August 22, 2014

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Keystone’s Jim Piazza named national coach of the year

Jim Piazza, who led undefeated Keystone to the Division II state softball championship last month, is the national high school coach of the year. The honor was announced Friday by ESPNHS, the cable TV network’s high school sports website. “Jim Piazza has coached Ohio’s winningest softball program for the last decade,” the announcement said. “And Read More…

Celebrating success: Party, parade honor Keystone’s state championship softball teams

LAGRANGE — Poland Seminary and Greenville couldn’t do it and neither could 30 other Keystone softball opponents this season. Mother Nature did it Friday night when she rained on the Wildcats’ parade. But like the softball opposition’s, her efforts also failed. Rain, thunder and lightning couldn’t discourage a crowd of perhaps 400 from attending the Read More…

She’s the one: Keystone’s Kenzie Conrad named country’s top high school softball player by MaxPreps website

LAGRANGE — Another day, another honor. They just keep coming for Keystone’s state championship softball team. Kenzie Conrad, a major force in the Wildcats’ unbeaten run to the Division II state title June 2, was named national high school player of the year Tuesday by MaxPreps, an online affiliate of CBS Sports.com. It is the 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…

High school softball notes: 13th Elyria Classic set for today

Elyria is hoping 13 will be a lucky number today when it hosts the 13th annual Elyria Softball Classic at the Elyria West softball complex. The Pioneers will take the field at 10 a.m. against Fairview. Columbia will play Vanlue at the same time, while at 11:30 Midview will open against North Olmsted and Bay Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone just can’t keep up with top-seeded Norwayne

WOOSTER — There were no excuses and no regrets Friday night following Keystone’s 63-56 loss to top-seeded Norwayne in a Division III sectional final at Wooster High School. Still, there was some sadness. After all, the loss brought to an end two eras for the ’Cats as coach Greg Morgan and senior Caleb Schillace walked Read More…

No champs this year: Lorain County wrestlers struggle at state meet, but five still have shot at third place

COLUMBUS — It was a dark day for Lorain County wrestling. Not just because of the torrential downpour surrounding Value City Arena on Friday during the high school state wrestling tournament, but because the county failed to place a wrestler in a state final for the first time in more than a decade. The area’s Read More…

Keystone won’t have star for big game

Schillace

Keystone will be without its top player when it goes for a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title Tuesday at home against Wellington. Caleb Schillace, the PAC Player of the Year and the Lorain County Division II Player of the Year last season, spent Sunday night in the hospital after what is Read More…

High school wrestling: Keystone’s Spangler brothers become four-time PAC champs

COLUMBIA STATION — It was a memorable Patriot Athletic Conference Tournament for Keystone seniors William and Brian Spangler. The twin brothers became the third and fourth wrestlers to become four-time PAC Tourney champions Saturday at Columbia High School, joining Clearview’s Jon Bill and Wellington’s Justin Bockmore on the all-time list. But the Wildcats, despite leading Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone’s closing flurry finishes Western Reserve

LAGRANGE — Things were looking bleak for Keystone on Saturday night. With star forward Caleb Schillace on the bench with four fouls, visiting Western Reserve rebounded from a seven-point halftime deficit with a 16-2 third-quarter surge, and led by eight with just 3:32 remaining. But behind Schillace, who scored nine of his 11 points in Read More…