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Recent articles by Ben:

Captains ice Nikhazy’s birthday 10-strikeout performance with 6-1 victory – News-Herald

Left hander Doug Nikhazy looked for some birthday magic on the mound when the Captains battled Fort Wayne and looked for their sixth straight win at Classic Park on Aug. 11. Nikhazy struck out 10 T… → Read More

Captains walk it off in extras against Great Lakes, 6-5

The Captains were behind the eight ball early as they welcomed back the Great Lakes Loons and continued their series at Classic Park on Aug. 5. But two late solo home runs tied it up and sent the g… → Read More

Captains can’t stop Loons’ bats, fall 5-4 in 11 innings – News-Herald

After a two-run home run to left in the fourth inning and a score on a wild pitch in the eighth, the Captains led Great Lakes by three runs as the game went to the bottom of the ninth. But the Loon… → Read More

Captains shut out Dayton as pitching dominates day

In just his second start for Lake County, Jack Leftwich dazzled as the Captains opened their series with Dayton at Classic Park on July 12. The righty went six innings, struck out 11 and gave up ju… → Read More

Alexfri Planez’s homer keys Captains’ 5-2 win over Fort Wayne – News-Herald

The Captains had an answer every time Fort Wayne pulled ahead in the cap to their road trip on July 10. A three-run home run by Alexfri Planez in the eighth proved to be the difference maker as Lak… → Read More

Kirtland’s Johnny Sayle wins men’s Johnnycake Jog – News-Herald

His third five-mile race proved to be the charm as Johnny Sayle crossed the line first at the Johnnycake Jog on July 10. It marked the second week in a row the Kirtland alumni crossed the line firs… → Read More

Lansing uses two home runs to sink Captains, 8-4, in series finale

Lansing hit two home runs in the first four innings to put Lake County behind the eight ball early on July 3 as the two completed their series at Classic Park. The early deficit proved to be too mu… → Read More

Johnny Sayle, Katherine Byrne top charts in Captains Grand Slam 5K

Johnny Sayle has grown used to the layout of the Captains Grand Slam 5K course, as the Kirtland alumni crossed the line first for the second year in a row on July 3. Once the race started, Sayle ne… → Read More

Willoughby resident Marcus Manzi wins gold medals in shot put, 50-meter dash at Special Olympics in Columbus

It was a new experience for Marcus Manzi when he and his family made the trip to the Ohio State campus for the Special Olympics on June 24-26. After he won the shot put and 50-meter dash in regiona… → Read More

Captains pull ahead in eighth to down Sky Carp, 5-3

The Lake County Captains needed to play like the Avengers if they wanted to defeat Beloit on “Defenders of the Diamond Night” on June 18 at Classic Park. Players donned Hulk-themed jers… → Read More

Benedictine’s Derrell Bedingfield thrives in N-H Senior Bowl for Blue team – News-Herald

Derrell Bedingfield is a problem on the defense no matter the situation. That didn’t change in The News-Herald Senior Bowl on June 17 at Mayfield when the Blue team linebacker caused havoc ea… → Read More

High school scoreboard May 16

Baseball Elyria 8, Olmsted Falls 5 Olmsted Falls 010 003 1 — 5 8 1 Elyria 100 133 x — 8 8 1 Elyria: Ja. Holmberg 2B, 2 RBI, Jo. Holmberg 2 RBI; Olmsted Falls: Dirk 2 RBI, Ovelgonne 2 RBI WP: Jo. Ho… → Read More

North Ridgeville softball: Rangers surge ahead of Strongsville, 8-0, advance to district final

After scoring a run in the bottom of the second to take the lead, North Ridgeville counted on pitcher Katie Barnhart to maintain it as the Rangers hosted 11th-seeded Strongsville in a D-I district … → Read More

Dayton plates go-ahead run in seventh to beat Captains, 4-3

However, Lake County couldn’t capitalize, as the Captains went strikeout, groundout to end the game. They fell, 4-3 , and dropped 4-4 on the season with the second game later in the day. The Dragon… → Read More

High School Scoreboard for Feb. 14

Girls basketball Parma 64, North Olmsted 35 N. Olmsted 10 11 8 6 — 35 Parma 12 17 21 14 — 64 Boys BOWLING Lutheran West 2,081, Elyria Catholic 1,665 Avon Lake 2,388, North Olmsted 2,117 Girls BOWLI… → Read More

High School Scoreboard for Feb. 5

Boys basketball Rocky River 79, Bay 67 Bay: Hook 11, Moell 13, Spellman 7, George 16, Mendelow 7, Payne 3, Chesterfield 4 Rocky River: Spies 15, Tomsik 12, O’Brien 3, Patti 8, Givia 4, Heuber 6, Lo… → Read More

High School Scoreboard for Jan. 19

Girls basketball Bay 59, North Olmsted 21 Bay 19 19 14 7 — 59 N. Olmsted 6 8 3 4 — 21 Avon 41, Avon Lake 26 Avon Lake 3 12 8 3 — 26 Avon 16 12 2 11 — 41 Firelands 49, Clearview 28 Firelands: Simmon… → Read More

High School Scoreboard for Jan. 10

Girls basketball Columbia 46, Beachwood 15 Columbia: Champagne 12, Washburn 10, Menge 2, Friscone 3, Hottell 1, Hritz 2, Schulke 5, Miller 1, Heiderer 1 Beachwood: Shehadeh 3, Edwards 6, Blackwell … → Read More

North grad Destiny Leo named Horizon League player of the week

Destiny Leo has been a crucial part of Cleveland State’s women’s basketball teams 8-0 start to the season, and has added the accolade of being named the Horizon League player of the wee… → Read More

High school scoreboard for Nov. 29

Girls basketball Clearview 41, Fairview 21 Clearview: Pennington 11, Gaddy 8, Rodriguez 6, Todd 5, Castro 5, Hjerpe 2, Flowers 2, Graham 2 Fairview: Davenport 10, Carey 4, Manos 2, Chambers 2, Hill… → Read More