July 28, 2014

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High school football: Brookside looking to end 14-game losing skid

SHEFFIELD — After a promising 4-2 start to the 2011 season, Brookside suffered through a stretch of 14 straight losses by an average of 30 points. You wouldn’t know about the losing streak the way Cardinals players and coaches talk about the 2013 season. Brookside has 18 returning starters — nine on each side of Read More…

Volleyball: Avon Lake opens season with win over Midview

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AVON LAKE — Midview and Avon Lake opened the 2013 volleyball season in style. But it was the Shoregals celebrating at the end, overcoming early miscues to pull away for a 25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 25-18 non-conference victory. “We need to be aggressive on every play and we started backing off and getting hesitant,” said Shoregals Read More…

Crushers roll over Greys for ninth straight win, grab sole possession of first place in division

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AVON — And the beat goes on … The Lake Erie Crushers moved to the top of the Eastern Division in the Frontier League on Friday night with a 5-1 win over the Frontier Greys in front of 3,757 fans on Pack the Park Pink Night, which raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Read More…

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…