December 18, 2014


Girls soccer: Buckeye dominates Keystone, stay unbeaten in PAC

Keystone’s Holley Ziemba jumps in front of Buckeye’s Norah Jones to keep her from kicking the ball Saturday afternoon at Keystone. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Hannah Stacy, undefeated Buckeye’s senior goalkeeper, said she and the Bucks were well aware that Keystone was also unbeaten in Patriot Athletic Conference play when the teams met in a showdown Saturday. Stacy said the Bucks worked hard to prepare, adjusted as necessary and dominated in their 3-0 victory. It was Stacy’s sixth Read More…

Girls soccer: Pioneers make big strides, tie Panthers in Elyria Cup

Elyria midfielder Haley Gansel, right, and forward Abbey Ramirez battle Elyria Catholic's midfielder Anna Griffin, center, and junior midfielder Meliah Roman for the ball. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Elyria High-Elyria Catholic girls soccer rivalry is now 18 games old, and including Saturday’s 1-1 tie, the Panthers are undefeated in 16 of them. Over the years there have been close games and routs. EC has won 13 times and the Pioneers haven’t recaptured the Elyria Cup trophy since a 1-0 win Read More…

Boys soccer: Ethiopian-born brothers combine for all of Open Door’s goals

Open Door’s Solomon Dutton, right, kicks on goal as Wellington’s Ian Lara defends Thursday in Wellington. Dutton scored three of the Patriots’ five goals, including the game-winning goal on a pass from senior midfielder Gabe Sigmon. Lara scored twice for the Dukes. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Open Door’s Dutton brothers, who were born in Ethiopia, evidently felt right at home on the pitch behind Wellington High School on Thursday. Senior midfielder Solomon Dutton scored three goals and his senior-mid brother Miki Dutton scored twice as the Patriots came from behind to post a 5-4 victory over the Dukes. Solomon’s Read More…

Boys soccer: Avon, North Ridgeville battle to a 1-all tie

Avon’s Will Sharer, right, and North Ridgeville’s Andy Wiles go up for a header during a West Shore Conference game Wednesday night. The teams battled to a 1-all tie. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Neighborhood rivals Avon and North Ridgeville produced a West Shore Conference soccer thriller Wednesday night that was decided by penalty kicks — one on the money, the other wide of the mark. The result was a 1-1 tie made possible in the 28th minute by Tristan Coffey. The Rangers’ senior tri-captain skimmed Read More…

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…