October 1, 2014

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High school soccer: Wellington’s Grace Dooley, Oberlin’s Sam Weiss make first team All-Ohio

Grace Dooley and Sam Weiss have something in common besides being first-team Division III All-Ohio soccer players. Dooley never really wanted to play defense and pretty much no defense this season really wanted to play Weiss. Dooley, a senior sweeper from Wellington, and Weiss, a senior striker from Oberlin, were the lone Lorain County players Read More…

High school cross country: Three from area make state, but Avon boys team falls just short

TIFFIN — The faces of Austin Fasciana and Blake Pecoraro told the story. Their looks of disappointment were understandable after the high hopes of the Avon High boys cross country team took a major hit Saturday afternoon. The two Eagles runners earned state-qualifying berths as individuals with top-16 finishes, but they found it tough to Read More…

High school cross country: Second not satisfying to Black River’s Gus Kazek at Firestone Invitational

SULLIVAN TWP. — Gus Kazek hoped to join an elite class of Black River High School runners who have won the J.B. Firestone Invitational. Medina Highland’s Cole Vandenberg had other plans. Vandenberg pulled away midway through the race after the two seniors bumped elbows in a wooded section of the course. The Hornets runner clocked Read More…

High school volleyball: Experienced Firelands holds off young North Ridgeville

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A young team trying to establish itself hosted an experienced one trying to polish itself for a run at a conference title. Both teams were satisfied, with reservations. Firelands was pleased that it won Saturday, but had hoped its season-long curse — unforced errors — wouldn’t have made the Falcons struggle in Read More…

High school football: Oberlin off to 5-0 start after rolling over Firelands

HENRIETTA TWP. — The Oberlin Phoenix is 5-0. Let that sink in for a while, because it’s been a few years since that happened. The Phoenix (2-0 Patriot Athletic Conference) renewed acquaintances Friday night with crossover rival Firelands and showed the Homecoming crowd at Falcons Stadium pretty quickly that it’s not the same old Oberlin Read More…

High school volleyball notes: Keystone looks set for second-half run

Nineteen days of the high school volleyball season went by before we saw a major upset involving Lorain County teams. There were a few mild ones. Midview, a team hammered by graduation, pulled off a win over deep and experienced Lorain. Vermilion upended defending West Shore Conference champion Bay, although Bay is another club that Read More…

High school cross country: Avon flying high as boys take third and girls fourth at Earlybird Invitational

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ELYRIA — There’s still a measure of unfinished business, but the Avon boys cross country team is feeling pretty good after taking third in the Maroon Division at Saturday’s 35th annual Avon Lake Earlybird Invitational. Avon scored 109 points, finishing behind No. 5-ranked St. Ignatius (35) and No. 18 Brunswick (100) in a 14-team field Read More…

Hot Stove regionals: North Ridgeville Dentistry pulls one out

For the second time in the tournament, North Ridgeville Family Dentistry had to mount a comeback to stay alive in Ohio Hot Stove tournament play. This latest time was in a Class G (ages 11-12) semifinal Saturday at Palmer Field. North Ridgeville trailed the Medina Indians 4-0 and 8-3 before rallying for three runs in Read More…

Hot Stove: Lots of Brad Hughes and lots of offense carry Sheffield Venom to Class F district title

The Venom was too strong for the Drug. No team this summer has been a match for the Sheffield Venom, which ran its record to 21-0 with a 11-0 victory over Midview Drug in a Class F (ages 13-14) Ohio Hot Stove district championship game Saturday. Brad Hughes pitched his second straight no-hitter. Hughes faced Read More…

All-Star game at Progressive Field all about memories for Lorain County players

CLEVELAND — Amherst’s Seth Zavodny couldn’t help but think of former Cleveland Indian Kenny Lofton as he stood in center field Tuesday at Progressive Field. Why wouldn’t he? Lofton, who starred on so many of the Tribe’s best teams of the 1990s,  was Zavodny’s favorite player growing up and now Zavodny was playing the same Read More…