April 28, 2015

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Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria’s 2002 softball team made memorable run to state championship

The 2002 Elyria High School softball team won a state championship.

Those who saw the winning run score aren’t likely to forget the moment. It was one of the most memorable in Elyria sports history. And for those who weren’t in Ashland’s Brookside Park on that hot June afternoon in 2002, there is The Picture. It appeared in The Chronicle-Telegram the next morning, on June 9, Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria suffers 1st loss of year to Walsh Jesuit in Wendy’s bracket final

ASHLAND — The Pioneers are no longer perfect. Elyria lost its first game of the season Saturday afternoon, despite strong pitching by junior right-hander Elizabeth Ellis. The 3-0 defeat came at the hands of Walsh Jesuit in the Black pool bracket final of the 22nd annual Wendy’s Spring Classic at Brookside Park. Earlier in the Read More…

High School Softball: Keystone sweeps Firelands in twin bill

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LAGRANGE — Keystone posted two Patriot Athletic Conference wins over Firelands on Tuesday afternoon at Community Park. The first, which ended after five innings with the Wildcats rolling 15-1, completed a game begun Monday in South Amherst. It was suspended by rain with Keystone batting in the top of the fourth inning. Keystone turned in Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone’s Lauren Shaw throws no-hitter, but loses to Mentor’s perfect game

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LAGRANGE — Double no-hitters are about as common as professional sports championships in Cleveland. Rare as they are, softball fans were treated to one on a sunny and chilly Saturday afternoon at LaGrange Community Park. It happened in Mentor’s 2-0 victory over host Keystone in a four-way invitational that featured some of northern Ohio’s top Read More…

Lorain County Miss Basketball: Amherst’s Brooke Wallace quickly matured into county’s top senior

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — For someone who didn’t start playing basketball until seventh grade, Amherst’s Brooke Wallace went a long way in a short time. Wallace, the Comets’ 6-foot-3 senior post, finished her high school career earlier this month after averaging a double-double for four seasons, scoring more than 1,000 points, hauling down more than 800 Read More…

Boys District Basketball: Keystone’s successful season ends with loss to Holy Name

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Keystone’s finest season in years came to an end Wednesday night in a Division II district semifinal loss to Holy Name. The Wildcats, who won 19 games, suffered their fifth loss, 68-52 before a big crowd in the North Ridgeville gym. This was for two reasons. The Green Wave shot exceptionally well Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Elyria Catholic can’t make shots, loses to Richmond Heights

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — High school teams don’t often win games making fewer than 20 percent of their field goal attempts. Brutal shooting nights like that don’t happen very often. But they happen. Unfortunately, it happened to Elyria Catholic on Wednesday night. At the most inopportune time of the year and after winning 20 games. The Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Westlake turns up defense in 2nd half, stops Lakewood

Westlake's Rebecca Essig moves the ball up the court. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Rebecca Essig, a Westlake guard, said it seemed at halftime as though the Demons needed to ramp up the defense. They did, and very effectively. How effective were they? After leading Lakewood by just two points at the break, the Demons held the Rangers to just two points in the third quarter. In Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Columbia gets revenge, slips past Lake Ridge

Columbia's Bailey Patrouhas makes a diving pass in Saturday's game against Lake Ridge Academy. Also pictured are Columbia's Shelby Friedel, left, Lake Ridge's Brianna Kirk, center, and Rachael Williams. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA TWP. — With a history of close, hard-fought games, Columbia and Lake Ridge have developed a fan-friendly rivalry in recent seasons. Notable was the Royals’ three-point win over the Raiders in a Division IV sectional final last season. The pattern continued Saturday afternoon. Columbia, battling from four points down, made eight of 12 foul Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Firelands clamps down in 2nd half, knocks rival Keystone out of tourney

Keystone’s Sammie Stefan slams into Madi Bonner’s knee Thursday as Stefan and Firelands’ Keely Hall scramble for the loose ball in the fourth quarter. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — A win-or-go-home game sent old rivals Firelands and Keystone into a rubber match for a Division II sectional championship Thursday night. Each won half the game, just as they split their two regular-season matchups. The Falcons liked the second half a whole lot better. With a strong defensive effort, Firelands won the Read More…