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January 27, 2014
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor (mma) , The Herald-Star

The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association announced its 2013 Academic All-Ohio Football Team honors. The teams are selected based on the combined GPAs of the Top 22 academic players on the team who have earned a varsity letter.

Of the 72 teams who were recognized, Steubenville Big Red placed 62nd and Indian Creek 71st.

Big Red senior Bryan Pierro was one of 100 student-athletes from more than 35,000 who played this season who were recognized as a member of the 2013 Individual Academic All-Ohio Football Team.

These seniors were nominated by their coaches, carry at least a 3.6 GPA and were named first team all-county, district or league.


* If you had the choice of the two: do you want your children to emulate Richard Sherman or Justin Bieber?

That's an easy one.

Sherman is a Stanford graduate who grew up in Compton. His short tirade to Erin Andrews on Fox after the win over San Francisco to advance to the Super Bowl lacked class and a lot of it.

He has apologized.

Sherman made it about him instead of the team.

You see, a teammate had to intercept that pass he tipped. If not, next down.

Oh yeah, he was a straight-A student in high school and is pursuing a master's degree at Stanford.

He has written columns for and they are really good. It shows a solid insight into the person, the player.

I would suggest reading them.

* There is a very interesting story at and the headline is; "Penn State's Administrative Dysfunction Pushed Coach Bill O'Brien Back To NFL"

I suggest a read.

There is a lot of insight to the apparent continued dysfunction at Penn State.

* So, Tiger Woods shot 79 and missed the third round cut at Torrey Pines.

It seemed like the entire media world couldn't figure it out.

It's really simple - he stunk.

Not much more to it than that.

* Any young male looking for a sports role model (and there are many) - start with Tim Tebow, A.C. Green and Peyton Manning and go from there.

* One more thing about the Sherman rant - you remember it and you remember it a lot more than a Bill Belichick press conference.

* And, speaking of a Belichick presser, can he whine any more about Wes Welker?

* Was the NFL Pro Bowl played Sunday?

Will the NFL just cancel the thing please.

* Dear basketball officials: Please, just work as hard, or harder, than the kids on the court.

Walking is unacceptable.

Calling walking would be appreciated.

* I hope it snows a foot during Sunday's Super Bowl.

* I was a bit leary of the Steve Alford hire at UCLA, but I am liking what he has going on.

* Arizona and Syracuse are really good.

* Andrew Lambo at first base Pirates fans?

* Does Browns' new hire Mike Pettine seem like a settle?

* Depending on how many (or any) high school girls basketball games are played today, here is what's happening for the top four in each class:

5A: Parkersburg South (the No. 1 Class AAA team in West Virginia), University, Morgantown and Indian Creek. The Redskins hold a .43 lead over John Marshall.

The Patriots did not make the top four for OVACs last year (finishing .74 behind the Monarchs) and went on to win the West Virginia Class AAA state title.

4A: Steubenville, Harrison Central, St. Clairsville and Union Local with Oak Glen .57 behind the Jets.

3A: Linsly, Fort Frye, Shenandoah and Magnolia. A final between Linsly and Fort Frye should be really good.

2A: Bridgeport, Frontier, River and Wheeling Central. Frontier and River are separated by .20 and that means a home game. Never count out Wheeling Central.

1A: Conotton Valley, Madonna, Trinity Christian and Paden City. The Rockets are the class of the field and the defending champs.

* Alan Beck, a Roseville chiropractor, is suing a 14-year-old former player of his for throwing a helmet during a game-ending celebration. Beck claims the thrown helmet led to him having a partially torn Achilles tendon.

The price tag: $500,000 in pain and suffering and $100,000 in medical bills and lost wages.

Now, according to an article at written by Ed Fletcher, Beck is willing to drop the suit if the family apologizes.

The family, apparently already out $4,000, shall not apologize.

"They don't believe their child did anything wrong," said Rajdep Chima, the family's attorney, in the article.

A hearing is slated for March 4.

I wonder how many more lost wages Beck will have when his patients stop using him as a chiropractor?

And, when that happens, who will he sue then?

He was injured on March 23, 2013 and filed suit on Nov. 6.

Adults will continue to ruin youth sports.

* Andrea Clevenger and Ronald Dunlap. Google them. Pathetic.

* A really big fan of what Jon Kitna has done and is doing to give back to his alma mater.

* Google Juanita High junior Amelia "Millie" Andrilenas and read. You will like a lot.

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at

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