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Meyers to receive award at OVAC basketball game

March 24, 2012
By SETH STASKEY - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Thirty years is a long time for anything.

But, to show up twice a week, during the winter, to keep the basketball scorebook for that long tells you how into hoops and helping out the schools the Meyers - Dave and Lynn - are.

Thus, the it must have been a no brainer to choose the husband and wife from Jefferson County as this year's recipient of the Thomas E. Rataiczak Timer and Scorekeeper Award.

"Anytime you receive an award, it's an honor," Lynn Meyer said. "This award is especially an honor because we admire and think so highly of Mr. Rataiczak. He actually was a great influence and mentor in our keeping the book."

The Meyers will receive the award during the annual Samuel A. Mumley OVAC All-Star Basketball Game, April 1 at Ohio University-Eastern.

"We were very surprised when we heard about the award because we actually didn't know it existed," Lynn Meyer said. "We didn't keep the book for recognition. We enjoy doing it for the school and for the student-athletes."

Meyer - who is currently a teacher, assistant athletic director and coach at Steubenville High School - landed her first coaching job during the 1979-80 school year as a junior high coach at Stanton.

Her husband, Dave, kept the book for all of the girls' game. They then moved up to the book at Edison South and Edison High School when their oldest son, Josh, began playing.

Keeping the book, sitting at the scoring table with their children playing was a difficult task at times.

"The hardest part was not yelling at our child when he did something wrong or really stupid," Lynn said. "All four of our children played basketball since they were 8, so that's a lot of basketball. I think only one official told him to remember he was part of the table and couldn't say anything about a call that an official makes."

They just continued in their roles, but Lynn kept the girls' basketball book and Dave kept the boys' scorebook until 2006.

Dave now helps out with the scoring at Steubenville High where the couple's youngest child, Hannah, is a senior and was a member of the basketball team.

All four of the Meyer children were active in sports. Josh and Caleb graduated from Edison, but Jordon graduated from Big Red and Hannah will receive her diploma later this spring.

Josh is a teacher and coach at Big Red.

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