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High school softball: Keystone pounds out 17 hits against Firelands, stays undefeated, gets payback for district loss

Firelands' Brittany Reising can't get a grip on the ball as Keystone's Summer Constable makes it to second safely. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — The last time Keystone and Firelands met at LaGrange Community Park, the Falcons broke three streaks. It was May 22 last year and they defeated the Wildcats 1-0 in a Division II district semifinal for their first win over Keystone in at least nine seasons. Until then, the Wildcats hadn’t lost a game Read More…

High school softball: Tough weekend at Wendy’s Classic could be good learning experience for Elyria, Columbia

Elyria's Alex Dick is tagged out at second while teammate Madison Fullmer makes a break for home at Brookside West Park in Ashland. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ASHLAND — Elyria’s softball team is undefeated no longer. The Pioneers lost twice Saturday in the 21st Wendy’s Spring Classic that was rearranged by wet grounds from Brookside Park and Brookside West to other diamonds in Ashland County. Columbia, playing in Loudonville 20 miles south, split its two Saturday games in the 24-team invitational that Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria mauls Maumee in battle of unbeatens at Wendy’s Spring Classic

ASHLAND — Two softball unbeatens, Elyria and Maumee, tangled Friday afternoon in an opener of the 21st Annual Wendy’s Spring Classic. Well, sort of tangled. It was more like the Pioneers broadsided the Panthers in a 9-0 mercy-rule rout at Cahn Grove Park. The game ended in the Elyria fifth when senior Kandis Laseke drove Read More…

High school softball: Ashlee Dahman homers, hits three doubles and drives in seven as Amherst cruises past Avon

Amherst's Lauren Farley slides in safely with a double as Avon's Alexis Dill catches the throw. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — It hasn’t been a long career, but Amherst’s Ashlee Dahman nevertheless had a career day Tuesday. The sophomore shortstop drilled a home run, three doubles and drove in seven runs as the Comets blanked Avon 9-0 in non-conference softball action. It was the Eagles’ season opener. Junior Zoe Beetler hurled a six-strikeout one-hitter Read More…

H.S. Softball: Young Pioneers look like veterans at the plate in 2-0 start

Elyria shortstop Kandis Laseke just misses a throw-out at second as Berea-Midpark's Sarah Raines slides safely for a steal. KRISTIN BAUER | CHORNICLE

ELYRIA — There are more freshmen and sophomores (eight) than juniors and seniors (seven) on Elyria’s softball roster this spring. And only two of the 15, the Laseke sisters, are seniors. Coach Ken Fenik said some of the younger players are still learning the skills they need to play at the varsity level. That apparently Read More…

High school softball: Keystone’s heralded sophomore delivers offense in opening win

Keystone's Destiny Weber slides safe into second base before Westlake's Katie Nagel can tag her.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Are the young Keystone Wildcats a team of destiny? No one will know until the first Saturday in June. But they were Tuesday afternoon in a season-opening, non-conference 3-0 win over Westlake. Third baseman Destiny Weber, a sophomore who has already committed to Penn State, launched a two-run home run in the third Read More…

Avon Lake Shoregals made history 20 years ago with state championship victory

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Twenty years ago, Avon Lake’s finest girls basketball team sent the community into a happy frenzy. With a dramatic last-second shot by senior Stacey Fifer, the Shoregals defeated Cincinnati Roger Bacon 41-39 to win the Division II state championship and put an exclamation point at the end of their 27-0 season. Fifer’s shot also helped Read More…

Where are they now? The 1993-94 Avon Lake Shoregals

The 1994 Division II state champs, from left: Kelly Coughlin, Carrie Liptak, Melissa Zakel, Megan Chawansky, Beth Lora, Amy Mitchell, Michelle Finefrock, Jackie Powell, Brandy Taggart, Angela Capretto, Stacey Fifer. Seated: assistant coach Zen Chawansky and coach Amy Manco. PHOTO PROVIDED

No. 12 Kelly Coughlin Now Kelly Cracas, she went on to play soccer and softball at Defiance College. She and her husband, Mike, have a son and three daughters, Cade, 11; Sarah, 9; Samantha, 7; and Breanna, 4. Cracas works in marketing for Moen Inc. in North Olmsted and is a youth sports coach. Daughter Read More…

Girls District Basketball: Elyria Catholic stopped by Beachwood and its stalling tactics

Elyria Catholic's Riley Schill drives past Beachwood's Jade Stevens, left, in the first half. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Aryanna Jackson is Beachwood’s 5-foot-9 junior Jill-of-all-trades. She played guard, wing, spent time in the No. 4 spot and even found herself in the post against Elyria Catholic on Thursday night. The Panthers didn’t have an answer. Jackson, already in the minds of some college coaches, also scored 20 of the Bison’s Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone puts up a fight, but can’t slow streaking Fairview, which notches 20th straight victory

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ELYRIA — Fairview won its 20th straight game Monday night and set a school record in the process. Keystone gave the Warriors a test, but was left looking to next season. The Warriors defeated the Wildcats 45-30 in a Division II district semifinal at Elyria High, improving to 21-3 for the season. They broke the Read More…