September 21, 2014

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LeBron beats Cavs again

Miami Heat's LeBron James goes in for a shot against the Cavaliers Wednesday in Cleveland. James scored 28 points in Miami's 95-84 win. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND –  Ho-hum, LeBron wins another one. It lacked the crowd involvement of previous meetings and was totally devoid of drama, but LeBron James still came out on the winning end, his Miami Heat team defeating the Cavaliers 95-84 Wednesday at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. James, who is now 10-1 against the Cavs, received a Read More…

High school football: Ex-North Ridgeville coach Jeff Riesen picks up Lorain County big-school coach of the year honors

Jeff Riesen

North Ridgeville coach Jeff Riesen, who was let go after the season after 16 years and two stints at the school, pulled off the biggest surprise, being named Big School (Divisions I, II and III) Coach of the Year.
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High school football: Midview turns to defensive coordinator DJ Shaw to take reins from longtime coach Bill Albright

DJ Shaw

MIDVIEW — The search for Bill Albright’s replacement didn’t take long. DJ Shaw has been recommended by principal Tom Faska and superintendent Scott Goggin to be the first new Midview football coach in nearly three decades. The board of education will vote on the recommendation at its Dec. 18 meeting. “It’s really an honor,” Shaw Read More…

High school: Elyria Catholic finds a new home, joins Bay, Rocky River and four Parma area schools in new conference

Take three parts Northeast Ohio Conference, mix in three parts West Shore Conference, add a dash of North Coast League and a mystery ingredient yet to be determined and you have the makings of a new conference that has Elyria Catholic athletic director Bob Thayer excited. The Panthers will join West Shore Conference brethren Rocky Read More…

High school bowling: Vermilion boys have big plans this season, like making it back to the state tournament

Dylon Wilson, left, and Bryan Martin want to get Vermilion back to the state tournament this year. Wislon made it last year as an individual, while Martin came up one pin short. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

The Vermilion boys bowling team had a memorable season a year ago and Dylon Wilson and Bryan Martin were a big reason why. The Sailors ended a four-year drought and made it to districts. Wilson did even better, earning the fourth of five individual spots to the state tournament, while Martin missed qualifying by one Read More…

High school bowling: Amherst’s Courtney Thompson keeps rolling along, thanks to help from her coach and grandfather

Courtney Thompson, of Amherst, has been one of the area's top bowlers for the past three years. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Like father like son, like mother like daughter, like grandfather like granddaughter. Senior Courtney Thompson has an ace in her corner as does the Amherst girls bowling team. Perry Keplinger, Thompson’s grandfather, is in his sixth year as the Comets’ coach. So far, so good. Amherst is riding quite a streak, having made it to Read More…

Seven people arrested in Lorain drug sweep

Darell Williams

LORAIN — After months of investigation into drug use around Lorain, police charged seven people with drug trafficking Wednesday and issued warrants for three more suspected traffickers. From 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., Lorain police and U.S. marshals served the warrants for drug trafficking and drug-related offenses around Lorain and searched houses they say were Read More…

Couple finds cemetery’s Black Friday special ‘distasteful’

A sign outside Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon advertises a cemetery special that coincides with Black Friday. The “O/C” mentioned on the sign refers to the opening and closing of the grave. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — Death never takes a holiday, but William Verderber would prefer if the holiday advertising outside Resthaven Memory Gardens would. Verderber said a “Black Friday Special” sign decorated with Christian crosses and advertising a sale for $1,999 outside the cemetery is inappropriate. Verderber, a 73-year-old city resident, said he has visited the cemetery since Read More…

Minor drug charge filed against Grafton mayor

ELYRIA — Grafton Mayor Megan Flanigan is facing a misdemeanor drug possession charge for a pill found in the backseat of a Lorain County sheriff deputy’s cruiser on the night of her drunken driving arrest earlier this year. Testing revealed that the pill is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, said North Ridgeville Prosecutor Toni Read More…

Thanksgiving holiday closings and delays

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no mail delivery Thursday and banks, government offices and some businesses will be closed as well. Mail delivery will resume Friday. There will be no trash pickup by Rumpke and Republic, which handle many of the area’s cities and townships, on Thursday and routes will resume on Read More…