Sports Category

Hamilton begins 28th year as voice of summer in Cleveland

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Avon Lake

By Michael Fitzpatrick

We’ve heard his voice so often over the years it’s not hard to think of him as a family member.

If that’s the case for you, then remember he lives in Avon Lake if you want to send him a Christmas card this winter. That’s where you’ll find the home of Tom Hamilton, the living, breathing soundtrack of the Cleveland Indians.

Hamilton’s been calling …Read More

Middle-schooler continues to light up gyms and ponder where he’ll play next year

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017


By Michael Fitzpatrick

His first words were, besides mama and dada, “LeBron James” and “Cavs.”

He started playing competitive basketball at age 5 and by third grade was ranked the No. 1 player in his age group in the country (yes, they do rank players at that young of an age, so go ahead and roll your eyes and shake your head).

Now, as high school beckons, he …Read More

McLeod’s dream career as NBA broadcaster is natural fit

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Bay Village

By Michael Fitzpatrick

As a college pitcher in the 1970s, Fred McLeod one day dreamed of pitching in the Major Leagues.

A right-handed pitcher who was good enough to go undefeated (13-0) during his college career at Point Park University as a reliever/spot starter, he ended up with a career in pro sports, only not as a pitcher, but instead, as the television play-by-play man for …Read More

R.J. says convenience of Westlake appeals to him; talks about the best he’s faced

Monday, November 28th, 2016


By Michael Fitzpatrick

Veteran Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson maintains an in-season residence in Westlake. He chose to live there in part because of its easy access to downtown and Quicken Loans Arena.

Don’t expect to see the 16-year pro out and about town. He said the team feeds him so well at the training facility and at the arena he rarely ventures out to eat. He …Read More

McCall’s transition to big-time college football a work in progress

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

By Michael Fitzpatrick

Former North Ridgeville high standout running back Demario McCall said his transition to big- time college football is going smoothly.

Used sparingly thus far during his freshmen season at Ohio State, McCall — a four-star recruit — has had little problem making plays when given the opportunity to perform at the end of Buckeye blowout wins. In the Buckeye’s first 10 games, he’s rushed …Read More