February 13, 2016

Elyria
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H.S. Tennis Notes: Olmsted Falls serves an ace with charity work

The Olmsted Falls boys tennis team is a charitable lot. Not only are the Bulldogs spearheading a canned food drive at Medina High at the Southwestern Conference tournaments – today`s varsity and Saturday`s JV – they also choose an annual “Make a Difference” charity to back. This year it`s Critters For Comfort, which was started Read More…

Life back on track, Lorain boxer can dream big again

Anyone who`s seen Wilkins Santiago in the ring during his 19-year career would simply call him a boxer. Those who have watched him knock out his personal demons over the past six years would call him a fighter. “I`ve had some ups and downs,” Santiago said. “But boxing is something I can`t let go. It`s Read More…

Cavaliers commentary: Williams, West ease burden on LeBron

CLEVELAND – The knock on the Cleveland Cavaliers during the last five years was that the team didn`t have much around LeBron James. James winning an MVP trophy, as he did Monday afternoon, didn`t seem like a stretch, but talk of the Cavaliers being able to plow their way through an NBA postseason and come Read More…

Minor league baseball: Local players take their swing at pro ball

AVON — While many of the 44 baseball players who showed up at Avon Middle School left the tryouts disappointed, the Lake Erie Crushers did offer one pitcher a contract on the spot and asked 11 others to travel to today’s Frontier League tryouts to compete for the Crushers’ two draft spots. Crushers manager John Read More…

Minor league baseball: Family, friends offer support to those trying out

AVON — The Lake Erie Crushers tryout Sunday morning drew a small crowd to the Avon Middle School bleachers. The fans watched as many former area baseball standouts ran the 40-yard dash, performed fielding drills and played a little more than an hour of live baseball. The players — who have to be under the Read More…

A night to say thank you: Elyria Sports Hall of Fame enshrinees share honor with those who inspired them

ELYRIA — Any great athlete has someone in their past who influenced their life and mentors who were instrumental to their competitive success. It was the same for the 2009 Elyria Sports Hall of Fame enshrinees, and most of them got to thank those supporters in person at the Spitzer Center on Saturday night. Taking Read More…

High school wrestling: Elyria captures Northeast Ohio Conference title, the first for one of its boys teams

GARFIELD HTS. — There’s something about sticking your opponent’s knee into his forehead by slapping him into a cradle that has to feel good. And flipping him onto his back as the referee slaps the mat for the pin has to feel great. And if that opponent is ranked No. 4 in the state and Read More…

Team taking shape: Lake Erie Crushers, Avon’s fledgling minor league baseball team, introduces its first three players

AVON — The Lake Erie Crushers took another step toward their inaugural season Friday afternoon, unveiling their uniforms and introducing the first three players they’ve signed. The Crushers, an expansion minor league baseball team in the independent Frontier League, signed infielders Jodam Rivera, Drew Saylor and Gordon Gronkowski — all of whom were drafted by Read More…

High school wrestling notebook: Westlake’s Lawrence shooting for the top

 When Westlake’s Nick Lawrence finished fifth in the Division I state tournament as a freshman 103-pounder, Demons coach Mike Antonyzyn told him to make sure he moved up the podium each season. “I went from fifth to second (last season) so now I’m looking to get on top,” Lawrence said. Lawrence nearly accomplished the feat Read More…

High school wrestling notebook: Elyria wraps up NOC dual-meet title

 The Elyria Pioneers wrapped up a perfect Northeast Ohio Conference regular season a week ago, rallying against Mayfield for a 32-24 dual-meet victory and the Valley Division dual meet championship. “It was an amazing match, really cool,” Pioneers coach Erik Burnett said. “Dual meets are integral to the sport and I think we really need Read More…