ROUND-UP: Sports records, ‘warm line,’ OHSAA tourney


The Comets basketball teams will compete in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I district tournament.

The girls earned the number two seed and will face the winner of North Ridgeville vs. Olmsted Falls at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 at Steele High School. The number 11th seed Amherst boys team will face the winner of Avon Lake vs. Lorain at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27.

The Firelands Falcons basketball teams will also compete in the OHSAA Division II district tournament. The boys will take on Holy Name at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Holy Name and the girls will take on the Buckeye Bucks at 1 p.m. Saturday at Firelands.


The Firelands varsity wrestlers clinched the Patriot Athletic Conference championship title on Saturday in competition at Oberlin High School.

They bested second place Buckeye by five points, a first since wrestling under the old Lorain County Conference banner back in 1996. The team was led by DJ Childers and Sean Lipscomb under coach Josh Malave, who was voted the PAC Wrestling Coach of the Year.

The suspense lasted until the very last second of the tourney, when Lipscomb pinned Clearview’s J.D. McCardle in the heavyweight championship match.

His victory raised the Falcons’ point total to 165, topping Buckeye’s 161.5. Brookside placed third with 153.

Childers defeated Justin Ochletree of Keystone 7-6 in the 170-pound title earlier in the day.


Kelly Hall is the sixth player in Firelands basketball history to score 1,000 points. She passed the milestone in Senior Night action against Brookside, which the Falcons won 59-34.

Hall is also now just 10 rebounds away from hitting 1,000 in her Firelands High career. She holds the girls record at FHS, topping the 863 prior record.

Watch for her to cross the 1,000-rebound threshold in sectional semifinal action this Saturday.

“Keely is an unselfish player first and foremost. Winning games is more important than individual stats,” said coach David Kudela.


In a game of runs, the Amherst Lil’ Lady Comettes White Team completed its Lake Erie League Basketball season by defeating the Avon Lake-Black team 24-16. The Comettes finished the regular season with a mark of 18-4, 11-2 in LEBL, tied for second place.

The Comettes opened the game with a 13-2 run. Though, Avon Lake tied the contest at 16-16, the game ended on an 8-0 run as the Comettes employed a “swarm”-pressing defense.

Lindsey McConihe led the way in scoring for the Comettes with eight points. Bella Simmons scored seven. Ava Darmos scored four points, while Izzy Fernandez and Leah Biedenbach scored a bucket apiece. Emma Bruewer made a free throw.

For Avon Lake Black, Ava Shannon scored eight points. Elsa Springer scored four points. Leah Hicov and Samantha Covell each scored a bucket.


A confidential telephone support service for anyone in Lorain County experiencing mental health challenges — such as loneliness, anxiety, or substance abuse — has been launched.

The Nord Center, with support from the Lorain County Board of Mental Health, has launched its free “warm line.”

It is staffed by mental health consumers who have experienced mental health issues themselves. Having learned to live a full life through their own recovery, these “peer support specialists” want to help others struggling with similar concerns.

Peer support specialists do not diagnose or treat, but are trained to listen and offer non-judgmental support and shared experiences of hope and recovery.

“Support from those who have experienced similar issues can be a source of great comfort to someone having trouble coping,” said Amy Denger, Nord Center CEO and COO. “We received nearly 16,500 calls to our emergency/crisis line last year. Our goal with the warm line is to provide support and encouragement to individuals before they reach a point of crisis. Sometimes they just need someone to talk to who understands what they are going through.”

Warm line services are available from 1-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 800-888-6161 and ask to be connected to the warm line.


The deadline to register to vote in the March 15 primary is 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

For more information, call the Lorain County Board of Elections at 440-326-5900 or visit