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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…

NHRA notes: Elyria’s Ray Connolly riding high after last week’s win, would love to make it two in a row

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NORWALK — This weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals is more than just a homecoming for Elyria’s Ray Connolly. It’s also an opportunity to return home as the defending Super Gas champion. Connolly recorded his eighth Super Gas and 11th overall national division race win Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals Read More…

Midview grad leads group to help improve reading skills of Akron youth

Baldwin Wallace University students teach Akron 8- and 9-year-olds in the SMART program at Schumacher Elementary School in Akron.

The air mattresses are plunked down haphazardly in makeshift rows. Solid blue. Freshly inflated. They won’t get much use for a few more hours, even though the student-teachers who blew them up long to rest their heads. The teachers are tired, but they press on. There are too many lesson plans to pore over this Read More…

Police log for June 14, 2013

Elyria police Tuesday, June 11 3:36 p.m. — 300 block East Ave., reported burglary of an apartment. 6 p.m. — 900 block West River Road, N., a 16-year-old boy arrested and charged with domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his mother. The boy’s mother told police her son grabbed her wrist and swung it toward her Read More…

High school baseball: Midview’s Eric Lauer, Firelands’ Joe San Felippo, Elyria Catholic’s Joey Begany and Keystone’s Tyler Gulett make first team All-Ohio

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Four area high school baseball players received All-Ohio first-team honors this week from the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association. Midview’s Eric Lauer made it in Division I, Joe San Felippo of Firelands in Division II, and Keystone’s Tyler Gullett and Elyria Catholic’s Joey Begany in Division III. The All-Ohio award caps a terrific career Read More…

Police log for June 7, 2013

Elyria police Wednesday, June 5 6:53 a.m. — 200 block Winckles St., a company van at Smink Electric was broken into. Police said there was damage to the door frame and a window of the vehicle. 7:18 a.m. — 1300 block S. Abbe Road, a woman told police someone sprayed with word “Crip” with white Read More…

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 baseball: Second straight shutout carries Avon Lake to win over Midview, district title

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LORAIN — The hottest team in Division I baseball might just be from Avon Lake. After Brett Kiser’s complete-game shutout beat Amherst on Friday, Matt Morissette repeated the feat Saturday, scattering six hits in a 6-0 district final win over Midview at The Pipe Yard. The district title is Avon Lake’s first since 2005 and Read More…

Mr. Baseball 2013: Midview’s Eric Lauer has tremendous talent; plenty of options, too

VERMILION — Major league scouts follow him religiously and Division I universities have drooled over the possibility of landing him as a recruit. He’s Midview’s Eric Lauer, this year’s Lorain County Mr. Baseball. Lauer was awarded this year’s prize at the annual Lorain County All-Star baseball game at Vermilion on Saturday. “Last year, Brandyn got Read More…

Grafton man driven to get electric car

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EATON TWP — Dennis Radesic always has had an interest in alternative energy sources. Several years ago, he converted his farmhouse to be more energy-efficient with geothermal heating. So when he learned that Tesla Motors was creating an all-electric car built from the ground up, he had to have it, even if it meant waiting Read More…