February 1, 2015


High School Football: Midview at Amherst

Amherst's Tyler Eaton rushes for a first down in the third quarter against the Midview.DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

  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.DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

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

Wilkins Santiago

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


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


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


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…