May 30, 2015

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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…

High school wrestling: Keystone’s Spangler brothers become four-time PAC champs

COLUMBIA STATION — It was a memorable Patriot Athletic Conference Tournament for Keystone seniors William and Brian Spangler. The twin brothers became the third and fourth wrestlers to become four-time PAC Tourney champions Saturday at Columbia High School, joining Clearview’s Jon Bill and Wellington’s Justin Bockmore on the all-time list. But the Wildcats, despite leading Read More…

Boys basketball: Wellington dominates Black River, stays perfect in PAC

SULLIVAN TWP. — With a huge game against one-loss Brookside just a week away, Friday’s Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game with Black River had all the makings of a trap game for Wellington. Riding a six-game winning streak, it might have been easy to overlook the Pirates and focus on next week’s pivotal game, Read More…

High school wrestling: North Ridgeville earns four individual titles, third place as a team at J.B. Firestone Invitational

SULLIVAN TWP. — North Ridgeville’s lightweight wrestlers reached the finals in four of the first five weight classes at the 38th Annual Black River J.B. Firestone Invitational on Saturday. Better still for the Rangers, all four were victorious, giving North Ridgeville a tournament-best four individual champions en route to a third-place finish in the team Read More…

Four area football players make All-Ohio first team

Matt Jordan remembers the highlight of his senior year as a member of the Clearview football team. “It was our last home game,” Jordan said. “It was against Brooklyn. Coach (Mike Collier) took me aside and told me I’d get the ball for my final run that night. I got in the huddle and said Read More…

Pirates PAC powerful punch: Black River strikes blow for itself and its league with big win over Manchester

SULLIVAN TWP. — Black River did it for the Patriot Athletic Conference, the rowdy crowd at Art Stevenson Field and the naysayers who proclaim it’s tough to beat a team twice in one season. Most of all, the Pirates did it for themselves as proof they belonged in the Division IV, Region 13 playoffs, becoming Read More…

Pirates believe in change: Adjustments pay off for Black River

SULLIVAN TWP. — Black River football coach Al Young tied a record Saturday with his 152nd victory, but it was different than the previous 151. Not always quick to change — “I’m always resistant,” the 22nd-year coach said with a huge smile — Young made three key moves that helped the Pirates defeat Manchester 49-24 Read More…

Cross country: Shoremen find reason to smile after taking second at Earlybird

ELYRIA – You don’t fist pump when you finish second. Shaking hands? That’s a different story and definitely OK, especially when second place means something. It did Saturday for the Avon Lake Shoremen who, for the second time in three years, took runner-up honors in the Maroon Division race at the Avon Lake Earlybird Cross Read More…

Spans over Black River, Ford Road targeted for future repair projects

A car drives along a now-closed section of Ford Road in Elyria when it was open to traffic in the autumn of 2007. Elyria city officials said a closed one-lane span of the road could be replaced by a two-lane structure, but land must be acquired before the $3.2 million project can go forward. (Chronicle file photo)

ELYRIA — The Ohio Department of Transportation has made travel quite a challenge along Gulf Road as it replaced the bridge over Interstate 90. Next year, the proposed replacement of the twin Interstate 90 bridges over the Black River and Ford Road could affect traffic again. ODOT is seeking comment on a project that is Read More…