July 30, 2014

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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…

High school football: Defense carries Midview to win

EATON TWP. — Buckeye was smelling blood when it learned Midview was without All-Ohio defensive back Zach Albright, leading tackler Johnny Walsh and leading rusher Tate Smith because of injuries. There was one problem: The Bucks forgot about Matt Briggs. The electric 5-foot-6, 140-pound senior came up with a pair of big special teams plays Read More…

High school golf 2010: Black River’s Stuart proving coach correct

When Black River boys golf coach Jeff Calame made a bold proclamation at the school’s 2007 fall sports banquet, many were taken aback. Here was this gangly freshman named Mat Stuart — and yes, it’s one “T.” He had a frizzled hairdo and wasn’t even the No. 2 player at a school that sometimes forgets Read More…

Black River finds new boys basketball coach in its own backyard

Despite massive cuts in its teaching core, Black River didn’t have to leave campus to find a boys basketball coach. High school German teacher Don Brunker will become the 14th coach in school history. He succeeds Bryan Morgan, who lost his teaching job and declined an offer to stay as coach after compiling a 29-35 Read More…

Keystone’s Corry Sprouse state champion in long jump

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COLUMBUS — Keystone track and field star Corry Sprouse was the school’s first state qualifier in the long jump. Now, he’s the first state champ. With a distance of 22 feet, 9 inches, Sprouse made history today at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state track and field meet. The senior needed every Read More…

Girls district basketball: Southview isn’t done yet, stops Cloverleaf

MEDINA – The student section swarmed the court, the medals were handed out and the ladders to cut down the nets were set. Shanique Ogle and Southview couldn’t have been happier. That especially held true after the Saints pulled off a jaw-dropping rally to beat Cloverleaf 32-25 in the Medina Division I district championship. Southview Read More…

Girls district basketball: Elyria falls to Cloverleaf

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MEDINA — After watching his team brick enough free throws to build the new Elyria High School on Thursday, Pioneers coach Mike Walsh wasn’t pleased with much of anything. Elyria lost to Cloverleaf 44-32 in the Medina Division I district semifinals and did so with 2-of-16 free throw shooting and a lack of aggressiveness on Read More…