July 29, 2014


Three Lorain County teams make Hot Stove state finals

Sheffield’s Kyle Svenson slides safely into home as Midview relief pitcher Dustin Crum tries to recover the ball Saturday in the Class EE semifinal.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ALLIANCE — At least three teams from Lorain County will play for Hot Stove state championships today at Butler Rodman Park. South Amherst Firelands advanced to the Class E final, Sheffield Venom to the Class EE final and Keystone Houston advanced in Class GG. Nine Lorain County teams competed in state semifinal matchups Saturday with Read More…

Browns notes: Terrance West won’t rest in bid to become starting RB

Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West runs the ball at training camp in Berea. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Rookie running back Terrance West was a man on a mission Saturday at the Browns’ first training camp practice. The third-round pick from Towson displayed quick footwork and explosive speed out of the backfield, as advertised, but also “shocked” coach Mike Pettine with his ability to catch the football. West made two one-handed Read More…

Semi-Pro Football: Nightmares roll to win over Mahoning Valley

Southview High product Ricky Earl eludes a Mahoning Valley defender Saturday during the Nightmares’ victory at Ross Field. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — The first time Lorain County and Mahoning Valley played, June 14, the second half had barely started when the game was suddenly over. Friday at Ross Field, the second half almost never got started at all. After a weather delay of over an hour after the game started a half-hour late, it took Read More…

Buzz greets opening of Browns training camp, much of it created by Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel signs autographs after practice at the NFL football team's training camp Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — An hour before the players stretched to begin the first practice of training camp, fans filled the bleachers. The stragglers that eventually stood seven-deep Saturday morning to get a glimpse of their favorite team and players congregated on tiny, tree-lined Beech Street. Six lines of about 30 each filtered into the Browns facility Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam disappointed in Johnny Manziel’s off-field behavior

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam watches the opening practice  at training camp Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was a big fan of Johnny Manziel long before his team drafted the quarterback with the No. 22 pick in May. The admiration was replaced by disappointed multiple times during Manziel’s offseason of partying. “Johnny said it himself, he made some mistakes,” Haslam said Saturday after the first practice Read More…

Defensive problems cost Ironmen again

Andrew Gronski drives in the Ironmen’s first run with a swinging bunt in the first. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Defense has been a problem for Lorain County most of the season and it bit the Ironmen again in a 5-3 loss to West Virginia on Friday at The Pipe Yard. Lorain County led 2-0 through four innings, but an error by shortstop Cody Semler on a high chopper opened the flood gates Read More…

Late HR lifts Royals, sends Indians to fifth loss in six games

Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler celebrates with Salvador Perez after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the second straight game, Cleveland reliever John Axford gave up the winning hit. Billy Butler’s two-run, two-out, eighth-inning, pinch homer off Axford was the difference in the Kansas City Royals’ 6-4 victory over the Indians on Friday night. On Thursday, Nori Aoki punched a RBI-single in the 14th inning off Read More…

Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt, Kevin Vough capture bronze at USA Wrestling Cadet freestyle nationals


The Elyria High wrestling program continued to shine Friday as junior Ben Darmstadt and sophomore Kevin Vough each earned a bronze medal at the USA Wrestling Cadet national freestyle championships in Fargo, N.D. Darmstadt went 6-1 at 160 pounds to earn All-American status with his third-place finish, while Vough went 5-1 to match his teammate’s Read More…

Friends reunite for fun … and final run at Hot Stove state title

Cole Sklarek, center, had the idea to reconnect with some of his friends and past Hot Stove teammates this year for 
a final run at a state title. Joining him, from left to right, are Johnny Sigsworth, Ryan Barnes, Dylan Steindl and Steve Pete. The plan proved to be a good one as the South Amherst Firelands Class E team is just two wins from that title. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — Firelands High School senior Cole Sklarek didn’t want to spend another summer playing travel baseball. He figured he had a better idea: stay close to home, get his best friends together and take care of some unfinished business. So Sklarek spent last fall and winter convincing his friends and family members to Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel admits to ‘some rookie mistakes’ off the field

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — On the eve of his first NFL training camp, which will feature him trying to come from behind to pass Brian Hoyer in a highly anticipated quarterback competition, Johnny Manziel admitted to taking missteps off the field. But he downplayed the mistakes, again defended his right to party and tried to quickly shift Read More…