December 17, 2014

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Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic downs Mayfield to stay undefeated

EC’s Julia Scarpelli gets ready to put up a shot against Mayfield’s Courtney Favazzo during Monday’s game. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Unbeaten Elyria Catholic routed Division I Mayfield 63-34 Monday night in non-conference action. It was the Panthers’ sixth victory. Mayfield (0-5) led only once, 2-0, in the first minute. But Division III EC, with superior depth and balanced scoring, quickly took over and had it under control at 21-6 after eight minutes. At Read More…

Girls basketball: Junior shines for Clearview, but depleted Clippers can’t keep up

Clearview's Tahjanae Flowers-Coleman shoots while defended by Lake Ridge Academy's Maria Janasko, left, Brianna Kirk and Pella Baker. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Clearview is without two starters — one injured, one academic headache. This means the Clippers needed to rely for offense mostly on junior Tahjanae Flowers-Coleman. Flowers-Coleman was up to the task Thursday night. The rest of the Clippers missed freshman Brandyce Smith and senior Angel Blakely. Smith and Blakely are expected to Read More…

Girls basketball: Firelands shakes off jitters, wins opener against Vermilion

Firelands’ Keely Hall puts in a shot while Vermilion’s Catherine Schaefer defends. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Firelands opened its girls basketball season Wednesday night with a 53-30 rout of Vermilion in West Shore Conference action. The Falcons, apparently suffering opening-night jitters, pulled away in the second half when they made 11 of 19 free throws in what turned into a foul-shooting contest. The Sailors, who opened their season with Read More…

Girls basketball: Amherst drops season opener to Brunswick

Amherst's Brooke Wallace goes up for a shot while defended by Brunswick's Paige Salisbury and Clare Albino. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Brunswick senior Paige Salisbury gives the impression she spends a lot of time perfecting her foul shooting. Actually, according to Blue Devils coach Halle Lengel, Salisbury spends a lot of time working on every aspect of her game. But it was her foul shooting that made Brunswick a 60-56 winner over Amherst on Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic’s bigs deliver big win over Keystone in Lorain County Holiday Classic championship

Elyria Catholic’s Jessie Lee pulls down a rebound in front of Keystone’s Gabby Senegal during the first half. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Elyria Catholic rolled to its second straight Lorain County Holiday Classic championship Saturday night. Four Panthers scored in double figures, EC controlled the backboards and used superior depth to rout Keystone 64-35 at Keystone. EC rolled to a 9-0 lead in the first 2:30 and were in control 19-9 after a quarter as Read More…

Girls basketball: Josie Carandang hits clutch 3-pointer as Elyria Catholic downs Elyria for second straight season

Elyria Catholic’s Josie Carandang atempts to get a pass off from the floor as Elyria’s Sybil Roseboro tries to stop her. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Josie Carandang said it seemed as though she hadn’t made a field goal all night until she nailed the big one with 1:39 left in the game. That’s when Elyria Catholic’s 5-foot-10 junior guard buried the 3-pointer that lifted the Panthers out of a tie with Elyria on Friday night in the Keystone Read More…

Girls basketball season kicks off Friday with Holiday Classic

Basketball fans have a treat in store when the girls season tips off tonight in the Keystone gym. It’s opening night of the 17th annual Lorain County Holiday Classic, and the four-team tournament has some interesting elements this year. For one, it features the return of four of last November’s five all-tournament team members. They Read More…

Girls soccer: Elyria Catholic’s dream season ends with 1-0 loss in state semifinal

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CLYDE — The dream ended Tuesday night for Elyria Catholic’s history-making girls soccer team. Fourth-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf scored a goal in the 62nd minute and made it hold up for a 1-0 Division III state semifinal victory. The Titans (20-1-1) will play Hamilton Badin for their first soccer state championship in Columbus Crew Stadium on Friday Read More…

Elyria Catholic girls cruise past Cardinal Mooney, become first Lorain County soccer team to make state tournament

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MACEDONIA — The Elyria Catholic girls cruised into local soccer history Saturday afternoon. With a convincing 4-0 victory over Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, the Panthers won a Division III regional championship, becoming the first Lorain County high school soccer team to qualify for a state Final Four. They engineered another stellar defensive job, got two goals Read More…

Boys soccer: One lapse costs stellar Elyria Catholic defense in 1-0 regional semifinal loss

Mansfield Christian’s Brendan Ernsberger, left, collides with EC goalkeeper James Rickard in the second half. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

ASHLAND — Elyria Catholic played nearly flawless defense Wednesday night against a team averaging more than six goals a game. Unfortunately, they needed perfection. One defensive lapse in the 19th minute allowed seventh-ranked Mansfield Christian the only goal of the game in a 1-0 Division III regional semifinal loss. The Panthers also lost a 2-1 Read More…