Few people have done more to promote and spotlight the accomplishments of Lorain’s student-athletes than Jim Popiel. During his career as a teacher, announcer and statistician at Admiral King High School, and while working on the radio for WEOL and WOBL/WDLW, Jim has encouraged student–athletes, touted their accomplishments and kept the Lorain County community informed about those students for over 50 years. In an effort to recognize and honor the contributions of Jim Popiel, the Lorain High Sports Booster Club created the Jim Popiel Foundation.
The Jim Popiel Foundation awards scholarships each year to deserving Lorain High senior athletes. The scholarship criteria are a combination of athletic accomplishments, academics and community service, and athletes must have earned a varsity letter in a minimum of 2 sports. The recipients for 2020 are Timmy Kosco, Talia Harris and Nate Casner where they will each be awarded a $1,500 scholarship.
Timmy Kosco lettered in soccer (4 years) and baseball (2 years). He earned All-Lake Erie League 1st Team in soccer along with the Lake Erie League Academic Award in both sports. Timmy always led by example. His work ethic was unmatched, and he was an incredible teammate. Timmy will attend Cleveland State University where he will major in Business.
Talia Harris lettered in bowling (2 years), volleyball (3 years) and softball (4 years). She was the Lake Erie League Player of the Year for the sport of softball in 2018. Talia also earned 1st Team All-Lake Erie League in both Bowling and Volleyball. She is one of the best all-around athletes to graduate from Lorain High School, but she may be an even better person. Talia was a member of Senior Committee and was also a volunteer youth volleyball and softball coach. She will be attending Cleveland State University while majoring in Nursing.
Nate Casner lettered in track (2 years) and cross country (4 years). He had a tremendous athletic career where he progressed every year. Nate was a tremendous leader with a great work ethic. He is a member of National Honor Society and Senior Committee. Nate will attend Toledo University while majoring in Computer Science.
2020 also marks the 50th year that Jim Popiel (aka Jim Allen) has covered Lorain County sports. We are honored to award these scholarships to Timmy, Talia and Nate, who exemplify best-in-class in sports and student life; and, to carry on Jim’s dedication to youth sports and academics.