September 21, 2014

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High School Football: North Ridgeville at Avon Lake

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North Ridgeville running back DeMario McCall runs the ball up the field for yards slipping away from Avon Lake's Donnie Pate in the first half Friday night at Avon Lake Memorial Stadium.

  AVON LAKE — With Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton watching from the sideline, North Ridgeville junior Demario McCall was looking to impress. The Rangers superstar put together a jaw-dropping first-quarter performance, made another last-minute clutch play and North Ridgeville escaped with a 21-14 non-conference victory over AvonLake on Friday night. “He’s got Read More…

Ohio State vs. Kent State: Three Elyria High grads, one from Elyria Catholic in lineups

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COLUMBUS — The city of Elyria may have never been as well represented at Ohio Stadium as it was Saturday afternoon during Ohio State’s 66-0 win over Kent State. Elyria High had three players in the game — Chase Farris was Ohio State’s right tackle for the bulk of the game, Tracy Sprinkle made his Read More…

Ohio State notes: Elyria well represented Saturday

COLUMBUS — The city of Elyria may have never been as well represented at Ohio Stadium as it was Saturday afternoon during Ohio State’s 66-0 win over Kent State. Elyria High had three players in the game — Chase Farris was Ohio State’s right tackle for the bulk of the game, Tracy Sprinkle made his Read More…

High School Football: Firelands at Vermilion

Israel Bowen, left, of Firelands rushes against Vermilion's Louis Maynard in the fourth quarter. DAVID RICHARD

  VERMILION — Firelands quarterback Brad Thrasher decided to give a lesson in anatomy during Friday night’s game against Vermilion. With the Sailors leading in the second quarter, the junior took the game in his hands, put his team on his shoulders and used his legs to spark the Falcons to a 34-3 non-conference victory Read More…

High School Football: Midview at Amherst

Amherst's Tyler Eaton rushes for a first down in the third quarter against the Midview.
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  AMHERST — The area breathed a sigh of relief when Midview quarterback Cody Callaway graduated in the spring and took his talents to the campus of Bowling Green State University. The groans are quickly returning, thanks to Middies sophomore Dustin Crum. The dual-threat quarterback threw for 235 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Read More…

High School Football: Avon at Avon Lake

Avon Lake's Cole Schmidt runs for a first down in the second quarter against Avon.
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AVON LAKE — There was no denying the secret to Avon’s success Friday night. The only debate after the Eagles’ 44-7 rout of rival Avon Lake centered on who was responsible. Junior quarterback Jake Sopko threw three first-half passes to senior receiver Zack Torbert that went for 133 yards and three touchdowns, and the Eagles Read More…

Lorain’s Wilkins Santiago not coasting despite move to California

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While Lorain’s Wilkins Santiago has traded in Ohio’s weather, Lake Erie and the Midwest scene for California’s sunshine, the San Francisco Bay and West Coast living, he knows things don’t change much inside the boxing ring. Santiago moved to California a month ago to train with some of the sport’s biggest names — including two-time Read More…

Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt, Kevin Vough capture bronze at USA Wrestling Cadet freestyle nationals

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The Elyria High wrestling program continued to shine Friday as junior Ben Darmstadt and sophomore Kevin Vough each earned a bronze medal at the USA Wrestling Cadet national freestyle championships in Fargo, N.D. Darmstadt went 6-1 at 160 pounds to earn All-American status with his third-place finish, while Vough went 5-1 to match his teammate’s Read More…

Longtime football coach Dave McFarland to study factors contributing to players’ success

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After three decades of coaching football, Dave McFarland had some burning questions running through his mind. Why are some kids destined to go to college? What drives certain players to succeed? How do winners become winners? McFarland believes he knows the answers, and now he’s going to try and prove it. “It seems we start Read More…

Elyria sophomore Kevin Vough wins national wrestling championship

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Elyria sophomore Kevin Vough has built an impressive wrestling resume for himself and the Pioneers program over the past season. The heavyweight added to the lengthy list of accomplishments Monday afternoon when he became the first Elyria wrestler to capture a USA Wrestling national championship in Fargo, N.D. “I’m actually a little bit surprised (that Read More…