Sports Category

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

First state champ in school history, softball star, headline NOHS athletic HOF Class

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Some of the best athletes in the history of North Olmsted High will be honored when they are inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame.

The 2016 HOF class includes the team which won the school’s first state title in any sport and a softball/soccer player who went on to become the head softball coach at a Division I college program, as well as two …Read More

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