July 5, 2015

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Tristan Thompson’s clutch rebound looms large in Cavs’ win

CLEVELAND — The Atlanta Hawks were doing a tremendous job keeping Cavs forward Tristan Thompson off the glass during the bulk of Sunday night’s game at Quicken Loans Arena. Thompson came into the game leading Cleveland in rebounding, averaging 10 a game during the postseason. But Thompson managed only one rebound in the first half, Read More…

Avon’s Sopko commits to Cincinnati

The choice was pretty simple for Avon junior quarterback Jake Sopko. He developed his skills in the Eagles program, he found success in the Eagles program and he was comfortable in the Eagles program. So when colleges started vying for his services and one of them felt familiar, Sopko didn’t hesitate to give his oral Read More…

District Softball: Westlake beats Elyria 8-3, snaps Pioneers’ streak of 11 straight district titles

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AVON LAKE — There was a long list of things that might help Westlake end Elyria’s dominance in the Division I district tournament. A quick start could provide a boost. A dominant performance in the pitcher’s circle from Katie Lew wouldn’t hurt. An off day by the Pioneers defense would certainly be welcomed. The Demons Read More…

District Softball: Ally Kamody’s clutch double in 7th lifts Elyria Catholic to 1st district title

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AVON LAKE — Trailing by a run with two outs and two runners on in the seventh inning — and history knocking on Elyria Catholic’s door — it was no surprise that Ally Kamody felt the pressure of the moment. “Ally came up to me and said, ‘I’m nervous, Coach,’” Ryan Minney said. “I said, Read More…

District Softball: Freshman pitcher Ashley Cascio, thundering bats carry EC to 10-0 win over Gilmour

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AVON LAKE — Elyria Catholic freshman pitcher Ashley Cascio was nearly perfect Tuesday during a Division III softball district semifinal. The Panthers weren’t too shabby at the plate, either. It all came together for a 10-0 victory over Gilmour Academy in five innings. EC advanced to play Independence, a 12-0 winner over Laurel in the Read More…

Bulls-eye: Cavs take 3-2 series lead back to Chicago

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert (4) hugs Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) late in the second half against the Chicago Bulls during Game 5 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 106-101. AP

CLEVELAND — In an Eastern Conference semifinal series filled with offensive runs and close finishes, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls provided another gem Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs fell behind early, then ran out to a huge lead before withstanding a late Bulls rally to come away with a 106-101 victory. Read More…

Kick it in gear: Cavaliers get fired up after tussle with Bulls

CLEVELAND — Many things can provide a spark for a basketball team. A midcourt steal that ends with a rim-shaking dunk. A great cross-court pass that results in an open 3-pointer. A swift kick in the butt. Chicago forward Taj Gibson appeared to push Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova to the ground while they were chasing Read More…

Iman Shumpert comes out firing for shorthanded Cavaliers, scores 22 on career playoff-high 17 shots but it’s not enough

CLEVELAND — Iman Shumpert knew the Cleveland Cavaliers needed two things in their Eastern Conference semifinal series opener against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night — a shooter to replace suspended guard J.R. Smith and a third scoring option to replace injured forward Kevin Love. Shumpert did all he could to fill both roles. Making Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Induction ceremony celebrates the city

ELYRIA — The 2015 Elyria Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet served as a celebration of the city, its athletes and its reach. “What happens in Elyria, Ohio, really does matter,” Mayor Holly Brinda told the crowd at a sold-out Spitzer Center at Lorain County Community College on Saturday night. “We’ve heard it over and Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria’s Jones twins excelled … together

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Donald and Douglas Jones have been side by side their entire lives. The twin brothers starred together on the Elyria High football team, went to the same tiny college in Arkansas, joined the Air Force together and returned to Elyria to run a business for several decades. So it’s only fitting that the two are Read More…