January 25, 2015

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Boys basketball notebook: Tonight’s Lutheran West vs. Clearview clash could be a big one in PAC Stripes

Since the inception of the Patriot Athletic conference in 2005, the Lutheran West Longhorns have had a stranglehold on the Stripes division. Three straight Stripes division titles, a 62-8 overall mark and 37-2 conference record speak for themselves. Yes, Lutheran West has defined basketball excellence in the PAC. But a new coach and the graduation Read More…

Girls basketball notebook: Big test looming for Elyria Catholic?

It’s dangerous to look ahead, but let’s look ahead. Elyria Catholic hosts its own two-day holiday tournament starting tonight in the Coliseum. Lutheran East, a Division IV district finalist last season, meets Lutheran West of the Patriot Athletic Conference in the 6 p.m. opener. The Panthers take on Brooklyn of the PAC at about 7:30. Read More…

Standing ‘O’, outstanding ‘D’: LeBron’s play at both ends of the court draws raves as Cavaliers romp past Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS — LeBron James looked relaxed as ever during a rather nonchalant night, a performance still impressive enough for the success-starved Minnesota crowd to warrant a standing ovation upon his departure from the court near game’s end. His effort did not go unappreciated by the Cleveland bench, though, after some demonstrative work on defense. James Read More…

Rucker’s up, ready or not: Winslow, Heiden injuries thrust rookie tight end into the spotlight

BEREA — Asked last week for a scouting report on Martin Rucker, tight end Kellen Winslow said the rookie has a lot of potential, then added a qualifier. “He’s got a long way to go, just knowledge of the game, speed of the game, knowing when to run his routes off what coverage, that sort Read More…

Browns notes: Safety Jones ready to tackle new contract

BEREA — The Browns’ remaining two games have added meaning for safety Sean Jones. He’s going to be looking for a job soon and wants to impress possible employers. “I’m excited about these last two games, getting my resume out there,” he said Wednesday. Jones is in the last year of the five-year contract he Read More…

High school swimming and diving preview: Elyria Catholic’s Heidersbach sure to be in the hunt come state tournament time

No Lorain County girls swimmer has earned more All-Ohio honors (top eight at state) than Evann Heidersbach’s eight, but three of them have done something the Elyria Catholic senior would love to do. Win a state title. Could this be Heidersbach’s year? EC coach Jack Dibee wouldn’t be surprised if it is, even if the Read More…

High school swimming and diving preview: Top swimmers and team capsules

SWIMMERS TO WATCH Joe Craven, Westlake SWC champ and sectional runner-up in the 100 fly.Peter Hause, AmherstA district qualifier in three events, including the 200 free and 100 fly. Justin Hill, Berea Sixth at districts in 50 free. Sectional winner and SWC champ in the 100 back. Jeff Mackey, North Olmsted District qualifier in the Read More…

High school swimming notebook: Elyria Catholic holds its own against heavyweights at Ohio State meet

From the outside looking in, last Saturday’s Ned Reeb meet at The Ohio State University might not have seemed like an event to get all charged up for if you were an Elyria Catholic fan. Looks were deceiving. Paired against many of the top Division I and II programs from the southern half of the Read More…

Sammy Baugh (1914-2008): NFL passing pioneer was also one of the great all-around players in football history

LUBBOCK, Texas — Sammy Baugh, who set numerous passing records with the Washington Redskins in an era when NFL teams were running most every down, died Wednesday night, his son said. Baugh, who was 94 and had numerous health issues, died at Fisher County Hospital in Rotan, David Baugh said. David Baugh said his father Read More…

Girls basketball: Unbeaten Westlake shows off its diverse skills in blowing away North Olmsted

WESTLAKE — For the sake of discussion, say you have a player who likes to steal the ball and drive for layups, and another who’s lights out from 3-point range. And say you have another who penetrates from near the circle, drives the baseline, scores from inside and out and is a top rebounder. The Read More…