July 25, 2014

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High school baseball: Second straight shutout carries Avon Lake to win over Midview, district title

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LORAIN — The hottest team in Division I baseball might just be from Avon Lake. After Brett Kiser’s complete-game shutout beat Amherst on Friday, Matt Morissette repeated the feat Saturday, scattering six hits in a 6-0 district final win over Midview at The Pipe Yard. The district title is Avon Lake’s first since 2005 and Read More…

High school: Weather shakes up baseball, softball tournament schedules

It had to happen, right? There couldn’t be a spring sports postseason in Northeast Ohio without some weather worries, could there? Apparently not, because Thursday, for the first time this postseason, rain messed up the best-laid plans of tournament officials and baseball and softball coaches. The result was a pair of Division I district baseball Read More…

Division I softball: Elyria wins battle of state-ranked teams with Avon Lake, claims ninth straight title

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Gas up the bus, the Elyria Pioneers are going back to Clyde. Seniors Caitlyn Minney and Alexis Roseboro led the way for the Pioneers, who captured their ninth straight Division I district title Wednesday with a 3-0 win over Avon Lake in a battle of state-ranked teams. Minney threw a three-hit shutout Read More…

District softball: Avon Lake heats up, shuts down North Ridgeville

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Avon Lake played like a team on a mission Tuesday. Actually, the Shoregals played a lot like the No. 4-ranked Division I team in the state on a mission after a long layoff. Which worked out just fine for the Shoregals. Alexis Thomas and Abby Rogers had key two-out hits and Annie Read More…

Avon Lake High choral director Bill Zurkey retires

Avon Lake High School choral director Bill Zurkey talks with a former student during a reception honoring him Sunday afternoon following a surprise concert at the high school. Zurkey is retiring after 36 years with the district. (CT photo by Anna Norris.)

AVON LAKE — As Bill Zurkey took a few minutes to talk about his long musical career with Avon Lake City Schools, he pointed to a simple philosophy that guided him all those years. “I always wanted to make students feel comfortable performing and to create a love of music they could take with them,” Read More…

Softball: Shoregals hang on vs. Middies

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake coach Buzz Mullen told his players that tournament softball is as easy as three simple words — win … move … on. Shoregals fans might have four words to describe Wednesday’s 5-4 Division I sectional final win over Midview — too close for comfort. The Shoregals (24-1) rallied from a Read More…

Avon Lake mayor calls plant switchover to gas ‘unlikely’

AVON LAKE — City officials have held conversations with officials of the firm that owns the Genon power plant on Lake Road about prospects of the facility continuing to operate after an announced April 15, 2015, shutdown, but chances of that happening appear remote at best. Mayor Greg Zilka acknowledged rumors have been circulating that Read More…

Date finalized for Avon Lake drug forum

AVON LAKE — When Linda Goodwin and a small group of parents decided to form Avon Lake Unites for Teens in 2006 to try to inform the community about drug issues, the effort met with limited success. “The community wasn’t ready to make changes,”said Goodwin, the city’s recreation program director. Things began to change after Read More…

High school softball: One goal reached as Avon Lake earns share of SWC crown

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NORTH OLMSTED — Avon Lake rolled to a 13-0 mercy-rule victory over North Olmsted on Monday to earn a share of the Southwestern Conference softball title. It was another high in a season of highs for the Shoregals, who improved to 23-1 and remained third in the state in Division I in the latest Ohio Read More…

High school softball notes: Avon Lake reaching some lofty heights … goals, too

With nine seniors on the roster, there’s no question Avon Lake was expecting big things this season. But even Shoregals coach Buzz Mullen admits that a No. 3 ranking in the Division I Ohio High School Fastpitch Association Coaches poll is “like a dream come true.” With the start of sectional tournament just a few Read More…