July 29, 2014


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…

(UPDATED) 2014 NFL Draft: Clearview graduate Anthony Hitchens picked in fourth round by Dallas Cowboys

Iowa linebacker and Clearview graduate Anthony Hitchens catches a ball during a drill at the scouting combine in February. (AP photo)

BEREA — When Jerry Jones gives you a personal call on draft day, it’s a safe bet you’ve made it to the NFL. That’s what happened to Clearview graduate Anthony Hitches on Saturday. The Iowa linebacker was selected in the fourth round with the 119th pick of the NFL Draft. “I really didn’t pay attention Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns take Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir in the fourth round

Pierre Desir

BEREA — The Browns added more depth at cornerback on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Cleveland selected Pierre Desir out of Division II Lindenwood University in the fourth round with the 127th pick, its first Saturday. “I think the NFL has shown there is a lot of small-school guys who can go in and Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns trade back into 3rd round, select highly productive Towson State RB Terrance West

Terrance West

BEREA — Cleveland moved back into the third round and selected Towson State running back Terrance West with the 94th pick. The Browns gave the 49ers fourth- (106) and sixth-round (180) picks to grab West and give them added depth behind free agent addition Ben Tate. “It means a lot, it means that they wanted Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns select Iowa LB Christian Kirksey in 3rd round

Christian Kirksey

BEREA — Cleveland went back to defense in the third round. The Browns added depth at linebacker, selecting Christian Kirksey of Iowa with the 71st pick tonight. The 6-foot-2, 233-pound senior is listed at outside linebacker, but said he expects the team to move him inside. He started inside his sophomore year and made the Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns take Nevada OL Joel Bitonio in 2nd round

Joel Bitonio

BEREA — Despite possibly losing their star wide receiver for the 2014 season, the Browns stayed the course during Day 2 of the NFL Draft tonight. Cleveland selected offensive tackle Joel Bitonio out of Nevada with the 35th pick to strengthen its offensive line. He was taken with the third pick of the second round. Read More…

College Notes: Westlake’s Lauren Golick excels in tennis at Cleveland State

Lauren Golick

In most sports, the finish matters more than the start. Lauren Golick’s freshman season at Cleveland State started with a bad break: An injured shoulder. But once it healed, she couldn’t be stopped. The Westlake graduate rolled through the Horizon League, at first singles no less. She compiled a 7-1 regular-season singles record and won Read More…

College Softball Notes: Cleveland State driven by pair of Lorain County graduates


If the Cleveland State Vikings are going to make a deep run in the Horizon League softball tournament, they’ll likely get contributions from Lorain County graduates. Junior Cynthia Woodard, an Elyria graduate, and sophomore Alyson Broschk, a Keystone graduate, are the top two run producers for the Vikings, combining to drive in 49. Broschk has Read More…

NFL greats say league needs to make health issues of retired players a priority

Dave Robinson is introduced before the inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest Friday at the I-X Center in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — With television contracts and player salaries that keep growing, the NFL has no problem taking care of its current players. It’s the retired ones that are making noise for reform. “I don’t think (the NFL is) taking care of the veterans like they should,” said Hall of Fame linebacker Dave Robinson on Sunday Read More…

Firelands tabs former Longhorn to take over wrestling program

Josh Malave

Firelands has a lot of young talent coming up through its wrestling program. Appropriately, the school found a young coach to guide them to the top. The Falcons athletic department will recommend Josh Malave to be the school’s next coach at the Board of Education meeting May 12. He replaces Jim Black, who was not Read More…