August 1, 2015

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Ironclad friendship: ex-Indians Charboneau, Rhomberg go way back

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LORAIN — Both manager and team owner sit down to discuss the next step: What to do about an overworked pitching staff and a defense that has not performed up to expectations? They meet often to talk things out, and many times they don’t really have to spell out what they think. They have the Read More…

Hot Stove baseball: Hard-hitting Midview Maniacs bang out 20 hits, score 22 runs in cruising to Class H state tournament

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WELLINGTON — There is a simple reason the Class H Midview Maniacs are heading to Alliance this weekend for the Hot Stove state championships. They’re relentless with the bats. The Maniacs (23-0) topped the 20-run plateau for the third straight time in the Lorain County regional tournament to top Cloverleaf 22-5 Sunday in five innings Read More…

Errors, lack of offense cost Ironmen vs. Scouts

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LORAIN — The Lorain County Ironmen are running out of chances. Heading into Wednesday’s game against the Xenia Scouts at The Pipe Yard, the Ironmen had 13 games remaining on their Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League schedule. Sitting 1½ games behind the Grand Lakes Mariners and red-hot Lake Erie Monarchs for the final playoff spot, Read More…

NHRA: John Force finding his form after rough stretch on and off track

NORWALK — It’s been a strange year for drag racing icon John Force. The 16-time NHRA Funny Car world champion has had to deal with more in the last 12 months than in any year in recent memory. Last year longtime sponsors Ford and Castrol informed Force they were not going to renew their deals. Read More…

NHRA Nationals: Elyria native Dave Connolly still adjusting to life as a Top Fuel driver after years in Pro Stock class

NORWALK — It has been a frustrating but fulfilling season for Elyria native Dave Connolly. Connolly, who made his name in professional drag racing in the Pro Stock ranks, made the switch to Top Fuel this season, sliding into the seat of the second car on the Bob Vandergriff Racing Top Fuel team. The difference Read More…

Amherst High’s Madison Cruzado and Ashley Makruski instrumental in team winning AAU national volleyball title

Amherst High’s Ashley Makruski, left, and Madison Cruzado show off the national championship trophy they won recently. PROVIDED PHOTO

The youngest player on the team was irritated … and she let her teammates know about it. After losing in straight sets to the Indiana Asics Elite team, Amherst junior Madison Cruzado told the rest of her AVC Cleveland Rox 17 Hawks that things had to change. They listened, and ended up national champions. Cruzado, Read More…

Elyria’s Koepf learning from former Indians on Ironmen coaching staff

LORAIN — Jon Koepf, a 2009 Elyria High grad, has a plan for the future — and he is getting help from the early ’80s Cleveland Indians. Koepf started his collegiate career at Notre Dame College, where he played for Len Barker — the last Indians pitcher to throw a perfect game (in 1981). Koepf Read More…

Lorain County Speedway: Grafton’s Mike Lawson battles loose-handling car for first Modified victory of season

AMHERST TWP. — With six laps remaining in Lorain County Speedway’s 30-lap Modified feature Saturday night, Grafton resident Mike Lawson saw the last thing he wanted to see. Although his lead was steady, Lawson’s car was getting progressively harder to handle, and he just wanted the race to end as quickly as possible. That’s when Read More…

Baseball: Elyria High’s Marques Inman has bright future on the diamond

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Marques Inman isn’t sitting around home, waiting for the phone to ring. In fact, the Elyria graduate isn’t even at home, he’s living in Springfield for the first part of the summer because that is where his travelling team is based. When he comes home he will have to get ready to leave for West Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria’s Marques Inman, Elyria Catholic’s Sean Darmafall earn first-team All-Ohio honors

Elyria’s Marques Inman and Elyria Catholic’s Sean Darmafall could not be more different physically. Inman is a big, strapping power hitter, 6-foot-2 with a powerlifter’s build and the ability to hit baseballs a long way. Darmafall is a few inches shy of 6-0, with a wiry physique. He’s a line-drive hitter that pounds the outfield Read More…