April 29, 2016

Elyria
Cloudy
45°F
 

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…

Boys basketball: Clearview pays tribute to an old friend while handing Keystone its first Patriot Athletic Conference loss

SHEFFIELD TWP. — It had been more than a year since No. 45 had been out on the floor giving his all to help the Clearview Clippers come away with a victory. Senior forward James Washington thought that was a bit too long. “I had a lot on my mind tonight because a close friend Read More…

High school wrestling notes: Area competitors get the Lowe-down on their state tournament chances

If you’ve checked out the many wrestling sites on the Web, then you are probably familiar with the work of Josh “Bucksman” Lowe, who has a strong grasp of all three Ohio divisions of high school wrestling and has recently released his rankings on Yappi.com. Lowe’s projections list three area state champions — Southview’s Uland Read More…

High school wrestling: Southview shows its strength in dominating win over North Ridgeville

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — With a lineup filled with wrestlers that only have a handful of losses, Southview should be considered among the elite Division I programs in the state. But when fans are asked about those top programs, schools like St. Edward, Massillon Perry, Wadsworth and Elyria are listed, and the Saints are pushed to Read More…

High school wrestling notebook: Avon making noise in WSC

 Avon has been making some noise in the West Shore Conference this season, and we’re not even talking about the Eagles’ football team — though several football standouts have contributed greatly to the wrestling team’s success. Most notably, seniors Alex Tabar and Matt Kiessling — who were standout defensive players for the Avon football team Read More…