July 3, 2015

Elyria
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Larry Stark remembered by players, colleagues as great coach, better man

LORAIN — More than 100 former players and a number of coaching colleagues took time to visit Larry Stark at the beginning of March at the Sheffield Quaker Steak and Lube. Stark was battling cancer. The longtime Southview basketball and tennis coach lost that fight Monday, but the struggle epitomized his competitive spirit as an Read More…

Little League Baseball: Elyria East powers past Elyria North

ELYRIA — Scoring early and often almost always works for a baseball team. East Majors (age 11-12) did just that Thursday in beating North 13-10 at Schlather Field at North Park to advance in the first round of the district tournament. East will travel to Cuyahoga Falls on Tuesday in the winners bracket. North awaits Read More…

Crushers’ pen has right stuff in win over Grizzlies

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AVON — Lake Erie manager Chris Mongiardo can live with the “Captain Hook” label pinned on him lately by the press box crew at All Pro Freight Stadium. He doesn’t mind it as long as the result continues to go the Crushers’ way as it did again Thursday. The Crushers downed Gateway 3-1 to sweep Read More…

Ironmen 5, Monarchs 4: Chris McDonald saves game, day for Lorain County

LORAIN — Chris McDonald’s confidence never wavered Saturday night at The Pipe Yard. McDonald, a hard-throwing, 6-foot-5 right-hander from Hillsdale College, came on to nail down Lorain County’s second straight Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League victory against the Lake Erie Monarchs. He struck out the final hitter to preserve the 5-4 win in a dicey Read More…

Regional Softball: Westlake loses lead late, falls just short of first trip to state tournament

CLYDE — Destiny played a cruel trick on Westlake on Saturday at Joe Wilson Field in the Division I regional championship. Freshman Kelsey Uhl’s home run in the bottom of the sixth inning sparked No. 1-ranked Holland Springfield (29-1) to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Westlake. The fourth-ranked Demons finished with a school-best 26-6 record, Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic’s Andrew Abrahamowicz feels good, pitches better vs. Lutheran West

ELYRIA — Andrew Abrahamowicz knew he had his good stuff as he warmed up to take the mound for Elyria Catholic at Friday’s Division III sectional final at Knights of Columbus Field. “I felt it in the bullpen,” he said after shutting out Lutheran West 6-0 on three hits. “I felt like I was throwing Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria West football and track coach Billy Joe Hewitt always kept things fun

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Shortly after the announcement of this year’s Elyria Sports Hall of Fame class, Billy Joe Hewitt found himself thumbing through a recent copy of the banquet program. Hewitt, a longtime teacher and coach in the Elyria school system, marveled at the number of athletes he coached and taught along the way. “I think I counted Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria’s Burger was up for big moments

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Jon Burger remembered the high-pressure moment like it was yesterday. Elyria High and Fremont Ross were tied at 21 and Pioneers coach Terry Doan called a timeout with seconds left in the game to allow the junior to attempt a 25-yard field goal. “I remember (Doan) having his arm around me going, ‘You got this, Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Amherst gets dominant pitching in doubleheader sweep of Lorain

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AMHERST — Any true baseball fan can recite the last line of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s famous “Casey at the Bat” poem — “mighty Casey has struck out.” For Amherst junior Casey McConihe, “14” needed to be added to the end of the tale of the famous Mudville nine. McConihe struck out 14 in opening Saturday’s Read More…

High school basketball: Red wins Gene Legeza All-Star Classic

OBERLIN — Devon Andrews knows how to cap a great high school basketball career. Not only did Lorain High’s All-Ohio, Kent State-bound senior win the Mr. Basketball award and dunk contest at Sunday’s Gene Legeza Classic, he took home MVP honors as well in leading the Red past the Blue, 90-79, in an entertaining all-star Read More…