HELPING ONE OF OUR OWN
There’s plenty of sports coverage coming up later in this column, so keep reading and you’ll get your fix. Sometimes there are more important things to discuss, however, and today just feels like one of those times.
I’m a graduate of Jackson High School, and I am very proud to boast about having Stark County roots. Stark County and the surrounding area is a great place to grow up because unlike a lot of places in the world, people there actually care about their neighbors and their community. You can drive down the street and wave at a somebody you don’t even know, and they smile and wave back instead of looking at you as though you’re crazy. Stark County certainly isn’t a modern day Mayberry and it’s far from perfect, but there’s just something about it that few places can match.
By now you probably know the story of Sharon Budd, who teaches Language Arts at Edison Middle School in the Perry district. While driving home from a tip to New York City with her family, Budd was critically injured when four hoodlums threw an eight pound rock through the windshield of the family vehicle from a Pennsylvania overpass.
Family and friends have raised over $28,000 to benefit Budd’s family. If you’re reading this and want to help, here is one of the two links through which you can donate. http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/our-turn-to-support-sharon/203890 Cards and letters may be sent to the Budd family in care of Geisinger Health System, 100 North Academy Avenue, Danville, PA 17822-4910.
PAUL WACKERLY TO HEAD GLENOAK GIRLS BASKETBALL PROGRAM
When he resigned as Perry’s boys basketball coach in the spring of 2013, Paul Wackerly wasn’t sure exactly where the coaching trail would take him next. That question has now been answered, because Wackerly is now the head girls coach at Glenoak. Former coach Krista Ross had the Golden Eagles program moving in the right direction, so Athletic Director Scott Garcia wasn’t anticipating an opening. Ross, who recently earned administrative credentials, left Glenoak to become an assistant principal at Green.
Wackerly happens to live in the Glenoak district, and his desire to coach along with an impressive resume made Garcia’s choice fairly simple. Wackerly posted a 43-24 record in three seasons at Perry, and the Panthers won a share of the 2011-12 Federal League title.
Wackerly has 319 wins to his credit as a girls coach, and that total includes a 252-74 record in 14 seasons at Hoover. During Wackerly’s tenure, the Vikings won eight Federal League crowns and five district championships. Wackerly’s greatest achievement came in 2002, when he guided Hoover to a 58-40 victory over Cincinnati St Ursula in the Division I state championship game. Abbey Allerding, who coached the Vikings to a state runner up finish in 2014, was the point guard for Wackerly in 2002.