High School Heroes

Stories of Inspiration, Dedication, and Hope

By David Lee Morgan Jr.

Foreword by Troy Smith

Pages: 203

Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Series: Ohio History and Culture

SKU: 978-1-931968-66-9 Category: Tags: ,


High school sports might be the last arena in which athletes compete for the sheer joy of participating. This collection of stories touches the heart and soul and emphasizes the little victories. Most of the players, coaches, and administrators consider their actions the result of hard work. They don’t think of themselves as remarkable. They’re wrong.

Among the stories you’ll read…

  • Diversity, Golf Meet: Every Young Golfer Given Chance to Play at Akron’s First Tee
  • Dream Becomes a Tall Order: Hudson Girl Outgrows Skating, Finds Success on Basketball Court
  • CYO Coach Training Helps Protect Kids: Team Leaders Learn How to Spot Sexual Predators
  • Area Youth Leader Dies at Age of 70: Anderson was Coach, Father Figure to Many Youngsters in Akron
  • St. V-M: Things You Didn’t Know (and Didn’t Think to Ask): Taylor Talks to the Mirror, Cotton Writes Poetry and Travis Likes to Sleep
  • Players Pass It Forward: Area Students Pitch in to Help Local Church Give Out Food
  • The Tausch Family Always Enjoys Hosting Aeros Players: With Jhonny Peralta, They’ve Worked to Overcome a Language Barrier
  • Buchtel, Yale Mold the Lives of Two Teammates: Kirk, Manley Treasure Educational Experience

About the author

David Lee Morgan Jr. was a sports reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal for 15 years (1995–2010). He won several awards for his coverage of high school sports and has been a three-time winner of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Writer of the Year award. Morgan is the author of LeBron James: The Rise of a Star,  Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik: The Pride of Youngstown, and More Than A Coach: What It Means To Play for Coach, Mentor, and Friend Jim Tressell. He is a former high school and collegiate athlete.

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Ohio History and Culture


David Lee Morgan Jr.

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high school sports; high school athletics; lebron james; ohio school sports; akron

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