May 30, 2016

Elyria
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Plenty of reasons for Crushers loss to Rascals

AVON — Erratic pitching, inconsistency at the plate, wild pitches, passed balls and errors all cost Lake Erie on Friday night, but the Crushers really couldn’t pinpoint a major reason for their 8-6 loss to the River City Rascals at All Pro Freight Stadium. Manager John Massarelli didn’t have any problems with his team’s offensive Read More…

North Olmsted lineman Rotheram headed to Pitt

Lining up across from 6-foot-6, 350-pound Matt Rotheram of North Olmsted must have been scary enough for most Southwestern Conference defenders, but their knees had to absolutely weaken when they saw the fire in his eyes. “He plays with an attitude,” Eagles coach Mike Ptacek said. “He’s relentless, he makes vicious blocks and he had Read More…

Avon Lake offensive lineman Christian Pace heads to Michigan

Division I colleges across the nation rushed to shower Avon Lake offensive lineman Christian Pace with scholarship offers before his senior year. Pace reciprocated the swift action by picking Michigan, and enrolling in summer school so he can graduate in January and begin taking classes in Ann Arbor before spring practices begin. “The recruiting process Read More…

Pro Stock victory is truly the Summit for Jason Line: Summit Racing Equipment driver wins Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

NORWALK — Jason Line is sponsored by Summit Racing Equipment, and that’s not normally a big deal except this weekend he was competing in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. “There was a lot of pressure on us to do well here,” Line, the Pro Stock winner, said of Read More…

Summit Racing Equipment Nationals: Wellington’s Rick Baehr gets a coveted ‘Wally’ after winning Stock Eliminator title

NORWALK — You don’t even have to be a drag racer to want one of the trophies they hand out to the event champions at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals. The “Wally” is a bronze statuette of NHRA founder Wally Parks standing next to a dragster “slick” or tire. While it’s tough Read More…

Summit Racing Equipment Nationals notes: Rain delays turn up the heat on track

NORWALK — The schedule called for the Summit Motorsports Park track to be secured around 4:30 p.m. after Sunday’s eliminations, but multiple delays — including an hour-and-a-half stoppage after an early downpour — kept the park filled until nearly 7 p.m. “It pushed things back a little bit,” Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Andrew Hines said. Read More…

Summit Racing Equipment Nationals: Baders and Forces keep their love for drag racing all in the family

NORWALK — John Force knows a little something about the sport of drag racing, and with all apologies to P.T. Barnum, the legendary driver said the Bader family in Norwalk actually puts on the greatest show on earth. “It was about 15 years ago when Bill Bader Sr. came down to see me race in Read More…

Summit Racing Equipment Nationals notes: Elyrian Dave Connolly still hopeful he’ll be able to find a sponsor

NORWALK — Elyria driver Dave Connolly is back in Norwalk for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, but not in the capacity that he would have liked. Connolly, who won the inaugural event two years ago, has not yet picked up sponsorship for his Pro Stock team, and is competing in a pair of Sportsman series Read More…

Summit Racing Equipment Nationals: Qualifiers just fine with ‘green’ track

NORWALK — The NHRA drivers knew they had a “green” track this weekend for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk after a large portion of the runway was replaced less than a week before Friday’s first two qualifying sessions. There were some expected rumblings by a few drivers, but the four top qualifiers managed Read More…

Shaun Bennett: Much more to like than dislike in Shaq deal

When making a decision as big as the one the Cavaliers made early Thursday morning in bringing future Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal into the fold, it’s always good to weigh the pros and cons. The biggest pro might be that O’Neal isn’t a con. The boisterous big man neither gets in trouble with the Read More…