A Don McCormack column...

A Don McCormack column...

Paying a visit to the variety store...

Mighty Morgan

Great to see Morgan Lewis start at small forward for Findlay in it's exhibition game against Ohio State on Wednesday night at Value City Arena in Columbus.

Lewis, the former Harvey High School great, had 10 points in the Oilers' 80-57 loss to the Buckeyes.

To the surprise of none of us who were fortunate enough to watch him play during his high school days for coach Tim Starkey's Red Raiders, Lewis began the game by soaring for a rebound on a missed shot by teammate Brent Schnipke and hammering home a dunk for a 2-0 lead.

Findlay, ranked sixth in the nation according to the NCAA Division II Bulletin Preseason Poll, built it's lead to 8-3 before Ohio State began to assert itself and eventually pulled away.

Lewis made good on five of his eight field-goal attempts and was one of three Oilers to reach double figures.

Lewis and his Findlay teammates will open their 2006-07 season at the Tarleton State Tipoff Classic on Nov. 17-18 in Stephenville, Texas.

In the money

Ed Spencer, one of the best high school baseball and softball umpires in the area, is $500 richer thanks to U.S. Bank's "Run for the Green" contest on the Browns radio network.

His name was called as the Browns fan who would win $5 per yard in Cleveland's game at Oakland against the Raiders two weeks ago. Browns running back Reuben Droughns ran for 100 yards in the Cleveland victory, earning Spencer the extra $500.

"I'm planning on using this windfall for helping pay some of the medical bills that my children have incurred," he said.

Ed, one of the true nice guys in this world, and his wife, Renee, are the parents of former Edgewood multisport standouts Tim and Chelsea.

Mallissa Wasson, U.S. Bank Ashtabula branch manager, was happy for Spencer.

"We are thrilled for Ed and encourage others to come into the branch to try their luck," she said. "It makes listening to the game even more fun!"

On the tube

If you live in Geauga County, you'll be able to watch coach Jim DiPofi's Chardon Hilltoppers take on Kent Roosevelt in Division II playoff action tonight on television.

Not until Saturday, however.

G-TV will show the Hilltoppers against the Rough Riders at 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

On Sunday, the game will be replayed at the same times.

McCormack is sports editor of the Star Beacon. He can be reached via email at donmac@suite224.net.

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