July 31, 2014

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High school softball: Despite two years of success, Black River doesn’t renew coach

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SULLIVAN TWP. — Winning isn’t everything after all. Merle Simmons led Black River’s softball team into uncharted waters. The Pirates were one out away from the Division III state semifinals last spring and were district runner-up in 2011. That wasn’t enough for the school to keep him on the job though. Simmons he was out Read More…

High school basketball: Keystone falls apart in fourth quarter

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LAGRANGE — No excuses, just no ability to make a clutch free throw. Inexperienced Keystone had every opportunity to put away a Division I opponent Wednesday, then did everything wrong in the fourth quarter — particularly at the free throw line — and lost 56-44 to Cloverleaf in non-league action. Led by seniors Robby Buckwald Read More…

State golf: Avon Lake’s Schroeder second in girls competition

COLUMBUS — Maybe it was the blue and orange shoes or the florescent-colored striped T-shirt. Whatever it was, the mojo of Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder on Saturday was enviable, as the sophomore shot a 2-over-par 72 to leapfrog a pack of players and finish runner-up medalist to Highland’s Jessica Porvasnik at the Division I state Read More…

Golf: Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder earns 2nd trip to state

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MASSILLON — Niki Schroeder was rolling Tuesday afternoon. The Avon Lake sophomore was just 3-over par heading into her final hole at the Legends of Massillon Division I district tournament, and knew another par would put her in prime position to grab an individual state berth. Then a potential disaster struck. The second-team All-Ohioan suddenly Read More…

Baseball: Keystone puts Twitter fire out fast, coasts to third PAC division title

Keystone’s Brandyn Sittinger (13) and Caleb Schillace celebrate Monday’s 10-1 win over Buckeye  that wrapped up the Wildcats’ third straight Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship. (CT photo by Aaron Josefczyk.)

PENFIELD — Brandyn Sittinger didn’t necessarily mean to talk the talk. Then again, the Keystone senior definitely meant to walk the walk, and the Wildcats have their third straight Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title to show for it. Sittinger ignited a social media war of words when he light-heartedly poked fun at Buckeye losing Read More…

She’s got game: Black River hires former basketball star Cynthia Berry to coach boys team

SULLIVAN TWP. — For the better part of the last 40-plus years, the Black River boys basketball program has had few historical moments. That changed late Thursday night when a selection committee made the decision to hire Cynthia Berry as the 15th coach in school history. The 1985 Black River graduate becomes the first female Read More…

Baseball: Keystone comes out flat, loses division lead

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YORK TWP. — Brandyn Sittinger was point blank — Keystone didn’t come to play. That was the senior’s take after the Wildcats weren’t able to get their bats going until the seventh inning of a disappointing 3-1 loss to Buckeye in Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division play. In failing to figure out Bucks sophomore Eli Read More…

Boys basketball: Oberlin Phoenix get the message and a win

SULLIVAN TWP. — Kurt Russell’s message to his Oberlin team was clear: The effort in Monday’s loss to Horizon Science Academy was unacceptable and changes were going to be made. Russell benched his usual starting lineup to start Tuesday’s game against Black River. It worked like a charm as the rejuvenated Phoenix held off the Read More…

High school football: Black River has faith in the beard

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For those of you who don’t have a Facebook account, “No Shave November” is a social media phenomenon sweeping across the nation’s high school and college campuses. Give outgoing Black River two-way lineman Doug Church credit for being early. Way early. What started out as a silly bet among friends has morphed into something a Read More…

Pirates PAC powerful punch: Black River strikes blow for itself and its league with big win over Manchester

SULLIVAN TWP. — Black River did it for the Patriot Athletic Conference, the rowdy crowd at Art Stevenson Field and the naysayers who proclaim it’s tough to beat a team twice in one season. Most of all, the Pirates did it for themselves as proof they belonged in the Division IV, Region 13 playoffs, becoming Read More…