August 22, 2014

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High school softball: Power boost carries Keystone past Buckeye to 27th district championship

Keystone’s Carleigh Herrington, middle, gets a high five as teammates celebrate after her home run Friday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone defeated Buckeye for the third time this season Friday afternoon, but this time it was different. For one thing, it secured the second-ranked Wildcats’ 27th district championship — 13th in the last 14 seasons — and a spot in the Division II regional tournament in Bucyrus next week. And unlike the first Read More…

District Softball: Keystone comes alive, rallies past Cloverleaf with big blasts

Keystone's Mekenah Peters rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone, the state’s second-ranked Division II squad, found itself in a jam against sub-.500 Cloverleaf on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats trailed the Colts 3-1 in the fifth inning of their district semifinal at Community Park, and Cloverleaf pitcher Sierra Pickett was working on a two-hitter. In the end, it took two freshmen, a Read More…

District softball: Elyria proves coach wrong, makes it back to district final with win over second-seeded Amherst

Elyria's Veronica Zack slides safely into second as Amherst's Sarah Miller catches the throw. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Somewhere around the midpoint of the softball schedule, the Elyria Pioneers were struggling with an up-and-down season. Coach Ken Fenik told his players if they continued to play as they had been, they would finish with a less than Elyria-like record. So he predicted what that record would be, wrote the prediction Read More…

Sectional Softball: Oberlin freshman Kenzy Tallman hits 2 homers in 9-8 win over Wellington

WELLINGTON — You’ll understand if Oberlin’s freshman right fielder is standing especially tall this morning. Kenzy Tallman’s towering three-run homer in the third inning got the Phoenix offense rolling in its Division III sectional final Friday at chilly Community Park. Then with her team trailing 8-6 in the seventh, Tallman drilled a two-run shot that Read More…

High school softball: Westlake takes Falcon Quad Invitational championship

Westlake’s Erin Brown delivers a pitch Saturday during a victory over Vermilion in the championship game. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — Southwestern Conference contender Westlake nearly pulled a huge upset when it battled the state’s third-ranked Brecksville Bees on Thursday. Then the Demons, who wound up losing a one-run heartbreaker on the road, nearly became upset victims themselves Saturday. They finally wiggled off the hook and went home with the Falcon Quad Invitational Read More…

Midview’s Meghan Higley signs to play Division I volleyball

Midview's Meghan Higley, center, jumps to block a spike in an August 2013 game. The setter has signed to play volleyball at Niagara University. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

EATON TWP. — Midview’s Meghan Higley, one of the area’s premier setters, signed a national letter of intent on Friday to continue her volleyball career at Division I Niagara University. The Middies’ captain signed during a ceremony in the school’s Ed Kubuski lobby. On hand were her parents, teammates, other family members and friends, athletic Read More…

High school softball: Keystone jumps on Columbia early, refuses to let up; Lauren Shaw throws another no-hitter

COLUMBIA TWP. — Freshman Lauren Shaw hurled her third no-hitter in a week and a half and Keystone banged out 16 hits in a five-inning, 12-0 mercy-rule rout of Columbia on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats (23-2), who wrapped up the Patriot Athletic Conference championship a week ago, improved to 15-0 in the conference. They’re in Read More…

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

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ED BETZEL/CHRONICLE

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…