BEAVER LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL
HALL OF FAME
CLASS OF 2005
Kari Linkous-Cooper - Graduated 1993
Kari Linkous-Cooper was a star in basketball and volleyball at Beaver Local High School. As a basketball player in her junior year, her honors included Division II Honorable Mention Eastern District and All Columbiana County Second Team. In her senior year, she was a Division II All-Ohio Special Mention, Columbiana County Player of the Year, Eastern District 5 Player of the Year, Salem News Player of the Year, 1st Team AP News, 1st Team UP News, 1st Team All Columbiana County, 1st Team River Valley League, 1st Team Salem News, 1st Team OVAC, MVP in the Columbiana County All-Star Game, and MVP in the District All-Star Game. Kari holds the school record for most assists for a career, season, and single game.
In her senior year in volleyball, Kari was 1st Team OVAC and 1st Team River Valley League. She holds the school record for most sets in a season.
Kari has a nine year old son named Christian. She works as the victim witness coordinator for the Columbiana County Prosecutor’s Office
Dennis Horger - Graduated 1965
Dennis Horger earned eight varsity letters at Beaver Local, four in baseball, three in basketball, and one in football. Dennis started at shortstop in his first baseball game as a freshman. His most productive year was as a sophomore when he hit .375 and went 5-0 on the mound for a 12-3 team that was a district runner-up. He had a no-hitter against Chester and went 10 innings in a 4-2 victory against Boardman in the sectional final.
His best basketball season came as a senior when he averaged 15 points per game and led a 12-6 team in assists.
Dennis played football only in his sophomore year, full time at defensive back and some at quarterback, for a 7-3 team that defeated East Liverpool in the first game between the Beavers and the Potters.
He graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1969 and for the last 33 years has worked in the sports department of the Toledo Blade newspaper, first as a writer and then as a copy editor and layout man.
Dennis married 1965 East Liverpool graduate Susan Jones in 1968. They live in Maumee, Ohio and have one son, Marc.
Rick Prescott - Graduated 2000
As a sophomore, Rick lettered in baseball, football, and wrestling. He received All Review 2nd Team in football and All Review Honorable Mention in baseball.
In his junior year, Rick earned All Review 1st Team, 1st Team All Columbiana County, 2nd Team OVAC and Honorable Mention Eastern District in football. As a wrestling, he qualified for the OHSAA State Tournament.
During his senior year, Rick was named Columbiana County Lineman of the Year, 1st Team All Review, 1st Team All Columbiana County, 1st Team All OVAC, 1st Team Eastern District, and 1st Team All Ohio as an offensive lineman. In wrestling, he held a record of 33-3, and won the OVAC, EOWL, and Lorain Southview Tournaments.
Upon graduation, Rick attended Mount Union College where he earned a BA Degree in Middle Childhood Education. He played football for the Raiders and helped his team win three Division III National Championships. He was the starting center and was named honorary captain and an All-American.
In July 2004, Rick married the love of his life, Leah, and they are expecting a new addition to their family in February 2006. Currently, Rick is employed as a ninth grade biology and OWA teacher at Beaver Local High School and coaches the offensive line for the Fighting Beavers.
Donald Thompson - Graduated 1975
Don was a three sport performer during his career at Beaver Local from 1972-1975. He was a starter for three years on some of Beaver Local’s best basketball teams. The combined records for those three years was 45-14 including a school record of 17 wins in the 1973/74 campaign. He was selected 1st team All Area and 1st Team All Columbiana County in both his junior and senior years as well as receiving District and All State mention.
Additionally, he lettered for two years each in cross country and track. He qualified for regional competition in both sports and was the Indian League two-mile Champion in 1974.
Don received a full athletic scholarship to Youngstown State University for basketball and lettered three years in the Division II program.
Don has over 25 years in the field of education, currently serving as superintendent of Lisbon Schools. He spent 15 years as the head basketball coach at Southern Local and Lisbon schools.
Don is the son of Donald and Mary Thompson and has three sisters, Sondra, Marcie, and Nancy, and one brother, Phil. Don and his wife, Jodie, reside in Lisbon. Don and Jodie have five children, Donnie (a computer programmer in Florida), Jeremy (a pilot in Athens, Ohio), Bobby (a senior at Ohio State University), Ashley (a sophomore at Walsh University), and Jessica (a 7th Grader in Lisbon Schools).