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Racing family heads back to Derby Downs
Jul 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Racing family heads back to Derby Downs

Some of the world's fastest youth will descend on Akron this week as the 80th First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby will return to Derby Downs.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Jul 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Sports Briefs

Golf outing supports Knights wrestling Nordonia Knights Wrestling will host a Pin for the Win golf outing Sept. 9 at Astorhurst Country Club at 9 a.m. Cost is $360 per foursome and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. The group is looking for hole sponsors.

Jul 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Golf note

Macedonia resident Drake Tobias finished third in the boys age 16-through-19 age group with an 8-over-par 80 at a Northern Ohio PGA Junior Tour event June 26 at Manakiki Golf Course in Willoughby.

Inner fan yearns for more in summer
Jul 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Inner fan yearns for more in summer

In the heart of July, my sports editor's heart turns to things like fencing and enjoying some downtime.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
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Working on the dribble
Jul 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Working on the dribble

Joseph Levine, 12, of Macedonia, dribbles the ball during the Nordonia Boys and Girls Soccer Camp at Boliantz Stadium July 8.

Jul 12, 2017 12:00 AM

MLB umpire's heroic action shows the good side of sports

We've seen a few athletes reviled due to their decisions to "take the easy way out" rather than celebrating the greatest moments of their careers. We're obsessed with a highly touted and ridiculously overhyped boxing match that looks more like Rocky Balboa vs.

By Frank Aceto Associate Sports Editor
Will competitive balance matter for OHSAA sports?
Jul 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Will competitive balance matter for OHSAA sports?

Competitive balance is a reality starting this fall for the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Count me among those who believe it's not going to matter much -- but I prefer this option than breaking up the OHSAA into separate public and private-school entities.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Late drama highlights Hudson Junior
Jul 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Late drama highlights Hudson Junior

HUDSON -- The 2017 Hudson Junior Invitational felt like a case of "deja vu, all over again." For the second straight year, Mia Kness won the girls championship at the Junior.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Jun 30, 2017 2:01 PM

Bridgestone Invitational to offer military events and initiatives

The Bridgestone Invitational is set to take place Aug. 2 to 6 in Akron.

LeBron or Michael? This 'goat' thing is out of control!
Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM

LeBron or Michael? This 'goat' thing is out of control!

It's a word that has been tossed around like a rag doll in recent years. Goat. No, I'm not talking about the domesticated animal you can find on most farms. The "goat" I'm referring to is pretty much an acronym.

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Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM

World Series of Wiffle Ball returns to Twinsburg

The Twinsburg Baseball League announced it will host the fourth annual Twinsburg World Series of Wiffle Ball Aug 26 and 27 at Liberty Park in Twinsburg.

Staff Report
Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM

KSU player's death offers reminder: Heat can kill

The death of Kent State University football player Tyler Heintz June 13 was a tragedy. It also was a stark reminder: Summer heat can kill. In his preliminary autopsy report, Portage County Coroner Dr.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Hitting the jumper
Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM

Hitting the jumper

Local coaches prepared for heat issues
Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM

Local coaches prepared for heat issues

The local football community was dealt a stunning blow with the death of Kent State University football player Tyler Heintz June 13.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM

Sports Brief

Becker enjoys quality season Nordonia High School softball player Kendall Becker finished her junior year by taking first team Suburban League, first team Northeast Ohio Inland district, and second team All Ohio honors.

Cash returns as Knight hoops coach
Jun 21, 2017 12:00 AM

Cash returns as Knight hoops coach

It's a case of "Back to the Future" for the Nordonia boys basketball program. Former Knights head coach Matt Cash has been offered the head coaching position for a second time after coach Mike Griffen decided to step down.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
KSU football player likely died due to heat illness
Jun 21, 2017 12:00 AM

KSU football player likely died due to heat illness

Kent State University freshman football player Tyler Heintz likely died as a result of "hyperthermia," a dangerously high body temperature, following a team workout with the Golden Flashes June 13 at Dix Stadium. Portage County Coroner Dr.

By Allen Moff Staff Writer
Winning the Battle at Barlow
Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Winning the Battle at Barlow

The Nordonia Lady Knights 10U fastpitch softball team won the 10U division at the Battle at Barlow in Hudson June 4. Team members include, front row, from left, Jalena Newrones, Victoria Shiban, Laura Garey, Savanna Adamini and Larken Koran.

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Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Summer Camps

Youth soccer camp returns The Nordonia High School boys and girls youth soccer camps will take place July 7 to 9 at Boliantz Stadium. Camp will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 7 and 9 to 11:30 a.m. July 8 and 9 for students entering kindergarten through fourth grade.

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Power of racism, even over sports, saddens, angers

It's been said that sports holds a mirror to society. I believe that statement is accurate -- and much that it reflects is ugly, particularly of one of this society's most difficult subjects: Race.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor