May 24, 2016

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High school softball: Amherst all in with pair of aces

Coming into the season, Amherst knew it had a strong defense and a lineup filled with talented hitters. The question was how far would the Comets’ pitching be able to take them? The Comets got their answer: Junior Madison Spataro and freshman Madison O’Berg combined to take Amherst where it hasn’t been in a long Read More…

High school softball: Lauren Shaw a perfect fit for second-ranked Keystone … and she has the perfect games to prove it

Perfection is something a lot of people strive for but rarely, if ever, achieve. Keystone’s Lauren Shaw is the exception. She’s perfect with amazing regularity. The junior pitcher and University of Iowa recruit threw three perfect games in April and has four perfect games in her career. Even when she’s not perfect she’s been nearly Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Coach Brian Behrendt steps down from Brookside program due to health issues

Brian Behrendt spent the last decade elevating a Brookside wrestling program that was once painful to watch. After last season, the veteran coach decided it had become too painful to continue at the level he desired. “I have some health issues,” said Behrendt, who’s set to turn 50. “I’ve been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for Read More…

District Track: Beth Plas, Shannon Wargo lead Keystone to record-breaking day

ORRVILLE — The Keystone girls broke records Saturday like it was Disco Demolition Day. The Wildcats won a school-record six events at the Division II district meet at Orrville High School. Senior Beth Plas accounted for four victories, becoming the first Keystone girl to win more than two events at the district level. Senior Shannon Read More…

Division I district track and field: Elyria’s Blake Furcron and Kyle Ringer jump right in to new sport, qualify for regionals

AMHERST — The greatest pressure Kyle Ringer and Blake Furcron face at a track meet is the pressure they put on each other. Both Elyria high jumpers made regionals on their first try Friday at Amherst High School. Furcron won the event by clearing a height of 6 feet, 2 inches while Ringer finished third Read More…

High school softball: Elyria loses to Medina in season finale, finishes in a 3-way tie for Greater Cleveland Conference title

ELYRIA — An outright conference title was on the line Friday afternoon when Elyria and Medina met in the season finale for both teams. It was only fitting then that the game, just like the season, went right down to the wire. Elyria fell 11-5 as the Bees pulled away in the final two innings Read More…

Steve Bankson, Bob Walsh adding to their Hall of Fame haul

COLUMBUS — Two of the area’s most renowned basketball coaches are receiving another well-deserved honor tonight at the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in Columbus. Steve Bankson, of Baldwin Wallace fame, and Bob Walsh, who led Clearview (1974) and Oberlin (1986) to state championships, will be among the Class of 2016. They and 14 other Read More…

District Baseball: Amherst blindsides Avon with two-out rally, advances to regional with 8-4 win

LORAIN — Avon’s Frank DeSmit never saw it coming. Two outs, nobody on, top of the fifth inning and his Eagles leading Amherst by four runs. The fifth-seeded Comets (22-8) then erupted for six runs and won 8-4 over No. 1 seed Avon (21-8) to advance to Thursday’s regional semifinal at Bowling Green against an Read More…

District Softball: Columbia beats Elyria Catholic in 9 innings behind pitcher Riley Thomas

AVON LAKE — Columbia needed a late rally and nine innings Thursday, but the Raiders are going to the Sweet 16 after a scorching line-drive sacrifice fly to right by Emily Berg scored Taylor Napoli for a 3-2 walk-off victory over Elyria Catholic at Avon Lake High School. The Raiders (18-9) will head to Massillon Read More…

District Track: EC’s Ted Achladis wins shot put and discus, sees room for improvement at regional

ORRVILLE — Elyria Catholic’s Ted Achladis put on a show Thursday at the Division II district meet. And the bad news for his competition next week at the regional is that Achladis didn’t feel like he was at the top of his game. Achladis shattered the meet record in the discus twice in a matter Read More…