April 24, 2014

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Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic upends top-seeded Oberlin in double OT, wins third straight district title

ROCKY RIVER — Maybe Elyria Catholic sophomore Liam O’Halloran is too young to know he should have been nervous when Saturday’s Division III district soccer final against Oberlin went to double overtime. Then again, maybe if O’Halloran would have felt the pressure of the situation, the district championship trophy would not be sitting in the Read More…

Basketball: Elyria High’s Bender picks West Liberty

ELYRIA — When West Liberty University first showed interest in Kody Bender, the Elyria High senior basketball standout wondered if the NCAA Division II power was looking for a point guard or a shooting guard. “They said they don’t really play positions,” Bender said. “All their players can dribble and shoot. They just get the Read More…

Lorain girls basketball standout Alex Harris commits to Penn State

LORAIN — After seeing Penn State recruiters everywhere she looked for the past few years — at her high school games, at open gyms, at AAU summer tournaments — Lorain High senior basketball standout Alex Harris got to know them pretty well. After she visited the campus three weeks ago, she knew she wanted to Read More…

Avon Lake’s Brendan Aussem chose the Marines instead of a college golf career

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Brendan Aussem didn’t spend much time this summer getting his golf game in shape. His body and his future? That’s another story. Aussem, an Avon Lake senior and three-time Division I state tournament qualifier, made a big decision over the summer, one that was a little more important than whether to chip or putt from Read More…

Avon defensive back to play for Michigan after decommitting from Penn State

How do you improve on a breakfast of steak tips, hash browns and chocolate pancakes? It’s not easy to do, but Ross Douglas found a way Tuesday. The Avon High School senior football standout, just one day after giving up a scholarship to Penn State, capped off his meal at IHOP by agreeing to be Read More…

Two-sport Midview star to pitch for University of Kentucky

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EATON TWP. — Eric Lauer isn’t your average football player. Not many All-Ohio selections are. Still, the Midview junior’s dad, Rick, always had a feeling Eric was bound for glory in another sport. “He knew being left-handed and being tall and lanky is something special in baseball, so he always pushed it a little more,” Read More…

Local legend takes over girls basketball at Lake Ridge

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Lake Ridge Academy’s new girls basketball coach almost certainly had to introduce herself to her players. She can skip the formalities with area high school sports fans. Lisa Verhoff-Medvetz, a 2002 Elyria High grad, is well-known to that faction, especially after pulling off the rare double of being named Lorain County’s Miss Volleyball and Miss Read More…

Midview grad decides against pro golf career

Jay Overy still has the drive if not the dream. But the Ashland University senior golfer and Midview High School graduate is OK with that, content with his recent decision to not pursue a career as a pro golfer when his college days are through. “I was a little bummed for a couple of weeks,” Read More…

High school football: Vermilion’s Hartley quits before coaching 1 game

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VERMILION — When Adam Hartley was hired as Vermilion’s latest football coach just two months ago, Superintendent Phil Pempin believed he had stopped the bleeding in the program. Today, Pempin’s looking for a tourniquet. Hartley, who had said his goal was to “coach at a place I could be for 20 to 25 years” when Read More…

Columbia coach Matt Sheets is basketball coach of year

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A day after Columbia lost to Lutheran West in the sectional finals, Raiders point guard Jay Banyasz called coach Matt Sheets and asked if he could have the game tapes to look over. Two days later Banyasz texted Sheets a list of things he saw that the Raiders could have done better. Is it any Read More…