I HAD the good fortune to rub elbows with two St. John Central grid legends this past week in Paul Rose and Rick Boron.
Paul was honored Monday when the OVAC brought back former all-star football game participants from the 1950s. Paul graduated SJC in 1957 after a career which stamped him as arguably the best gridder in school annals.
He went on to a stellar career at Purdue. I had the opportunity to play for Coach Rose in high school. He is now in the second year of his second tour of duty as the Fighting Irish grid boss, working passionately to restore the luster to the powerful teams the school featured in the 1950s and 60s.
Boron, meanwhile, owns the distinction of being only one of two Parade All-Americans in SJC annals, Allan Hornyak being the other.
Rick is being inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame in August, a long overdue honor.
He stopped in my office Friday to map plans for the ceremony. It was a meeting I have longed awaited, as I have heard glowing stories about Rick for decades.
After graduating SJC in 1965, he went on to a sparkling career as defensive back for Bo Schembechler at Miami of Ohio. Boron is now retired after a successful head football coaching stint at Wadsworth High, near Akron. He resides in Louisville, Ky.
Ohio Valley football icon Dan McGrew once told me that, "Rick Boron is the best defensive back I have ever witnessed, at any level."
Rick, humble about his tremendous grid exploits, looks like he could still suit up today.
He becomes the third St.?John's product to enter the OVAC Hall of Fame, as Hornyak and Stephanie Petho were charter members.
SHADYSIDE OFFICIALS and the Tiger community at large are trying feverishly to get the village pool open this summer. Money is the issue.
To generate enough funding to get the pool up and running, village officials launched a campaign to sell passes at a cost of $75 each. Although the campaign has been under way for several weeks, a large number of passes need to be sold to make the pool opening a reality.
I believe $75 is a great deal for a family pass, while also serving the purpose of getting the pool open, which was not the case a summer ago. With the Bellaire pool now a softball field, the Shadyside pool is a needed entity for young and old alike.
We urge local residents to support the cause by buying a pass or making a donation to Huntington Bank in Shadyside.
I ENCOURAGE everyone to hop on board and support the Bicycle Safety Rodeo being held in Martins Ferry, Saturday, April 16. The Martins Ferry Police Department and businesswoman Lis Miller have worked passionately to make it a success. It is a worthwhile program that may save a life or two. The community has come out in full support but more donations can always be used. Call Miller at 633-2886 or the police department at 633-2121.
IT WAS a tough ending to a Cinderella story for the Butler Bulldogs Monday night in the NCAA championship game. The Bulldogs were the nation's darlings for a second straight year. Unlike a year ago when they had a chance to win on the final shot, the Bulldogs played poorly in defeat the second time around. Making the pill tougher to swallow is that UConn coach Jim Calhoun is an NCAA rules violator, who faces sanctions in the 2011-12 season.
THE BELLAIRE Public Library is hosting a special event today. A 4 p.m. reception is on tap followed at 5 p.m. by a presentation from Dr. Charles Julian of Wheeling Jesuit University. He will speak on this year's National Library Week theme: "Libraries: Heart of Community." We encourage the public to attend.
THE BARNESVILLE Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome Larry Marmie as the featured speaker at its spring banquet on?April 28. Marmie is a former Shamrocks' grid star and has enjoyed a successful 44-year coaching career, 14 in the NFL. Marmie was also was Arizona State's head football coach from 1988-1991. The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. at the Elks Club. The dinner will be catered by the students of the Barnesville High School Culinary Arts Department. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 425-4300.
WVU ATHLETIC Director Oliver Luck wants to change policy and allow beer sales inside the stadium at football games. Luck is asking for trouble. The move would be an obvious financial windfall for the Mountaineers but it would also bring about a spike in crowd behavior problems. It could turn real ugly during night games. The WVU fans tailgate second to none. Keeping the beer outside the stadium may be the prudent route to go.
IN THE final round of the Masters today,? it would be hard to pick against 21-year-old Rory McIlroy from?Northern Ireland.