May 26, 2016

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High school tennis: It was always a love game for Elyria’s Dan Smith, who is retiring after 32 years

The three months it took to reach the decision don’t seem long compared to the 32 years Dan Smith spent on the high school tennis courts, but the veteran coach announced his retirement with a heavy heart Wednesday afternoon. “I told (Elyria High athletic director) Jerry Chizmar there were tears on my retirement letter as Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Short-handed Elyria takes 7th at elite meet

WADSWORTH — While a large portion of the gymnasium was watching Wadsworth stun St. Edward in the championship match, Elyria quietly dismantled Cincinnati  St. Xavier for seventh place at the Division I Ohio Duals on Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers were seeded fourth in the tournament — which has a field of the top eight wrestling Read More…

High school wrestling: North Ridgeville’s Friend carries his weight and then some at Avon Lake Duals

AVON LAKE — North Ridgeville’s Shane Friend is no stranger to winning wrestling tournaments and has a large collection of pinfall victories during his career. So it should have come as no surprise when the senior went 4-0 and earned the trophy for the most pins in the quickest amount of time at the 6th Read More…

Boys basketball: Holy Name’s style wears down Elyria Catholic

PARMA HEIGHTS — Elyria Catholic seemed to be in control early Friday night against Holy Name. The Panthers were running a patient offense, being aggressive on defense and not allowing the Green Wave to go on any extended runs. The problem was that the Namers kept putting together little runs against their North Coast League Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion finally figures out the fourth quarter, shuts down MIdview for win

EATON TWP. — With Vermilion only up by a handful of points heading into the final quarter against Midview, the Sailors had to be a bit on edge. “We’ve been holding teams to 10 or 11 points in the first three quarters and then in the fourth quarter they’re scoring 20 or more on us,” Read More…

High school wrestling: Southview is rolling

The Southview program has been one of the area’s best for many years, and the Saints are again off to an incredible start. Twelve wrestlers in the lineup sport winning records, with the bulk of those having two or fewer losses this season. “It’s been fun, but it has been a bit taxing, too,” Saints Read More…

Bengals’ Hall picks three, hits defensive jackpot against Browns, former teammate Edwards

CLEVELAND — Bengals cornerback Leon Hall and Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards apparently don’t like each other. Edwards has made a career of burning Cincinnati’s secondary — specifically Hall the last three games — and Hall answered Sunday by stepping in front of Edwards three times for interceptions during the Bengals’ 14-0 victory. Though they Read More…

High school wrestling notes: Another success story being written in Olmsted Falls

Olmsted Falls has a strong wrestling tradition and it has added another chapter with an explosive start to the 2008-09 season. The Bulldogs captured the Findlay Duals with a 5-0 record to open the season, and 12 of their 14 starters have winning marks two weeks into the year. “We’re off to a good start,” Read More…

Sibling revelry: Two Elyria Catholic champs are happy to follow in their brothers’ footsteps at the McNulty Invitational

ELYRIA — The McNulty Invitational wrestling tournament has become a hand-me-down showcase for the younger brothers of former area standouts. Elyria Catholic, which hosted the event, had a pair of champions at Saturday’s fourth installment, and both wrestlers talked about the influences of their older brothers. “It’s always good to have family watching you,” said Read More…

Wrestling notes: Keystone’s program staring to soar

Keystone’s wrestling program has been on the rise for several seasons, and the Wildcats started with a bang during the Knights of Columbus tournament last weekend at Avon Lake. The team finished seventh out of 16 schools, and was the second highest area team — behind runner-up Amherst — on the strength of two individual Read More…