April 26, 2015


Brookside teacher saves choking student

Jason Cox and Donna Rini recount how the Brookside High School teacher used the Heimlich maneuver to save him as he was choking on a Skittle. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

SHEFFIELD — Donna Rini is the one teacher at Brookside High School about whom everyone is talking about right now. If they didn’t know her before Wednesday, they definitely know who she is now. In the classroom, students are singing her praises, calling her a hero. And, in the halls, Rini is getting high-fives. Rini Read More…

‘Balloon Lagoon’ open at French Creek Nature Center


“The Boo-Loon Lagoon” at French Creek Nature Center in Sheffield is a family-friendly swamp walkthrough made entirely out of balloons by Sheila Kepic, a balloon artist from Sheffield Lake. It will be open to the public through Monday. The annual French Creek Trick-or-Treat Trail is 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

Sectional volleyball: Brookside delivers after bad game, ousts Bay in five


LAGRANGE — Thursday night’s Division II sectional championship volleyball match between Brookside and Bay had more twists and turns than a country road. Brookside outlasted the Rockets with three-point wins in the second and third games to take control of the match, before Bay destroyed the Cardinals in the fourth to set up an all-or-nothing Read More…

Brookside High, Midview West named ‘Schools of Promise’

Midview West Elementary and Brookside High School were among the 122 Schools of Promise announced Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Education. The designation recognizes student and staff achievement but carries no cash award or extra funding, according to department spokesman Patrick Gallaway. William Emery, president of the board of the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools, said Read More…

Milestone moment: Black River coach Al Young gets 150th win as Pirates pound Brookside

SULLIVAN TWP. — Before Black River coach Al Young could address his team Friday after a 62-13 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division win over Brookside, hard-hitting senior linebacker Austin Jones interrupted to hand him the game ball. For a man who bleeds Pirates black and gold and is in his 22nd year as the team’s Read More…

Volleyball: Brookside decks Wellington for outright conference title

WELLINGTON — When Wellington began Tuesday’s match with two straight aces from Karly Rollin, Brookside coach Ted Whitsel might have been thinking it wasn’t his team’s night. As it turned out, he had nothing to worry about, except for how to celebrate. The visiting Cardinals quickly overcame a slow start by romping over Wellington in Read More…

Volleyball: Brookside sweeps Keystone, rolls to 13-0 in PAC

SHEFFIELD TWP. — It’s all about the system. Brookside coach Ted Whitsel, now in his 13th year, had his Cardinals systematically take apart Keystone 25-15, 25-19 and 25-20 Thursday night in Patriot Athletic play and sweep the season series from the Wildcats for the first time in a good long while. “These girls have done Read More…

High school girls soccer: Bucks stop hot Brookside

Brookside's Sheridan Barno, left, and Buckeye's Paige Cremeans chase the ball. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

YORK TWP. — After winning just one conference match in the previous three seasons, Brookside has made a meteoric rise up the Patriot Athletic Conference standings this season. Going into Wednesday’s match with Buckeye, the Cardinals were a game from first place in the Stars Division. The Bucks made sure Brookside would get no closer. Read More…

Back-to-back blazes strike in Sheffield

This house on Kevin Street in Sheffield was gutted by a fire early Sunday morning. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

SHEFFIELD — Back-to-back fires that nearly destroyed two Sheffield homes kept firefighters busy most of Saturday night and well into Sunday morning. The first fire happened around 8:35 p.m. Saturday, when residents inside 4881 French Creek ran out of the house after noticing a fire. It’s believed the fire began outside the home, then traveled Read More…

High school volleyball: Brookside win over Buckeye nets PAC lead

MEDINA — With sole possession of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division lead on the line Thursday night, Brookside’s Jeanine Musall took her game up a notch. But if you ask the senior hitter, she got by with a little help from her friends. Musall, who finished with 24 kills on 41-of-48 hitting, guided the Read More…