October 25, 2014

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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…

Boys basketball: Columbia has to sweat, but still downs Keystone to stay perfect in PAC

LAGRANGE — Midway through the third quarter Friday night, it appeared Columbia could coast its way to its 10th straight Patriot Athletic Conference victory. Keystone had other plans. A 14-0 run from the end of the third quarter to the start of the fourth temporarily gave the Wildcats the lead. But the Raiders’ suffocating defense Read More…

Boys basketball: Raiders return home, run away from Dukes

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COLUMBIA TWP. — Home cooking. Home, sweet home. There’s no place like home. Any cliché would fit nicely when talking about Columbia’s 68-42 victory over Wellington on Tuesday night in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game. The Raiders (13-1, 9-0 PAC) played their last eight games on the road dating back to Dec. 18, and Read More…

Man allegedly tried to extort nude pics from teens

COLUMBIA STATION — A 23-year-old Columbia Station man with cerebral palsy is under investigation for sending text messages and emails to cast members of the touring version of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” demanding that the actors send him nude photos. The man, William T. Koch, was arrested last week on a charge of sexual exploitation Read More…

Boys basketball: Unbeaten streak ends for Raiders

PARMA — There’s no secret to Columbia’s philosophy: Push the ball, shoot often and then do it all over again. It’s also no secret the Raiders are good at it, with an 11-0 record entering Tuesday night’s non-conference matchup with Parma. The danger, of course, lies in those nights when, either because of an opponent’s Read More…