In case you missed it – Press Coverage November 20, 2015

All-Lorain County Soccer: Firelands’ Patrick Brightbill and Brookside’s Mitchell O’Connor share honor, spur area success

ELYRIA — Brookside’s Mitchell O’Connor and Firelands’ Patrick Brightbill have played a big role in the recent resurgence of Division II soccer in Lorain County.

So it was fitting they stood side-by-side Tuesday as Division II Co-Players of the Year when the Lorain County Soccer Coaches Association handed out their annual awards at the Elyria High School Performing Arts Center.

High school football: Bolin, Thrasher receive district player of the year honors

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.

High school football: Bolin, Thrasher named all-district players of the year

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

High school boys soccer: 2015 Morning Journal All-Star teams

High school girls soccer: 2015 Morning Journal All-Star teams

High school football: 2015 Associated Press Northeast Lakes all-district teams

High school soccer: Seniors finish career in All-Star game

Local school leaders warn about blanket rules from state on pay-to-play

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.”

Children honor veterans with America’s White Table

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.