April 24, 2014

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All-Ohio softball: Elyria’s Caitlyn Minney, Avon Lake’s Annie Wennerberg and Clearview’s Sarah Kaya make first team

There are three more Lorain County softball pitchers who can add the words first-team All-Ohio to their impressive list of accomplishments. Elyria senior Caitlyn Minney and Avon Lake senior Annie Wennerberg were named first-team in Division I by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association, while Clearview junior Sarah Kaya made it in Division Read More…

High school softball: Nicolette Kunath’s big day at the plate keeps Columbia rolling right into regional finals

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MASSILLON — If Nicolette Kunath is running for office back in Columbia Township today, she’s got a lock on it. She’s probably not, but that makes her no less popular on the home front. In her first two at-bats in Columbia High’s first regional appearance in 21 years, Kunath faced an even dozen pitches and Read More…

Pitching in to win: Columbia well-armed for regional thanks to its trio of talented hurlers

Columbia has pitching to spare this year thanks to, left to right, Kailey Minarchick, Christine Lyzen and Amanda Sedlock. All three have done their part in the circle this season to help the Raiders go 25-4 and make regionals. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

Even before Columbia advanced to regionals as one of 16 Division III teams still having championship aspirations, coach Ken Lugo was in a position that would leave many of his peers envious. You see, most teams have one pitcher capable of leading her team at this point of the season. Lugo’s Raiders go into today’s Read More…

High school softball: Columbia holds off Independence, wins first district title since 1992

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Seven years of tournament frustration ended for Columbia on Saturday in a cloud of dust. The Raiders defeated Independence in a 2-1 thriller to win a Division III district title for the first time since 1992. It was their third overall. They had lost district finals four of the previous five years Read More…

High school: Weather shakes up baseball, softball tournament schedules

It had to happen, right? There couldn’t be a spring sports postseason in Northeast Ohio without some weather worries, could there? Apparently not, because Thursday, for the first time this postseason, rain messed up the best-laid plans of tournament officials and baseball and softball coaches. The result was a pair of Division I district baseball Read More…

High school softball: Columbia downs Keystone to wrap up unbeaten PAC season

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LAGRANGE — With a big fifth inning, Columbia turned a close game into a big win over Keystone on Tuesday for the first time in seven years. The Raiders’ bat-around fifth produced four runs and a 6-2 victory in what was expected to be the Patriot Athletic Conference game of the season. Both teams are Read More…

Sectional baseball: Black River ousts Columbia for the second straight season

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COLUMBIA TWP. — If his team wins a third straight Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division title next year, Columbia baseball coach Justin Ramsey would be wise to avoid playing Black River in the first round of the tournament for the third straight time. Hitless through five innings and still down a run after six, the Read More…

High school softball notes: Avon Lake reaching some lofty heights … goals, too

With nine seniors on the roster, there’s no question Avon Lake was expecting big things this season. But even Shoregals coach Buzz Mullen admits that a No. 3 ranking in the Division I Ohio High School Fastpitch Association Coaches poll is “like a dream come true.” With the start of sectional tournament just a few Read More…

High school baseball: Columbia wins again in extra innings

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COLUMBIA TWP. — One night after going nine innings and cranking out 15 hits in a win over Clearview to stay in the hunt for the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division title, the Columbia Raiders were at it again Thursday. The Raiders pounded out 12 hits in eight innings, and it was junior John Cordell Read More…

Columbia Schools to try for levy again

Columbia Schools will seek a levy in November after Tuesday’s levy rejection. “There’s no way for us to move forward, from a financial standpoint, without new money,” Superintendent Graig Bansek said after Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting. “If the levy fails in November it will be devastating to this community.” Bansek said the new levy Read More…