August 4, 2015

Elyria
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Wrestling notes: Keystone’s program staring to soar

Keystone’s wrestling program has been on the rise for several seasons, and the Wildcats started with a bang during the Knights of Columbus tournament last weekend at Avon Lake. The team finished seventh out of 16 schools, and was the second highest area team — behind runner-up Amherst — on the strength of two individual Read More…

A career of pure gold: Avon’s O’Rourke caps stellar high school football career with Golden Helmet Award

AVON — One of the greatest football seasons in Avon’s history came to a symbolic end Wednesday night, as the Eagles held their awards banquet and captain Ryan O’Rourke was named the winner of the 2008 Lorain County Golden Helmet Award, given to the county’s top senior. The quarterback produced one of the best regular Read More…

High school wrestling preview: Expectations are high at Elyria, where 3 senior state qualifiers are back to make another run

Elyria is expected to be one of the top eight Division I wrestling programs in Ohio this season, which is why the Pioneers were extended an invitation to participate in the state duals on Jan. 11 at Wadsworth. The schools are invited based on the success of the underclassmen the season before, and with Zack Read More…

Prep wrestling preview: Top players, top teams, area capsules

WRESTLERS TO WATCH Collin Palmer, sr., St. Edward A Columbia Station resident and the younger brother of four-time state champion Lance Palmer. Has nearly matched Lance’s feat, winning the Division I 112-pound state title as a freshman, taking gold at 125 pounds as a sophomore and capturing the 135-pound championship last season. Ranked No. 1 Read More…

High school wrestling: Oberlin’s Thornton has big opening night at K of C tournament

AVON LAKE — Hugh Thornton said he’s impressed with Ohio’s wrestling scene. The heavyweight captured a Class 5A (big school) state championship in Idaho last season, and has been told repeatedly by everyone he’s talked to since transferring to Oberlin how much tougher the wrestling is in his new state. “People keep telling me it’s Read More…

Baseball: Avon expansion team expected to be called Lake Erie Crushers

 The new Avon professional baseball team has a name, and it appears the team will be known as the Lake Erie Crushers. Team spokeswoman Nicolle Meyer said Avon Professional Baseball had a winner in the “Name Your Team” contest that has ran for the last six weeks on their Web site, but she said the Read More…

High school football: Six local players land All-Ohio, first-team honors

 The seats were excellent. “We got right in the middle of the field, it was in Row 5 … it was nice,” Elyria Catholic’s Josh Russ said. Russ and Panthers teammate Jared Schuster took in a Big Ten battle a couple weeks ago between Illinois and visiting Iowa. It wasn’t because the EC players are Read More…

All-Ohio football: Avon lands seven on list, including three first-teamers; Kimbro snaps Admiral King’s first-team drought

A successful team needs solid players and no area team was more successful that the Avon Eagles this season. Just nine days after their regional championship appearance, the Eagles placed seven players on the All-Ohio Division II list — including three first-team selections, the most by a Lorain County team since Elyria Catholic had four Read More…

Pryor overcomes early interception, throws pair of touchdown passes in rivalry debut

COLUMBUS — Michigan  coach Rich Rodriguez got his first look at Ohio State freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Saturday afternoon, which was a little strange since the Wolverines were the final team the prized recruit eliminated when he signed with the Buckeyes. “No, I’ve never met him,” Pryor said of the Wolverines first-year coach. “I Read More…

Ohio State-Michigan notes: History repeats as ‘Beanie’ has another big day against Wolverines

COLUMBUS — While this year’s Ohio State team will always be known as the first to win five straight over Michigan, it is junior running back Chris “Beanie” Wells who has continuously stuck a dagger in the Wolverines’ hearts during the streak. During his freshman season, Wells broke off a 52-yard touchdown in the second Read More…