October 20, 2014


High School Football: Bay at North Ridgeville

North Ridgeville High School junior running back DeMario McCall (2) evades being tackled Bay Village High School sophomore defense back Jimmy Hoke (22) and junior linebacker Nick Best (20) on Friday night, Oct. 17.

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — No doubt about Friday’s West Shore Conference game. The “Best” team certainly came out on top. Make that Nick Best. Bay’s 6-foot, 200-pound junior tailback rushed for 165 yards on 38 grinding carries and scored three times as the Rockets handed North Ridgeville its third straight loss, 34-19. The Rangers fell to Read More…

Legendary Amherst track and cross country coach Richard S. Cooley dies at 93

Richard Cooley

There’s a reason the Amherst High School track is named for Richard S. Cooley. One of the true legends of area high school coaching, Cooley left his mark all over the local track and field and cross country scenes. Cooley died Friday at the age of 93. “It was all about the basics and fundamentals, Read More…

Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder just a shot out of the lead after opening with a 4-over 74 at girls state golf tournament

Niki Schroeder

COLUMBUS — Avon Lake senior Niki Schroeder came into Friday’s Division I girls state golf tournament as one of the favorites. While she said she didn’t have her best day and that there were things she could correct, she still managed to shoot a 4-over 74 (37-37) to finish the first round in a three-way Read More…

St. Ignatius’ Harrison Vonderau tied for second after opening 76 at state golf; bad break derails St. Edward’s Anton Krecic

COLUMBUS — Harrison Vonderau had a big hand in St. Ignatius’ good start to the Division I boys state golf tournament Friday at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. Anton Krecic just wishes he would have had two good hands to use in his final high school tournament. Vonderau, a Columbia Station resident, overcame a tough start Read More…

Kyrie Irving looks good but defense doesn’t as Cavaliers fall to Mavericks

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving floats a shot over Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis (11) during the third quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game Friday in Cleveland. Irving led the Cavaliers with 23 points in a 108-102 loss to Dallas. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving returned after a three-game preseason absence and showed his offense was already in regular-season form. On the flip side, the Cavaliers’ defense, particularly in the first and third periods, left a lot to be desired. On a night when Kevin Love and Shawn Marion rested and LeBron James didn’t seem all Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel not worried about when he’ll play, just getting ready in case he’s needed

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — The Nos. 3, 32 and 36 draft picks in May will start at quarterback this weekend. The No. 22 pick, Johnny Manziel, will not. And with Brian Hoyer stringing wins and looking for a long-term contract, it’s uncertain when Manziel will get his chance to start for the Browns, if ever. Would he Read More…

High School Football: Week 8 Updates and Scores

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High school football season is winding down, but there’s still plenty of Friday night lights excitement. We’ve got you covered for the area’s Week 8 scores. Follow our live feed below for updates and commentary on games. Are we missing a game? Let us know by adding your own score updates into the chat. All Read More…

Ishikawa’s 3-run HR sends Giants to World Series

San Francisco Giants pinch-runner Joaquin Arias celebrates as he scores the first of three runs on a walk-off three-run home run by Travis Ishikawa in the bottom of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of baseball's NL Championship Series, Thursday. The Giants won 6-3, and advanced to the World Series. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After three years away with four different teams, Travis Ishikawa landed himself a second chance with San Francisco right where he so wanted to be. And with one sweet swing, he sent the Giants back to the World Series. It was the Shot That Shook the Bay. For all the questions about San Read More…

Browns’ John Greco enjoys new position, not being center of attention

Cleveland Browns center John Greco prepares to snap the ball to quarterback Brian Hoyer against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Browns offensive lineman John Greco and quarterback Brian Hoyer are like two peas in a pod. Both are Northeast Ohio natives who starred on the high school level, but had little success in the NFL until coming to Cleveland. Greco, however, has one significant edge over his friend from St. Ignatius. “We played Read More…

Rick Noland: Plenty to like about the Cavs so far

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives against Indiana Pacers forward Damjan Rudez. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

The Cavaliers are undefeated midway through their eight-game preseason schedule — and early returns have been almost as perfect as their 4-0 record. Sure, Kyrie Irving has been out with a sprained ankle, LeBron James and Anderson Varejao sat out a game to rest and Kevin Love suffered a not-very-serious strained neck Wednesday in Cincinnati, Read More…