December 21, 2014

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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…

H.S. Tennis Notes: For Falls’ Graham, coaching is a family affair

Olmsted Falls tennis coach Laura Graham is accustomed to having pairs of siblings on her teams. In recent years she has coached Julie and Kim Tabor on the girls team and Neil and Colin Faluja on the boys team. But this season presents a new challenge for Graham. She’s coaching two sets of brothers and Read More…

OSU football: Frosh QB Bauserman gets noticed in spring game

COLUMBUS — Junior wide receiver Brian Hartline knows that one thing about every Ohio State spring football game remains the same. “Every year you see a young guy that does something exciting in the spring game,” Hartline said after his Scarlet team came away with a 20-7 victory over the Gray squad Saturday afternoon at Read More…

Expecting to be No. 1: Ferber’s spot as No. 1 Amherst singles player was practically preordained

Lee Ferber was there, but he couldn’t really join in when his family first fell in love with the sport of tennis. “I was expecting Lee at the time,” said his mom, Elyse. But only a few years later, the toddler was out on the courts hitting tennis balls with Elyse, his older brothers and Read More…

High school tennis preview 2008: Team capsules, top teams, top players and matches to watch

LAKE ERIE LEAGUE Admiral King Admirals COACH: Jim Black, 1st year ASSISTANT COACH: None 2007 RECORD: N/A RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (3): Mike Mitoff, sr., second singles/first doubles; Murphy Dickenson, sr., first singles/first doubles; David Hoholski, sr., third/first singles. REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Krystle Spirano, sr., first doubles/second doubles; Marcus Morales, so., first doubles/second doubles. ONE WORD TO Read More…

Elway beats Kosar again: Gladiators waste fast start, fall to Crush

CLEVELAND — Cleveland wide receiver Otis Amey normally has a big grin on his face after a Gladiators game. After catching nine passes for 123 yards and six touchdowns during the Gladiators’ 69-66 loss to the Colorado Crush, Amey talked to the media through a big frown. “Usually after a game — win or lose Read More…

Sabathia hurt by his own mistakes in opening outing

 CLEVELAND — C.C. Sabathia said he was amped up to be starting his first season opener at home. Chicago’s Jim Thome said it was important not to get too amped up in the batter’s box when facing an ace like Sabathia. As the energy buzzed through him, Sabathia left a couple of fastballs up to Read More…