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Division III district wrestling: Five of 35 from area go unbeaten on first day of tournament

GARFIELD HTS. — It was a tough progression to watch. Lorain County entered the Division III district wrestling tournament at Garfield Heights High with 35 wrestlers Friday night. A dozen managed to win their opening round, five were able to advance to the semifinals and 12 more were eliminated after 0-2 performances. The five semifinalists Read More…

Boys basketball: History for Black River coach Cynthia Berry, but still a struggle for Pirates

SULLIVAN TWP. — Like any typical high school coach on opening night, Black River boys coach Cynthia Berry was nervous. Put aside the fact she entered the history books as the school’s first female head boys coach Saturday night versus Rittman, or the fact she’s one of just three women in the state to lead Read More…

High school cross country: Three from area make state, but Avon boys team falls just short

TIFFIN — The faces of Austin Fasciana and Blake Pecoraro told the story. Their looks of disappointment were understandable after the high hopes of the Avon High boys cross country team took a major hit Saturday afternoon. The two Eagles runners earned state-qualifying berths as individuals with top-16 finishes, but they found it tough to Read More…

High school football: Wellington slips, slides away with win over Black River

SULLIVAN TWP. — A week ago, a struggling Wellington football team lost to previously winless Firelands. Two weeks ago, Black River had more than 700 yards of offense in a victory over Fairview. The muddy shoe ended up on the other foot Friday night, as Wellington quarterback Dylan Weidrick scored on a 56-yard run midway Read More…

High school cross country: Second not satisfying to Black River’s Gus Kazek at Firestone Invitational

SULLIVAN TWP. — Gus Kazek hoped to join an elite class of Black River High School runners who have won the J.B. Firestone Invitational. Medina Highland’s Cole Vandenberg had other plans. Vandenberg pulled away midway through the race after the two seniors bumped elbows in a wooded section of the course. The Hornets runner clocked Read More…

High school cross country: Avon flying high as boys take third and girls fourth at Earlybird Invitational

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ELYRIA — There’s still a measure of unfinished business, but the Avon boys cross country team is feeling pretty good after taking third in the Maroon Division at Saturday’s 35th annual Avon Lake Earlybird Invitational. Avon scored 109 points, finishing behind No. 5-ranked St. Ignatius (35) and No. 18 Brunswick (100) in a 14-team field Read More…

High school volleyball: Clearview survives tough test, tops Black River

SHEFFIELD TOWNSHIP — Clearview was hoping to christen its new gymnasium floor with its first victory of the season. The Clippers got the job done, although visiting Black River gave them all they could handle in close second and third games. Still, Clearview earned its first victory 25-14, 26-24, 25-22 Thursday night. Black River and Read More…

Hot Stove: Lots of Brad Hughes and lots of offense carry Sheffield Venom to Class F district title

The Venom was too strong for the Drug. No team this summer has been a match for the Sheffield Venom, which ran its record to 21-0 with a 11-0 victory over Midview Drug in a Class F (ages 13-14) Ohio Hot Stove district championship game Saturday. Brad Hughes pitched his second straight no-hitter. Hughes faced Read More…

Crash and spill on I-90 snarl traffic

ELYRIA — An accident Thursday on Interstate 90 led to a fuel spill and traffic tie-ups, police Lt. Chris Costantino said. The accident occurred on the Interstate 90 bridge over the Black River. According to Costantino, a Leimeister Crane Service tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound when the right front tire blew out. The semi then reportedly Read More…

Report ranks Lakeview Park beach second-dirtiest in state

Autumn Robinson, 4, plays at the water's edge Wednesday at Lakeview Park because her grandmother Veronica Lugar of Lorain is wise to the water-quality caution - one red flag - indicating high bacteria levels. Chuck Humel/Chronicle

LORAIN — Lakeview Park’s beach may be beautiful, but caution is advised on days when the bacterial count is high. On Monday — the most recent day data were available — the beach had a bacteria count of 1,120 colonies per 100 milliliter, which is more than four times the state’s daily maximum bacterial standard Read More…