September 20, 2014

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Regional football: Black River’s Austin Jones leads with actions, words

Senior linebacker Austin Jones tackles a Northwestern runner earlier this season. Jones leads the Pirates in tackles and in inspiration as shown  by the motivational letter he penned before the start of the season. (CT photo by Judd Smerglia.)

“I know almost none of you guys will read this and thinks it’s stupid if you do, but starting tomorrow, August 1st, we just go after each other and push it to the limits and never look back. Let’s get this team where it needs to be and bring back Black River football the way Read More…

Beau wraps up a title: Titsworth shares Division I state golf championship

COLUMBUS — Neither a 1½-hour frost delay nor the program cover-boy jinx fazed Beau Titsworth on Saturday. As a result, Lorain County secured its first Division I state champion in boys golf. Titsworth tied for medalist honors Saturday at the 86th state tournament, shooting a final-round 78. The St. Ignatius star was disappointed in himself Read More…

State golf: Titsworth tied for first; Aussem seventh

COLUMBUS — Even after Beau Titsworth learned he was leading following the first round of the Division I state golf tournament, his thoughts on Friday’s round didn’t change. The St. Ignatius senior wasn’t happy. Back-to-back bogeys to end the round were why, but the Avon Lake resident remains focused on his ultimate goal of helping Read More…

Milestone moment: Black River coach Al Young gets 150th win as Pirates pound Brookside

SULLIVAN TWP. — Before Black River coach Al Young could address his team Friday after a 62-13 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division win over Brookside, hard-hitting senior linebacker Austin Jones interrupted to hand him the game ball. For a man who bleeds Pirates black and gold and is in his 22nd year as the team’s Read More…

District golf: Avon Lake resident Beau Titsworth shoots 67, grabs first

HINCKLEY TWP. — Beau didn’t know he had to go low, and St. Ignatius was thankful he did just that. Avon Lake resident and first-team All-Ohioan Beau Titsworth shot a 5-under-par 67 Thursday to win medalist honors at the Pine Hills Division I District, helping the Wildcats qualify for next week’s state tournament at Ohio Read More…

Golf: Avon Lake freshman Niki Schroeder moving on to state

MASSILLON — Niki Schroeder had reason to be nervous. The Avon Lake freshman knew her 5-over-par 77 at the Division I district tournament at The Legends of Massillon was solid. What she didn’t know was whether or not it was solid enough to advance to next week’s state tournament. So she waited, hit the range Read More…

H.S. Football: Defense delivers Black River over rival Buckeye

SULLIVAN TWP. – John Guilford’s muscle and Dakota Kuntz’s hustle kept Black River’s football team full of bustle. With neither offense sustaining anything of substance on the slushy Stevenson Field turf Friday, the Pirates’ defense came up with four turnovers and a pair of fourth-down stops in the red zone to upend archival Buckeye 14-0 Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria pushes Medina, but ends up taking the fall

MEDINA – Good teams can sleepwalk and get away with it in some games. In others, they need waking up. On Friday, all the Medina boys basketball team needed was a couple punches in the mouth, figuratively speaking, from Elyria. Every second of the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game, the Pioneers scratched and clawed Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone rolls as Buckeye can’t make first-half field goal

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YORK TWP. — Keystone’s once-in-a-lifetime first half was Buckeye’s once-in-a-lifetime nightmare. Wildcats coach Scott Terry admitted he’s never seen it before on a varsity court. He may never see it again. For an entire half, Buckeye did not make a field goal. The streak stretched 17:45, paving the way for a 55-20 Keystone victory in Read More…

Boys basketball: Defending champ Wellington edged in OT

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WELLINGTON — Brendan Scott used variations of the word “want” nine times during a postgame interview Tuesday. That’s how driven Buckeye’s underdog boys basketball team is to win the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division. Behind gritty performances from a host of players, the Bucks made an early-season statement with a 56-51 overtime win over defending Read More…