September 30, 2014

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ArenaBowl XXVII: Gladiators, city of Cleveland hungry for a championship

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Gladiators are four quarters away from doing what no professional football team has done in five decades — bring a championship to the city of Cleveland. As the Gladiators get ready to host the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVII tonight at 8 o’clock, quarterback Shane Austin said he knows what a Read More…

High school football: New Oberlin coach Michael Law likes what he sees in Phoenix

Oberlin's Elijah Bugg runs against Brookside in a game last season. Phoenix first-year head coach Micahel Law likes what he sees in this year's team. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

OBERLIN — Michael Law wasn’t totally sure what to expect when he made the move down the road from Oberlin College to become the new head football coach of a Phoenix team coming off a 2-8 season. So far he has been pleased with what he’s seen. “I wasn’t sure what was in the cupboard, Read More…

High school football: Clearview looking to bounce back from lackluster season

Clearview's Lance Billings runs for a touchdown against Keystone last year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Sometimes the toughest lessons yield the best results. Clearview finished the 2013 season in rough fashion, losing three of its last four games to finish with a 4-6 record — the first time in coach Mike Collier’s tenure that the Clippers finished below .500. This year’s team has learned from last year’s mistakes Read More…

High school football: Columbia hopes to ride recent streak of success

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COLUMBIA STATION — Good football programs have winning seasons. Great football programs have winning traditions. After three playoff appearances in the last four seasons, Columbia is on its way to becoming a great program. Although the Raiders graduated much of last season’s prolific offense, senior two-way tackle Brandon Heidecker doesn’t think the team will miss Read More…

Boys soccer: Midview starts fast in win over Elyria

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EATON TWP. — It only took Midview seven minutes to set the tone for the 2014 season. It was at that point of Saturday’s 3-1 non-conference win over Elyria when Middies junior midfielder Steven Grabo took advantage of a miscue in the Pioneers defensive end to score the first goal of the season and give Read More…

College signing: Amherst’s Ashlee Dahman to play softball at UConn

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Amherst junior Ashlee Dahman spent the spring and summer catching fly balls in center field for the Comets and for her travel team, New Jersey Intensity. On Thursday, Dahman reached out and grabbed a piece of her future when she orally committed to play softball at the University of Connecticut. “I’ve worked so hard,” Dahman Read More…

Boys golf: Black River’s Luke Tanner wins rain-soaked Grey Hawk Invitational; Avon takes team title

Black River's Luke Tanner hits a shot Tuesday at the Grey Hawk Invitational. Tanner won individual honors with a 77. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Depending who you ask, the midday rain delay at the Grey Hawk Invitational was either a good thing or a bad thing. Black River sophomore Luke Tanner was happy for softer greens and fairways that allowed him to shoot 1-over par in his final nine holes on his way to taking medalist honors Read More…

TNBA girls win latest basketball national title with buzzer-beater in OT

Members of the TNBA championship team, front row, from left: Ariel Smith, Phoebe Sterba, Allie Bjorn, Keely Hall, Erin Normandin and Deja Winters. Back row, from left: Coach Joe Young, Mic Barnes, Riley Schill, Sarah Sprecher, Josie Carandang and coach Kevin McNamara. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Avon-based TNBA girls AAU basketball program has won its share of national championships — more than a dozen, in fact — but never in the dramatic fashion this year’s U16 team did last week in Atlanta. The team with five local players — Josie Carandang and Riley Schill from Elyria Catholic, Allie Bjorn and Read More…

Avon’s Sierra Davidson to continue basketball career at Cleveland State

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AVON — Sierra Davidson has been a big part of the resurgence of Avon basketball the past three seasons. Now she wants to be a part of Cleveland’s comeback. On Wednesday, Davidson committed to playing college basketball at Cleveland State University. After spending time at the school’s downtown Cleveland campus Tuesday, Davidson knew that was Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria Juniors show Missouri, stay alive in regional

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AKRON — Elyria East Little League All-Stars coach Len Howser didn’t think his team played its best ball Tuesday. Somewhere on I-70 there is a group of girls headed back to Lexington, Mo., that might beg to differ. Elyria East scored at least once in every inning on its way to 10-0, six-inning win to Read More…