May 25, 2015

Elyria
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Summit NHRA Nationals notes: Elyria’s Dave and Ray Connolly have changed roles over the years

NORWALK — One of the most endearing sights this weekend at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park has been the young children crowding around the drivers’ trailers, eagerly hoping to get an autograph or picture with their sports hero. About two decades ago, one of those heroes was the enthusiastic kid soaking in the thrills of Read More…

NHRA Nationals: Elyria’s Connolly looking for good showing, needs to make up ground in points standings

NORWALK — Dave Connolly knows he needs to take advantage of every opportunity he has to gain points in the standings after missing the first five races of the season. No opportunity could be more important for the Elyria native than this morning’s first-round Pro Stock matchup with Warren Johnson at the second annual Summit Read More…

NHRA Nationals notes: Sportsman division has hometown feel with three local drivers competing

NORWALK — Area drag racing fans flocked to Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park this weekend to take in the second annual NHRA Nationals. A few of them even brought their racecars and joined the fun. A trio of drivers took part in the Sportsman division races — North Ridgeville’s David Weber competed in the Top Read More…

NHRA: Elyria’s Dave Connolly feels at home in Norwalk

CLEVELAND — Dave Connolly won the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals event in Norwalk last season, and is one of the favorites to win it again this weekend. “I’ve probably made more laps down this track than any other Pro Stock racer on the circuit,” Connolly said. Connolly grew up in Elyria and began Read More…

Trying to heal: NHRA family still struggling to cope with death of one of its own

CLEVELAND — Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson’s eyes locked in on his 9-year-old son Cody as he spoke, and the pain that’s still fresh among the NHRA family was felt by everyone in the room at Wednesday’s media luncheon at Morton’s Steakhouse in Tower City. “(Connie Kalitta’s) going through what every father dreads, what we Read More…

Winner of long-drive contest saves best for last

AVON — The first six shots were attempted in bare feet and none were able to find their way into the grid. On the next two he wore shoes, but those shots also missed the mark. It was a round of applause by a group of family and friends standing near the driving range that Read More…

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…