October 22, 2014

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High school football 2013: Columbia knows it has tough act to follow, but believes it has the talent to top last year’s success

COLUMBIA STATION — The Columbia Raiders still have the same green and white uniforms, but if you look carefully you might see something new: a big red bull’s-eye somewhere on their backs. Columbia is coming off a season in which it won the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division, hosted a home playoff game for the Read More…

Southview grad Jessica Tomazic makes huge strides in a year, goes from 70th to first in Vermilion Triathlon

VERMILION — Lorain County athletes made their presence felt in Sunday’s sixth annual Vermilion Harbor Triathlon and Duathlon at Linwood Park. Lorain’s Jessica Tomazic, 31, won the women’s title and finished ninth overall for the Olympic Distance race in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 15 seconds. The event consisted of 1.5K swim, Read More…

OGSO: Amherst Avengers wrap up perfect season with state title; Columbia Red Wagon brings home top prize, too

CHAMPION — The only thing that could beat Lorain County on Sunday was itself. County teams may not have come out of the semifinal round unblemished, but they combined to go 4-1 and bring home two state championships at the Ohio Girls Softball Organization state tournament at the Champion Athletic Complex. Lorain County’s only loss Read More…

OGSO state tournament: Amherst Avengers and Lorain Dirt Devils square off today with Class B title on the line

CHAMPION — In one of the strongest showings ever by an OGSO Lorain County community, Amherst sent three undefeated teams to the organization’s state tournament last weekend. In uncomfortable rainy and muddy conditions at the Champion Athletic Club complex, two of them — the Vipers in U14 Class C and Wranglers in U10 Class A Read More…

Maya Johnson throws perfect game, strikes out 15 out of 15 to lead Columbia Red Wagon Farm to OGSO Class A district title

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Columbia Red Wagon Farm pitcher Maya Johnson wasn’t just good Monday night — she was perfect. Johnson threw a five-inning perfect game, striking out all 15 batters she faced as Columbia defeated Keystone Sugar Ridge Towing 10-0 in an OGSO Class A (U-10) district championship game at Palmer Field. While Johnson has Read More…

NHRA Summit Nationals Notes: Grafton’s Ronald Matcham finding success in first year in Super Stock … at age 54

NORWALK — In six national events this year, Grafton’s Ronald Matcham has been the top qualifier five times and won five rounds to make it to the semifinals just a few weeks ago in Bristol, Tenn. Not bad for a 54-year-old rookie. “One year,” Matcham said when asked how long he’s been racing. “I actually Read More…

Elyria’s James Troy bounces back from slow start, picks up top-20 finish at Ohio Open

WESTFIELD CENTER — It was a roller-coaster kind of day for Elyria’s James Troy on Wednesday at the 90th Ohio Open, but at least he was smiling at the end and not screaming. A pair of bogeys on the front side at Westfield Group Country Club’s South Course got him off on the wrong foot, Read More…

All-star team with Lorain County players ends up on wrong end of good old-fashioned pitching gem at Progressive Field

CLEVELAND — Every year the players in the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches All-Star Games play under the names of former Cleveland championship baseball teams. All but one of Lorain County’s 21 representatives were grouped together on a team named the 1920 Indians to face the 1948 Indians, which featured players from Cleveland’s southeastern suburbs and Read More…

Success is contagious at Columbia High School: Softball leading the way for a whole slate of winning teams

COLUMBIA STATION — The smallest public high school in Lorain County packed quite an athletic punch this school year. While the Columbia High School softball team will play Columbus Bishop Ready today in a Division III state semifinal, that success is just the latest, and the biggest, in an impressive list of athletic accolades earned Read More…

State softball: Emma Sullivan, Raiders finally make big dance

Columbia senior Emma Sullivan will lead the Raiders into the Division III state semifinals Friday against Columbus Bishop Ready. Sullivan and her teammates look to capitalize on a long-awaited trip to the state tournament. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

It’s only fitting that Columbia senior Emma Sullivan will end her high school career playing in the state tournament because for most of the past three seasons she has already been performing at a championship level. Sullivan and the rest of the Raiders will take on Columbus Bishop Ready in the Division III state semifinals Read More…