pleasure of covering many contests during the great era of Conneaut sports in the early 2000s, Steve was always there as he was the father of one of the best all-around athletes to come out of the area in recent years, Char Kudlock.
A quiet guy, Steve was always pleasant and had his heart in the right place — always putting his kids first.
In fact, I almost had to drag some quotes out of him when I found out he played professional baseball at the minor-league level for the Boston Red Sox.
My condolences go out to his wife, Pat, daughters, Corrine and Char, step-daughter, Patricia, and the rest of his family.
It brought a tear to my eye to learn of the death of The Rev. Meredith Coleman, who died at age 61 on Sunday after a long, courageous battle against cancer.
Pastor Meredith was the leader of my church, the Jefferson United Methodist Church, and was truly a wonderful person, an inspiration who had the pleasure of knowing her.
My sincere condolences to Pastor Meredith’s family.
McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 7
Joe “Pigskin” Pete Alumni Basketball Tournament (4:30, Falcon Gym, Falcon Junior High Gym, Falcon Elementary Gym, Jefferson)
A gallant run
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From beginning to end, the Pymatuning Valley girls basketball team had an experience it hadn’t had all season and spelled the end of the season in a regional semifinal at Cuyahoga Falls High School on Wednesday night.
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With all the excitement this week with the Geneva and Pymatuning Valley girls involved in regional tournament play, it would be easy for what has become a rite of passage in this area for more than three decades to get lost in the shuffle.
Pymatuning Valley 29
at Cuyahoga Falls
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