Pro football legend Larry Csonka is going to be back home in Stow on Monday.
Csonka will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Stow as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players, and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
“Hometown Hall of Famers has been warmly embraced by communities and hall of famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate Larry Csonka and Stow-Munroe Falls High School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Stow.”
Csonka, 66, was a high school standout at Stow High School, which is now Stow-Munroe Falls High School
He will be presented with his “Hometown Hall of Famer” plaque during a ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the high school gymnasium, where the plaque will stay permanently to serve as an inspiration for the school’s students and athletes.
Former high school teammate Ron Marhofer is set to make the presentation to Csonka.
The ceremony will be attended by students, faculty, staff, alumni and Csonka’s family members and close friends. Chris DiMauro, Stow-Munroe Falls High School principal, will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Road signs are also scheduled to be put on display in Stow.
Jackson players sign
Four senior Jackson baseball players have made decisions on their college futures.
• Sam Williams signed a National Letter of Intent with Eastern Kentucky University, a Division I institution that competes in the Ohio Valley Conference. Williams, a left-handed pitcher, is a two-year letterman with a record of 4-0 in 2013.
• Ryan Gusbar signed with Ashland University, which competes in the GLIAC. Gusbar, a left-handed pitcher, is a two-year letterman. He went 3-3 with a 1.91 ERA and was an All-Federal League second-team selection in 2013.
• AJ Kloehn signed with Lafayette College, which competes at the Division I level in the Patriot League. Kloehn is a two-year letterman catcher who recently was an honorable mention player on the Preseason Perfect Game All-America Team.
• Tim Turner signed with George Mason University, which competes at the Division I level in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Turner, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder, will be a two-year letter winner for the Polar Bears. He was 1-2 on the mound and finished second on the team in RBI and runs scored in 2013.
Brunswick City School District announced that a long-term partnership has been reached with Brunswick Auto Mart for the naming rights to the Brunswick High School football stadium.
The new name is Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium.
Brunswick Auto Mart is a Brunswick-based automobile dealership representing a diverse range of manufacturers.
“This is a decision you make from the heart because you want to give back to your community,” Gary Panteck, Brunswick Auto Mart owner, said in an emailed release. “So many of our customers are families with kids in the Brunswick schools. We feel honored to be able to help support the district.”
The stadium seats about 9,500 fans.
Under terms of the agreement, the deal is for 10 years, with a mutual renewal option. It is worth a total of $750,000 to Brunswick schools over the life of the agreement. The money received will be earmarked for the Brunswick City School District’s athletic facilities.
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