May 28, 2015

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Bill banning caffeine powder clears state house

COLUMBUS — A bill banning the sale of pure caffeine products in Ohio cleared the state House on Wednesday, one year after a high school senior overdosed on a powdered form of the stimulant and died. The legislation would make it a misdemeanor offense to sell products consisting solely or primarily of caffeine that’s manufactured Read More…

Regional Softball: Senior Liz Hayes serves as leader for young Keystone Wildcats

Senior-heavy softball teams have faced less daunting tasks than the one Keystone’s young Wildcats will take on this afternoon. Six sophomores, including their No. 1 pitcher, two juniors and a freshman are expected to start against Sandusky Perkins when the second-ranked Wildcats take the field in a 5 p.m. Division II regional semifinal at Bucyrus Read More…

Division II district track and field: Elyria Catholic boys and Keystone girls pull off surprises with second-place finishes

ORRVILLE — It’s a bit of an understatement to say the runner-up finishes by the Elyria Catholic boys and Keystone girls at Saturday’s Orrville Division II district track meet were big surprises. Although both teams are certainly talented, neither the Panthers nor the Wildcats did anything spectacular during the regular season to suggest that kind Read More…

District Softball: Destiny’s darling — Weber hits grand slam as Keystone claims 28th district title

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LAGRANGE — Destiny Weber, Keystone’s junior catcher and outfielder, missed 13 games this season with back problems. Her absence deprived the Wildcats of more than a veteran player with significant tournament experience. It took a nearly .440 batting average, four doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs out of the lineup. Weber returned to action Read More…

Division II district softball: Keystone blanks Firelands

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LAGRANGE — Keystone’s storied softball program will play for its 28th district championship this afternoon at Community Park. The young Wildcats, with one senior on the roster, advanced Monday with a 4-0 victory over Firelands in a Division II district semifinal. It wasn’t easy for the third-ranked Wildcats (23-5). The Falcons (17-11) showed up well-prepared. Read More…

Boys basketball: Brett Bartlett leaving Firelands to coach Big Walnut

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HENRIETTA TWP. — Brett Bartlett hit the ground running as a first-time head basketball coach at Firelands. The former Keystone basketball standout led Firelands to the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship in his first year and kept the Falcons competitive. But on Friday, Bartlett informed Firelands athletic director Kennie Searight and the board of Read More…

Correction

A story Thursday said Keystone High School, which ranked 120th, was the next school behind Avon Lake High School to be listed on the U.S. News & World Report 2015 Best High Schools. The next school behind Avon Lake was actually Oberlin High School, which ranked 31st.

Sectional Baseball: Firelands brings bats, wins title, sends Keystone home

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HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands coach Dan Ransom wanted his team to do one thing against Keystone: Hit the ball hard. The Falcons did that and overcame a late-inning deficit to defeat the Wildcats 9-7 in a Division II sectional final Thursday. The win snapped a string of six consecutive sectional titles for the Wildcats (18-8) Read More…

H.S. Track: Firelands coach Greg Northeim gets PAC title as retirement gift

OBERLIN — Greg Northeim’s final regular-season meet after 25 years as Firelands coach had a little bit of everything — intrigue, controversy and,  most importantly, a Patriot Athletic Conference title. With a win in the final event — the 1,600-meter relay — the Falcons clinched their third consecutive boys PAC championship Thursday, finishing with 131.5 Read More…

High school softball: Third-ranked Keystone finds way to win, slips past Vermilion with unearned run, just two hits

LAGRANGE — Keystone has aspirations of playing softball into the month of June, but Wednesday the Wildcats’ dreams nearly ended in the middle of May. Though the Wildcats (22-5) were able to get just two hits off Vermilion sophomore Becca Oates, they still scratched out a 1-0 win thanks to an unearned run in the Read More…