Blue Devil Reunion Comes Up Big For Steve Heaton
Updated: Jul 29, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
The annual Blue Devils and Friends Reunion is always a memorable way to start the Seaway Festival Weekend for a large group of former Ogdensburg Free Academy Blue Devil athletes and invited friends.
The 2019 reunion was held on Thursday and included a captain and crew best ball tournament at the Gilbert Greens Golf Course and the Freddie Badlam Memorial Whiffleball Tournament at the Jim Booth Memorial diamond of Caufield Stadium which is surrounded by majestic trees at Terrace Park.
Former Blue Devils stepped up big in both tournaments.
The father and son duo Mike and Alex Farrell and the brother combination of Dave Kiah and Brian Sweeney won the golf tournament. Mike Robinson and Jason Caine won the whiffleball title in an epic tournament over Colin Merna and Eric Robinson.
The reunion participants also combined to make a $2,700 donation to one of their own in Steve Heaton who suffered a catastrophic personal setback when his uninsured house and all of his belongings were destroyed by a fire earlier this month.
"It was just unbelievable what the guys did for me. I love every single one of the them," said Heaton who is currently living in an apartment with his brother, Bruce Heaton, who was also lost all of his possessions in the fire.
Scott Sargent, one of the organizers of the reunion, called the donation "amazing" and part of a great day.
"What the guys did for Heater was just absolutely awesome. We were all glad to do it because of what Heater has done over the years for young athletes and our reunion. He has been a good friend to so many people" said Sargent.
"And this was a great day all around. We had the biggest turnout ever for the golf and we played the whiffleball right through the rain. The guys just kept battling and battling until it cleared."
NOTE: Anyone who would like to help Steve Heaton in his ongoing recovery efforts can make a donation to his account at North Country Savings Bank, call him at315-528-2383 or call Dave Shea at 315-323-2490.