May 25, 2015

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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…

High School football: Black River rides Joppeck past Wellington

SULLIVAN TWP. — With Black River clinging to a five-point lead midway through the fourth quarter Friday against Wellington, Pirates coach Al Young considered one option and one option only. Give Matt Joppeck the rock — again, again, again, again, again, again, again and again. Led by an epic eight-play, 74-yard drive by its hard-charging Read More…

High school football: Guilford blocks two punts, leads Black River past Brookside

SHEFFIELD – John Guilford is making this whole blocking punts thing look really, really easy. Black River’s junior defensive end was at it again Friday – twice – as the Pirates romped to a 41-12 victory over Brookside in Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division play. Don’t look now, but the Pirates are atop the division Read More…

High school golf: Pirates’ Stuart repeats as PAC tourney MVP

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NORWALK — Please excuse Mat Stuart for being a little restless Thursday. It’s hard to wait when your fate is in someone else’s hands. Buckeye’s Ryan Ackim came through for the Black River sen­ior, however, as Stuart held on to win MVP honors for the second straight season at the Patriot Athletic Conference Tourna­ment at Read More…