June 25, 2016

Elyria
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High school softball notes: Keystone’s Prebis Classic continues to attract top talent

The Prebis Memorial Classic is in its eighth year and keeps getting better with age. This year’s edition will feature 40 games played over two days on nine fields at LaGrange Community Park and Wellington Recreation Park. The 30-team field includes seven teams that played in the state tournament last year in Akron and seven Read More…

Softball: Raiders’ Christine Lyzen and Pirates’ Dagmar Smith get along … off the diamond

SULLIVAN — Pitchers Christine Lyzen of Columbia and Dagmar Smith of Black River are summertime travel ball teammates and friends of longstanding. But put them in opposite dugouts during the high school season and all that teammate and buddy-buddy stuff goes on the back burner. They faced each other again Tuesday in a Patriot Athletic Read More…

High school track and field: North Ridgeville boys start strong, win Howe Invitational

HENRIETTA TWP. — It’s early in the high school track season, but the North Ridgeville boys are already in midseason form. Sophomore Jonah Bowden won the shot put and finished second in the discus, while also anchoring a second-place relay as the Rangers took first place at the Nelson Howe Invitational at Firelands High School. Read More…

Boys basketball: Columbia nearly pulls off miracle comeback

PAINESVILLE — Columbia came close to mounting a comeback for the ages, but the initial hole the Raiders dug for themselves turned out to be just a little too deep. Columbia trailed by 22 points with 4:49 remaining in the third period, then rallied to pull within one late before finally falling to Gilmour Academy Read More…

Division III district wrestling: Black River’s Sebastian Vidika repeats, leads eight to state

GARFIELD HTS. — When the dust settled for Lorain County at the Division III district tournament at Garfield Heights High, the numbers went as follows: Eight state qualifiers, four wrestling programs and one district champion. Black River junior 106-pounder Sebastian Vidika, who became a two-time district champion Saturday night, highlighted the list of the area’s Read More…

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: Stopper steps up for Raiders

COLUMBIA STATION — Zach Stopper’s night ended far better than it began. Stopper, Columbia’s leading scorer, was charged with his second personal foul with only 1:31 elapsed in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game against Brooklyn. He was removed from the game at that point. He re-entered not long afterward and began scoring. Stopper scored Read More…

Boys basketball: Columbia downs Clearview, captures conference title after long drought

COLUMBIA STATION — It was a celebration 21 years in the making Friday night at Columbia High. Behind a 22-point performance from senior Zach Stopper, the Raiders clinched their first Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division title with a 51-45 win over Clearview. It was Columbia’s first outright conference title since winning the MAC-8 in 1992. Read More…

High school hockey notes: Lorain County residents key cogs for St. Ignatius, St. Edward

The Lorain County hockey scene features five high school teams. Throw in 11 players from the area playing at St. Ignatius and St. Edward and we could form our own six-team league. Four locals are playing for the Wildcats in the rugged Red Northwest Division of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League that features Read More…

Boys basketball: Columbia on the way to earning its Stripes after win over Oberlin

OBERLIN — Simon Says. It’s one of the oldest playground games you’ll find but Friday it took on a whole new meaning as Columbia pretty much ran away with the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division with a convincing 63-54 win over the Oberlin. It was Columbia’s Jacob Simon coming alive in the second half to Read More…