September 3, 2015

Elyria
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About Shaun Bennett

Shaun Bennett is a sportswriter for The Chronicle-Telegram, with primary beats of Ohio State football and high school wrestling. He can be reached at 329-7137 or SBennett@chroniclet.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

High School Football 2015: Speed, smarts make North Ridgeville’s McCall a man apart

North Ridgeville’s Demario McCall (with ball) is striving to reach new heights this season, but knows he’ll need the help and support of his teammates. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Demario McCall breaks off the line and the opposing defensive back begins to backpedal. The quarterback drops back, passes and — with the football just a few feet from the QB’s hand and with the cornerback locked on McCall’s hip — the superstar North Ridgeville senior yells out, “Touchdown.” The advanced warning doesn’t matter. The Read More…

Legendary Chronicle wrestling writer Judie Asp was a true mat mom

Judie Asp, right, receives an award for her writing from Elyria High School volleyball coach Carol Russo in November 2004. CHRONICLE FILE

There are plenty of adjectives that come to mind when someone wants to describe an elite wrestler — passionate, dedicated, driven and hard-working are just a few. It’s no surprise that the same words were used Wednesday night by coaches and loved ones while talking about longtime Chronicle writer Judie Asp, largely considered the greatest Read More…

Avon Lake’s Schroeder misses cut, but gains confidence at U.S. Women’s Open

It’s not often the journey between winning a high school golf state championship and beginning your collegiate career includes a stop at the U.S. Women’s Open, but Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder believes only good things can come out of the experience. “The things I learned this weekend will help me in the future,” Schroeder said. Read More…

H.S. Football: Midview’s Logan Bolin becomes ESPN star after one-handed catch (VIDEO)

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Midview senior wide receiver Logan Bolin insists he dragged his right foot in the end zone. Elyria High senior cornerback Orlando Scott said Bolin was definitely out of bounds when he made the catch. There was one thing both players could agree on — it was pretty cool seeing their play on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” With Read More…

NHRA: Veterans have their day in the sun as Doug Kalitta, Jack Beckman, Greg Anderson win titles at Norwalk

NORWALK — The NHRA has been dominated — on the track and in the spotlight — by young and hungry drivers during recent years. A few of the veterans decided to host a throwback Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. Top Fuel’s Doug Kalitta and Funny Car’s Jack Beckman won Read More…

NHRA: Elyrian Dave Connolly qualifies in Top Fuel, will face teammate Larry Dixon today in 1st round

NORWALK — It can never be all good news when it comes to the world of drag racing. Elyria High grad Dave Connolly locked down a spot in the 16-driver bracket during Saturday’s qualifying sessions, but the Top Fuel rookie will have to face teammate Larry Dixon — a two-time NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals Read More…

NHRA Nationals: Weather cool, times smoking hot

NORWALK — Race fans probably found it hard to recognize the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals on Friday at Summit Motorsports Park. There was no pouring rain. There was no insufferable heat. There was no Ohio weather anywhere to be seen. Thanks to the cool temperatures and the two night qualifying sessions, the fans were Read More…

NHRA Nationals notes: Top Sportsmen drivers Jerry Albert of Avon and Scott Wasko of Columbia Station ready to race

NORWALK — While most of the area sportsmen drivers got a round of racing in Friday afternoon, a pair of Top Sportsmen competitors had to wait until this morning. Avon’s Jerry Albert and Columbia Station’s Scott Wasko said qualifying went great and they are ready to get on the track and compete. “It’s a fun Read More…

Motorsports: Veteran Larry Dixon glad to be alive … and racing again in Norwalk … after scary crash

NORWALK — Two-time Summit Racing Equipment Nationals champion Larry Dixon is happy to be back at Summit Motorsports Park this weekend. Actually, the Top Fuel driver is happy to be anywhere this weekend. Dixon spent a good portion of Thursday’s media luncheon talking about his spectacular March 14 crash at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Read More…

Cavaliers can’t match Warriors’ long-range prowess

CLEVELAND — It was a tale of two 3-point arcs. While Golden State’s “Splash Brothers” added a few more members to the family, Cleveland was flailing miserably from long distance. The Warriors connected 13 times on a whopping 34 3-point attempts, and the Cavs made only six of 26 attempts — numbers aided by J.R. Read More…