August 29, 2014


Boys soccer: North Olmsted edges Avon Lake

Avon Lake's Bailey Stephenson works the ball past North Olmsted's Brad Reinhard and sophomore Gabe Schreiner.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — It became the kind of match you’d expect when two old rivals square off in a Southwestern Conference soccer opener. One side takes advantage of a rare scoring chance and the goal holds up in a low-scoring thriller. That’s how it unfolded Wednesday night at Drive Morris Stadium. Max Becker, North Olmsted’s Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic uses strong second half to hand Oberlin its first loss

Oberlin's Dante LaRiccia goes up for the ball against Elyria Catholic's Liam O'Halloran.

OBERLIN — Having been summarily run out of the midfield and trailing 1-0 after 40 minutes, Elyria Catholic’ soccer team convened a focus group about possible solutions at halftime Saturday night. With Jeff Ruiz and Jeremy Kelling leading the effort to recapture this important piece of ground, the Panthers bounced back for a 3-1 non-conference Read More…

Girls soccer: Avon opens season with 1-0 win over Avon Lake

Avon's Marley Kalata moves the ball against Avon Lake's Kayla Kress. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — It happens a lot in high school soccer. One team dominates like it owns the midfield and outshoots the other team for most of a half. Suddenly, the worm turns. The other team counters, scores and goes on to win the match. It happened Monday night in Avon’s 1-0 non-conference victory over backyard Read More…

Girls soccer: Midview newcomers come up big in opening win against Elyria

Midview's Sidney Riemer, right, and Morgan Hamker attempt to take the ball past Elyria's Kayla Locklear. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It was an opener to remember for a pair of Midview soccer newcomers Saturday morning. Maddie Blaine, a freshman forward, scored two goals — one in each half — as the Middies came from behind twice to defeat Elyria, 3-2. It renewed an old and feisty non-conference rivalry before a nice crowd at Read More…

Little League softball: Lack of offense, bad call end Elyria East’s regional run

Elyria’s Emily Hyer fields a grounder and tries to make the flip to get Indiana’s Camryn Teague at second, but Teague made it safely. Elyria’s regional run ended with a 5-1 loss. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AKRON — It could have been a controversial call with two out in the second inning that led to two Indiana runs. Or maybe Elyria simply exhausted its offense 24 hours earlier. But in the end, it doesn’t really matter. The blown call and five hitless innings steered Elyria’s East Little League Junior All-Stars to Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria Junior All-Stars suffer first regional loss amid distractions, errors

elyria softball slider

AKRON — These are sad facts, but true: unearned runs count the same as the other kind, and unearned runs can defeat a team just as decisively. Elyria’s Little League Junior All-Stars won a Central Regional game Saturday despite making a gift of two unearned runs in the first inning. They weren’t so lucky Monday. Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria Juniors ride five-run inning to win in regional opener

Elyria's Cassie Miller takes a cut during Saturday's Little League Junior Regional at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Elyria scored five runs in the fourth inning to beat Indiana 6-4. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AKRON — It seemed to take forever for the offense to come alive. But when it did, Elyria’s Little League Junior All-Stars were in business. Sparked by two big extra-base hits, they put together a five-run, bat-around fourth inning Saturday at Firestone Stadium. That carried Elyria to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over Jeffersonville, Ind., in Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria downs Avon to win 14U district title, advance to regional

Elyria’s Gabby Shackelford drives in a pair of runs with a single in the third inning Monday at Vic Janowicz Memorial Park. Elyria downed Avon 8-1 
to advance to this weekend’s 14U regional tournament in Akron. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The first time they faced Avon pitcher Hannah Boesger on Monday night at Vic Janowicz Memorial Park, the Elyria batters went hitless. But when leadoff hitter April Howser doubled to the left-field fence with one out in the third inning, she changed everything. Her gapper sparked the first of four consecutive two-run innings Read More…

Grafton Nancy’s Diner downs South Amherst Firelands to win OGSO Class B state title

Grafton Nancy's Diner players celebrate with their state trophy after downing South Amherst Firelands to win the Class B state title Saturday at Wellington Community Park. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Somebody snuck the Gatorade container to Marcella McMahon, the Grafton Nancy’s Diner pitcher, under threatening gray clouds at Community Park on Saturday. Without need for instruction, McMahon dumped the icy contents on coach Chris West, continuing the old and accepted sports prank that says, “We just won a championship.” Actually, the Nancy’s Diner Read More…

Softball: Grafton stays unbeaten en route to OGSO Class B title

Grafton Nancy's Diner's Lenae West, right, and Meghan Newton celebrate during their 11-1 win over South Amherst. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

GRAFTON — Grafton Nancy’s Diner can put a 20-0 season in the books with a state championship victory Saturday. Nancy’s won its 19th straight game Wednesday night when it mercy-ruled South Amherst 11-1 to capture OGSO’s 12U Class B county championship at Reservoir Park. And Columbia scored in the sixth inning to nip another South Read More…