October 26, 2014

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Local legend takes over girls basketball at Lake Ridge

Verhoff-Medvetz

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

Hartley

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

Sheets

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…

Midview coach Bill Albright named Big 33 coach

Albright

Bill Albright hasn’t had much chance to unwind after guiding the Midview football team to an 8-2 record last season, but you can bet he’s not complaining. Not that he’s had any time to complain even if he wanted to. Such is life as the head coach for the Ohio team in the Big 33 Read More…

High school football: Special years for Firelands, Avon pay off in top awards

Good players, good teams, good coaches and good seasons pretty much go together. Just ask Avon and Firelands, two of the top football teams in Lorain County this season and the teams that dominated the special awards in this year’s All-Lorain County voting. Avon, which is 12-1 and playing in the Division II state semifinals Read More…

High school golf: Beau Titsworth has game in shape

Beau Titsworth is digging the 60s again. Just don’t bother looking for anything tie-dyed in the St. Ignatius senior and Avon Lake resident’s closet or expect him to sprinkle groovy or far out into his conversation. No, his retro love is not about the Swinging ’60s but the scores his golf swing is once again Read More…

High school golf: Aussem’s top goals: Play smart, contend

Titsworth

AVON LAKE — Brendan Aussem believes he learned something valuable at last week’s Division I district golf tournament and he hopes it will pay dividends for him at the state tournament at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. It wasn’t the mostly steady way he played in shooting a 2-over 74 at Red Hawk Run in Findlay, Read More…

High school golf: Pressure no drag for freshman Niki Schroeder

Schroeder

AVON LAKE — When she was 9, Niki Schroeder spent back-to-back weekends winning national drag racing championships in Tennessee and Illinois, driving at speeds of 80-85 miles per hour. So, really, how terrorizing could a downhill 3-foot par putt possibly be after that? Probably not very. Still, Schroeder traded in her lead foot for a Read More…

District golf: Avon Lake’s Brendan Aussem survives playoff

The clock was ticking on Brendan Aussem’s season. Literally. The Avon Lake junior had just hooked his drive into the heather and almost out of bounds on the first playoff hole at Thursday’s Division I district golf tournament at Red Hawk Run Golf Course in Findlay. If that wasn’t bad enough, now he couldn’t find Read More…