May 29, 2015

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Second time around yields another second for Westlake doubles team of Connor Michelich and Cal Craven

OBERLIN — Westlake seniors Connor Michelich and Cal Craven were taking a similar journey through the Division I district tennis doubles tournament as the one they took as sophomores. They were hoping to change the ending, however, and bring home the district championship they were denied two years ago. Unfortunately, it was deja vu all Read More…

Division I district track: Lorain freshman sprinter Zion Cross, Amherst senior distance runner Alexis Szivan have big days

AMHERST — Lorain freshman Zion Cross served notice to not only the area, but to the rest of the state Friday with wins in the100- and 200-meter dashes at the Division I district track meet at Amherst. Meanwhile, Amherst senior Alexis Szivan continued to shine on her home track, winning the 800 and picking up Read More…

District Tennis: Avon’s Nico Mostardi has stress-free day, qualifies for state tournament again

Nico Mostardi

OBERLIN — There wasn’t any district drama this year for Avon junior Nico Mostardi. Which is just the way he likes it. No three-set marathon matches. No playing through injuries. No having to go through the consolation bracket and win a do-or-die match just for one of the bottom two qualifying spots to state. Mostardi Read More…

Boys basketball: Brett Bartlett leaving Firelands to coach Big Walnut

Brett Bartlett

HENRIETTA TWP. — Brett Bartlett hit the ground running as a first-time head basketball coach at Firelands. The former Keystone basketball standout led Firelands to the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship in his first year and kept the Falcons competitive. But on Friday, Bartlett informed Firelands athletic director Kennie Searight and the board of Read More…

Joey Burney’s blast lifts Crushers past Miners for first win

Trevor Stevens of the Crushers makes the play at second base and throw to first Sunday. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — The offensive woes that plagued the Lake Erie Crushers on Friday and Saturday disappeared in Sunday’s home-opening series finale. A huge three-run home run from cleanup hitter Joey Burney — the Crushers’ first homer of the season — highlighted a four-run third inning. That proved to be enough for a 5-2 win over Read More…

Sectional Tennis: Oberlin’s Claudi Olaes takes runner-up among boys, headed to district tourney

ROCKY RIVER — Oberlin sophomore Claudia Olaes has been a trailblazer of sorts this year. A female competing in boys tennis, Olaes emerged as one of the area’s top players regardless of gender, holding her own and then some against boys her age and older. After going 4-1 at this week’s Division II sectional tournament, Read More…

Three veterans prepared to lead as Lake Erie Crushers open season tonight

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AVON — When Jeff Isom took over as manager of the Lake Erie Crushers in 2013, three of the first players he signed were shortstop Juan Sanchez, catcher/infielder Emmanuel Quiles and infielder Anderson Hidalgo. Isom left for Joliet after one year, but the Latino trio stayed with the Crushers and helped them reach the postseason Read More…

H.S. Football: Coach Thom Lesiecki leaves Brookside for Uhrichsville Claymont

Thom Lesiecki

With uncertainty surrounding a new levy for the Sheffield/Sheffield Lake School District, the district decided early this year to eliminate 17 teaching positions. One of those positions belonged to Brookside football coach Thom Lesiecki. Even though the levy passed recently, ensuring that no further cuts to the athletic or extracurricular programs would be made, Lesiecki’s Read More…

Boys Basketball: John Srnis steps down as Amherst coach

John Srnis

Amherst is in the market for a boys basketball coach. John Srnis recently submitted his resignation to athletic director Casey Wolf and principal Michael May, Wolf confirmed. Srnis noted his son, Adam, was about to graduate from the high school and he was ready to take a break. Srnis did not return messages seeking comment. Read More…

H.S. Softball: Avon freshman Tina Clark beats Midview with 3-run homer in 7th inning

Avon's Dani Austinson hits an RBI double in first inning of a game at Midview on April 22. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Down to its last out and down by a run, Avon was about out of chances to stay unbeaten in the West Shore Conference. But freshman Tina Clark seized the final opportunity, making her first career home run even more memorable. Aided by a strong wind that contributed to home runs by Read More…