August 21, 2014


Familiar problem plagues Ironmen in loss to BlueSox

Ironmen's Cody Semler tags out Blue Sox's Nick Sell in a rundown double play to end the second inning. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Former New York Yankees great Yogi Berra could sum up the first three games of the Lorain County Ironmen’s homestand with his signature phrase: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Manager Joe Rhomberg watched his team follow a familiar script Wednesday. They fell behind early and by the time the bats came Read More…

Bad luck, play doom Ironmen against West Virginia

The Miners’ Mike Brousseau slides into home before the ball gets to the Ironmen’s Jose Flores in the first inning Monday. The Miners scored seven runs in the inning. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — It wasn’t the start to the second half of the Prospect League season Lorain County had in mind. A chaotic first inning in which the Ironmen allowed six runs before West Virginia hit a ball out of the infield left Lorain County in too deep of a hole Monday and the Ironmen fell Read More…

NSA softball: State titles on line in North Ridgeville

Sun Dogs second baseman Maureen Wolansky fields a ground ball Saturday during a game in the 14U Division. The Sun Dogs are comprised of Keystone and Elyria players. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — There are eight state championship trophies waiting to be distributed today at the National Softball Association Ohio Northern girls’ fastpitch tournament at North Ridgeville’s Victory Park. The event, which is also a qualifier for the NSA World Series, brought 86 teams from as far away as Toledo and Columbus to Victory Park’s Read More…

ASA softball: Elyria relishing role as state tourney host

Ella Leonard of Avon Lake's T3 Lady Rays makes a force out on Marissa Miller of Valley Extreme-Keld during the ASA state youth softball tournament at West park on Friday.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The future of softball is on display this weekend at West Park, where the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the ASA 10U and 12U girls fastpitch state tournaments. Thirty-four teams from across Ohio arrived at the West Park complex Friday morning to begin pool play. The 10 teams in the 10U Read More…

Amherst’s Ryan Rua to play in Texas League All-Star Game

Ryan Rua

Ryan Rua’s professional baseball journey has taken him to four leagues in four time zones since he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 17th round of the 2011 draft. On Tuesday, Rua, 24, will be in North Little Rock, Ark., to play in the Texas League All-Star Game alongside nine of his Frisco Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview’s Robert Overy, Ohio’s assistant coach of the year, wants his players to learn more than hoops

Robert Overy

A chance encounter at a wedding more than two decades ago led Midview assistant basketball coach Robert Overy on a mission to win games and change lives. Overy, who has been a member of the Middies boys basketball coaching staff the last 23 years, was honored this season by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Read More…

Elyria High and CSU softball star Cynthia Woodard to face nation’s best tonight

Cynthia Woodard

Former Elyria High and current Cleveland State softball player Cynthia Woodard will take the field tonight with the best players in the United States. Woodard is one of three Vikings on the college all-star team that will play a doubleheader against Team USA at the University of Findlay’s Marathon Diamond. It will be Team USA’s Read More…

Lorain County Speedway: Don Deyman gets some late luck, and a victory in vintage series feature

SOUTH AMHERST — The Vintage Racing Organization of America made its first trip to Lorain County Speedway on Saturday night and one of the Michigan-based series veterans took the checkered flag in the 25-lap feature. Defending VROA series champion Don Deyman took advantage of a late-race mechanical failure by series points leader Tom Boorsma with Read More…

All-Lorain County softball: Beursken, Kaya and Minarchick named area’s top players


Midview senior Amanda Beursken hit home runs like no Lorain County player ever had before and this week was honored by the county’s coaches with the Division I player of the year award. Beursken, who finished with 27 career home runs, received her award prior to the 28th annual Lorain County Senior All-Star Game on Read More…

High school softball: Home runs, fun make all-star game special

Carlee Grunda of the Pink team scores before the ball reaches the White team’s Brooklynn Gonzales in the first inning Tuesday night at Wellington Community Park. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — One of the 28th Annual Lorain County All-Star Softball Games turned into home run derby Tuesday at Wellington Community Park. Midview’s Amanda Beursken and Amherst’s Brooklynn Gonzalez each homered as the Pink team picked up a 7-5 win over White. Beursken, who set the Lorain County career home run record with 27, belted Read More…