December 18, 2014


Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Sweigard was a surprising success


Not many area athletes have beaten the odds to win a state championship such as Elyria High’s Tim Sweigard. The wrestler didn’t get started in his sport until junior high, was unable to crack the starting lineup twice during his six-year career and had to face a pair of state runners-up to capture the title. Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: TJ Staton’s dominance on baseball diamond led to state title, professional career


TJ Staton has staked his claim as one of the greatest baseball players in the history of Lorain County. The Elyria West graduate was drafted and played professionally for a dozen years, was named Ohio’s high school player of the year in 1993 and was a member of the county’s lone state championship team. For Read More…

Wrestling: Elyria freshman Kevin Vough puts state loss behind him, takes national title


Elyria freshman Kevin Vough was disappointed with his third-place finish in the Division I state wrestling tournament a month ago. So to help soothe the pain of falling short in his quest to win a state title, the heavyweight went out and captured a national championship last weekend. Vough pounded his way through the 285-pound Read More…

Ohio State football: Elyria grads Chase Farris, Tracy Sprinkle trying to break through

COLUMBUS — There was a lot of optimism flowing for Elyria High grads Chase Farris and Tracy Sprinkle during Ohio State’s spring game last season in Cincinnati. Farris was competing for the right tackle position with Taylor Decker, and there was talk that Sprinkle — a true freshman — had a shot at landing on Read More…

High school wrestling: Elyria Catholic chooses former Lakewood coach Vinnie Curiale to give program a lift

Vinnie Curiale

Elyria Catholic was looking for an experienced wrestling coach. Vinnie Curiale was looking for a job. The stars aligned and the Panthers hired the former Lakewood and Avon Lake coach Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a real nice fit,” EC athletic director Bob Thayer said. “We were going through the process and we got a lot of Read More…

Olympic hockey goalie Brianne McLaughlin saves her rest for last

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CLEVELAND — The few minutes Brianne McLaughlin was able to sit down and watch the Cleveland Cavaliers game Tuesday night must have felt like heaven. The Sheffield native spent the rest of the evening taking pictures, signing autographs, participating in a halftime ceremony and even throwing promotional T-shirts into the crowd. The hectic schedule was Read More…

Black River’s Sebastian Vidika named wrestler of year as all-stars enjoy a night of competition, fun

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ELYRIA — The area wrestlers, coaches and fans said goodbye to another high school season Thursday night, and the three top seniors got to perform on the mats one last time during the 34th annual Lorain County Wrestling All-Star Meet. The action kicked off with Black River’s Sebastian Vidika, who won the Division III 106-pound Read More…

State wrestling: Lorain’s Edwards give his all

lorain's Devione Edwards tries to get back on his feet in his consolation win over Trent Gill of Hilliard Davidson. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

COLUMBUS — Many area wrestlers gave it their all during the state wrestling tournament this weekend at Value City Arena, but Lorain sophomore Devione Edwards truly left his blood and sweat out on the mats. There is no official record, but Edwards might have spent more time being tended to during blood timeouts than any Read More…

High school wrestling: Black River senior Sebastian Vidika follows plan, wins Division III 106-pound state championship


COLUMBUS — Sometimes a game plan is all you need. Black River’s Sebastian Vidika was told all year that earning a takedown in the first 20 seconds of the match was the key, and the Pirates senior used the strategy to capture the Division III 106-pound state championship Saturday night. The advice was given to Read More…

High school wrestling: Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt, Vermilion’s Mike Repko and Black River’s Sebastian Vidika make finals

Ben Darmstadt, left, of Elyria looks for a takedown against Andrew McNally of Uniontown Lake in a 152-pound semifinal. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

COLUMBUS — A painful defeat can linger in the mind for a long time, but Friday night Black River coach Corey Kline put a limit on how long senior Sebastian Vidika could think about last season’s semifinal loss. “My speech when we were walking out (to the mat)? I told him to take one second Read More…