February 28, 2015

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Playoffs a reality: Gladiators down Destroyers, go from two wins in Vegas to postseason berth in first year in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Bernie Kosar stood at the end of the tunnel as Cleveland Gladiators players streamed out of the arena. “Yes, sir … playoff bound,” the former Browns quarterback yelled as he high-fived each of his Arena Football League players. The Gladiators took care of business Saturday night with a 47-35 victory over the Columbus Read More…

AFL’s Gladiators could give Cleveland playoff football with win tonight

A 50-yard field boxed in by 32-foot high nets in the end zones, sideline walls that stand 4-feet high and are part of the playing field and eight-player teams where defenses are limited and receivers may go in a forward motion before the snap. Yes, the Arena Football League has brought some variations to the Read More…

High schools: Ralph Mayer retires after career at Vermilion

 Those who know longtime Vermilion athletic director and football coach Ralph Mayer probably believe he was the perfect candidate for retirement. Those who watched him run around trying to keep everything under control for the Sailors sports programs probably are wondering what he’s going to do with all that free time. “I’m not going to Read More…

In the grip of Ohio State: Northeast Ohio becoming powerful recruiting pipeline for Buckeye wrestling program

St. Edward’s Lance Palmer signed on the dotted line first, then Walsh Jesuit’s Mike Pucilla put in his transfer papers from Hofstra. Next came Black River’s Jesse Campbell, CVCA’s John Weakley and St. Edward’s Sean Nemec. This year it will be Austintown Fitch’s Tony Jameson. Now Northeast Ohio wrestlers aren’t even waiting for the signing Read More…

Indians: Wedge blames Mujica for loss to Padres

 CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have been inconsistent at the plate and out of the bullpen all season long. Now they can’t even get on the same page in their postgame interviews. After right-handed reliever Edward Mujica gave up five runs in the 10th inning of Cleveland’s 8-3 loss to the San Diego Padres on Read More…

Tribe notes: Draft pick Chisenhall signs, will join Scrappers

CLEVELAND — Many people were surprised how fast Cleveland signed its first-round pick last season. The club worked out a contract with infielder Beau Mills on June 15 — just a week after the 2007 draft. The Indians worked quickly again this year. The Indians signed infielder Lonnie Chisenhall — the 29th overall selection — Read More…

Hits soothe hurts: Indians beat Twins behind 18 hits, but lose two more players to disabled list

CLEVELAND — Just hours after learning they had lost the best bat in their lineup, the Cleveland Indians put together one of their best offensive performances of the season in a 12-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. The news that All-Star catcher Victor Martinez would undergo surgery on his ailing right elbow today and miss Read More…

Lorain County Senior All-Star Softball Game: Bashak caps high school career with MVP performance in White win

AMHERST — As the balls zipped past the batters, Elyria pitcher Megan Bashak’s smile continued to grow. Bashak knew she was playing in her final high school softball game when she was given the opportunity to close out the game for the White squad in the 2008 Lorain County All-Star game Monday at Sliman’s Diamond. Read More…

H.S. Football: Defense rules All-Star game; West hangs on for win

AVON — Clearview’s Mike Bason and Elyria High’s Greg Shotwell will probably do a lot of talking next year while rooming together as freshman football players at Ashland University. One of the things they may discuss is how each of them saved touchdowns Saturday night by running down a ball carrier from behind on the Read More…

Lorain County All-Star Football Game: East squad building team unity, even with players from rival schools

AVON — The roar echoes over the football field behind Avon Middle School as the players do jumping jacks while warming up before practice. “E … A … S … T,” they chant in unity. The helmets they wear are different colors but most have a half dozen school logos on them, making it nearly Read More…