September 18, 2014

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High school baseball: Keystone blanks Buckeye, wraps up PAC Stars title

YORK TWP. — Right-hander Kendle Steiner and left fielder Denny Szalai took a walk down memory lane. The Keystone baseball players remembered the feeling of losing to Buckeye at James H. Tighe Field last May. It wasn’t a warm and fuzzy memory, especially considering the Bucks went on to take the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Read More…

High school baseball: Brookside defeats Black River in rainy conditions after mix-up leads to late start

Brookside’s Ryan Blotzer dives in safely at home as Black River catcher Brock Waltz checks out the other runners during the third inning Monday at Black River High School. Brookside overcame rainy conditions to win and hand the Pirates their first Patriot Athletic Conference loss of the year. AARON JOSEFCZYK / CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN TWP. — Well, that was awkward. Weekday high school baseball games almost always start around 4:30 p.m., but a communication mix-up Monday caused Brookside to arrive at 5:21 for its Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game against Black River. Dudley Taw didn’t seem to mind, as the left-hander led the Cardinals to an easy Read More…

Boys basketball: Black River celebrates long-awaited win

Whether it’s Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell or Diana Ross behind the microphone, the lyrics are still the same. ‘Cause baby, there ain’t no mountain high enough Ain’t no valley low enough Ain’t no river wide enough To keep me from getting to you The Black River boys basketball players and cheerleaders couldn’t help but Read More…

High school football: Fairless kick returns, Black River mistakes big reasons Pirates get booted from playoffs

Black River's Andrew Vaughn can't hang onto an interception in the second quarter. JUDD SMERGLIA/CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN TWP. — The gifts came complete with bows on top, and Black River’s season came to an end because of them. The result was a 51-42 loss to fifth-seeded Fairless in a Division V, Region 15 quarterfinal at a packed and rowdy Art Stevenson Field. The points that doomed the fourth-seeded Pirates (7-4) came Read More…

High school golf: Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder top 10 again at state; Magnificat, with three area residents, finishes third

Avon Lake's Niki Schroeder watchers her second shot on the 16th hole during his final round at the State golf championships. AARON JOSEFCZYK/CHRONICLE

COLUMBUS — Three was the lucky number Saturday at the Division I state tournament. Avon Lake junior Niki Schroeder secured her third All-Ohio honor and Magnificat set a school record with a third-place finish behind Dublin Jerome, which won its third straight title, and Massillon Jackson , which finished runner-up for the third time in Read More…

Boys golf: Avon Lake’s Bethune helps St. Edward win district title

St. Edward's Will Bethune, who hails from Avon lake, takes a shot during last year's state tournament. Bethune helped the Eagles return to state and win a district title Wednesday. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

HINCKLEY TWP. — St. Edward was so dominant Tuesday that Wil Bethune said the “D” word. The Avon Lake resident had little bravado. The results backed up everything he said. “I think it’s awesome that we’ve made an impact on Ed’s golf team,” Bethune said. “Hopefully we’ll win more over the next couple years and hopefully Read More…

Girls golf: Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder wins Division I district title

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MASSILLON — Northeast Ohio has its share of elite talent with Geneva’s Danielle Nicholson, Massillon Jackson’s Landrie Grace and Cassie Pantelas, Magnificat’s Jillian Hollis, Highland’s Chloe McKinzie and Kent Roosevelt’s Nielsen sisters. None of them came close Tuesday to matching Avon Lake junior Niki Schroeder at the Legends of Massillon Division I district tournament. The Read More…

Boys Basketball: Barry Balderson takes over at Black River, welcomes challenge

SULLIVAN TWP. — Barry Balderson scratched a 23-year itch and applied to be a head boys basketball coach again. His new task will be a daunting one: putting Black River back in the win column. The 1975 Elyria Catholic graduate was selected recently to lead the Pirates, who have lost a Medina County-record 43 straight Read More…

High school baseball: Eli Kraus no-hits Keystone as Buckeye take PAC Stars lead

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YORK TWP. — It certainly qualified as one of the tamest no-hitter celebrations in high school baseball history. That’s mostly because Eli Kraus sets expectations extremely high. The Kent State recruit met them Thursday and made history in the Patriot Athletic Conference showdown of the year. Final score: Buckeye 5, Keystone 0. The Bucks (15-7, Read More…

Brett Helton’s pitching, clutch hit key Firelands’ big PAC win over Buckeye

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HENRIETTA TWP. — The senior everybody in the Firelands baseball program calls “Bird” hit a blooper that had wings. As a result, the Falcons’ dream of flying a Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship banner is still alive. Brett Helton hit a two-run double against Kent State recruit Eli Kraus in the sixth inning and Read More…