July 4, 2015

Elyria
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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…

High school softball: Resilient Danielle Dill gets clutch hit as Westlake tops Brecksville, makes Division I regional final

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CLYDE — Westlake’s Danielle Dill is a quick healer. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Dill was in the Demons’ dugout trying to gain her bearings and stay conscious after dehydration set in. Two innings and plenty of Gatorade later, Dill drove in what turned out to be the winning run with a two-out Read More…

District Baseball: Tie turns into lopsided loss for Elyria Catholic after 9-run 7th inning by Akron Manchester

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COPLEY TWP. — A slow drip into a raging current, a whisper into a scream or a spark that turned into a roaring fire. There are many ways to describe what happened to Elyria Catholic on Thursday in the top of the seventh inning of its Division III district semifinal at Copley High School. Once Read More…

District Baseball: Missed opportunities haunt Amherst in defeat to St. Edward

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LORAIN — Amherst had plenty of opportunities, but in the Division I district final game against St. Edward the Comets were left waiting for the big hit that never came. St. Edward sophomore starter Quinn Lavelle gave up nine hits and walked a pair of batters, but Amherst could never take advantage, stranding 11 runners Read More…

District Baseball: Amherst frosh Evan Shawver shuts down Avon for 3-0 victory

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LORAIN — Amherst freshman Evan Shawver threw 125 pitches in a Division I district semifinal against Avon at The Pipe Yard. Just one of those pitches was hit safely. The rest of the time Shawver was masterful, shutting down the Avon offense in a one-hit 3-0 victory Tuesday that left Comets coach Matt Rositano struggling Read More…