September 22, 2014

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Three Lorain County teams make Hot Stove state finals

Sheffield’s Kyle Svenson slides safely into home as Midview relief pitcher Dustin Crum tries to recover the ball Saturday in the Class EE semifinal.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ALLIANCE — At least three teams from Lorain County will play for Hot Stove state championships today at Butler Rodman Park. South Amherst Firelands advanced to the Class E final, Sheffield Venom to the Class EE final and Keystone Houston advanced in Class GG. Nine Lorain County teams competed in state semifinal matchups Saturday with Read More…

Little League baseball: Avon beats rain, blasts Tallmadge

TALLMADGE — Avon’s U11 team must have known the rain was on its way Monday night because it took care of business in the District 3 consolation final just in time. Avon scored eight runs in the bottom of the second inning while its defense limited Tallmadge to just 13 plate appearances in a 13-0 Read More…

Little League baseball: O’Malley leads Avon to district rout of Cuyahoga Falls North

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Connor O’Malley got Avon’s offense going, but it was the defense that stole the show. After committing three errors against Tallmadge on July 7, the U12 Little League baseball team played a nearly clean game Sunday night, not committing an error until the final inning when its 9-1 victory over Cuyahoga Falls Read More…

Baseball: Avon edged by Tallmadge in Little League 12U district game

TALLMADGE — Avon got in its own way against Tallmadge on Monday. The 12U Little League baseball team gave Tallmadge too many extra outs, which Tallmadge took advantage of in a 9-4 victory for a berth in the 12U District 3 championship game. “We cannot, at this level against a really good team like Tallmadge, Read More…

College Notes: Firelands graduate Zac Ball shines despite injury

Ashland University's Zac Ball competes in the at 2013 GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Firelands graduate PHOTO PROVIDED

Zac Ball’s third-place finish in the hammer throw for the University of Ashland at the NCAA Division II track and field national championships May 22 wasn’t an ordinary one. Sure, the Firelands graduate wound up and tossed the hammer as far as he could just like everyone else. And he clocked an impressive score — Read More…

Firelands grad Teresa Davis puts wraps on college basketball, softball careers

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Teresa Davis wasn’t going to end her college athletics career with a black eye. During the third game of her Senior Day tripleheader for Point Park University against Asbury on April 26, the Firelands graduate fouled a ball off her face, sending her to the emergency room to see if she broke it. She didn’t, Read More…

Baldwin Wallace’s Zach Ferster, an Olmsted Falls graduate, wants return trip to World Series

Baldwin Wallace’s Zach Ferster, an Olmsted Falls graduate, takes a swing this season. PHOTO PROVIDED

Baldwin Wallace’s run to the Division III College World Series was a bit unexpected for Olmsted Falls graduate Zach Ferster, a junior outfielder/utility player for the Yellow Jackets. The pleasant surprise has Ferster wanting to do it again. “It was kind of surreal,” he said. “It was great just taking everything in and we’re hoping Read More…

Midview grad Eric Lauer pitches seven-plus strong innings as Kent State thumps Western Michigan, makes MAC final

Midview graduate Eric Lauer pitches for Kent State in the MAC Tournament on Saturday. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

AVON — Kent State wasn’t facing elimination, so it found another way to deliver under pressure. Get a bunch of two-out hits. Half of the fourth-seeded Golden Flashes’ runs came on hits with two outs Saturday, including three in a game-changing seventh inning as they defeated No. 8 Western Michigan 12-2 in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Read More…

College Notes: Midview grad Eric Lauer, Kent State start MAC Tournament today at All Pro Freight Stadium

Kent State freshman and Midview graduate Eric Lauer will be in Avon for the MAC Tournament this week. PHOTO PROVIDED

Eric Lauer is returning home for the MAC Tournament. The freshman left-hander leads Kent State into All Pro Freight Stadium for the tourney that begins today at 9:30 a.m. Lauer and the Flashes will be joined by other Lorain County alumni and seven other teams trying to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Read More…

High Schools: Referendum passes, system will change in 2016-17 to improve competitive balance

The OHSAA sought to bring balance to high school sports. Unlike George Lucas, it only needed three sequels to do so. At least, that’s the plan. Starting in 2016-17, the OHSAA will initiate a competitive balance referendum in an attempt to level the playing field between public and private schools. The referendum passed by a Read More…