April 20, 2014

Elyria
Mostly sunny
49°F
test

Nine mighty fine: Crushers riding win streak

Florence’s Chris Curley steals second base before the tag by Lake Erie’s Zachary Messer on a close call in the third inning Thursday. Crushers manager John Massarelli disputed the call to no avail. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

AVON — The Crushers have never had a winning streak as long as this, not even when they rode a late wave in 2009 to win the Frontier League championship. On Thursday, the streaking Crushers put their mark on the record book with a nine-game winning streak, thanks to a 6-1 victory over the reeling Read More…

Elyria boys golf takes Titan Invitational

Columbia's Jacob Simon hits out of the sand yesterday at the Titan Invitationa. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

LORAIN — It was a three-way fight to the finish Wednesday at the Lorain High Titan Invitational at FoxCreek Golf and Racquet Club. Behind a 5-over 76 from junior Ryan Messer, Elyria pulled out a one-stroke win over Avon for the team title, defeating the Eagles 318-319. Avon Lake, even with its top golfers competing Read More…

Theft of gear perplexes Avon beekeeper

A sign asking for the return of his stolen beekeeping equipment sits outside Wally Klingshirn’s Chester Road home in Avon on Tuesday. (CT photo by Brad Dicken.)

AVON — When the homemade “Honey” sign his father made decades ago — along with several empty beehives and bee boxes — were stolen from his Chester Road yard in June, Wally Klingshirn made a new sign, one requesting the return of his missing property. He’s still waiting. “It is kind of weird,” the retired Read More…

Bats come up big as Crushers rout Otters for fourth straight win

AVON – The Lake Erie Crushers welcomed the 400,000th fan in the franchise’s three-year history Friday, then put on a show deserving of the occasion. With the Crushers back in the playoff hunt and about to open a big six-game homestand, they picked the perfect time to put together one of their most complete performances Read More…

Golf: Avon’s Kyle Kmiecik cruises to win

Avon’s Kyle Kmiecik tees off on the sixth hole at Weymouth Country Club in Medina during the U.S. Amateur qualifier. (CT photo by Ron Schwane.)

MEDINA — Kyle Kmiecik had his car on cruise control as he made his way from the course at Fox Meadow Country Club to Weymouth on Wednesday. Dancing as he drove down the streets of Medina to the techno tunes of Swedish House Mafia, the 2010 St. Ignatius graduate and Kent State player put the Read More…

German recycling firm plans expansion at Jaycox Road site

AVON — A German company that manufactures equipment and parts for machinery used by recycling firms across the U.S. is planning to add 20 new jobs as part of a $2.6 million expansion. Lorain County commissioners approved Wednesday submitting an application for a $500,000 loan from a state program on behalf of Doppstadt, which operates Read More…

Wild Things 5, Crushers 2: Start sinks Crushers

Crushers  first baseman  Jason Taylor waits for  the ball  to complete a double play Monday  as the  Wild Things’ Tim Battle runs down the line. (CT photo by Linda Murphy.)

AVON — Crushers starter Paul Fagan, pitched a great game Monday night … for the most part. He just had trouble getting the third out in his first two innings. As a result, Washington scored two runs in the first and three in the second — all with two outs and nobody on — to Read More…

Home is where the hurt is for Crushers

AVON – Before this homestand started, the Crushers hadn’t lost a game at All Pro Freight Stadium since July 4. Halfway through the six-game stretch, it’s becoming the Homestand from Hell. In a series that featured a no-hitter and two blowouts, Lake Erie was dealt a four-hitter by Joliet, who swept the Crushers 5-1 in Read More…

Avon-based Adidas girls basketball team brings home more titles

­The Adidas team of the Avon-based National Basketball Academy has won a national tournament for the fourth year in a row. The team, front row, left to right: Lacy LeDuc (Avon Lake), Steph Haas (Magnificat), Megan Barilla (Magnificat) and Morgan Dziak (Amherst). Back row, left to right: Coach Kevin McNamara, Katie McNally (Rocky River), Katie Carroll (Westlake), Brittney McNamara (Elyria Catholic), Alex Harris (Lorain) and Emily Julius (Avon).

AVON — A year ago, the Adidas team of Avon-based National Basketball Academy won its third straight national championship. This year, it brought home two more titles. Competing in an age division for girls through high school senior, the area players won the Nike Midwest Showdown in Cincinnati and the Blue Chip Basketball USA Invitational Read More…

Slammers slam Crushers again

.

AVON — The good news for the Crushers on Thursday night? At least they didn’t get no-hit. The bad news? The result was the same as Wednesday night when they did get no-hit. The East Division-leading Joliet Slammers belted four home runs — for a total of eight in two games — off Crushers starter Read More…