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Mar 27, 2017 8:36 PM

Falls baseball plays well in loss to St. Edward

Early error proves difference in the game as Eagles win 5-1

By Michael Leonard | Sports Editor
Plotting a course to the North East
Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Plotting a course to the North East

Woodridge senior Eli Yoho signed a national letter of intent March 22 to continue his academic and wrestling careers at Mercyhursy North East, a junior college located in North East, Penn. Yoho carries a 1.96 grade-point average at Woodridge and plan to major in liberal arts at North East.

For Woodridge fans, these are the good old days
Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

For Woodridge fans, these are the good old days

When I first became sports editor in 2002, I had heard a lot about the athletic reputation of Cuyahoga Falls and Walsh Jesuit high schools, and even a bit about Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. When asked about Woodridge High School, my first question was, "Where's that?

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Woodridge softball looks to tighten up defense

The switch last year to the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division from the County Division was not exactly a smooth one for the Woodridge softball team. The Bulldogs finished with a 7-19 overall record and a 4-11 mark in their division. Mental lapses in the field were a major factor.

By Roger Gordon Correspondent
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Falls softball to bring plenty of enthusiasm
Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Falls softball to bring plenty of enthusiasm

When it comes to the Cuyahoga Falls softball team, there are several questions that need to be answered during the spring. Fortunately for 19th-year head coach Kim Applegarth, chemistry is not one of them. "They're working hard," she said.

By Frank Aceto Associate Sports Editor
CVCA baseball looking to build on district run
Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

CVCA baseball looking to build on district run

A handful of one-run losses, most of them in Principals' Athletic Conference games, kept the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy baseball team from a very successful season a year ago. The Royals finished 14-14 overall, as well as 6-6 and in fourth place in the PAC.

By Roger Gordon Correspondent
Bulldog baseball seeks return to top of PTC
Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Bulldog baseball seeks return to top of PTC

Woodridge baseball's standards do not change from year to year. The Bulldogs goals are simple every year: Win the league, win the district title and win 20 games. The fact Woodridge accomplished none of those goals in 2016 was distressing to longtime coach Dennis Dever.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Black Tiger baseball looks to rise
Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Black Tiger baseball looks to rise

When he took over the program prior to last season, coach Scott Koenig knew reviving the fortunes of Cuyahoga Falls baseball likely would be a multi-year process. Year one certainly showed how much work needed to be done. Falls finished 2016 with record of 2-25.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Walsh's Fields finishes the job, wins state title
Mar 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Walsh's Fields finishes the job, wins state title

COLUMBUS -- There have been a lot of changes this year for Walsh Jesuit wrestling. One constant, however, has been the excellence of junior 126-pounder Matt Fields throughout the season.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Massey scores All-Ohio honors for Woodridge
Mar 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Massey scores All-Ohio honors for Woodridge

Columbus -- Results from the Division II state wrestling tournament might indicate the best season in the history of Woodridge wrestling ended with a whimper. Woodridge coach Mike Massey will have none of that. He knows the ups and downs of the state tournament are too hard to predict.

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

Trading his maroon for purple

Woodridge senior Sharif Howard committed March 13 to continue his academic and football careers at the University of Mount Union in Alliance. Pictured above are, in front, Sharif Howard. Back row, from left, are father Kevin Howard, mother Julia Howard and Woodridge football coach Jeff Decker.

CVCA's Decatur twins win state wrestling titles
Mar 19, 2017 12:00 AM

CVCA's Decatur twins win state wrestling titles

COLUMBUS -- There had been hype around Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Jacob and Jordan Decatur since their days in middle school. It not hard to see why. The Decatur twins each possess a unique mix of speed and power that made them players on the national youth wrestling scene.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Ironmen end record season for Woodridge boys
Mar 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Ironmen end record season for Woodridge boys

A resilient Woodridge boys basketball team faced the flurry of 3-point shots and speed by Cleveland Central Catholic in a district semifinal clash, then challenged it, and fell eventually in a hard-fought season-ending 77-59 loss.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Moyer wins, Falls boys roll at states
Mar 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Moyer wins, Falls boys roll at states

Even Cuyahoga Falls boys bowling coach Tim Wiant admitted the fact his team reached the Division I state tournament was a mild upset. Once teams get to states, however, unexpected and even magical things can take place.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Mar 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Eight local wrestlers win on day one at states

COLUMBUS -- Cuyahoga Falls-based schools enjoyed a solid first day at the 80th OHSAA state wrestling tournament March 9 at Value City Arena in Columbus. All eight local wrestlers advanced to day two March 10, with six of them advancing to the quarterfinals.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Mar 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Bulldogs repeat fourth place at state

When the dust settled at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl March 4, Woodridge boys bowling found itself back in the same spot it finished last year. There's nothing wrong with that.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Woodridge boys edge CVCA in instant classic
Mar 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Woodridge boys edge CVCA in instant classic

The sectional final game between Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Woodridge was one of those boys basketball battles that no one deserved to lose.

By Steve Batko Correspondent
Woodridge wrestling sends three on to states
Mar 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Woodridge wrestling sends three on to states

ALLIANCE -- Woodridge wrestling sent six wrestlers to the Division II district tournament at Alliance March 3 and 4, which was two less than last year. However, Bulldogs coach Mike Massey believed his team might have a quality-over-quantity advantage.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
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CVCA finishes strong third at Alliance district
Mar 12, 2017 12:00 AM

CVCA finishes strong third at Alliance district

ALLIANCE -- For the past few years, talented individuals have kept the flame burning for Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy wrestling. That said, the days of CVCA competing for district or state team titles, like earlier in the decade, seemed to have gone.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor
Mar 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Falls wrestling sees season end at districts

Just about every coach and observer who handicapped the field at the Division I district wrestling tournament at North Canton Hoover had the same impression. The Hoover district was going to be one the toughest districts in recent memory.

By Michael Leonard Sports Editor