April 16, 2014

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Boys basketball: Gavin Skelly soars as Demons roll past Lorain

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WESTLAKE — Once Gavin Skelly got going, Lorain couldn’t stop him. The senior center and Northwestern commit scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in Westlake’s 64-40 victory in a Division I sectional final Saturday afternoon at Westlake High School. “We never let off the gas,” Skelly said. “Lorain is probably one of the greater Read More…

Softball: Amherst names Reichert new coach

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AMHERST — Lacey Reichert, a two-time first-team All-Ohio shortstop at Amherst and Lorain County Miss Softball in 2000, has been chosen to lead the Comets softball program. Reichert said she learned Tuesday she will succeed Bill Matthews, the dean of the county’s softball coaches. Matthews was told late last month his coaching contract would not Read More…

College signing: Family ties play important role in Avon Lake baseball standout Brad Hamilton picking Kent State

AVON LAKE — Brad Hamilton had plenty of reasons to choose Kent State to continue his baseball career. The Avon Lake catcher liked the program, for one, and a recent trip to the College World Series certainly didn’t hurt. But with rave reviews from two siblings, the program didn’t need to do much more convincing. Read More…

Keystone’s Tyler Gullett headed to Toledo to play baseball

LAGRANGE — Following a stellar junior baseball season, Keystone’s Tyler Gullett was hopeful to have his college search finalized before his senior year began. After visiting Toledo, Bowling Green and Dayton over the past few weeks, Gullett made up his mind Sunday morning, orally committing to Toledo. “I’m just ecstatic right now,” Gullett said. “It’s Read More…

All-star team with Lorain County players ends up on wrong end of good old-fashioned pitching gem at Progressive Field

CLEVELAND — Every year the players in the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches All-Star Games play under the names of former Cleveland championship baseball teams. All but one of Lorain County’s 21 representatives were grouped together on a team named the 1920 Indians to face the 1948 Indians, which featured players from Cleveland’s southeastern suburbs and Read More…

All-star softball: Final games fun, bittersweet

WELLINGTON — The players who spent their senior seasons guiding their teams to the state finals and to lofty state rankings had one last chance to shine Tuesday in the 27th Annual Lorain County All-Star Games at Wellington Community Park. Elyria’s Alexis Roseboro’s RBI double led the way in the Red team’s 2-0 win over Read More…

One more double: Elyria High’s Caitlyn Minney first to win Miss Softball and Lorain County coaches’ top player award

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WELLINGTON — She spent two seasons with Elyria, pitched the Pioneers to two conference and two district championships, led them through two regionals into a pair of Division I Final Four appearances and, this year, to the state championship game. On Tuesday night at Wellington Community Park she received two prestigious awards at the annual Read More…

Division I state softball final: Elyria shut out by North Canton Hoover

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AKRON — If there was a shadow of doubt Saturday morning about who has the best softball team in Ohio, there was certainly none by early afternoon. Top-ranked and undefeated North Canton Hoover, on its way to a three-peat as Division I state champion, resolved the issue with a remarkably easy 7-0 victory over No. Read More…

Division III state softball final: Columbia rally comes too late in 3-2 loss to Bloom-Carroll

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AKRON — Columbia didn’t change anything Saturday during its first appearance on softball’s biggest stage. The Raiders played the same way they played all season — battling until the final out. But Columbia ran out of innings before it could figure out Bloom-Carroll pitcher Tarin Alvelo and a frantic seventh-inning rally wasn’t enough in a Read More…

H.S. Softball State Semifinal: Columbia reaches 1st final in school history, plays for title today

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AKRON — If they’re still partying in Columbia Township this morning, there’s a good reason. Two clutch hits gave Columbia High the power it needed Friday to advance to a state championship game for the first time in any sport. The fourth-ranked Raiders (29-4) were representing the school in a state semifinal for the first Read More…