July 26, 2014

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Horse racing: Slots simply a bandage for a wounded sport?

The arguments for or against allowing video lottery terminals, or VLTs, or high-tech slot machines, at racetracks in Ohio has usually boiled down to this: Those opposed — “gambling is a sin.” (But I hear no calls to outlaw horse racing, the state lottery or bingo). Those in favor — “it’s my money and you Read More…

Elyria can’t stop Fremont

FREMONT — Who were those guys and what did they do with the Fremont team Elyria played in the regular season? Fremont Post 121 capped an awesome four-game display of hitting with a 14-3 victory over Elyria Post 12 Tuesday to earn the team’s first trip to the state finals in Athens. “Fremont sure came Read More…

Elyria makes history

9-10 girls down Avon, earn first trip to state ELYRIA — One way or another, something that had never before happened was going to happen. It happened for Elyria, which beat Avon, 20-10, in a Little League 9-10 girls softball District 3 championship game Thursday at Vic Janowicz Park to advance to the state tournament Read More…

East Big Leaguers don’t lack talent, confidence

ELYRIA — Kevin Brubaker says the key to the success of his Elyria East team is their familiarity with each other. “They’ve played together since T-ball, most of them,” Brubaker said. “They know each other’s tendencies.” Sure, but you could probably say that about any team of high school kids from the same community. But Read More…

Elyria drops nemesis

ELYRIA — The dynasty might not be over, but it was derailed for a year. Elyria will send an 11-12 girls team to the Little League state finals for the first time since 2001. Elyria defeated an old nemesis, Tallmadge, 7-1 to win the District 3 championship Tuesday at Vic Janowicz Park. “This is a Read More…

Course record falls at qualifier

AVON — Monday was a fine day for golf — mild temperatures, a sunny sky, a gentle breeze — and the scores reflected it. The course record at Avon Oaks Country Club was broken by one golfer and tied by two others Monday at the qualifying tournament for the Nationwide Legend Financial Group Classic that Read More…

Deplete victory

AMERICAN LEGION: Elyria 13, MANSFIELD 4 Post 12 pounds on short-handed Mansfield GRAFTON — With only 10 players in uniform, the Richland Veterans, the Mansfield American Legion team, didn’t have much of a margin for error. The margin was wide, and errors — both the official and the unofficial kinds — were the major reason Read More…

East stars survive

SHEFFIELD — It looked safe for the East after John McGraw scored his second touchdown of the night to give his team an 18-7 lead with 3:30 to play. It took the West one play — one long play — to make matters interesting. It became more tense as the West got the ball back Read More…

Grinding one out

STATE SOFTBALL: Elyria 2, Mason 1 Pioneers’ Bashak mystifies Comets ASHLAND — Ken Fenik no doubt is happy his pitcher proved him to be not so prophetic. “We need more runs,” the Elyria softball coach said during an hour-long — give or take a few minutes — rain-lightning delay Friday at the Division I state Read More…

Falls’ Nageotte wins pole vault

TRACK AMHERST — She hasn’t lived that long, but Katie Nageotte got the thrill of her life Friday at the Division I regional track championship. Nageotte, a sophomore from Olmsted Falls, won the Amherst regional pole vault championship with a vault of 11 feet, 4 inches. Now she gets to compete at Jesse Owens Memorial Read More…