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High school football: Elyria’s Tracy Sprinkle, Midview’s Cody Callaway and Clearview’s Chad Anderson district players of the year

Every high school football player puts together a handful of goals before the season. Midview junior Cody Callaway trimmed his list to three. “One was to get all-state recognition,” Callaway said. “The others were to get to the playoffs and win a state title.” Two out of three ain’t bad. Callaway will earn his All-Ohio 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…

Soccer: Brookside scores first but leaves tourney trail

YORK TWP. — On a cold, rainy night, sometimes something has to happen in order for a soccer team to snap back into focus. For the Buckeye girls, who beat Brookside 3-1 Monday in a Rocky River Division II sectional opener, it was the first goal of the game. The Cardinals (11-4-1) woke up the Read More…

High school cross country: Clearview’s Mike Hollingsworth repeats as Wilhelm Classic champ

ELYRIA — Mike Hollingsworth wasted no time in showing he was more than up to the task of defending his title at Saturday’s 44th Jack Wilhelm Cross Country Classic. Hollingsworth, a Clearview senior, clocked 18 minutes, 13.88 seconds, nearly duplicating the winning time of 18:12.40 he posted a year ago. “I knew that I had Read More…

Volleyball: Brookside refuses to fold vs. Keystone

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LAGRANGE — As he left the gym at Keystone High School, Brookside volleyball coach Ted Whitsel had a final message for Wildcats’ coach Bud Trego. “Do me a favor, don’t pick my bracket. Really, I don’t want to see you in my bracket, Bud,” Whitsel called as he walked towards the door. Whitsel was talking Read More…

Arrest tape played at woman’s shooting trial

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ELYRIA — The woman on trial for shooting her former boyfriend in the abdomen in 2010 after he forced open their bedroom door said after her arrest, “My boyfriend was abusive — he snapped,” according to a tape recording played Tuesday. An Ohio Highway Patrol trooper, Joshua Bolduan, said Tina D’Agostino was crying during the Read More…

Volleyball: Brookside soars in three-game win over Lorain

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SHEFFIELD — If a coach could use a mulligan in volleyball, then Lorain’s Lynne Rositano would have done away with Game 2 on Wednesday night. Unfortunately for her Titans … no such luck. In a battle of volleyball powers, the Brookside Cardinals held off Lorain for a 25-19, 25-9, 25-20 win in non-conference action. The Read More…

Bank robbery conviction nixed over search

A federal appeals court has thrown out Robert Starnes Jr.’s conviction for three 2010 bank robberies because of how investigators went about obtaining much of the physical evidence used against him during his trial. Starnes has long argued that the searches of his Sheffield Lake apartment and his vehicle were illegal because they were conducted 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…

Volleyball: Brookside sweeps Firelands for perfect first half in PAC

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HENRIETTA TWP. — Nothing was going to distract Brookside on Tuesday night at Firelands. Not a delayed bus. Not a late start. Nothing. The Cardinals started and finished fast in knocking off the Falcons in three games — 25-11, 25-22, 25-9 — to put the Cardinals comfortably in the driver’s seat for a second straight Read More…