April 21, 2014

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Baseball: Streaking Firelands knocks off Keystone

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PENFIELD TWP. — A slow start to the Patriot Athletic Conference portion of its schedule has had Firelands a few steps behind Keystone and Buckeye all season. But if things keep going the way they have been, the Falcons just might catch them. The Falcons won their seventh straight PAC game Thursday with a 5-3 Read More…

High school baseball notes: Return to roots helps Keystone’s Tyler Gullett blossom

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Keystone had a banner season last year with a run to the Division III regionals, but with only five starters back, filling some holes was a must. Enter LaGrange resident Tyler Gullett, who transferred back to Keystone from St. Edward. Usually it’s the other way around with athletes leaving their friends and public school systems Read More…

Baseball: Win over Vermilion has Midview feeling better about season

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VERMILION — Midview coach Scott Jaloweic wasn’t thrilled with his team’s record going into Thursday’s game against West Shore Conference rival Vermilion. But following the Middies’ 9-2 rout of the Sailors, Jaloweic was a little happier than when he got off the bus. “It’s getting better,” Jaloweic said after the Middies improved to 5-3, 3-1 Read More…

Baseball: Elyria hangs, but loses late

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ELYRIA — Last season, Elyria would have folded under the pressure of facing a team like the Mentor Cardinals. But in Year 2 of the Ed Piazza regime, the Pioneers are stepping up to the challenge and Tuesday afternoon they nearly pushed Mentor to the brink before falling 5-2 in a Northeast Ohio Conference River Read More…

Baseball: Rangers keep fast start going

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — It’s way too early to say just how good North Ridgeville will be this season, but one thing is clear three games into the season: The Rangers are better than they were a year ago. North Ridgeville won its third game in as many tries Wednesday with a 5-2 win over Fairview Read More…

Baseball: Comets star has Stanford scholarship, lofty goals

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In 2012, Griffin Weir batted .422 with eight doubles and 22 RBIs as the Amherst Comets went 19-9 overall and shared the Southwestern Conference title with Avon Lake with a 10-4 record. He was a first-team All-SWC and All-Lorain County selection as a junior, and for good measure orally committed to Stanford. It was a Read More…

High school basketball: Royals crowned year’s best, Sydney Clark top D-IV player

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Columbia’s Larry Babics and Lake Ridge’s Lisa Medvetz were named coaches of the year while Lake Ridge senior Sydney Clark was the Division IV Player of the Year, as the Northeast Lakes all-district teams were released Monday night. Clark, who never came off the floor this year, is a four-year letterwinner who averaged 12.9 points, Read More…

Boys basketball: Panthers rush to tourney win

WOOSTER — A week ago, Elyria Catholic made its move in the third quarter to beat Hillsdale 68-58 in a regular-season meeting. The Panthers didn’t wait that long Tuesday night, as they outscored the Falcons 27-15 in the second quarter and largely coasted to a 69-53 victory in a Division III sectional opener. “We knew Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria believes depth is its biggest asset as tournament looms

From left, Dontae Dukes, Ronnie Smith, Du’Jaun Glover, A.J. Johnson and Anthony Duckett provide Elyria’s depth. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

It’s no secret Kody Bender and Isaiah Walton are the center of the Elyria Pioneers basketball world. The duo are 1-2 in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. Obviously, that means teams are going to come strong at the pair when tournament time rolls around this week in the hopes of shutting down the Pioneers and Read More…

Boys basketball notes: Oberlin finds its groove

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An 0-2 start to the season wasn’t what Oberlin coach Kurt Russell expected from his defending Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division champs. But that’s what he got. Things improved slightly as Oberlin won its next two games, only to fall to 2-4 following back-to-back losses to Columbia and Elyria. Since then the Phoenix has been Read More…