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KUDOS TO Gene Ammirante for his selection to the Ohio High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The Bellaire High coaching icon is truly deserving of such a lofty designation. His record with the Big Reds is truly remarkable. Coach A. does so much more. He is a crusader of promoting the game of basketball with Ohio Valley youngsters. His camps and clinics have touched thousands of kids while gaining no personal financial gain. Coach A. is one of the classiest guys in the realm of prep athletics and the game of life.
I MAILED my absentee ballot last week. I cannot understand why more people don't go that route.
SPEAKING OF the election, today is the final day we are running election-related letters. If you submitted a letter in that regard and it was not published, it was either not signed or failed to meet the deadline. This election did generate a large number of letters, many of the passionate variety. We view that as a good thing.
THE OVAC and Martins Ferry school officials deserve much praise for their adept ability to overcome miserable weather conditions in staging another stellar Band Showcase at Purple Rider Stadium. Despite the horrific weather, 15 prep bands and West Liberty University treated a soggy crowd to a rousing performance. It is a great event, giving prep bands their just due.
THE STEELERS are showing signs of life via two straight wins. The same cannot be said for the Browns. They need playmakers. The Bengals are the cream of the crop in a weak division.
ORPHY KLEMPA is a shaker and a mover. He is currently an Ohio County commissioner. He previously served in the W. Va. Legislature. Orphy announced this past week that he is retiring in November from his job as business representative for Carpenters Local 3 in Wheeling to focus on his elected post on the Ohio County Commission. He previously stepped down as co-chairman of Project BEST, a post he has held for 14 years alongside Thomas Cerra. Many people don't realize Orphy is a Bellaire native and Big Reds' grad. He grew up across the alley from my family in West Bellaire. I still say Orphy would may an ideal governor in the Mountain State.
I WAS disappointed that I couldn't attend the Bob Ney talk at St. John Central Wednesday morning, as I was already committed to attending the roundtable summit in Martins Ferry featuring State Treasurer Josh Mandel. Read more about Mandel's visit in Monday's edition.
I MADE my first football trek to Barnesville Friday night. I like what Athletic Director Mark Cook does before each home game: honoring a former Shamrock grid star. Friday's honoree was Ted Hanlon. The 1985 Barnesville grad was an all-Ohio performer for the Shamrocks before helping Mount Union to a pair of national title while earning all-OAC honors. Hanlon is a Barnesville grid aide.
IT'S BEEN a successful year for the Bellaire Big Reds on the gridiron. Jose Davis has done a masterful of rebuilding the Reds' program. It has also been a big year for the Bellaire athletic department coffers, as the renewal with Shadyside in week three was a cash cow game. This Saturday's Nelson Field showdown with ancient rival Martins Ferry will be another box-office bonanza. The home contest against St. Clairsville also drew a profitable gate.
JOHN MAGISTRO has done a tremendous job of making Westerville Central a football power. The former Bellaire High coaching great recorded the program's biggest victory in school annals Friday night as the Warhawks disposed of previously once-beaten Hilliard Darby by a 35-21 count. The Warhawks clinched their first Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division championship and home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs in Division I, Region 1. Central closes out the season Friday at Dublin Jerome.
BELMONT COUNTY commissioners continued their makeover of the senior services program last week. They hired Barb Ballint as full-time program administrator. It was a slam-dunk selection, as Barb is a shaker-and-mover and a people person. She will excel in that role.
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