Archive for May 3rd, 2017

Lacrosse has brought out best in mother/daughter team

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Rocky River

By Michael Fitzpatrick

It’s not uncommon in men’s college sports for a father to coach a son.

UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford just finished out a four-year stint of coaching his boy, and in the 1990s, Tubby Smith coached a son on one of Kentucky’s national championship teams.

A mother coaching a daughter in college athletics is a lot more unusual, but it’s been the norm for the Baldwin …Read More

Standout football defender, grappler to join sports hall of fame

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Avon Lake

By Michael Fitzpatrick

A standout football player, wrestler and 1997 graduate is another in the 2017 Class of the Avon Lake Sports Hall of Fame.

Erik Mathisen was a two-time All-Southwestern Conference defensive end and also a three-time state qualifier in wrestling. He capped off his senior year by finishing second in the state in his weight class at the 1997 state wrestling tournament. That followed up …Read More

Browns draft gets thumbs up from local fan base

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

The two men sat inside the dimly lit bar watching the large flat-screen color TV just overhead.

Jeff Toth and Donald Novak both had the same dumbfounded look on their face, a look that screams “what the hell is going on here.”

The bar was Aces Grille. The date was April 27, 2017. The duo, beers in front of them, was watching the annual …Read More