All-Lorain County Soccer: Firelands’ Patrick Brightbill and Brookside’s Mitchell O’Connor share honor, spur area success
The Northeast Lakes District high school football teams were announced on Nov. 18, and it should come as no surprise the Division II was headlined by Midview.
The Middies landed five players on the district first team, headlined by offensive player of the year Logan Bolin and coach of the year D.J. Shaw.
Also receiving player of the year honors was Firelands senior quarterback Brad Thrasher.
Midview senior wide receiver Logan Bolin didn’t beat around the bush Wednesday night when asked what it meant to be named the Northeast Lakes all-district offensive player of the year in Division II.
Joining Bolin with all-district special honors were Firelands senior quarterback Brad Thrasher, who was named the Division IV offensive player of the year
In many districts across Lorain County, the cost for student-athletes to enjoy the rush of snapping a football or dunking a basketball amounts to hundreds of dollars parents must pay for their students to participate.
Greg Ring, superintendent of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County and former district superintendent for Firelands Schools, said pay-to-participate fees usually come out of conversations with communities around levy time.
“With 75 percent of your district’s citizens no longer having kids in school, increasingly we have seen an expectation that parents pay ‘something’ toward extracurricular participation,” he said. “Pay-to-play is a local issue, part of the conversation around ‘How best do we fund our schools?’ The state Legislature needs to respect that and allow decisions to be made by local school boards in response to their communities’ wishes.”
As a tribute to those who enter the United States Armed Services, South Amherst Middle School students set “America’s White Table” and sang patriotic songs with veterans as their honored guests.