July 5, 2015

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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…

Keystone’s Austin Conrad commits to play football at Ohio University

Keystone’s Austin Conrad has an extra reason to celebrate over the holiday weekend. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior orally committed Thursday to continue his football career at Ohio University, where he will play tight end. Although Conrad has never stepped foot on the Athens campus, he attended a camp run by the Bobcats coaches last week Read More…

Amherst High’s Madison Cruzado and Ashley Makruski instrumental in team winning AAU national volleyball title

Amherst High’s Ashley Makruski, left, and Madison Cruzado show off the national championship trophy they won recently. PROVIDED PHOTO

The youngest player on the team was irritated … and she let her teammates know about it. After losing in straight sets to the Indiana Asics Elite team, Amherst junior Madison Cruzado told the rest of her AVC Cleveland Rox 17 Hawks that things had to change. They listened, and ended up national champions. Cruzado, Read More…

Clearview’s Lance Billings to play football at Iowa

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Clearview senior Lance Billings is the second Clippers football player in seven years who is going to become a Hawkeye. Billings, a two-time first-team Division IV All-Ohio player, orally committed Monday to continue his football career at the University of Iowa. “I visited the Iowa campus about two months ago and I knew right away Read More…

High school softball: Keystone’s Sammie Stefan and Summer Constable pick up All-American honors

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Only 48 high school softball players across the country earn a spot on the All-American team each season and this year two of those players call Keystone home. Sophomore third baseman Sammie Stefan was named to the second team and junior shortstop Summer Constable to the third team Thursday when the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Read More…

High school baseball: Area all-stars enjoy game despite result

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AKRON — A select group of local players got a chance to put their high school uniforms on one final time and get a brief taste of what it’s like to play on a professional field Wednesday at the 2015 Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game. Elyria coach Ed Piazza led the Lorain-Ashland-Medina all-stars Read More…

Wright claims he was done wrong by Vermilion

Vermilion softball coach Roger Wright said he was fired last week after being told he would return next season. Wright said athletic director Andrew Stillman told him he would be back for his eighth season, but later received a call from superintendant Phil Pempin saying he was out. “I talked to the superintendent on the Read More…

College Softball: Keystone’s Lauren Shaw picks Iowa, adds to list of Wildcats headed for Big Ten

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Keystone High School may want to put in a bid to host future Big Ten softball tournaments. After all, it is providing a disproportionate amount of the talent. On Wednesday, Wildcats sophomore Lauren Shaw orally committed to the University of Iowa, joining Summer Constable (Purdue) and Destiny Weber (Penn State) as Big Ten recruits on Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria’s Elizabeth Ellis, Keystone’s Summer Constable, Westlake’s Katie Lew named first-team All-Ohio

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When Elyria pitcher Elizabeth Ellis and Westlake pitcher Katie Lew battled in the Division I district semifinals, everyone in attendance presumed they were watching two of the best pitchers in Ohio. It turns out they were right. Ellis, Lew and Keystone shortstop Summer Constable led the list of local players who earned their way onto Read More…

High school softball: Avon’s Anna Edwards second to win coaches’ player of the year award and Miss Softball

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WELLINGTON — Avon’s Anna Edwards has to love Tuesdays in June. On Tuesday last week, Avon’s star pitcher-slugger-first baseman was presented the Lorain County Miss Softball award at the team’s annual banquet. This week, it was the county’s other major softball honor. Edwards was announced Tuesday evening as Senior Player of the Year, an award Read More…