July 26, 2014

Medina
Mostly sunny
72°F

Buckeye’s dream ride is over

Bob Daniels The Gazette LaGRANGE TWP. — The Keystone softball team defeated Buckeye for the third time this season, but the Wildcats’ 5-1 win Friday in the Lagrange Division II District final was different.             It secured the Wildcats’ 27th district championship — 13th in the last 14 seasons — and a spot in the Bucyrus Read More…

Colts give Wildcats a scare

Bob Daniels The Gazette LaGRANGE TWP. — Keystone, the second-ranked Division II softball team in the state, found itself in a jam against sub-.500 Cloverleaf on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats trailed the Colts by two runs in the fifth inning of their LaGrange District semifinal at Community Park, and Cloverleaf pitcher Sierra Pickett was working Read More…

Softball: Raiders win close one

Columbia’s Sam Goode steals second base as Black River’s Hannah Messenger is unable to come up with the softball in the sixth inning. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

SULLIVAN TWP. — Pitchers Christine Lyzen of Columbia and Black River’s Dagmar Smith are summertime travel-ball teammates and friends of longstanding. But put them in opposite dugouts during the high school season and all that buddy-buddy stuff goes on the back burner. They faced each other Tuesday in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game and Read More…

Blue Devils take control in the 3rd quarter vs. Elyria

Brunswick Bri Moss grabs a rebound next to Elyria Mariah Johnson in first half. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE MANHEIM)

ELYRIA — The Brunswick girls basketball team got a boost from its defense Wednesday night to overtake Elyria in Northeast Ohio Conference River Division action. But it was a sophomore guard who revved up the offense in the third quarter to lift the Blue Devils from a six-point halftime rut to a 51-37 win. Paige Read More…

Pirates dominate, win first district softball title

Black River’s Taylor Goff scores as  Columbia catcher Sara Viccarone can’t handle the throw. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY CHUCK HUMEL)

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — They say it’s gorgeous in Massillon this time of year, and Black River’s softball team will experience its loveliness firsthand next week after winning the North Ridgeville Division III District. The Pirates got the offense rolling early and cruised to a 12-1 victory over Columbia on Thursday for the school’s first district Read More…

Online posting fires up Wildcats for softball showdown

Keystone’s Alyson Broschk steals second base on a high throw to Black River’s Kayla Finkel. Below, the Wildcats’ Alisha Silva jumps on home plate after belting a home run. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE MANHEIM)

LAGRANGE — It wasn’t the French bread pizza, fries and chocolate milk alone that got Keystone’s Alyson Broschk pumped Wednesday afternoon. Even dining on such fine cuisine is unlikely to fuel a 3-for-3 day at the plate that included two triples, three runs scored, an RBI and two stolen bases. Broschk, the Wildcats senior right Read More…

Boys basketball: The Dukes’ defense dooms Pirates

WELLINGTON — Nathan Starkey and Ethan Herman put on a defensive clinic Tuesday. The Wellington guards caused clusters of first-half turnovers that resulted in a bunch of points in transition and led directly to the Dukes’ 85-48 rout of Black River. It was a Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division victory in which Wellington (14-2, 12-1) Read More…

Boys soccer: Buckeye’s Tyler Yurik nets penalty kick to forge tie

Buckeye’s Ben Szustak, middle, battles with Oberlin’s Luke Young. Below, a shot attempt by the Phoenix’s Sam Weiss sails over the goal as Bucks keeper Aaron Klubnik awaits. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY CHUCK HUMEL)

OBERLIN — From a Buckeye point of view, it was a matter of justice delayed. If you’re an Oberlin fan, it was justice denied. The Oberlin boys, leading Buckeye 1-0 in an important Patriot Athletic Conference soccer match, saw victory evaporate in the final 12 seconds Wednesday afternoon. Oberlin was called for a takedown in Read More…

Lorain Xplosion ends drought, brings home Lorain County’s first OGSO state title since 2008

RANDOLPH TWP. – You’ve heard it countless times: the team that makes the fewest errors wins the big game.
Likewise, it’s been proven true countless times, as recently as Saturday afternoon in the searing heat and swirling dust of Portage County.
There, in a softball showdown for girls 18 and under, the Lorain Xplosion scored three unearned [...] Read More…

A loss, but also a stepping stone for Black River

ELYRIA — Black River’s club soccer team made history Monday night. The young and inexperienced Pirates took on Elyria Catholic in their first OHSAA tournament match at Knights of Columbus Field. While they finished a winless season with their ninth loss, they stayed close to the Panthers for a half. The final score was 6-0 Read More…