April 19, 2015

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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…

Little League baseball: Elyria has big plans for Big League regional tournament in Michigan

ELYRIA — Elyria’s Big League state championship team knows its enemy — now it just has to figure out how to beat it. The local baseball team — which is made up of 17- and 18-year-olds from Elyria High and Elyria Catholic — travels today to Wyoming, Mich., to compete for the second straight year Read More…

Mixed Martial Arts: Local fighter OK after collapsing in ring from dehydration

Marcus Washington was heading down a dangerous road during his mixed martial arts fight last Friday night at the Quaker Steak and Lube in Sheffield, but nobody that was along for the ride was able to see the signs. “In the middle of the second round, I stopped sweating,” Washington said. “My trainer was too Read More…

Pitcher in a pinch: Former Vermilion star sues over suspension

Former Vermilion baseball star Andy Oliver just wants to clear his name and get back on the mound, according to the lawyer who filed a lawsuit for him last month. But the suit also opens a window on a power struggle between groups interested in representing a talented and potentially very rich young man and Read More…

Mixed Martial Arts: Elyria’s Washington gets draw, then collapses from “extreme fatigue,” according to manager

SHEFFIELD — Marcus Washington fought out of a pair of arm bars, a deep triangle choke and a third round filled with flurries of punches to come away with a technical draw during Round 2 of the Quaker Fight Series on Friday night. Washington, a 170-pound fighter with Elyria’s Team Powerhouse, dominated the first two Read More…

Elyrian says mixed martial arts saved his life

SHEFFIELD — The casual sports fan might take a look at a mixed martial arts fight and think the sport is violent and breeds violent behavior. But for Superior Cage Fighting general manager Nate White, the sport softened him and proved to be his salvation. “I was headed toward one of two things — prison Read More…

Indians: LaPorta stays calm despite being thrust into spotlight

AKRON — All-Stars Grady Sizemore and Cliff Lee wouldn’t be on the roster if the Indians hadn’t traded away ace Bartolo Colon. Travis Hafner and Franklin Gutierrez landed in Cleveland as parts of offseason trades. Even starting pitcher Jake Westbrook was one of the throw-in players when Cleveland shipped David Justice to the New York Read More…

Summit NHRA Nationals: Doug Herbert gets emotional victory, his first since death of his sons in auto accident

NORWALK — The second annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals began under a cloud of sorrow as the death of driver Scott Kalitta less than a week earlier still weighed heavily on the hearts of everyone. The video tributes, T-shirts and memorial signs were all heartfelt, but the emotional apex wasn’t fully reached until Top Read More…

Summit NHRA Nationals notes: Elyria’s Dave and Ray Connolly have changed roles over the years

NORWALK — One of the most endearing sights this weekend at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park has been the young children crowding around the drivers’ trailers, eagerly hoping to get an autograph or picture with their sports hero. About two decades ago, one of those heroes was the enthusiastic kid soaking in the thrills of Read More…