The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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Radio waves I

The Madison Blue Streaks will be on center stage on Friday night when they journey to Richard Lombardo Stadium for a Division II, Region 5 regional quarterfinal against undefeated Howland.

And, thanks for Media One Communications, the entire region will be able to attend, albeit through the magic of radio.

When coach Tim Willis’ 7-3 Blue Streaks challenge coach Dick Angle’s 10-0 Tigers, Media One will carry the contest on WREO, the company’s powerful 50,000-watt station perhaps better know by its name, Star-97 (FM-97.1), according to Media One honcho Dana Schulte.

The best news of all is the dynamic duo of Joe “Mr. Sports” Pete — aka The King of Ashtabula County Media — and Big Ed Looman will be doing the play-by-play and color commentary, respectively.

The pregame show on Friday will begin around 6:45 p.m., with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

“It is our goal to have Star-97 become the new home for Lake County high school sports,” Pete said.

Pete and Looman, known for flashing their senses of humor and knowledge of the game during their broadcasts, are excited about being back on the air doing football games, according to Pete.

“Ed and I are extremely excited about the opportunity to broadcast Madison playoff football,” Pete said. “We are currently exploring our options in possibly broadcasting other Lake County playoff teams this weekend and for the rest of the season.”

Another area Lake County squad, coach Matt Rosati’s 9-1 fifth-seeded Perry Pirates, will trek to Akron to tangle with fourth-seeded St. Vincent-St. Mary on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Radio waves II

Pete and Looman’s weekly talk show, “The Sports Report,” will air on Thursday this week instead of its usual Wednesday slot.

Mr. Sports indicated it’s because of trick-or-treat. (Just wondering, when Joe and Ed go door-to-door tonight, which will be Batman and which will be Robin?)

In the hunt

Speaking of turkeys (no, not Pete, Looman, Schulte, Roger McCoy, Marcus “Scony” Pierson or Mark Allen), the Division of Wildlife Ohio Department of Resources reports Ashtabula County increased its wild turkey harvest by nearly seven percent during Ohio’s 12 annual fall gun-hunting season.

The season opened in 37 counties across the Buckeye State on Oct. 13 and ended on Oct. 28.

The top 10 counties this year were Ashtabula (83), Guernsey (62), Trumbull (54), Coshocton (47), Columbiana and Brown (41 each), Jackson (40), Clermont (38) and Ashland, Gallia and Tuscarawas (36 each).

Preliminary figures released by the state showed 1,077 birds harvested this year, as opposed to last year’s preliminary gun-season total of 1,010 birds.

The archery-only portion of the fall turkey hunt in Ohio began on Monday and runs through Nov. 25.

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

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