April 19, 2015

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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…

Report of body sets off search at park

Elyria firefighters search for a body reported to have been seen Wednesday by a witness in the Black River at Cascade Park. No body was found. Steve Manheim / Chronicle

ELYRIA — For 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon, authorities combed the water of the Black River in Cascade Park, searching for a body that a witness said they saw. The search, however, turned up nothing even though the witness was positive that he saw a young girl in the water. Benjamin Corliss called police when he Read More…

Division III regional softball final: Black River pushes defending champs to the brink before falling

MASSILLON — For six innings, Black River’s softball team went toe to toe with the defending state champions. Unfortunately for the Pirates, the final inning proved to be their undoing Saturday afternoon. Sierra Blackson singled home Brooke Culler with two outs in the top of the seventh, giving Warren Champion a 1-0 victory over Black Read More…

Regional softball capsules

DIVISION I • WHO: No. 3 Elyria (25-2) vs. Toledo Notre Dame Academy (18-12) • WHEN: Today, noon • WHERE: Clyde High School, 1015 Race St., Clyde • AT STAKE: The winner will face the winner of today’s Clayton regional champion game between Cincinnati Oak Hills and Lebanon in the state semifinal on June 1, Read More…

High school track: Emily Cunningham part of four wins, leads Vermilion to second at Division II district meet

EATON TWP. — It was just the first step of a three-step process, but Emily Cunningham and the Vermilion High girls track team are feeling pretty upbeat after Saturday’s performance at the Midview Division II district meet. Cunningham won two individual events and anchored two winning relays to lead the Sailors, who matched their best-ever Read More…

She’s got game: Black River hires former basketball star Cynthia Berry to coach boys team

SULLIVAN TWP. — For the better part of the last 40-plus years, the Black River boys basketball program has had few historical moments. That changed late Thursday night when a selection committee made the decision to hire Cynthia Berry as the 15th coach in school history. The 1985 Black River graduate becomes the first female Read More…

Cards find an ace: Greg Maust throws two-hit shutout as Brookside tops Black River

SULLIVAN TWP. — Greg Maust picked up his first win of the season in style Friday. The Brookside junior held Black River to just two hits, while striking out seven and walking three in a 3-0 shutout in Patriot Athletic Conference play. The win was the Cardinals’ third in a row as they improved to Read More…

Same old stuff: Black River’s Dagmar Smith opens season with no-hitter

SULLIVAN TWP. — Dagmar Smith started off this season the same way she pitched most of 2011 — practically perfect. The Black River junior pitched a five-inning, rain-shortened no-hitter Friday to lead the Pirates to a 3-0 non-league win over Crestview in the season opener. Over the past two seasons she has six no-hitters, including Read More…

No champs this year: Lorain County wrestlers struggle at state meet, but five still have shot at third place

COLUMBUS — It was a dark day for Lorain County wrestling. Not just because of the torrential downpour surrounding Value City Arena on Friday during the high school state wrestling tournament, but because the county failed to place a wrestler in a state final for the first time in more than a decade. The area’s Read More…

District wrestling: Keystone’s Spangler twins lead five from area to state tournament in Division III

GARFIELD HEIGHTS — Perfect. What else can you say? Keystone senior William Spangler went 4-0 at 126 pounds at the Division III district wrestling tournament, capped by a 14-2 major decision Saturday over Waterloo’s Nick Hermann in the championship match. He and his twin, Brian, who took second at 132, head the list of five Read More…