Frohnapfel twins coming up big for Herd

RAKEEM CATO earlier this month broke a Chad Pennington passing record at Marshall University.

Cato threw a TD pass in a win against UAB, marking the 27th straight game he tossed a scoring strike. That record-setting pass was caught by 6-6, 227-pound junior Eric Frohnapfel.

Eric is the son of former St. John Central football and grid star Steve Frohnapfel. The Colerain native graduated from SJC in 1979, playing for Ty Fleming as a senior. It was the last Fighting Irish grid team to beat Guernsey Street rival Bellaire en route to a 7-3 record.

Eric’s twin brother, Blake, is a 6-6 red-shirt quarterback and Cato’s backup.

Eric caught 13 passes for 129 yards and two TDs in 2012.

In last year’s season finale, Blake completed 12-of-15 passes for 101 yards and a TD while rushing for another 62 yards and a score.

Blake is 17-of-22 for 206 yards and three touchdowns this season. He also rushed for 86 yards and another TD.

Eric, meanwhile, has landed two touchdowns and five passes this fall. The Thundering Herd concluded the regular season at 9-3, winning the East Division of Conference USA via Friday’s thrashing of East Carolina.


TYPHOON HAIYAN hammered the Philippines last month, causing millions of dollars of damage and killing thousands. Buffalo Wild Wings in St. Clairsville is holding a celebrity server night on Dec. 4 to raise funds for the Phillipine rescue effort.

Local health professionals and friends will be waiting the tables from 5-8 p.m., with proceeds benefitting victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The public is invited to join the health professionals for a night of wings and fun while aiding a worthwhile cause.

THE SHARING Tree in Shadyside was overflowing with names of children in need of Christmas gifts. Melanie Haswell reports that more than 100 names adorned the tree. The response has been good, but more than 20 children’s names still hang unclaimed. Anyone who can make Christmas merrier for the needy is asked to get in touch with Melanie at 676-3606 or 391-5015.

WE WISH the best of luck to Dan Fry in his new challenge as Belmont County prosecutor. Dan comes well-schooled for the post. He brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the post. We have no doubts he will excel.

AFTER WATCHING Bellaire in its opener against St. John Central Friday night, it is safe to say the Big Reds will be one of the most improved hoop teams in the OVAC this winter. Coach J.R. Battista has size, athleticism and depth at his disposal, not to mention experience. They are entertaining to watch.

I WOULD be remiss if I didn’t close my book on high school football by sending major kudos to Coach Mark Holenka and his Shadyside Tigers. Running off 12 straight wins to open the season and reaching the regional finals are two impressive feathers in their collective helmets. Holenka has followed in Ty Fleming’s cleats and manufactured a gridiron program that is going to win at a high level for many years to come.

CONGRATULATIONS GO out to Martins Ferry Police Sgt. Beth Scales, Chief John McFarland and all those who made Christmas In The Park a smashing success. The lighted fountain in the park was nothing short of stunning, while bringing in an ice rink was a major coup. This weekend’s Christmas In The Park has set the foundation for a grand spectacle annually in the Purple City.

I CANNOT understand why Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is not one of the leaders in the Heisman Trophy race.

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