Lake Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Coach Durbin roamed the sidelines as the Blue Streaks Head Football Coach for 23 seasons from 1990 to 2012. He became just the second Stark County coach to win at least 150 games with the same school and retired from coaching in the spring of 2013 with an overall record at Lake of 163-99.
Lake went 7-4 and made the playoffs during Coach Durbin’s initial campaign. The Blue Streaks started the 1991 season 13-0 before falling to Fostoria in the Division II state championship game, and success continued throughout Coach Durbin’s career.
In Coach Durbin’s 23 years, the Blue Streaks played for three state championships, won five regional titles and won the Federal League four times while being the league’s smallest school. Lake made the postseason in 14 of his 23 seasons and the Blue Streaks won 19 playoff games. Coach Durbin was named the Associated Press Division II Coach of the Year in 1993 and was WHBC Coach of the Year in 1991 and 2010. Coach Durbin served as an administrator in Lake Local Schools for 20 years, retiring in 2010 as the principal of the former Lake Middle School.
Don attended the former Uniontown High School until his Junior year when the consolidation to Lake High School occurred. He is a life-long resident and life-long supporter of Lake Athletics. A former Lions Club president and long time booster club member, Don has been involved in athletics in the Lake community throughout his adult life as a high school and youth coach and as a certified basketball official. As a member of the development committee, Don was very involved in the fundraising and building of Blue Streak Stadium. He was also responsible for securing the lights for the stadium at cost and volunteered his time to do all of the wiring himself. In 1994, Don was recruited to be the boys golf coach. From 1994 to 2003 he served in that position, donating to the program and getting others to do so as well. His teams were district qualifiers in 1996 and state tournament qualifiers in 2001 and 2002. Don has cheered on all teams at Lake and been a behind-the-scenes contributor and donator of his time and resources. Lake softball and youth football have both been recipients of his generosity and support.
Don worked as an apprentice to become an electrician and worked his way up at Westinghouse to become a regional Vice President. He retired in 1994 to purchase Novatney Electric and owned the business until he retired again in 2007.
Carrie (Malson) Grant
As a Lake High School student-athlete, Carrie was a four-year varsity letter winner in Softball. She was also voted the team MVP in both the 1994 and 1995 seasons. Carrie earned 1st Team All Federal League honors all four years of high school. In 1993 she was also awarded 1st Team All Northeast Ohio and was named honorable mention All-Ohio. Upon graduation, Carrie held multiple pitching records including career wins and shutouts. As of the 2018 Season, Carrie continues to hold the career strikeout record for the past 23 years.
Carrie attended Mount Union and played softball for four years earning a varsity letter each of those four years. At Mount Union, she led the OAC in Strikeouts all four years and was named 2nd Team All-OAC after her freshman and sophomore seasons and 1st Team All-OAC following her junior and senior campaigns. In 1997 and 1999, she was named 1st Team NCAA Division III All-Central Region. She completed her final season by leading the OAC in Strikeouts and achieving the best record in the OAC of 31-3 with an ERA of 1.53.
Carrie graduated from Mount Union in 1999 with a degree in Exercise Science. At that time, Carrie held the records for most strikeouts (180 in 1999) and most games pitched (31 in 1999). She also held career records for games pitched (94), innings pitched (530) and strikeouts (510).
Carrying on the legacy of her parents, Carrie continues to be active in youth sports. She is proud to give back to the Lake community as a youth baseball and softball coach. Carrie feels fortunate to continue to participate in the sport she loves and to have the privilege to coach so many amazing young people for numerous years.
A true Blue Streak, Ron was instrumental in the planning and construction of many of the athletic facilities at Lake. Ron acted as treasurer of the Lake Athletic Booster Club from 2003 to 2009. Ron oversaw the construction of the dugouts at the softball field, locker room upgrades in the building addition, and the West Ticket Booth. He coordinated the paving of the pathway of pride and the updated hillside of the stadium. In all of those projects he was an active participant in any way he could help, loading up his car every day after work and working on these projects to see they were done correctly.
In the spring of 2005, Ron began with a group of volunteers who tore down the old press box and foundation, dug a new foundation, and began the work on framing, staging, and painting. Ron coordinated the subcontractors to roof, run electric, and install plumbing until completion just before school started in the fall. The result is a beautiful stadium press box with room for coaches, game personnel, media, and guests in a first class setting.
In 2008, Ron served as treasurer of the non-profit that raised over $600,000 for the installation of the artificial turf in Blue Streak Stadium.