July 24, 2014


High school softball: Midview downs Avon to claim share of WSC title

Avon third baseman Alexis Dill tags out Midview's Morgan Hamker as she attempted to steal third base. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Midview scored three unearned runs with two outs in the seventh inning to squeeze past Avon on Wednesday afternoon in a memorable West Shore Conference showdown. With a 3-2 victory, the Middies (17-3, 12-0 WSC) clinched at least a share of the conference title, their seventh in coach Mike Ives’ nine seasons. Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Verhoff was two-sport star for Elyria High


As a youngster, Jessy Verhoff was influenced by many people, including her parents, teachers and coaches. She said recently that among them, she was influenced most by her parents. Chuck and Darlene Verhoff encouraged her and her three sisters to compete in sports and to benefit from the life lessons they would learn in the Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone crushes 2 foes, goes 3-0 in Prebis Memorial Classic

Keystone senior DH Nicole Neri connects on the first home run of her high school career Saturday in a 13-1 win over Bishop Hartley. The ’Cats also beat Mentor 11-1. CHRISTY LEGEZA / CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone outscored two opponents 24-2 Saturday to steal the spotlight in the Prebis Memorial Classic it hosts annually. The second-ranked Wildcats (16-2) drilled Columbus Bishop Hartley 13-1 in their morning opener with an 11-hit attack and a seven-strikeout five-hitter by freshman pitcher Lauren Shaw. The young Wildcats came back with an 11-1 rout Read More…

High school softball: Keystone, Elyria romp in Prebis openers

Keystone's Summer Constable connects for a single Friday in a 9-0 win over Mercy High School of New York. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone and Elyria rolled to one-sided victories Friday as the ninth Prebis Memorial Classic opened at LaGrange Community Park. Midview, which trailed 6-0 early and 10-2 in the sixth inning, made a strong comeback against Nordonia before losing, 10-8. All three are in action again at 10 a.m. today as the 40-team round-robin Read More…

High school softball: Brunswick routs Elyria

Elyria's Madison Fullmer hits a single for a basehit.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Brunswick junior Courtney Saville learned to pitch down in Virginia. This is probably not the spooky product of a force at work in the cosmos. But it’s at least an interesting coincidence that Saville was in the circle Wednesday afternoon when Elyria’s offense went south. Saville pitched a five-hitter in which she struck Read More…

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…