March 29, 2015

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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…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic wins fifth straight district title

Elyria Catholic's Jeremy Kelling hugs Gage Jarvis (2) after Jarvis scored a goal on a penalty kick against Oberlin in the second half of the boys division III district final game at Oberlin College Saturday. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Is it time to call the Elyria Catholic soccer program a dynasty? Not really. But to say it has become consistently exceptional gets the job done. The Panthers won their fifth straight Division III district championship with a convincing 4-0 victory over Oberlin on Saturday afternoon on the artificial turf at Oberlin College. Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic uses hat tricks to blast Lutheran West

Elyria Catholic's Liam O'Halloran steals the ball from Lutheran West's Jon Handwerk Jr. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Gage Jarvis and Jeremy Kelling each scored a hat trick as Elyria Catholic rolled past Lutheran West, 10-0, Saturday afternoon in a Division III soccer sectional final. Jarvis also notched three assists. In addition, Panthers goalkeeper James Richard posted his fourth shutout of the season at cold and windy Knights of Columbus Field. Read More…

Girls sectional soccer: Amherst responds to challenge from Middies

Amherst’s Veronica Sakola, left, tries to control the ball against the defense of Midview’s Morgan Hamker during the Comets’ win Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Midview’s Mallory Homoki nailed two long-distance free kicks early in the second half Thursday night, carrying the Middies into a 2-2 tie with Amherst. While her highlight-film goals were uplifting for Midview, they also energized the Comets, who at that point had two goals from Ally Perkins. Three more Comets — Emily Gray, Read More…