August 31, 2015

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Pioneers catch breaks, get win over Shoremen

Elyria players take the field at Avon Lake for season opener Aug 28. Steve Manheim

AVON LAKE — Sometimes the ball just bounces your way. That certainly was the case Friday as Elyria came away with a 31-7 victory over the Avon Lake Shoremen to open the season. It’s only the second time in 10 meetings the Pioneers defeated Avon Lake, and it was coach Kevin Fell’s first win over Read More…

High school volleyball: Shoregals outlast Eagles in SWC match

AVON — Two young, talented Southwestern Conference volleyball teams stood toe to toe Tuesday night before the Avon Lake Shoregals closed out the Avon Eagles in a five-game match. Avon won the first and third games by identical 25-18 scores but Avon Lake took Game 2 25-20 Game 4 25-16 and clinched it with a Read More…

High school football: Avon Lake expects to bounce back from tough season

Avon Lake Shoremen

AVON LAKE — Something wasn’t right about the last football season. Perennial power Avon Lake won only two games — the first time the Shoremen finished under .500 since 1991 (4-5). They had qualified for 18 postseason appearances and won the Division II state title in 2003. Admittedly, the Shoremen suffered some big losses but Read More…

High school football 2015: Midview’s only loss last season providing plenty of motivation for returning players

Midview Middies

EATON TWP. — First-year coaches aren’t supposed to do what D.J. Shaw did last year at Midview. Good thing no one bothered telling him that. “Last year, I really didn’t know what to expect,” said Shaw, who led the Middies to 12 wins, the final West Shore Conference title and the No. 1 seed in Division Read More…

High school football 2015: Defense should be a strength as Elyria gets ready to tackle the challenge of a new league

Elyria Pioneers

ELYRIA — Kevin Fell is always ready for a new challenge. A veteran of 37 years as a head coach — the last four at Elyria High — Fell understands what moving into a new league takes and believes his team will be up to the task. The Pioneers join the newly formed Greater Cleveland Read More…

Hot Stove: Lorain County has strong showing in state semifinals; Sheffield Venom loses after protest

ALLIANCE — Lorain County will be well-represented in today’s Hot Stove state championships, but one of its semifinal winners will remain at home after a substitution protest was upheld by officials at the tournament. Sheffield Venom had just celebrated a nice 8-3 win over the highly rated Promos Unlimited from Sebring West Branch to earn Read More…

Avon wins deciding game against Cuyahoga Falls, advances to state

Putka-SLIDE

AVON — Josh Putka is affectionately called “Pudding Cup” by his teammates. And Monday he delivered an early treat with a bases-clearing double to the fence to get Avon’s 10-11 all-stars going in an 11-8 District 3 championship win over Cuyahoga Falls North at Veterans Memorial Park. “They were just joking around,” Putka said of Read More…

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

Crushers-SLIDE

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…