July 31, 2014

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Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt, Kevin Vough capture bronze at USA Wrestling Cadet freestyle nationals

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The Elyria High wrestling program continued to shine Friday as junior Ben Darmstadt and sophomore Kevin Vough each earned a bronze medal at the USA Wrestling Cadet national freestyle championships in Fargo, N.D. Darmstadt went 6-1 at 160 pounds to earn All-American status with his third-place finish, while Vough went 5-1 to match his teammate’s Read More…

Longtime football coach Dave McFarland to study factors contributing to players’ success

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After three decades of coaching football, Dave McFarland had some burning questions running through his mind. Why are some kids destined to go to college? What drives certain players to succeed? How do winners become winners? McFarland believes he knows the answers, and now he’s going to try and prove it. “It seems we start Read More…

Olmsted Falls’ Kerri Gasper chooses Division I Evansville for basketball, nursing programs

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Olmsted Falls senior Kerri Gasper was thinking about her basketball future and her future after basketball earlier this week when she orally committed to the University of Evansville. Gasper, a shooting guard, was highly sought after by a number of other midmajor Division I programs but she chose the Purple Aces because of coach Oties Read More…

Girls soccer: Strongsville’s Elyria connection to continue as Todd Church takes over successful program from Jon Felton

Elyria High School graduate Todd Church, front, is taking over the Strongsville High School girls soccer job from his friend Jon Felton, who is also an Elyria High graduate. ANNA NORRIS / CHRONICLE

Elyria High isn’t exactly what you’d call a “soccer school,” certainly not like some in eastern Lorain and and western Cuyahoga counties. Schools like Avon, Avon Lake, Bay, Westlake, North Olmsted and Strongsville spring quickly to mind as schools that produce large numbers of soccer hopefuls. Some of them attract significant crowds of tailgating, charcoal-grilling Read More…

Four area football players headed to Indy for NFL national 7-on-7 tournament

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It began with more than 1,500 high school football players from around the state trying to earn a spot in a Northern Ohio 7-on-7 tournament hosted by the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Last weekend, 140 of those players competed in a 7-on-7 team championship and for a spot on the 12-man 7-on-7 team that Read More…

Keystone’s Carleigh Herrington named Lorain County Miss Softball

Keystone senior Carleigh Herrington smiles after being named Miss Softball on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Since 1992, the first year it was given, 26 players have earned the Lorain County Miss Softball award. On Tuesday night, Keystone’s celebrated program added its 11th Miss Softball. The honor went to Carleigh Herrington, a senior infielder-designated player, who finished her four-year career with a .425 batting average. In the process of Read More…

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

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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…

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

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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…

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya named softball Player of the Year

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya picks up the Lorain County Coaches Player of the Year award Tuesday after going 17-8 with a 1.89 ERA and 281 strikeouts this season, while also batting .438. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — For someone who didn’t start playing fastpitch softball until she was 10 and was never on a summer travel team until she was an eighth-grader, Clearview’s Sarah Kaya caught on quickly. Over the past four seasons, she has been an important part of the Clippers’ huge turnaround under the leadership of coach Denny 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…