May 30, 2016

Elyria
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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…

Division III baseball: Elyria Catholic relies on defense, strong pitching to get past Beachwood, claim district championship

LAKEWOOD — A little defense went a long way for Elyria Catholic against Beachwood on Wednesday in the Division III district baseball championship at Lakewood High School. The Panthers flashed the leather behind steady Jeff Spencer to edge the Bison 3-1 and advance to next week’s regional at Massillon’s Ducky Schroeder Field. It’s Elyria Catholic’s Read More…

Division II softball: Keystone shakes off early deficit, powers past Cloverleaf to win 3rd consecutive district championship

LAGRANGE — The new kid on the block landed the first knockdown Wednesday. However, the experienced fighter connected on the haymaker that ultimately won the fight. Top-seeded Keystone got the KO, downing third-seeded Cloverleaf 7-1 in a Division II district softball final. The Wildcats (25-4) move on to play the Miller City district winner in Read More…

Division III softball: Elyria Catholic downs Wellington, looks to defend first district championship today against Columbia

AVON LAKE — The Elyria Catholic softball team has learned how to do a few things the past couple of seasons — play good defense, come up with clutch hits and find its way into the Division III district championship game. The Panthers held off Wellington on Wednesday afternoon for a 6-3 victory that put Read More…

District Softball: Amherst knocks off Elyria, returns to regional for first time since 1999

AVON LAKE — For Amherst fans, the Division I district championship game Tuesday against Elyria was truly the “Game of the Century.” The Comets needed a three-run rally in the sixth inning to win their first district title since 1999, defeating the Pioneers 6-3. Amherst (23-5) trailed 3-1 heading in the bottom of the fifth Read More…

District Softball: Keystone executes plan perfectly, blanks Buckeye 9-0 to advance

LAGRANGE — Jim Piazza’s philosophy is a simple one. “We talk about right now,” said Piazza, the 14-year coach at softball power Keystone. “Every game, we want to score first. The first inning is very important. If we’re home, 1-2-3 and come up and score runs, execute and then the rest of the game we’ve Read More…

Division I district softball: Elyria gets revenge on Westlake

AVON LAKE — The battle between Elizabeth Ellis’ Elyria Pioneers and Katie Lew’s Westlake Demons had a familiar feel. The two pitchers dueled on the same field last year in the district final, with Lew and the Demons taking advantage of five Elyria errors and blistering Ellis for 10 hits to end the Pioneers’ district Read More…