August 22, 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…

Division III district baseball: Keystone defends title with seventh-inning rally against Elyria Catholic

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PARMA — Keystone won its third consecutive Division III district championship, but it needed some late magic to pull it off. Junior Korey Horne’s two-run single capped a three-run rally in the top of the seventh inning to give Keystone a lead it would make stand up in a 7-6 win over Elyria Catholic. Keystone Read More…

High school softball: Columbia downs Keystone to wrap up unbeaten PAC season

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LAGRANGE — With a big fifth inning, Columbia turned a close game into a big win over Keystone on Tuesday for the first time in seven years. The Raiders’ bat-around fifth produced four runs and a 6-2 victory in what was expected to be the Patriot Athletic Conference game of the season. Both teams are Read More…

High school baseball: Eli Kraus no-hits Keystone as Buckeye take PAC Stars lead

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YORK TWP. — It certainly qualified as one of the tamest no-hitter celebrations in high school baseball history. That’s mostly because Eli Kraus sets expectations extremely high. The Kent State recruit met them Thursday and made history in the Patriot Athletic Conference showdown of the year. Final score: Buckeye 5, Keystone 0. The Bucks (15-7, Read More…

Young DJ spinning beats to defeat bullies

Alex Angelo, aka DJ Beatboy, performs for sixth-graders Thursday during an anti-bullying program at Keystone Middle School. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

LAGRANGE — Kids can bully for all kind of reasons — even jealousy. Just ask 12-year-old Alex Angelo “DJ Beatboy” Gutierrez, who has opened for the likes of Justin Bieber, Austin Mahone and Sean Kingston. The sixth-grader from Brecksville Middle School sings, dances and spins the tunes. But he still gets teased by classmates who Read More…

Softball: Keystone gets win by scoring 4 runs over final 2 innings

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LAGRANGE — Just call them the Cardiac ’Cats. Keystone did Tuesday what it has done all season — win in come-from-behind fashion. The Wildcats (20-3) overcame a three-run deficit with a pair of unearned runs in both the fifth and six innings to pull out a 5-4 win over Brooklyn and Ball State recruit Jocelyn Read More…

A Special Wish Foundation gives Hurst family reason to smile

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LAGRANGE — As they swung back and forth in bucket seat swings on their brand-new play set, 2-year-old Baen and Bryce Hurst got to experience the pure joy of childhood — something that they haven’t gotten to do all that often in their short lives. On Monday, the nonprofit organization A Special Wish Foundation erected Read More…

Prebis Memorial Classic: Keystone picks up wins, along with some needed confidence

LAGRANGE — After winning its first two games in the Prebis Memorial Classic in walk-off fashion, Keystone decided to ditch the drama vs. Twinsburg. Julie Plas smashed a third-inning grand slam to cap off a nine-run inning and give the Wildcats all its offense in a 9-0 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Plas, making Read More…

Prebis Memorial Classic: Elyria’s tough day includes two losses, injury to star pitcher

LAGRANGE — Sinister forces in the cosmos were notably unkind to Elyria on Saturday. The Pioneers (13-4) lost twice to top-ranked teams as the eighth annual Prebis Memorial Classic wound down at LaGrange Community Park. They surrendered five unearned runs in the eighth inning of a 7-2 morning loss to North Canton Hoover (19-0), the Read More…

High school softball notes: Keystone’s Prebis Classic continues to attract top talent

The Prebis Memorial Classic is in its eighth year and keeps getting better with age. This year’s edition will feature 40 games played over two days on nine fields at LaGrange Community Park and Wellington Recreation Park. The 30-team field includes seven teams that played in the state tournament last year in Akron and seven Read More…