May 28, 2016

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Boys basketball: Oberlin shakes off slow start, downs Columbia

OBERLIN — It didn’t take long for Oberlin to find its groove. The Phoenix opened slow, but came out of an early timeout energized and proceeded to seize control of its Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division showdown with Columbia, winning 67-50 on Friday night. The Raiders (2-4, 2-2) looked like they were going to be Read More…

Tweardy competing in Winter Nationals in preparation for Olympic Trials

MacKenzie Tweardy’s last step before the 2016 Olympic Team Trials for USA Diving isn’t very far. In fact, it’s in the exact same spot. The Elyria Catholic graduate will compete at the USA Diving Winter National Championships, held at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis beginning today through Sunday. The natatorium will also host the Olympic Read More…

Vermilion’s Kuhn setting records for Baldwin Wallace men’s basketball team

Cameron Kuhn set records while playing basketball for Vermilion. It hasn’t taken him very long to do the same at Baldwin Wallace. The sophomore scored 51 points — making nine of 13 3-pointers — to break and tie school single-game records during a 110-109 overtime loss to Mount Union on Dec. 2. “Everything was going Read More…

Boys basketball: Oberlin tops Firelands in overtime

OBERLIN — Sometimes a team doesn’t know what it’s made of until it faces a daunting scenario. Oberlin passed its test with flying colors. Down by as many as 20 points late in the second quarter, the Phoenix utilized a furious second-half rally to force overtime, then rode two field goals by Justin Smith to Read More…

College soccer: Amherst’s Souders hopes to spark Akron to NCAA title

Andrew Souders has helped lead the Akron men’s soccer team back to the NCAA College Cup — soccer’s version of the Final Four. Now the Amherst High graduate hopes to cap his senior season with a championship. The Zips will face Stanford in the second semifinal, at 8:30 tonight in Kansas City, Kan. The winner Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic gets offense rolling with 16-0 run in 2nd half on way to win over Normandy in GLC opener

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic kept pace in the first half with defense Friday, then dominated the second half with offense. The Panthers forced Normandy into 10 second-quarter turnovers and exploded out of the locker room to the tune of 16 unanswered points to coast to a 62-41 win in the teams’ first game in the Read More…

High school football: Firelands QB Brad Thrasher, defensive end Aaron Miller named first-team All-Ohio in Division IV

Firelands’ senior class won just three games in its first two years, going 0-10 as sophomores. Tuesday, two of those seniors were named first-team All-Ohio in Division IV by The Associated Press, with a third senior earning second-team honors. Quarterback Brad Thrasher, the Division IV Northeast Inland District player of the year, and defensive lineman Read More…

All-Ohio football: Elyria’s Simeon Lawrence, Midview’s Logan Bolin and Avon’s Jake Sopko make first team

It wasn’t his first choice, but making first-team All-Ohio was a nice consolation prize for Avon quarterback Jake Sopko. The senior was one of three area football players to be named first-team selections in Division I and Division II by The Associated Press on Monday. Elyria senior defensive end Simeon Lawrence made it in Division Read More…

College volleyball: Local contingent helps CSU to Horizon League Tournament title

CLEVELAND — Alexis Middlebrooks provided the offense and helped Dayna Roberts anchor a dominating defensive effort for Cleveland State on Sunday. The top-seeded Vikings defeated No. 3 Valparaiso 25-13, 25-16, 25-18 at Woodling Gym in Cleveland — winning the Horizon League Tournament for the third time in program history, its last championship coming in 2012. Read More…

College signing: Westlake four-sport athlete Michelle Appel makes her choices … running and the University of Louisville

Michelle Appel will pursue her two favorite sports at the Division I level. The Westlake senior, who also plays basketball and soccer, chose to run cross country and track at the University of Louisville, signing a letter of intent Tuesday. She selected the Cardinals over other Division I schools such as Memphis, Campbell University and Read More…