April 19, 2014

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High school football 2013: Dukes to return to winning ways?

WELLINGTON — The kids at Wellington have decided it’s time to get back to playing Dukes football. In 2011, Wellington went 7-3 and made its way into the Division IV state playoffs.  That was followed by a subpar 4-6 record, which the players decided wasn’t acceptable. “We are bringing back good old Wellington Dukes hitting,” Read More…

High school football 2013: Keystone hoping to build on solid 2012, believes it has athletes to do just that

LAGRANGE — The Wildcats have been to the depths of the valley and they didn’t like the view. After going winless two years ago, Keystone responded last year with a 5-5 record that could have been even better had a couple of games gone its way. This year there’s a new attitude and a new Read More…

Hot Stove: Local teams earn trips to state baseball tournament

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GRAFTON — It was a good day for the communities along state Route 60 during the Hot Stove regional championship games Sunday at Grafton Reservoir Park. In Class G (U12), Vermilion DRD Wildcats defeated Buckeye MTD 13-5, in Class FF (U13) the Firelands Raptors beat Ravenna 7-1 and the Vermilion Impact cruised past Wellington 15-4 Read More…

Hot Stove: Firelands rocks Lorain in Class FF baseball

WELLINGTON — Firelands kept its state title hopes alive in the Class FF Hot Stove playoffs with a 13-3 win over Lorain in six innings Saturday at Wellington Community Park. The Crushers scored early with seven runs in the first three innings, and let their pitching do the rest as four Firelands pitchers combined to Read More…

Hot Stove: Sheffield Venom win Class EE county championship

WELLINGTON — The division may have changed, but the mission remains the same. The Sheffield Venom — Class F county and state champions in 2012 — claimed the Class EE (U16) Lorain County Hot Stove championship with a convincing 11-3 win over North Ridgeville at Wellington Community Park on Wednesday night. Sheffield (15-0) will begin Read More…

Little League baseball: Avon U11 loses in extra innings to Cuyahoga Falls

AVON — Best game ever. That’s how both coaches described the nine-inning beauty between Avon and Cuyahoga Falls North in the Under-11 Little League District 3 semifinal tournament game at Veterans Park. Cuyahoga Falls trailed 2-0 and 3-2 before pulling out a walk-off 4-3 win over Avon on Alec Hass’ fourth hit of the game Read More…

Little League baseball: Avon downs Tallmadge to advance to district final

AVON — Winning in the Little League District 3 tournament seems to be common-place in Avon and the Under-10 team might just be starting its run to the state tournament after posting a 5-3 win over Tallmadge on Saturday. Avon faces Cuyahoga Falls North on Monday in the final of the championship bracket. Even if Read More…

Regional baseball: Avon Lake’s early scoring not enough against St. Ignatius

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CLEVELAND — Avon Lake’s first-inning magic wasn’t enough against St. Ignatius in a Division I regional semifinal at Case Western Reserve University on Thursday. The Shoremen scored in the first inning for the fifth straight playoff game and added a run in the seventh, but the Wildcats held on for a 3-2 win to advance Read More…

High school baseball: Second straight shutout carries Avon Lake to win over Midview, district title

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LORAIN — The hottest team in Division I baseball might just be from Avon Lake. After Brett Kiser’s complete-game shutout beat Amherst on Friday, Matt Morissette repeated the feat Saturday, scattering six hits in a 6-0 district final win over Midview at The Pipe Yard. The district title is Avon Lake’s first since 2005 and Read More…

Division I district baseball: Avon Lake uses early surge to down Amherst

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LORAIN — It didn’t take Amherst long to realize it might be in trouble during Friday’s Division I district semifinal. Avon Lake scored three runs in the top of the first inning without the benefit of a hit and the Comets failed to score after loading the bases with no one out. The Shoremen didn’t Read More…