July 2, 2015

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Crushers welcome back Todd Kibby after Tommy John surgery, but say so long to winning streak with loss to Otters

AVON — Todd Kibby waited almost 11 months to take the mound following Tommy John surgery. Unfortunately, his long-awaited return to the Crushers’ rotation lasted just 2⅔ innings Friday night in a 3-1 loss to the Evansville Otters in front of 2,136 fans at All Pro Freight Stadium. Despite getting 11 hits and forcing Otters Read More…

Crushers 7, Wild Things 2: Frank Desico ends home losing streak with voice, bat

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AVON — Lake Erie center fielder Frank Desico began the action Sunday with a rousing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” He effectively ended the game — and the Crushers’ seven-game home losing streak — with arguably the biggest hit of his professional career. Desico, a Cleveland native, delivered a two-out, three-run triple to right-center in Read More…

Wild Things 3, Crushers 1: Home misery continues as Lake Erie drops 7th straight at The Freight

AVON — The Lake Erie Crushers’ home woes continued Saturday night with a 3-1 loss to the Washington Wild Things. But sometimes in baseball, all that’s needed is a spark for things to start to come together. Crushers manager Chris Mongiardo hopes his team got that spark late in the game and it carries over Read More…

Wild Things hand Crushers sixth straight home loss

AVON — All Pro Freight Stadium hasn’t necessarily been a home sweet home for the Lake Erie Crushers this season. Coming off a weeklong road trip in which they won three and lost two, the Crushers reverted back to their losing ways at home Friday night. Two home runs, including a three-run blast by Carter Read More…

Lorain County All-Star Football Classic: EC’s Justin Rankin steals show after running at state track meet

OBERLIN — Elyria Catholic senior Justin Rankin spent the early part of his Friday competing in the 200-meter dash in the Division II state track meet at Ohio State. Rankin then drove to Oberlin College, getting to the Austin E. Knowlton Athletic Complex just 10 minutes before the annual Sliman’s Lorain County All-Star Football Classic Read More…

Bullpen costs Crushers in loss to Greys

AVON — Crushers starter Rob Blanc was cruising through five innings Friday night against the Frontier Greys, working on a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts. That didn’t stop manager Chris Mongiardo from going to his bullpen to start the sixth, and that move wound up costing the Crushers. Reliever Kolby Moore (1-1) gave up a Read More…

Second time around yields another second for Westlake doubles team of Connor Michelich and Cal Craven

OBERLIN — Westlake seniors Connor Michelich and Cal Craven were taking a similar journey through the Division I district tennis doubles tournament as the one they took as sophomores. They were hoping to change the ending, however, and bring home the district championship they were denied two years ago. Unfortunately, it was deja vu all Read More…

Division I district track: Lorain freshman sprinter Zion Cross, Amherst senior distance runner Alexis Szivan have big days

AMHERST — Lorain freshman Zion Cross served notice to not only the area, but to the rest of the state Friday with wins in the100- and 200-meter dashes at the Division I district track meet at Amherst. Meanwhile, Amherst senior Alexis Szivan continued to shine on her home track, winning the 800 and picking up Read More…

District Tennis: Avon’s Nico Mostardi has stress-free day, qualifies for state tournament again

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OBERLIN — There wasn’t any district drama this year for Avon junior Nico Mostardi. Which is just the way he likes it. No three-set marathon matches. No playing through injuries. No having to go through the consolation bracket and win a do-or-die match just for one of the bottom two qualifying spots to state. Mostardi Read More…

Boys basketball: Brett Bartlett leaving Firelands to coach Big Walnut

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HENRIETTA TWP. — Brett Bartlett hit the ground running as a first-time head basketball coach at Firelands. The former Keystone basketball standout led Firelands to the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship in his first year and kept the Falcons competitive. But on Friday, Bartlett informed Firelands athletic director Kennie Searight and the board of Read More…