July 29, 2014

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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…

H.S. Tennis: Southwestern Conference dominates sectional

OBERLIN — It was a Southwestern Conference sweep at the Division I sectional tennis tournament Saturday morning. Avon Lake senior Alex Trzeciak lost only two games en route to the singles championship, and the North Olmsted senior pair of Kevin Bus and Alex Kearney won both its matches in straight sets to capture the doubles Read More…

Track and field: Columbia’s Brasdovich wins four events; Keystone girls win first league title since ’94

BROOKLYN — There’s something about being the fastest girl in the Patriot Athletic Conference during your freshman season that gives an athlete a boost of confidence. Columbia’s Lisa Brasdovich has been dominant during her sophomore year and successfully defended her PAC 100- and 200-meter titles, and added championships with the Raiders 400- and 800-meter relay Read More…

H.S. Tennis notes: Area given 3 No. 1 seeds for sectionals

The area may not have a ton of seeded players for today’s sectional tournaments, but the ones they have are expected to go a long way. Avon Lake senior Alex Trzeciak is the No. 1 seed in the Division I sectional at Oberlin College, the North Olmsted senior pair of Alex Kearney and Kevin Bus Read More…

Cavaliers bench comes through in the clutch in Game 4

CLEVELAND — If Cleveland fans are wondering what the secret to Monday night’s 88-77 victory over Boston was, they need look no further then the Cavaliers’ bench play. Forwards Anderson Varejao and Joe Smith and guard Daniel Gibson sparked the Cavs during a fourth-quarter 20-12 run that gave Cleveland the Game 4 win and tied Read More…

Cavaliers: Delonte West has big game in huge win over former team

CLEVELAND — He used to make fantastic passes and knock down big shots while wearing Boston’s familiar green jersey, but Celtics fans must have been cringing every time Cleveland point guard Delonte West touched the ball during the Cavaliers’ 108-84 win Saturday night. West finished with a team-high-tying 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Read More…

Mixed martial arts: Local fighters find thrills, success in cage event

SHEFFIELD — Elyria’s Zack Goins didn’t get to spend a long time in the cage Friday night at Quaker Steak & Lube, but the 18-year-old mixed martial arts fighter was all smiles after his 27-second knockout of Kevin Powers in a 170-pound match. “I saw him loading up his right hand and I was able Read More…