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In this May 2010 file photo, Shelly Thornton, 5, of Copley smiles after bowling a strike at the outreach bowling event for children with cancer and their families sponsored by Camp Quality Ohio at the Stonehedge Family Fun Center in Akron, Ohio. Shelly Thorton died on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. She was eight years-old. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
In this Dec. 2010 file photo, Shelly Thornton, 6, of Akron, participates in singing a Christmas carol on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's Polar Express in Peninsula, Ohio. Shelly was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, stage four cancer in 2008. Shelly Thorton died on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. She was eight years-old. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
In the fall of 1966, Kenmore High School senior quarterback Don Plusquellic turned his single season as a starter into an aerial showcase like no one had seen. He set school records. He dominated City Series games. He attracted college recruiters like bees to the golden pollen from which victory blossoms. The following is from Chapter One: “Football: A Plan for a Lifetime.”