September 17, 2014

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Byrd looking to change luck at district wrestling tournament

Injuries cost Greg Byrd at the Division I district wrestling tournaments the past two seasons. A scheduling mishap cost him the bulk of his senior season. But the North Ridgeville heavyweight doesn’t plan on letting anything cost him his final shot at a trip to the state tournament. Byrd will compete in the Marion Harding Read More…

Boys sectional basketball: Westlake downs Amherst for third time this season

EATON TWP. — The Demons got what they wished for. Now it’s time to be careful. Westlake scored a 50-41 victory over Amherst — its third win over the Comets this season — in Wednesday night’s Division I sectional opener, and now will face the No. 2-seeded Elyria Pioneers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Read More…

Division I sectional wrestling: Elyria, Southview manage to shine despite St. Ed’s shadow

LORAIN — While St. Edward took its usual spot at the top of the leaderboard, Lorain County powers Elyria and Southview were putting on a show just below at the Division I sectional tournament Saturday night. The Pioneers finished second with a pair of sectional champions and will have nine wrestlers at next weekend’s district Read More…

Division I sectional wrestling: Southview hanging tough with St. Edward juggernaut after Day 1

LORAIN — While a good performance on the opening night of the sectional wrestling tournament can help build confidence, it was a surprisingly human outing by St. Edward that seemed to have 11 other teams at Southview High walking with some spring in their steps. The Eagles have won 31 straight Division I sectional titles Read More…

Szente a complex, yet powerful leader for EC wrestlers

The simple truth about Elyria Catholic senior Dane Szente is that wrestling chose him, both literally and figuratively. “I still remember the day I got cut from the basketball team during my freshman year,” Szente said. “I was walking away from the list and (former Panthers) Coach (John) McNulty grabbed me by the weight room Read More…

Indiana’s White too much inside for Ohio State

COLUMBUS — Ohio State asked its fans for a “white out” against No. 14 Indiana on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, White was everywhere but out during the Big Ten showdown. Hoosiers senior forward D.J. White was above the rim, in the paint and on the boards as Indiana came away with a 59-53 Read More…

PAC Wrestling: Depleted Black River wins another title

OBERLIN — After losing their top three wrestlers to season-ending injuries, the Black River Pirates weren’t looking forward to the Patriot Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday and were planning to focus on individual achievements. “Ask the coaches what my speech was at the beginning of Monday’s practice,” coach Corey Kline said. “I told the kids, Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview starts fast against Fairview, fades even faster

EATON TWP. — It was the kind of second-half performance Midview needed to break a three-game skid, boost the players’ confidence and create some momentum before the end of the regular season. Unfortunately for the Middies, it was Fairview that turned in the stellar two quarters Friday night. The Warriors erased a 15-point halftime deficit Read More…

Wrestling notes: League meets held this weekend

It’s the final week of the regular season and that means it’s time for the wrap-up of the conference tournaments. Locally, that means the Patriot Athletic Conference, the Southwestern Conference and the West Shore Conference will crown champions Saturday before beginning preparation for their respective sectional tournaments the following weekend. The PAC tournament will be Read More…

Boys basketball: EC wears down vs. VASJ

CLEVELAND — Elyria Catholic kept digging itself into a hole Tuesday night, and Villa Angela-St. Joseph was more than happy to bury the Panthers. The Vikings, stymied by EC’s plodding pace during the first half, were let loose during the final two quarters and ran away with a 76-39 North Coast League victory. “Our guys Read More…