September 30, 2014


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…

College tennis: As Nikki Chiricosta takes over the BG record book, her sister Christine, who used to be No. 1, rejoices

At top, Christine Chiricosta (now Dieken) set most of the records her younger sister Nikki, below, is now breaking as a senior at Bowling Green. PHOTOS PROVIDED

From the day they set foot on campus, the Chiricosta sisters conquered Bowling Green tennis. Avon Lake graduates Nikki and Christine — now Christine Dieken — will soon be ranked first and second in singles and combined (single and doubles) victories at the school and likely second and third in doubles wins. Nikki, a senior, Read More…

College Notes: Elyria graduate Alyssa Barker has perfect week for Coppin State

Elyria graduate Alyssa Barker was MEAC player of the week after winning five games. PHOTO PROVIDED

A 5-for-5 day at the plate is impressive, but a 5-for-5 week in the circle really gets people to take notice. Alyssa Barker got the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s attention when she won all five of her starts from March 31 through April 6 for Coppin State’s softball team. The Elyria graduate posted a 1.40 ERA and Read More…

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 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…