July 23, 2014


H.S. Tennis: Westlake seals deal, wins SWC outright

Westlake’s Aris Jhaveri returns a shot during his second singles win Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — There were a few tense moments for Westlake during Friday’s tennis match against Berea-Midpark. But with the outright Southwestern Conference title on the line at the Westlake Recreation Center, the Demons handled their business with relative ease. With no matches going to a third set, Westlake finished off its 6-0 conference season with Read More…

Lorain Sports Hall of Fame: 8 inducted into 2014 class

LORAIN — Dan Breen, one of the last individuals to give an acceptance speech Thursday, may have summed up the festivities and the class of the 45th Annual Lorain Sports Hall of Fame, best. “When you were from Lorain, that meant something,” said Breen, who was inducted at the enshrinement banquet under a special category. Read More…

Lorain County drag racer tearing down old to give new life to once-prestigious Dragway 42

The old track is pictured last month while in the process of demolition. It will be replaced by an all-concrete surface. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY DRAGWAY 42

Back in the 1970s and ’80s, Dragway 42 was one of the best and most notable drag strips in Ohio, drawing national events and the top drivers in the sport including the likes of Shirley Muldowney, Don Garlits and Don Prudhomme. But when the facility was sold in the late 1980s, it fell into disrepair, Read More…

Boys tennis: Westlake sweeps SWC tournament, clinches at least a share of eighth straight conference championship

Westlake’s Cal Craven  keeps his eye on the ball 
en route to the win in the first singles final Saturday at the Southwestern Conference tennis tournament at Avon Lake High School. The Demons won all five individual titles and wrapped up a share of their eighth straight league title. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Simply put, Westlake dominated. Again. The Demons swept all five individual championships at Saturday’s Southwestern Conference boys tennis tournament at Avon Lake for the maximum 35 points. While one final conference dual remains against Berea-Midpark, they clinched at least a share of their eighth consecutive SWC championship with their performance. “I do Read More…

High school track: Vermilion sweeps Brookside Invitational

Vermilion's Brandon Cole, left, and Seth Konrad finish first and second in the 300-meter hurdles to help the Sailors win the team title at Friday night's Brookside Invitational. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — The Vermilion girls track team is used to taking home championships. The boys team usually fares well, just not as well. Friday was a different story, however, and a big day for the Sailors track program as a whole. The Sailor girls outscored the six-team field at the third annual Brookside Track and Read More…

Clearview’s Dave Dorinski dies at 53


Post by Clearview Clippers Athletics. SHEFFIELD TWP. — Dave Dorinski, a 1979 Clearview graduate and standout athlete who came back to his alma mater to turn its volleyball program around, died Thursday morning. Dorinski, 53, had suffered a mild stroke in November, but Clearview athletic director Mike Collier said Dorinski seemed on the road to Read More…

Crushers tryout offers hope for baseball lovers who think they have what it takes to be a pro

Lake Erie Crushers manager Chris Mongiardo talks to some of the players trying out for the 2014 team. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AVON — They came from all over the country — and even a few foreign countries. Some played in high school. Others played in college. A few had even played professional baseball before. But they all had something in common: They wanted to keep living the dream. The Lake Erie Crushers, led by first-year manager Read More…

High school football: Oberlin names Law new coach

Mike Law

Oberlin High didn’t have to look very far for its new football coach — just a couple of blocks to the west, to be exact. Mike Law — an Oberlin College assistant coach the last three seasons after a successful playing career for the Yeomen — was officially hired and approved by the Oberlin school Read More…

Vermilion wrestler Mike Repko signs with Cleveland State

Mike Repko

When Vermilion wrestler Mike Repko injured his elbow while practicing early in his senior year, the thought of even continuing with the sport — let alone landing a Division I scholarship — was the furthest thing on his mind. But his decision to give it one more chance paid off. First, with a Cinderella run Read More…

High school baseball: Keystone dispatches Firelands quickly

HENRIETTA TWP. — With an overnight trip to Columbus for a doubleheader looming, Keystone knew it had to work fast Friday against Firelands. Senior pitcher Kendle Stiner did his part. Stiner tossed a three-hit shutout, walking one and striking out nine, and helped his cause by going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and four Read More…