April 19, 2015

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Boys tennis: Avon Lake set to defend LCAAA tourney title

Avon Lake surprised itself last year. With the ACT on the same day as the annual Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Tournament, Avon Lake’s lineup took a big hit. Relying on a few call-ups from the junior varsity, the Shoremen stunned the field, sweeping the doubles championships and snagging two other runner-up trophies at second Read More…

High school baseball: Streaks end as Keystone, Firelands split

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PENFIELD TWP. — Firelands came into Tuesday sporting an undefeated record. Keystone came in not having not lost a Patriot Athletic Conference game since 2013. Thanks to Monday’s rain, which caused a suspended game at Firelands High School to resume prior to Tuesday’s regularly scheduled affair at Penfield Community Park, both streaks came to an Read More…

High school baseball: EC downs Vermilion in slugfest

Elyria Catholic's Andrew Abrahamowicz hits an RBI double in second inning of a home game against Vermilion on April 8. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It may have been cold, wet and foggy Wednesday, but Elyria Catholic and Vermilion managed to heat up the field with their bats. The teams took turns battering each other’s pitching staffs and trading the lead four times. Vermilion loaded the bases in the seventh but Elyria Catholic reliever Sean Darmafall (1-0) coaxed Read More…

High school baseball: Keystone does what it takes to beat Wellington

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PENFIELD TWP. — When the time came, Keystone was able to the little things needed to score what turned out to be the decisive runs. Wellington, despite loading the bases in two of the final three innings, was not. That proved to be the difference Monday in a Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division baseball game Read More…

Cleveland State’s plan to defund wrestling program draws criticism, concern

Though it’s been a week since the news surfaced that Cleveland State University was planning to defund its wrestling program following the 2015-16 season in favor of adding a varsity men’s lacrosse program, the shockwaves still resonate. Cleveland State athletic director John Parry has not closed the door on wrestling entirely, but said that $800,000 Read More…

Boys tennis 2015: Avon’s Nico Mostardi wants to make it back to state … and enjoy it a little more this time

Avon junior Nico Mostardi made it to state last year only to have to retire during his first match due to a back injury. He’s healthy again and ready to try to make it even further this season. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

It should have been a time of pure joy for Nico Mostardi. After all, the Avon tennis player had finally achieved his dream of qualifying for the Division I state tournament last spring. Not only that, he was the first in school history to do so and the first from a Lorain County school to Read More…

High school softball: Austinson, Avon nearly perfect in opener

AVON — The Avon Eagles couldn’t have dreamed of a better start. In their season opener Tuesday against non-conference rival Avon Lake, the Eagles erupted for eight first-inning runs and battered the Shoregals for 14 runs on 14 hits in just four innings. Meanwhile, sophomore Dani Austinson (1-0) came within a bunt single of pitching Read More…

High school baseball: Three-run first leads Avon past Elyria

Elyria catcher Caleb Henry chases Avon's Logan Doenges after Doenges got caught in a rundown during Monday's game at All Pro Freight Stadium. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AVON — Anytime a team can put up a crooked number in the first inning, it’s usually a good sign of things to come. Avon was able to put up three runs without an RBI in the first inning thanks to a couple of throwing errors by Elyria, and it proved to be the difference Read More…

Boys Basketball All-Ohio: Lorain’s John Rositano co-coach of year, Devon Andrews on 2nd team

Lorain’s history-making 25-1 basketball season ended last week, but the honors keep rolling in. The Titans, who went 22-0 in the regular season and won Lake Erie League, sectional and district titles, received significant recognition on the Division I All-Ohio team, which was released Monday by The Associated Press. Coach John Rositano was named co-coach Read More…

H.S. Boys Tennis: Jeff Mannies steps down as Westlake coach after successful tenure to focus on private lessons

WESTLAKE — When Jeff Mannies took over for Ralph Dunbar as the Westlake boys tennis coach seven years ago, the program was recognized as one of the best in Northeast Ohio. Mannies built upon that legacy, winning seven straight Southwestern Conference championships, being named SWC Coach of the Year six straight years and coaching five Read More…