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Lucas registers 200th win at CG

Published 3:04am Monday, October 4, 2010

All Dave Lucas does is win.

Coal Grove’s win over South Point on Friday was number 200 as the head coach of the Hornets. Lucas is 200-90-1 in 27 seasons at Coal Grove and 222-98-1 overall in 30 seasons.

Lucas is already a member of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Members of the coaches’ HOF have a plague inside Ohio Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University.

There has been criticism over the years that Lucas needs to throw the ball more. When he has had a good passing quarterback, Lucas has thrown the ball. But he understands his talent and the need of a power game.

Football was invented as a running game and teams that can run the ball have more success. Lucas knows and understands that and his record speaks for itself.

Knowing Dave, this milestone isn’t foremost on his mind. He just wants to prepare his team for this week’s game and give his players the best chance he can to win the game. That’s all that has ever mattered to him.

Congratulations to Coach Lucas, one of the all-time great coaches in Ohio High School football’s long and illustrious history.

Kerns Clubbing It

Marshall sophomore golfer Nathan Kerns is continuing to swing a mean club.

The Herd currently sits in sixth place at the Renaissance Invitational in Fort Meyers, Fla., this weekend.

Kerns is tied for 17th place with five other golfers. Playing 36 holes on the first day, Kerns shot a 3-over 75 in the morning and followed with a 1-under 71 in the afternoon.

The former Ironton Fighting Tigers’ All-Ohio golfer has been playing as the Thundering Herd’s No. 1 golfer this fall.

The tournament’s final 18 holes will be played Monday.

Favorite Fan

There are a lot of life-long fans that cheer on their favorite team game after game, year after year. But it’s hard to top Joseph “J.C.” Medinger.

Medinger has been a Notre Dame fan since he was knee-high to a leprechaun. And how long ago was that? This Sunday it will be 100 years.

Now living with his daughter in Texas, the former Ironton resident will turn 100 on Sunday and that means he turns 100 on 10-10-10.

Happy birthday, Mr. Medinger, and many more.

— Sinatra —

Jim Walker is sports editor of The Ironton Tribune.

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