April 17, 2014

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College basketball: North Ridgeville graduate Keene Cockburn key player in West Liberty’s run to Division II final

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After three straight seasons falling just short of the finals, Keene Cockburn and West Liberty’s senior class finally got to the NCAA Division II men’s basketball national championship game, but it couldn’t cap its historic run with a long-coveted title. The North Ridgeville graduate did his part with eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks Read More…

College Notes: Avon Lake grad Nikki Chiricosta breaks sister’s record

Alyssa Barker

Nikki Chiricosta hit the trifecta Saturday. The Bowling Green tennis player and Avon Lake graduate broke two school records while contributing two points to the school’s 4-3 win over Western Michigan, only the Falcons’ second win over the Broncos in program history. First, the senior teamed with Katie Brozovich for an 8-2 win at second Read More…

College Notes: Elyria Catholic grad finds Taylor-made fit at John Carroll

Elyria Catholic grad Emily Taylor, left, was a big reason John Carroll earned its first NCAA Tournament bid this season. PHOTO COURTESY JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY

John Carroll made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in women’s basketball history this season and notched its first win before falling in the second round. The Blue Streaks spent most of the year ranked in the d3hoops.com top 25, breaking into the Dec. 8 poll at No. 24 after a 5-0 start and remaining there Read More…

College basketball: Lorain grad Thomas Wimbush claims Mountain East Conference freshman of year award

Thomas Wimbush, a Lorain grad, had a season to remember at Division II Fairmont State in West Virginia, being named Mountain East Conference freshman of the year. PHOTO COURTESY FAIRMONT STATE UNIVERSITY

Thomas Wimbush will go down in Mountain East Conference history in his first season. Fairmont State’s redshirt freshman was named MEC men’s basketball freshman of the year, becoming the first player to win the award in the conference’s history — albeit a one-year history. “It’s a blessing,” said Wimbush, who was also a second-team All-MEC Read More…

Elyria Catholic grad MacKenzie Tweardy earns first trip to NCAA swimming and diving championships

Purdue’s MacKenzie Tweardy  performs a dive this season. Tweardy, 
an Elyria Catholic graduate, qualified 
for the NCAA meet after a strong showing at the Zone C competition.  COURTESY PURDUE UNIVERSITY

MacKenzie Tweardy came close to qualifying for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships last year. This time around she left no doubt. After placing third in the platform preliminaries and failing to qualify in the 1-meter competition earlier, the Purdue junior improved her qualifying score by 50 points and took first at the NCAA Zone Read More…

H.S. Football: Avon Lake needs coach after Larry Laird leaves for Strongsville

Larry Laird

AVON LAKE — The Shoremen are looking for a football coach for the second time in two seasons. Larry Laird will leave Avon Lake after one year as head coach to take the same position at Strongsville, pending approval of Strongsville’s board of education. The Shoremen finished 8-3 in 2013 and lost to No. 1 Read More…

H.S. Football: Avon Lake coach Larry Laird reportedly leaving for Strongsville after one season

Larry Laird

Post by SHS Athletics. AVON LAKE — Larry Laird appears set to leave Avon Lake football. Laird is expected to be named Strongsville’s coach today, according to a Channel 8 report, ending his time with the Shoremen after an 8-3 record in his only year at the helm. Laird and officials from both schools did Read More…

College notes: Morgan Srail captures coveted MAC championship

Morgan Srail

Morgan Srail brought home a MAC Championship with an exclamation point. Not only did the Ohio University junior diver capture first place in the 3-meter competition, she also broke a school record. She scored a 339.05 after placing third in the preliminaries with a 306.25. The title was a long time coming for the Avon Read More…

Boys basketball: Gavin Skelly soars as Demons roll past Lorain

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WESTLAKE — Once Gavin Skelly got going, Lorain couldn’t stop him. The senior center and Northwestern commit scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in Westlake’s 64-40 victory in a Division I sectional final Saturday afternoon at Westlake High School. “We never let off the gas,” Skelly said. “Lorain is probably one of the greater Read More…

Boys basketball: Longhorns on verge of PAC title

Columbia's Kevin Simon goes to the basket against the defense of Lutheran West's Clay Carper on Friday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — It wasn’t over until it was over and even then it wasn’t over. Lutheran West had forced Columbia’s Jay Banyasz into a turnover and sat on the ball as the clock ran out Friday night, but after a long conference the referees concluded someone on the Longhorns called a timeout. Three seconds Read More…