April 1, 2015

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High school football Week 2: After finally snapping long losing streak, Southview wants to keep that winning feeling

Southview’s football players huddled in the film room Saturday morning to watch the tape of their Friday night road game against Sandusky. Coach Todd Auvil and his staff began pointing out the Saints’ missed assignments, broken coverages, failed execution of plays and the senseless penalties. “I heard one of the kids in the back say, Read More…

Lutheran West quarterback Fackler filled with Raw Talent

Lutheran West’s Paul Fackler spends his offseasons training at Raw Talent Sports in Cleveland, but anyone who’s seen him perform knows he’s already a polished athlete. Fackler, considered the top quarterback in the Patriot Athletic Conference and one of the best in the area, has Tim Tebow-like skills, using his rocket arm and his speedy Read More…

High school football: Oberlin’s Thornton chooses Illinois

The day before the start of the high school football season, the area got its second Big Ten player commitment and this one comes from a player who hasn’t officially played one down here. Oberlin senior tackle Hugh Thornton has orally committed to play for Illinois — following Vermilion tight end Derek Hoebing’s decision last Read More…

High school football 2008: Clearview looking for fast start, needs non-conference wins to have shot at playoffs

Mike Collier learned a lot of things about being a head coach during his first year at Clearview last season, but the hardest lesson came when the Clippers captured the Patriot Athletic Conference’s Stripes Division championship for the second straight year, yet failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight year. The biggest culprit Read More…

High school football 2008: Columbia strong with team unity

The Columbia Raiders went 6-4 during Jason Ward’s first year as head coach and last year’s senior-heavy team knew it was going to have a big follow-up season. “Oh-eight to state — that was their motto,” left tackle and defensive end Tony Valentine said. “Last year’s seniors had such high expectations, so it was kind Read More…

High school football 2008: Oberlin has big-time transfer and big dreams even though graduation hit hard

OBERLIN — Before Dave McFarland coached one game at Oberlin High, he told his Phoenix players they were going to sweep their non-conference schedule to open the season. It was a bold statement since Oberlin was riding a 37-game losing streak and hadn’t beaten an opponent in nearly four years. “Last year, before two-a-days even Read More…

120 gather to send off Elyria Junior All-Stars softball team

ELYRIA — World Series fever swept Ely Square on Friday afternoon when some 120 cheering well-wishers gathered to send off the 2008 Little League Central Region Junior Champions. The 13 girls on the Elyria Little League Junior All-Stars team acknowledged the crowd’s praise and gathered in a circle to give a victory chant, shouting, “Elyria!” Read More…

Mixed martial arts: Split makes promotion partners rivals, potentially gives Lorain County fans more event choices

Lorain County fight fans got a taste of mixed martial arts during a pair of promotions at Quaker Steak and Lube in Sheffield the past four months. Now the county might witness a battle between MMA fight promotions — which could be a good thing for area fans. “We’re going to base our operations right Read More…

Poor approach shot on 17 costs Porter in Women’s State Amateur; Jandel on track for third straight title

ELYRIA — A golfer has a lot of decisions to make during a round and it was one of those choices that Elyria’s Alexa Porter believes may have cost her Wednesday in the Ohio Women’s Amateur tournament at Elyria Country Club. “I was a little bit indecisive on that last hole,” Porter said of her Read More…

Avon’s TNBA West wins national basketball championship

Do you believe? It was a simple question that Kevin McNamara began to ask his basketball players as they made their way to Tampa, Fla., to take part in the USSSA national championship tournament for eighth-grade girls. “We went down to nationals with the idea that we just wanted to be competitive,” said McNamara, coach Read More…