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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…

High school softball: Keystone’s heralded sophomore delivers offense in opening win

Keystone's Destiny Weber slides safe into second base before Westlake's Katie Nagel can tag her.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Are the young Keystone Wildcats a team of destiny? No one will know until the first Saturday in June. But they were Tuesday afternoon in a season-opening, non-conference 3-0 win over Westlake. Third baseman Destiny Weber, a sophomore who has already committed to Penn State, launched a two-run home run in the third Read More…

Avon Lake Shoregals made history 20 years ago with state championship victory

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Twenty years ago, Avon Lake’s finest girls basketball team sent the community into a happy frenzy. With a dramatic last-second shot by senior Stacey Fifer, the Shoregals defeated Cincinnati Roger Bacon 41-39 to win the Division II state championship and put an exclamation point at the end of their 27-0 season. Fifer’s shot also helped Read More…

Where are they now? The 1993-94 Avon Lake Shoregals

The 1994 Division II state champs, from left: Kelly Coughlin, Carrie Liptak, Melissa Zakel, Megan Chawansky, Beth Lora, Amy Mitchell, Michelle Finefrock, Jackie Powell, Brandy Taggart, Angela Capretto, Stacey Fifer. Seated: assistant coach Zen Chawansky and coach Amy Manco. PHOTO PROVIDED

No. 12 Kelly Coughlin Now Kelly Cracas, she went on to play soccer and softball at Defiance College. She and her husband, Mike, have a son and three daughters, Cade, 11; Sarah, 9; Samantha, 7; and Breanna, 4. Cracas works in marketing for Moen Inc. in North Olmsted and is a youth sports coach. Daughter Read More…

Girls District Basketball: Elyria Catholic stopped by Beachwood and its stalling tactics

Elyria Catholic's Riley Schill drives past Beachwood's Jade Stevens, left, in the first half. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Aryanna Jackson is Beachwood’s 5-foot-9 junior Jill-of-all-trades. She played guard, wing, spent time in the No. 4 spot and even found herself in the post against Elyria Catholic on Thursday night. The Panthers didn’t have an answer. Jackson, already in the minds of some college coaches, also scored 20 of the Bison’s Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone puts up a fight, but can’t slow streaking Fairview, which notches 20th straight victory

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ELYRIA — Fairview won its 20th straight game Monday night and set a school record in the process. Keystone gave the Warriors a test, but was left looking to next season. The Warriors defeated the Wildcats 45-30 in a Division II district semifinal at Elyria High, improving to 21-3 for the season. They broke the Read More…

Girls sectional basketball: Top-seeded EC struggles but moves on

Elyria Catholic's Riley Schill drives to the basket Saturday against the defense of Lutheran West's Katelyn Thornton, left, and Kimmy Evans. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It ought to be illegal to tag a top-seeded team’s 20-point victory over a sub-.500 opponent as borderline miraculous. But it’s almost justifiable in the case of Elyria Catholic’s 47-27 Division III sectional final win over Lutheran West on Saturday. The Panthers (18-5) rolled despite missing three of every four field-goal attempts, more than half Read More…

Girls sectional basketball: Elyria Catholic opens with lopsided win over Wellington

ELYRIA — Sophomore guard Josie Carandang launched a barrage of 3-point baskets Wednesday night as Elyria Catholic breezed past Wellington, 75-46, in a Division III sectional opener at the Coliseum. Threes were the field goal du jour. Wellington made eight of them, three by freshman guard Sam Sparks. Top-seeded EC (17-5) nailed six, five from Carandang’s Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon routs Vermilion in WSC game

Avon's Jessica Yurkovich drives past Vermilion's Jessica Mello. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — Vermilion and Avon combined for 95 points Monday afternoon in a West Shore Conference makeup game. Had there been something at stake, it might have become a down-to-the-wire thriller with a final score of, say, 48-47. But there wasn’t and it didn’t. Avon, tuning up for a huge Division I sectional final at Read More…

Girls Sectional Basketball: Firelands starts fast, opens tourney play with victory over Bay

HENRIETTA TWP. — If the Bay Rockets hadn’t fallen into a 14-0 hole and if they could’ve made some shots, they might still be playing basketball this week. But second-seeded Firelands (20-2) made 70 percent of its first-quarter shots and rolled to an early 14-point lead in less than four minutes Saturday night. Thanks to Read More…