BEAVER LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL
HALL OF FAME
CLASS OF 2005
- 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
Horger - Graduated
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.
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
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
Upon graduation, Rick attended Mount
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
School and coaches the offensive line for the
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
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
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
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).
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