Tuesday, July 1, 2014

News-Herald Senior Bowl record book

Overall victories
Blue: 2 (2011-12)
White: 2 (2013-14)
Largest margin of victory: 16 points (2012)
Smallest margin of victory: 2 points (2011)
Most first downs (team): White 19 (2011)
Most rushing yards (team): White 194 (2013)
Most passing yards (team): Blue 296 (2012)
Most combined yards (team): Blue 385 (2011)
Most penalties (team): Blue 14 (2011)
Most points scored in a game (teams combined): 54 (2011)
Most points scored in a game (team): Blue 28 (2011)
Most points scored in a half (team): Blue 20 (2012)
Most points scored in a quarter (team): Blue 14 (2011-12)
Most passing yards (individual): George Gresko, North 296 (2012)
Most passing touchdowns in a game (individual): Ray Russ, South/George Gresko, North 3 (2011/12)
Most rushing yards (individual): Juwan Ford, Euclid, 134 (2013)
Most rushing touchdowns (individual): Juwan Ford, Euclid, 2 (2013)
Most receiving yards (individual): Rob Johnson, Brush, 136 (2011)
Most receiving touchdowns (individual): Aaron Lindgren, South/Joe Ziccardi, West Geauga 2 (2011-12)
Most carries (individual): Juwan Ford, Euclid, 24 (2013)
Most receptions (individual): Rob Johnson, Brush, 7 (2011)
Most pass completions (individual): George Gresko, North, 17 (2012)
Most pass completions (team): Blue 17 (2012)
Longest touchdown: 40 yards (Clinton James, VASJ pass from Tim Porter, Chagrin Falls) (2011)
Longest reception (individual): Aaron Lindgren, South 72 yards (2011)
Longest pass completion (individual): Ray Russ, South 72 yards (2011)
Longest field goal: Kresimir Ivkovic, Lake Catholic, 42 yards (2011)
Most field goals made: Kresimir Ivkovic, Lake Catholic 2 (2011)
Most extra points made: Dom Tremaglio, Riverside 3 (2011)

Monday, June 2, 2014

North Chagrin Reservation fitness trail gets needed improvements

The fitness trail stations at Cleveland Metroparks' North Chagrin Reservation have been receiving some much-needed attention in recent weeks.

The wood chips around several of the stations had worn away to the point that the dirt turned into mud every time it rained, making the equipment unusable for days at time unless you had a good pair of boots. An enterprising exerciser even put down some sticks near the parallel bars as a makeshift bridge.

But it's all good now. The dirt areas have been filled in so water has a chance to run off instead of pooling up.

Also, the chin-up bar was raised about a foot. Previously, anyone 5-foot-10 or taller could grab the bar without leaving the ground, thus taking the pull out of pull-up.

Props to the Metroparks for fixing things up.

-- Howard Primer


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Draft fever hits Cleveland

A former colleague once jokingly wanted to headline a story about college prospects the Cavaliers were scouting with “Nothing like a cool, refreshing draft.”

While it had nothing to do with the story, it is true about being a fan in Cleveland these days. If you’re on the North Coast and you like sports drafts, this is like putting on a brand-new Johnny Football T-shirt: Cool and refreshing.

No rest for the NFL-draft weary, though. Even though we just finished four months of draft anticipation/excitement/aftermath, it’s time for more.

Just over a week after the Browns drafted cornerback Justin Gilbert and a quarterback from Texas A&M whose jersey you might already have, the Cavaliers won the NBA draft lottery.

So it’s on to debating Andrew Wiggins vs. Jabari Parker vs. Joel Embiid. A couple differences to note about the NBA draft:

— It’s only a month away.

— The draft is over in one night.

Everything about the NFL draft this year, from the star power to the TV ratings, indicates fans can’t get enough, even at three days. But I’ll take the compact NBA version.

Either way, if you like sports drafts, Cleveland is a good place to be this year.

By the way, the Major Leauge Baseball draft starts June 5. The Indians' first pick is No. 21.

-- Howard Primer

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Favorite little league call of all time

It's the time of year when little league begins, and it always reminds me of one of my favorite score calls.

Caller: Zach.

Me: Is that Zach with an H?

Caller: No, with a Z.

It happened about five years ago, but it never gets old.

-- Howard Primer

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Johnny Manziel on SI cover and other memoorable Browns covers

Whether or not Johnny Manziel is a flop, solid starter or future Hall of Famer doesn't matter much right now.

Sports Illustrated's cover featuring Manziel immediately after he was drafted by the Browns with the headline, "Johnny Better Be Good," will be a memorable one.

Other memorable SI covers featuring the Browns include:

- Probably the most famous is the 1995 cover featuring a cartoon illustration of the late Art Modell punching a Browns fan dressed as a dog in the stomach after moving the Browns to Baltimore. 

- Other include the 1999 NFL draft issue featuring Tim Couch, Akili Smith and Top Dawg; Ozzie Newsome after the Browns' dramatic playoff win over the Jets in 1987; and in 1985 after the Browns selected Bernie Kosar in the supplemental draft.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo

Friday, May 2, 2014

NFL draft: Ready for more?

With the NFL draft occuring two weeks later this year, the TV analysts and Internet pundits have managed to do the seemingly impossible: Find more to talk about relating to this year's prospects.

It's not easy to do, considering they have 11 weeks to fill between the scouting combine and the draft.

But that's one place the NFL deserves credit. It has turned the draft and everything leading up to it into its own entity, basically a second season. It has the regular season/playoffs, then the draft. Add in minicamps and training camp, and pro football is in the news 11 months a year (all 12 if you include court cases).

The draft might be expanded to four days in the future. You might think that's too much. If anything, we might be underestimating its popularity. Because as over-hyped, over-analyzed and over-everything it seems, there's an appetite for it -- imagine if the Browns actually hit on their picks.

-- Howard Primer

Friday, April 18, 2014

Lake, Geauga, Eastern Cuyahoga 2014 road racing calendar

Road running races in or near The News-Herald's coverage area of Lake, Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga counties in 2014.
 
April 19: Jellybean Jog 5K, Mentor High School

April 23: Earth Day Run 5K, Cleveland Heights (results)

April 26: O24 24-hour race, Chapin Forest, Kirtland (results)

April 27: Healthy Solon 5K, City of Solon Community Center (results)

April 27: Maple Sap 5 Mile, Chardon (results)

May 4: Fleet Feet 5K, Landerwood Plaza, Pepper Pike (results)

May 4: West End Y Run 5K,Willoughby (results)

May 10: CLE Trail Marathon, Willoughby Hills (results)

May 11: The Race, Legacy Village, Lyndhurst.

May 11: Lake Health/Red Raider Booster/Pump and Run and 5K, Painesville

May 17: Madison Red Bird Run 5K Run/Walk, Madison North Elementary School (results)

May 17: Faith, Hope and Charity 5K, Middlefield (results)

May 24: Father Kline 5K and Rose Wilson Walk, Veterans Park, Mentor (results)

May 25: 1LT Michael L. Runyan 5K Run/Walk, SPIRE Institute, Geneva (results)

May 25: Blossom Time Run 5.25 miles, Philomethian Intermediate School, Chagrin Falls (results)

May 26: University Heights Memorial Day 4-mile Run, John Carroll University (results)

May 31: Johnny's Run 5K & 1 Mile Run, Mentor (results)

May 31: Cro Run 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk, Eastlake (results)

June 1: Race for the Place 5K, Beachwood Place.

June 1: Riverside Cares 5K and Kids Fun Run, Riverside High School (results)

June 1: Freedom Dog Fest 5k Run and 1.75 Mile Mutt Strut, Aurora Dog Park.(results)

June 7: Mayfield Heights Run for Life 5K, The Boneyard, Mayfield Heights (results)

June 8: Trot with the Cops 5K, Bexley Park, South Euclid (results)

June 8: Captains Charities 5K, Classic Park, Eastlake (results)

June 8: Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run, West Woods, Russell Township (results)

June 11: Flag Day 5K, Deepwood Center, Mentor (results)
 
June 13: Lake Cow-nty Stampede 5K, Lake County Fairgrounds

June 14: Get Winded 5K, Euclid YMCA (results)

June 15: Run for the Goal, Beachwood

June 15: Lake Health Half Marathon and 5K, Kirtland (results)

June 21: Ahuja MedicalCenter 5K, Beachwood (results)

June 21: Next Generation 5K, Lake Erie College, Painesville (results)

June 21: Sabre Run at Communion of Saints 5K, Communion of Saints School, Cleveland Heights. (results)

June 22: A Most Excellent Race 10K, 5K, Beaumont School, Cleveland Heights. (5K results, 10K results)

June 22: Run for the Hills 10, Willoughby Hills

June 22: Woodland 5K, Holden Arboretum, Kirtland (results)

June 22: Dice Dash 5K, Mayfield High School

June 28: Willoughby Lions 5K, Willoughby South High School

June 28: Eastern Lake Co Relay For Life 5K Fun Run/Walk, Perry High School

June 29: Danny Parmertor Memorial Run 5K, Mayfield Village (results)

June 29: River Rampage 5K Mud Run, Perry Outdoor YMCA (results)

July 4: Aurora Fun Run 5K, Aurora Library

July 5: Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras 5K Race & 2 Mile Walk, Fairport Harbor

July 12: The Rainbow Run 5K, Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills.

July 12: Run for the Ages, Chardon

July 13: Debbie Hudacko Memorial Hat Trick Run and Walk, Parkview Pool, Mayfield Heights.

July 13: Johnnycake Jog (Ohio's Finest Five Miler), Lake County Fairgrounds

July 18: Friday Night Lights 5K, Mentor High School

July 20: B'nai B'rith Health Run 5K, Warrensville Center Road, University Heights.

July 20: Sunrise Run 5 miles, Painesville 

July 26: Windmill 5K, Conneaut

Aug. 2: St. Gabriel Sprint  Community Day Run 5K, St. Gabriel Parish, Concord Township

Aug. 3: Kathleen Neitert Run For Hope, Aurora.

Aug. 3: Mayfield Wildcat 5K Run, Highland Heights

Aug. 8: Perfect “10” Miler, Lyndhurst

Aug. 10: Run for Diabetes, Madison Township Park

Aug. 23: Lake Health/Uniersity Hospitals Run For Life, Mentor

Aug. 24: Vino and the Beasts 5K obstacle run, Geneva
 
Sept. 1: Aurora Labor Day Classic 5K, Aurora

Sept. 13: Chardon Brewfest Run for Suds 5K, Chip's Clubhouse, Chardon
 
Sept. 20: Diabetes Family Run, Ashtabula

Sept. 21: Nature Center Hike & Run, Shaker Heights

Sept. 27: Footprints for Fatima, John Carroll University, University Heights

Sept. 27: Anytime Fitness Miles for Mutts 5K, Concord Township

Sept. 28: Run for the Grapes 5K, Geneva

Oct. 4: Fall Run for Autism 5K, Mentor

Oct. 4: Get Your Rear in Gear 5K/Walk, Forest Hill Park, Cleveland Heights

Oct. 5: Race for a Safe Place, Aurora.

Oct. 5: Lakeland Community College Clocktower Run 5K, Kirtland

Oct. 12: Jump Back Jog, Beacwhood.

Oct. 12: Northern Ohio Marathon, Half-Marathon, 5K, Fairport Harbor

Oct. 26: Beachwood 5K run, Fairmount School, Beachwood.

Oct. 26: Rabbit Run 5K, Madison

Oct. 26: Madison Avenue School's Hallo Dash 5K, Riverside High School

Nov. 1: EATON-Euclid 5K, Euclid

Nov. 27: YMCA Turkey Day 5K, Painesville

Nov. 27: Aurora Turkey Trot

Corrections/additions? HPrimer@News-Herald.com

Sources: Hermes Cleveland, HMA Promotions, Ohiorunner.com calendar, Greater Cleveland XC, Northeast Running Club