March 28, 2015

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Youth sports: Columbia Station resident William Nicholson ‘blown away’ by prestigious national coaching honor

William Nicholson envisioned himself being one of those fathers sitting on the sidelines cheering on his children as they embarked on their soccer careers. Then, 10 years ago, fate — in the form of a phone call from his friend Paul Grabo asking him to help coach a local youth team — intervened and Nicholson Read More…

Girls Basketball: Defense rules at Lorain County Senior All-Star Games

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Anybody who has spent enough time around sports has heard the phrase “Defense wins championships.” Tuesday night might have been the first time someone said, “Defense wins all-star games.” The 2015 version of the Lorain County Girls Senior All-Star Games turned into a defensive showcase, with the Black team battling its way Read More…

Oberlin High’s Judith Lesesne stars in 4 sports, still finds time for volunteer work

When Oberlin senior Judith Lesesne entered high school she wanted to try new things and keep herself busy. Along the way her determination, natural athletic ability and the desire to be the best at everything she does made her one of the greatest athletes to ever put on a Phoenix uniform. Lesesne treated Oberlin’s athletic Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic’s Riley Schill and Columbia’s Alison Schafer pick up third-team All-Ohio honors

Elyria Catholic’s Riley Schill and Columbia’s Alison Schafer have a lot in common. Both are junior guards who were their team’s best scorer, top 3-point shooter and emotional leader. Now they’re both third-team All-Ohio selections, as well. Schafer earned her spot on The Associated Press’ Division IV team by averaging 19.8 points and having one Read More…

Girls Basketball: Olmsted Falls’ Kerri Gasper, Keystone’s McKenah Peters named to All-Ohio 2nd team

For Olmsted Falls senior Kerri Gasper, earning a spot on the Division I All-Ohio second team was the capstone to a tremendous high school career. Keystone sophomore McKenah Peters is hoping her inclusion on the Division II All-Ohio second team will be a steppingstone to even bigger and better things. Gasper and Peters led the Read More…

H.S. Football: Area players get chance to showcase skills in front of college coaches

BEREA — Local high school football players got a taste of what it would be like to go through the NFL scouting combine Saturday when they participated in the annual Cleveland Browns high school showcase. The event, which attracted more than 200 student-athletes from as far away as suburban Dayton, gave players a chance to Read More…

State Bowling: North Olmsted girls thankful for experience, excited for next year after finishing 15th

COLUMBUS — Advancing to the state tournament was a victory in itself for North Olmsted. On Friday, the Eagles finished 15th of 16 teams at the Division I state tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, but rather than focusing on the scoreboard, they were content to reflect on all they accomplished this season. “We’re a Read More…

H.S. Basketball: Area players, coaches clean up in all-district honors

The postseason awards are starting to roll in for Lorain’s Devon Andrews and Vermilion’s Kyle Nader, although both young men are hoping their teams’ postseason runs last a lot longer. Andrews and Nader led a group of 15 local players who were named to the first-team All-Northeast Lakes district team that was released Thursday. In Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic doesn’t back down against top-ranked Villa Angela-St. Joseph, but Vikings way too good

GARFIELD HTS. — Elyria Catholic didn’t resort to trickery or stall tactics Monday against Villa Angela-St. Joseph, the No. 1-ranked Division III team in Ohio. The Panthers came and played their game in the same tempo and style they had all season and while it wasn’t enough to pull the upset in a district semfinal Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Avon takes St. Ignatius to wire, falls 60-56

CLEVELAND — Avon put the madness back in March on Saturday, coming within seconds of pulling off the upset of the tournament season before falling 60-56 to St. Ignatius. Avon (13-11) had the perfect game plan to deal with the Wildcats — play physical defense and unleash its 3-point shooters on the offensive end. The Read More…