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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…

NHRA Nationals: Noteworthy victories cap eventful weekend in Norwalk

Antron Brown, top fuel dragster winner; John Force, funny car winner; Erica Enders-Stevens, Pro Stock winner;  and Andrew Hines, Pro Stock Motorcycle winner; ride into the winners circle together on July 6.   KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORWALK — Race fans certainly got their money’s worth this weekend at the eighth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Those in attendance watched every elapsed time and speed record among the four pro series get shattered, then saw four milestone victories Sunday. Three champions — Antron Brown in Top Fuel, John Force in Funny Read More…

NHRA Nationals: Elyrian Dave Connolly takes 2nd in Pro Stock after falling in final to ex-friend, ex-teammate Erica Enders-Stevens

Elyria native Dave Connolly places second in the Pro Stock finals Sunday at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, losing to Erica Enders-Stevens. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORWALK — Elyria driver Dave Connolly fell short of grabbing his second Pro Stock championship at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on Sunday, but he still managed to put together a successful performance in front of his hometown fans. Connolly advanced to his second final of the season, and was narrowly beaten — 6.632 Read More…

NHRA Nationals: Shawn Langdon runs fastest time in history of Summit Motorsports Park

Elyrian Dave Connolly checks on his car Saturday. He qualified seventh in Pro Stock. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORWALK — Hundreds of thousands of drivers have run down the drag strip at Summit Motorsports Park since it opened in 1963, but none has ever done it faster than Shawn Langdon did Saturday night. The defending Top Fuel series champion blew away the crowd — and the competition — with a 3.745-second run in Read More…

Motorsports: Elyria’s Dave Connolly back at Norwalk for NHRA Nationals, and back in driver’s seat in Pro Stock

The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals has been an event filled with highs and lows for Elyria’s Dave Connolly. The Pro Stock driver showed up in Norwalk for the inaugural event in 2007 and captured the championship. Two years later, he was without a sponsor and watching the factory hot rods speed down the quarter-mile Read More…

Angels slugger Mike Trout’s two home runs loom large in Indians’ two winning streaks coming to an end

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout is greeted by bench coach Dino Ebel after Trout's solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in the seventh inning Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Something fishy was going on at Progressive Field on Tuesday night. Indians starter Josh Tomlin had his worst performance of the season, the Cleveland batters couldn’t figure out rookie starter Matt Shoemaker and Angels center fielder Mike Trout continued his torrid pace at the plate with a pair of monster home runs during Read More…

Indians Notes: Tribe signs 4 draft picks

CLEVELAND — While the Indians were expected to introduce first-round draft pick Justus Sheffield, who signed with the team Monday night, the Tuesday news conference turned into a party as three other top prospects signed with the team and filed into the interview room. Sitting next to Sheffield — the 31st overall pick and a Read More…

High school football: Stripes team dominates Stars in county all-star game; Elyria Catholic’s Conner Riddell team MVP

Elyria Catholic's Conner Riddell of the Stripes team makes a catch for a touchdown, breaking a tackle attempt by Stars' Wyatt Ohm of Avon Lake. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — If it was a sibling rivalry, the Stripes gave the Stars a wedgie, patted them on their butts and sent them on their way during the Sliman’s Lorain County All-Star Football Classic on Friday night. “Coach (Polevacik) was talking all week about how he wants us to have fun, but he did Read More…

Sliman’s Lorain County All-Star Football Classic: Ohio Athletic Conference connection helps Stripes team bond

ELYRIA — The Stripes players truly have a league of their own. Twelve of the team’s 35 players will be playing college football in the Ohio Athletic Conference next season. The Stripes team will face the Stars team tonight in the Sliman’s Lorain County All-Star Football Classic at Midview High School. The Division III next-level Read More…

Sliman’s Lorain County All-Star Football Classic: Stars team has versatile group of running backs … plans to use them

EATON TWP. — The Stars team has a plan going into tonight’s game at Midview High School — use big plays for big success. There’s no position the team is stocked with more big playmakers than running back. Actually, one of the biggest playmakers on the team is only 5-foot-2 — Oberlin’s Kiylan Bugg. “The Read More…