July 30, 2014

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Ashley Helmink comes through in the clutch as North Ridgeville rallies past Champion

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — If Norm Frindt was looking for a little drama to start his 33rd season as North Ridgeville’s softball coach, he sure got it. With the Rangers trailing by a run going into the bottom of the last, Ashley Helmink sent the first pitch she saw down the left-field line to drive in Read More…

Boys basketball: Rangers prevail in Division I sectional

EATON TWP. — For a pair of teams that entered tournament play with losing records, Tuesday’s sectional opener was all about getting a win. North Ridgeville’s desire was a shade better than Strongsville’s in an exciting 64-61 win that went down to the final seconds at Ed Kubuski Gym. The Rangers (4-19) advanced to the Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic survives North Ridgeville rally, 3-point barrage

ELYRIA — In a game of stark contrasts, Elyria Catholic barely held off upset-minded North Ridgeville 66-63 in a West Shore Conference game at the Coliseum on Tuesday. Consider: • The Rangers (3-13, 0-10) shot a blistering 55 percent from beyond the 3-point line (11-for-20), but only 34 percent from the field overall (25-for-63), while Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic downs Midview for fifth straight win

ELYRIA — Despite facing a taller lineup, including a human vacuum cleaner, Elyria Catholic rallied past Midview 61-54 on the strength of a big fourth quarter in a West Shore Conference game at the Coliseum. The Middies, starting three players over 6-foot-5 to just one for the Panthers, dominated the boards 54-39. Wes Davic, a Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon flips script of first meeting, shocks Lakewood with big finish

AVON — A poor start cost Avon the first time it played Lakewood this season. In Friday’s rematch, a big finish gave the Eagles a 57-38 win over the Rangers and a tie for first place in the West Shore Conference. Avon blew what had been a close game wide open in the third quarter Read More…

Girls basketball: Big quarter helps Elyria take control in non-conference win

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — It is no understatement that North Ridgeville lost a non-conference game Wednesday in the second quarter. After trailing by only three points after the opening quarter, the Rangers had a disastrous second period that paved the way for a 58-29 loss to Elyria. In the other three quarters, the Pioneers only outscored Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview holds off Cloverleaf in 2OT, gets to play for own tourney title

EATON TWP. — Cloverleaf gave defending Bob DiFranco Holiday Tournament champion Midview all it could handle, but ultimately fell 67-66 in double overtime at Ed Kubuski Gym on Friday. The Middies (5-3) face Columbia tonight in the title game at 7:30. The Raiders beat Amherst in the opener. Midview is vying for its fourth title, Read More…

Boys soccer: Blue senior all-stars find offense in second half, put Red away

EATON TWP. — What started out looking like a low-scoring affair, turned into a shootout in the second half Saturday at the annual Lorain County Soccer Coaches Association boys senior all-star game on the artificial turf at Midview High. The Blue team found the net four times in the second half and went on to Read More…

All-star volleyball: East, North come out on top

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ELYRIA — The skies outside were cloudy but the stars were shining brilliantly Wednesday night at Elyria Catholic’s Coliseum in the annual Lorain County Volleyball Coaches Senior All-Star games. Forty of the premier players in the county were divided up as evenly as possible into four squads that played two three-game matches. Most of the Read More…

High school soccer: Laszlo Szabados’ header lifts Columbia to semifinal win

COLUMBIA STATION — Kicking is the name of the game in soccer, but sometimes it’s using your head that counts. Columbia scored the match’s only goal on a header shot by Laszlo Szabados just two minutes into the second half as the Raiders edged visiting Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 1-0 Monday night in a Division Read More…