August 4, 2015

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High school football: Open Door suspends varsity program for season due to low turnout, plans to be back in 2016

ELYRIA — Four years ago, Open Door Christian School decided it was time to field a football team. The program grew from mostly freshmen playing a freshmen schedule in 2011 to having 24 players and playing a full varsity schedule. On Thursday night, the story of Open Door football hit a rough chapter when head Read More…

H.S. Football: Midview’s Logan Bolin becomes ESPN star after one-handed catch (VIDEO)

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Midview senior wide receiver Logan Bolin insists he dragged his right foot in the end zone. Elyria High senior cornerback Orlando Scott said Bolin was definitely out of bounds when he made the catch. There was one thing both players could agree on — it was pretty cool seeing their play on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” With Read More…

Keystone’s Austin Conrad commits to play football at Ohio University

Keystone’s Austin Conrad has an extra reason to celebrate over the holiday weekend. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior orally committed Thursday to continue his football career at Ohio University, where he will play tight end. Although Conrad has never stepped foot on the Athens campus, he attended a camp run by the Bobcats coaches last week Read More…

Clearview’s Lance Billings to play football at Iowa

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Clearview senior Lance Billings is the second Clippers football player in seven years who is going to become a Hawkeye. Billings, a two-time first-team Division IV All-Ohio player, orally committed Monday to continue his football career at the University of Iowa. “I visited the Iowa campus about two months ago and I knew right away Read More…

Lorain County All-Star Football Classic: EC’s Justin Rankin steals show after running at state track meet

OBERLIN — Elyria Catholic senior Justin Rankin spent the early part of his Friday competing in the 200-meter dash in the Division II state track meet at Ohio State. Rankin then drove to Oberlin College, getting to the Austin E. Knowlton Athletic Complex just 10 minutes before the annual Sliman’s Lorain County All-Star Football Classic Read More…

Lorain County All-Star Football Classic: Stars team looks to brainpower for edge tonight

LORAIN — When the Stars All-Star team lines up tonight at Oberlin College for the Sliman’s Lorain County All-Star Football Classic, the team will have some exceptionally bright minds joining their brawn. The Stars team has two players who will play Division I football in the Ivy League next year. Amherst linebacker Nathan Nunez will Read More…

Avon’s Sopko commits to Cincinnati

The choice was pretty simple for Avon junior quarterback Jake Sopko. He developed his skills in the Eagles program, he found success in the Eagles program and he was comfortable in the Eagles program. So when colleges started vying for his services and one of them felt familiar, Sopko didn’t hesitate to give his oral Read More…

H.S. Football: Coach Thom Lesiecki leaves Brookside for Uhrichsville Claymont

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With uncertainty surrounding a new levy for the Sheffield/Sheffield Lake School District, the district decided early this year to eliminate 17 teaching positions. One of those positions belonged to Brookside football coach Thom Lesiecki. Even though the levy passed recently, ensuring that no further cuts to the athletic or extracurricular programs would be made, Lesiecki’s Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria West football and track coach Billy Joe Hewitt always kept things fun

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Shortly after the announcement of this year’s Elyria Sports Hall of Fame class, Billy Joe Hewitt found himself thumbing through a recent copy of the banquet program. Hewitt, a longtime teacher and coach in the Elyria school system, marveled at the number of athletes he coached and taught along the way. “I think I counted Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria’s Burger was up for big moments

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Jon Burger remembered the high-pressure moment like it was yesterday. Elyria High and Fremont Ross were tied at 21 and Pioneers coach Terry Doan called a timeout with seconds left in the game to allow the junior to attempt a 25-yard field goal. “I remember (Doan) having his arm around me going, ‘You got this, Read More…