August 1, 2014

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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…

Fights not limited to cage at event

SHEFFIELD — Apparently 15 undercard fights and three main events weren’t enough for some fight fans at Quaker Steak & Lube on Friday night. After Superior Cage Fighting’s “Round 1 of the Quaker Fight Series” wrapped up, multiple fights broke out and police were called in from all surrounding areas. Members of the Elyria, Lorain, Read More…

A fighting chance: Mixed martial arts event to feature debut of Elyria team

ELYRIA — Sure there will be wings and burgers on the menu Friday night, but that’s not exactly what area fight fans are going to be salivating over. Superior Cage Fighting will give Lorain County its first taste of high-profile mixed martial arts (MMA) in “Round 1 of the Quaker Fight Series” at the Quaker Read More…

H.S. Tennis Notes: Players to help with clinics to promote sport

The area’s varsity tennis players plan on building their programs this summer and it has nothing to do with improving their skills on the court. The high school players and their coaches will get together for a tennis-coaching workshop on May 18 at Oberlin College, then will hold free youth clinics in their respective communities Read More…

Family, friends, team the focus of Lorain Hall of Fame’s 39th induction class

LORAIN — The tone was set early during the 39th annual Lorain Sports Hall of Fame enshrinement banquet Thursday night. University of Toledo quarterbacks coach Ken Karchner, filling in for hospitalized Rockets defensive coordinator Tim Rose, talked about how the lasting sports memories shouldn’t be about what is on the scoreboards or in the record Read More…

Butler assumes take-charge role as Wizards pull out win, keep season alive

CLEVELAND — It was two years ago during the Cavaliers’ first-round series against the Wizards that LeBron James stepped up to Gilbert Arenas at the free throw line and whispered, “You know, if you miss these shots, the game is over.” In Wednesday night’s Game 5, Caron Butler returned the favor. Butler, who single-handedly kept Read More…

H.S. Tennis notes: Overshadowed doubles teams make big difference

Singles players usually get most of the glory in tennis, but the doubles teams are the x-factor that can win or lose a match and weigh heavily into how successful a high school program can be. “Most kids want to play singles,” Avon Lake coach Rich Mostardi said. “Robert (Clayton) and Adam (Gross) are normally Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame … Jerry Gilbert: Elyria hoops standout still shooting lights out

Everyone who has seen Jerry Gilbert play basketball seems to agree on one thing — he has one of the purest jump shots known to man. “Jerry Gilbert’s shot in ’73 was just as good as Kobe’s (Bryant) is today,” said Eclister James, Elyria High’s point guard the year Gilbert led the Pioneers to the Read More…

High school tennis: Avon Lake edges Lake Ridge to win third straight LCAAA tournament

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake’s Kevin McNutt pointed to his thighs, then to his calves and finally to his right forearm. He was showing the areas on his body that were being ravaged by cramps during his third-singles championship match in the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association tournament Saturday afternoon. “The (home) crowd helped me Read More…

Cavaliers: Physical play reaches new level with Haywood’s flagrant foul of LeBron

CLEVELAND — Washington point guard Antonio Daniels insisted four times during his postgame interview that Wizards center Brendan Haywood didn’t intend to cause Cavaliers star LeBron James any harm when he shoved him to the ground during an early third-quarter drive to the basket. James sees it a bit differently. “That was definitely not a Read More…