July 7, 2015

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High school girls tennis: Avon Lake’s Chiricosta looking for big ’08 season

While many believe the area girls tennis scene may have evened itself in regards to talent this season, the Avon Lake Shoregals still boast one of the most dominating players in the state. Junior Nikki Chiricosta won the Division I state doubles championship with her sister Christine during her freshman season, then returned to Columbus Read More…

A twist of foot? Injury to ‘Beanie’ Wells overshadows Ohio State’s blowout win over Youngstown State in opener

COLUMBUS — What looked to be a solid start for Heisman hopeful Chris “Beanie” Wells, turned into a nightmare when Wells injured his foot early in the third quarter of Ohio State’s 43-0 win over Youngstown State on Saturday and had to be carried off the field. “Your heart jumps,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel Read More…

Ohio State notes and extras: Buckeye freshmen shine in season opener

COLUMBUS — Playing a Division I-AA school like Youngstown State in the opening game of the season provides some obvious benefits for Ohio State, a national-title contender. It allows the Buckeyes to work out the kinks on both sides of the ball, try some new schemes or plays and it gives the freshmen on the Read More…

High school football: Amherst answers with rout of Middies

AMHERST — Coaches try a number of things to motivate their players, and one of the favorites is discussing the lopsided defeat an upcoming opponent laid on you the season before. Such was the case for the Amherst football team when coach Kevin Fell talked to his players about the thrashing they took last year Read More…

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…