September 16, 2014

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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…

Early deficit costs Kevin Vough in final, but Elyria High heavyweight still nabs second at FILA wrestling nationals

Elyria freshman Kevin Vough wrestles in the FILA Cadet Nationals at the University of Akron on Sunday. SHAUN BENNETT/CHRONICLE

AKRON — It might have been a piece of gym equipment that cost Elyria freshman Kevin Vough a national championship Sunday morning. “I broke my treadmill and haven’t been able to get in a good workout all month,” Vough said. “I guess I put too many miles on it.” The light moment was tough for Read More…

Wrestling: Vough, Handwerk win regional titles


Offseason is a dirty word for the elite high school wrestler. While many wrestlers are in their third month of rest and relaxation after a grueling winter season, several area athletes are still spending weekend after weekend on the mats. Such was the case last weekend when a handful of athletes competed in the Central Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Inductees celebrate achievements, recall struggles overcome

Jesse (Verhoff) Bendik is introduced Saturday 
at the 
Elyria Sports Hall of Fame banquet with her husband, Jayson.
She was inducted for her success in basketball and volleyball at Elyria High School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The inductees took time to thank the coaches, teammates and family members who helped them during their athletic careers, but many also discussed the adversity they were forced to face to find success. Elyria High’s Jessy Verhoff Bendik and Tim Sweigard, Elyria Catholic’s Mike Kozma and Dr. David Krol, Elyria West’s TJ Staton Read More…