August 30, 2014

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Softball: Elyria claims league crown

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MEDINA — Usually it’s a pitcher getting out of a bases-loaded jam that will pump up a team, or a defensive gem that sets the tone for the game. Thursday, it was a home run that lifted Elyria to its fifth straight Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division title with a 6-2 win over Medina. That Read More…

Softball: Elyria opens with nine, ends NOC showdown early

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ELYRIA — The strategy against Medina’s softball team was to get to the Bees early as they get better as the game goes on. Until Monday, only one team had figured that out. Now it’s two as Elyria took sole possession of the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division with a six-inning, 13-3 victory. “For us, Read More…

Softball: Pioneers on a roll

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ELYRIA — This Elyria softball team learns fast. It took just one loss to prove to the reigning regional champions that they needed to bring it or the Pioneers would be on the wrong side of an upset. Since its opening loss to Mentor, Elyria has won seven in a row, and the Pioneers kept Read More…

Girls basketball: Stephanie Haas shines, but Magnificat falls

STRONGSVILLE — Stephanie Haas had the game Magnificat has come to expect Tuesday against Wadsworth. The only problem was nobody else really dazzled the scorebook like the senior shooting guard did. Add it up and it wasn’t difficult to see how the Blue Streaks lost a 54-42 Division I regional semifinal to Wadsworth. Haas, an Read More…

High School Wrestling: Improving Elyria has 2 champions, 3rd-place team finish at Dies meet

AKRON — It’s funny what six weeks can do to a high school wrestler. At the beginning of December, coach Erik Burnett took Elyria to the Walsh Ironman and watched the Pioneers get their singlets handed to them. No one placed. In fact, no one came close, as not a single Pioneer made it to Read More…

Boys basketball: Wellington dominates Black River, stays perfect in PAC

SULLIVAN TWP. — With a huge game against one-loss Brookside just a week away, Friday’s Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game with Black River had all the makings of a trap game for Wellington. Riding a six-game winning streak, it might have been easy to overlook the Pirates and focus on next week’s pivotal game, Read More…

Regional soccer: Avon girls lose to Wadsworth

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ROCKY RIVER — Avon’s girls soccer team left the field Wednesday a 2-1 loser to Wadsworth in a Division I regional semifinal in Rocky River. But what the Eagles (9-6-5) have done this season can hardly be termed a failure. Making their second trip to the regional tournament in the last five seasons, the Eagles Read More…

High school football: Wellington 48, Black River 21

WELLINGTON — Maybe now Wellington’s football team will get some respect. Maybe now the Dukes will turn a few heads. Maybe now, well, maybe now it doesn’t matter. Wellington shocked previously unbeaten Black River 48-21 Saturday in a Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division showdown that surprised just about everyone not wearing a Dukes uniform. “I’m Read More…

Boys soccer: Medina 11, Elyria 0

MEDINA — The soccer field at Medina is as flat as they come, but Elyria’s boys must have felt like they were running uphill in an 11-0 loss to the Bees on Tuesday. Not exactly how Pioneers coach Phil Mariner wanted to start Northeast Ohio Conference play, even if it was a crossover game. With Read More…

Golf: Avon’s Kyle Kmiecik cruises to win

Avon’s Kyle Kmiecik tees off on the sixth hole at Weymouth Country Club in Medina during the U.S. Amateur qualifier. (CT photo by Ron Schwane.)

MEDINA — Kyle Kmiecik had his car on cruise control as he made his way from the course at Fox Meadow Country Club to Weymouth on Wednesday. Dancing as he drove down the streets of Medina to the techno tunes of Swedish House Mafia, the 2010 St. Ignatius graduate and Kent State player put the Read More…