Sports Category

Run of late-inning losses results in bad flashback for longtime Tribe fan

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Nothing can torment the soul of a baseball fan more than seeing their team go down to defeat in a last-inning loss.

As a diehard Cleveland Indians fan dating back to the 1973 season I’ve experienced my share of tough-to-swallow, walk-off losses, as they are now called. None made one gag more than that Game Seven walk-off, extra-inning loss to the Florida Marlins in the 1997 …Read More

Prized pitching prospect has team off to solid start

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Olmsted Falls
Michael Fitzpatrick

With his long hair and carefree attitude off the mound, Collin Romel doesn’t fit the prototypical profile of your major college baseball prospect.
But when the Olmsted Falls junior does toe the rubber, it’s a totally different story.
“I don’t like to lose,” said Romel, a 6-foot-1, left-handed pitcher.
Romel has started the season off with a 3-0 record and has not allowed an earned …Read More

Area athletes give all at competitive Comet Relays

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

By Joe Ostrica

With 49 teams – 25 for boys and 24 for girls – competing at the 61st Comet Relays at Amherst High School last Saturday, there was plenty of talent on display for fans of local high school track and field. Magnificat placed the highest among area schools, finishing fourth overall in girls action. Avon’s Lady Eagles tied Brunswick for seventh. Westlake led area …Read More

Pirates near .500 after doubleheader split with Rangers

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Rocky River
By Michael Fitzpatrick

It’s been a season of extremes for the Rocky River Pirates this baseball season, according to coach Darryl Sanders.
“We’ve either won big or lost big,” said Sanders of his team, whose record stood at 4-6 as of April 23 after the Pirates split a doubleheader with North Ridgeville.
“We’ve been getting decent pitching. It’s either been a question with our defense or …Read More

Rangers defy odds, reach district final

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Division I Playoffs
By Joe Ostrica


The North Ridgeville boys basketball team wasn’t supposed to do much in the Division I bracket. Seeded seventh, the Rangers were the favorite to win its first round matchup, but after a 63-61 win over No. 9 Westlake, the Rangers were fortunate to advance to play in round two.

Facing No. 2 seed Elyria in the sectional finals, North Ridgeville shocked hoops …Read More