Paying another visit to the variety store...
In this space the other day, I wrote a bit about the passing of Steve Kudlock, who died last Friday at age 68.
Wednesday, among the messages in my inbox was one from Mike Bento.
Since Bento, who was the 1980 Star Beacon Ashtabula County Player of the Year in baseball as a senior at St. John, had his photo included in the excellent feature our Vince Peluso penned on Bill Schmidt’s return to coaching, I figured that would be the subject matter.
As usual, I was incorrect. Following, is the message Bento sent my way:
I was saddened to read the news of the passing of Steve Kudlock.
I played quite a few games against Steve in the old Twilight League. We had some good teams, most of us were playing in college, but we always knew where Steve was on the field. Though he was in his late thirties at the time, he could do it all. He could change a game with one swing.
I later had the privilege of playing a few games with him for the Springfield Merchants in the mid-eighties. Though he was in the twilight of his career, he did anything to help the team. He was a true sportsman.
It appears form your article you never got to see him play. It’s a shame.
You missed one of the best.
A very nice tribute to a good guy, Mike. Very well said. Thank you.
Going to Church
Another subject touched on in this space last week — assistant coach Tom Church’s Florida Southern College Moccasins hosting the Division II South Regional men’s basketball tournament — will be extended.
Church, a 1998 Conneaut graduate who was the Star Beacon Ashtabula County Player of the Year in basketball for coach Kent Houston’s Spartans as a senior, and the rest of the Mocs advanced to the Elite Eight with a 90-88 triumph against ninth-ranked Alabama-Huntsville on Tuesday night.
With that triumph, FSC (27-5) moves on to storied Freedom Hall, home of top-seed in the men’s Division I NCAA Tournament, the Louisville Cardinals.
There, the Moccasins will tangle with defending national champion Western Washington (30-2) in the third of four national quarterfinals at 6 p.m.
Western Washington earned a repeat ticket to the Elite Eight with a 62-58 win against Seattle Pacific in the West Regional title game late Tuesday night in Bellingham, Wash.
The winner of the Florida Southern-Western Washington clash will move to the play the survivor of a quarterfinal between Drury (28-4) and USC Aiken (25-7) in a national semifinal Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
All four of the quarterfinal games will be broadcast on the web at www.ncaa.com, with the semifinals and championship game being broadcast nationally by CBS.
Just the facts...
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Paying another visit to the variety store...
Welcome to The Valley rivalry
Still new to the area, first-year Grand Valley boys basketball coach Matt Brumit admits he didn’t think much about Friday’s game with heated rival Pymatuning Valley.
“They razzed me because I’m new to the area, I don’t care about the rivalry thing,” Brumit admitted.
Falcons aim to Pleas and pull it off at Liberty
The constant chant of “He’s coming,” “It’s coming” spelled out who the Jefferson Falcons needed to stop to pull out a victory Friday night — Asim Pleas.
Riverside finds a way
It’s rarely a compliment to call something ugly, but that’s exactly how Geneva boys basketball coach Matt Vespa described Riverside’s style after the Beavers conquered his Eagles, 77-62, in Premier Athletic Conference action on Friday night at Geneva.
Dragons done in
Lakeside boys coach Jim Hood said Friday was one of those nights. And University School coach Terry Lipford said that he was “relieved” after his Preppers came away with a 76-65 victory in a battle between schools that were among the early leaders in the Premier Athletic Conference.
Hornets sting Spartans
Sometimes a team has a special moment during a game when things suddenly fall into place on a positive note. Whether that moment happened Friday night in Garcia
Grand Valley 65, Pymatuning Valley 62
at Grand Valley Gymnasium
SATURDAY, DEC. 21
Horizon Science at Conneaut (12:30)
Riverside at Harvey (6)
St. John at Fuchs Mizrachi (6)
Thursday night delight
In recent years, wrestling turned away from dual matches toward tournaments. Lakeside and Geneva gave a reminder of what the good old days were like in the Dragons’ rousing 37-35 victory over the Eagles at Geneva as part of a tri-match with North.
Warriors handle Heralds
The St. John Heralds went into battle Thursday night at county rival Edgewood minus their two core players, Emily Powers and Makenzie Stenroos. That fact altered much of the styles of both teams, but also put the other girls into more prominent roles.
Geneva 58, North 20
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