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December 12, 2012

Willsboro fans for seven decades

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Though his high-school sports involvement ended early, Ed continued by being involved with town baseball teams.

“I was only 15 when I played for the town team. I umpired and played when (Johnny) Podres was pitching. We even paid him to play for us against the E’town team in a game in Lewis. I knew his father real well. I caught for Podres a few times, and I also played third base.”

NO GIRLS SPORTS THEN

Bev was employed and helped manage Phil Lawrence’s store for many years and often worked nights, so, at times, it was harder for her to catch the games. Her husband, Mike, who was also an avid fan, would fill her in with all of the details.

“They didn’t have sports for girls in Willsboro when I went to school. That started in the ‘60s. We did have some scrimmages in basketball, though. I played on weekends for a town team in softball against E’town and Westport,” said Bev.

SIDELINE ADVICE

“I guess I like basketball the most, at least for now, as, mainly, I don’t freeze. Also you are up close and can see all of the kids and tell who they are,” she said.

As for yelling at the refs, “I’m sure I have,” chuckled Bev.

She is a fixture at the games, and, in some instances, before the competition commences, some refs come to the sidelines to shake hands and chat.

Both Ed and Bev follow all sports. Bev, who came to the basketball game wearing a Yankees jacket, is pleased that she can get Direct TV to tune in to college and professional teams, as well.

“I like it that I can go back and forth between games. I guess the Wizards took it to the Heat the other night,” she comments.

“But I enjoy the high-school games the most. It’s the cheapest entertainment there is.”

TRADITION

Willsboro School Superintendent Steve Broadwell said he appreciates Ed and Bev’s devotion to the school.

“Sports are full of traditions,” he said. “One of those traditions for Willsboro athletics is seeing Bev and Ed on our sidelines rooting for our athletes. They have been on our sidelines for many years.”

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