April 18, 2014

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Division II district softball: Firelands stuns defending state champion Keystone

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LAGRANGE — Amanda Spears’ 60-foot sprint to the plate in the heat and blowing dust of Wednesday afternoon will likely live in the memories of Firelands softball fans for a long, long time. The Falcons’ second baseman took off after a wild pitch in the fifth inning and scored what was probably the most significant Read More…

Wrestling: Three from area earn berths in Greco Roman nationals in Fargo, N.D.

ELYRIA — Three Lorain County wrestlers are headed to the nationals in Fargo, N.D., while seven others are hoping to join them today. Oberlin’s Kevin Vough (runner-up at 285), Grafton’s Alec Forrer (third at 160) and Elyria’s Mike Dolan (fourth at 138) all earned spots Saturday on the Ohio Cadet team heading to Fargo, N.D., 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…

Girls basketball: Second-seeded Firelands bounced when Padua finds its shooting touch

ELYRIA — Leading by 14 points early in the third quarter, the second-seeded Firelands Falcons knew they hadn’t won anything yet, but it’s doubtful they could have foreseen just how badly Saturday night’s Division II sectional final at Elyria High School was about to turn on them. Padua, the sixth seed, started hitting 3-pointers, the Read More…

Boys basketball: Firelands moves closer to division title after win over Wellington

HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands didn’t clinch a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title with its 54-40 win over Wellington on Friday. But with two PAC Stars games left — on the road versus winless Black River and at home against Brookside — the Falcons control their own destiny. However, first-year coach Brett Read More…

Boys basketball: Stars within reach for Firelands after win over Buckeye

HENRIETTA TWP. — It’s now official: The race is on for the championship in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division. Firelands made sure of it Tuesday night, using a patient, methodical offense and fantastic man-to-man defense to down Buckeye 43-37. The win put the Falcons (10-8, 8-5) into a first-place tie in the division with Read More…

Boys basketball: Oberlin holds off Firelands behind Jason Moore’s clutch free throws

HENRIETTA — Oberlin senior Jason Moore knew that despite his team holding a double-digit lead for most of the game Friday night, Firelands would not just roll over. So he was not surprised when he had to step to the free throw line with just 21 seconds remaining in the game and Oberlin clinging to Read More…

Boys basketball: Amherst takes advantage of Firelands’ off-shooting night to pull out a win

HENRIETTA TWP. — Sometimes the 3-pointer can be a valuable weapon. For it to make a difference, however, the shots have to go in. Firelands hit its first shot from beyond the arc, then missed its final 19 in a 47-34 non-conference loss to visiting Amherst. Garrett Klekota paced three Comets in double figures with Read More…

Girls soccer: Red senior all-stars edge Blue, but battle of Joneses ends in tie

EATON TWP. — The Red team’s Claire Jones of Avon Lake and Blue’s Celeste Jones of Elyria excelled by trickery of a sort. But Red’s Jessica Zurcher of Firelands used her head, and she cemented a 5-4 victory for her team on a cool, bright Saturday afternoon at Midview’s Ed Adelsberg Stadium. The occasion was Read More…

High school football: Elyria’s Tracy Sprinkle, Midview’s Cody Callaway and Clearview’s Chad Anderson district players of the year

Every high school football player puts together a handful of goals before the season. Midview junior Cody Callaway trimmed his list to three. “One was to get all-state recognition,” Callaway said. “The others were to get to the playoffs and win a state title.” Two out of three ain’t bad. Callaway will earn his All-Ohio Read More…