September 16, 2014

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Lorain County Senior All-Star Softball Game: Bashak caps high school career with MVP performance in White win

AMHERST — As the balls zipped past the batters, Elyria pitcher Megan Bashak’s smile continued to grow. Bashak knew she was playing in her final high school softball game when she was given the opportunity to close out the game for the White squad in the 2008 Lorain County All-Star game Monday at Sliman’s Diamond. Read More…

H.S. Football: Defense rules All-Star game; West hangs on for win

AVON — Clearview’s Mike Bason and Elyria High’s Greg Shotwell will probably do a lot of talking next year while rooming together as freshman football players at Ashland University. One of the things they may discuss is how each of them saved touchdowns Saturday night by running down a ball carrier from behind on the Read More…

Lorain County All-Star Football Game: East squad building team unity, even with players from rival schools

AVON — The roar echoes over the football field behind Avon Middle School as the players do jumping jacks while warming up before practice. “E … A … S … T,” they chant in unity. The helmets they wear are different colors but most have a half dozen school logos on them, making it nearly Read More…

H.S. Football: West all-stars looking to go out with bang

LORAIN — Admiral King linebacker Cameron Bryant was walking off the Southview High practice field when he spotted former Saints standout Brad Jones standing on the sideline. “Didn’t the West win this thing last year?” Bryant shouted to Jones. “Yeah,” Jones said. “I think so.” “Man … we have to defend our title,” Bryant said. Read More…

Muirfield bites back: Goggin, Perry stay on top as wind blows, scores soar at Memorial Tournament

DUBLIN — Most of the PGA Tour players who’ve played in the Memorial the past few years must have been wondering if they were dreaming during an opening day that included warm sunshine, no winds and nearly three dozen rounds under par. Time to wake up. “It’s turned into the Muirfield that we all know Read More…

Memorial notes: Bad weather could soften up Muirfield Village’s defenses

DUBLIN — Weather seemed to be the main topic of conversation after Friday’s second round of the Memorial at Muirfield Village. Sure the golfers were going on about the windy conditions that put a halt to the cavalcade of low scores seen during the first round, but equally dominating the discussion was the rainfall expected Read More…

Area tennis players facing tough draw: State qualifiers have to take on past champions in first round

The three area tennis players who earned trips to the Division I state tournament this weekend knew that they were going to face some stiff competition. They just weren’t expecting to meet state champions in their opening matches this morning. Avon Lake senior Alex Trzeciak will face Cincinnati St. Xavier senior Patrick Bandy in the Read More…

Lessons still left to learn: State-bound tennis trio hopes to benefit from tough final day of district tourney

ROCKY RIVER — While it wasn’t the perfect ending to a dream district tournament for three area boys tennis players, they all seemed happy to have earned a trip to the Division I state tournament. Even better, they were all able to learn something from their district losses Saturday that just might help them in Read More…

High school track: Elyria’s relay team wins district, lives up to tradition

AMHERST — It must be an intimidating moment when an Elyria High sprinter signs up for the girls 400-meter relay team these days. But it’s also a badge of honor the Pioneers quartet wears with pride. “Everywhere we go people point and go, ‘Hey, it’s the Elyria 4-by-100 team,” senior Torri Miller said. “And we’re Read More…

District softball semifinal: Stolarski’s home run in the eighth saves top-ranked Elyria against Magnificat

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Elyria High was looking for a clutch performance Monday during its Division I district semifinal matchup against Magnificat. The top-ranked Pioneers were getting their usual brilliant performance from junior pitcher Tess Sito, but nobody was able to pick up the timely hit needed to get Elyria on the scoreboard. Then No. 8 Read More…