October 25, 2014


High School Football: Firelands at Wellington

Firelands # 6 Jacob Rutkowski looks for an open lane to run for Yardage past Wellingtons #81 Ben Link

  WELLINGTON — When a fortuitous bounce on a squib kick went Wellington’s way after taking a seven-point lead midway through the fourth quarter Friday night, it appeared the Dukes were in the driver’s seat for their third win of the year. Firelands had other plans. A huge sack by Tyler Allomong forced a punt, Read More…

High school football: North Olmsted’s Ammons, Starcovic combine for stellar passing attack

North Olmsted junior quarterback Christian Ammons, left, and senior wide receiver Matt Starcovic have put up impressive numbers working together since competing for the same job during the preseason. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

North Olmsted coach Tim Brediger knew he had a decision to make. Three-year starting quarterback Brad Novak graduated and the Eagles had a hole to fill at the most important offensive position. So he let senior Matt Starcovic — a starting wide receiver who served as Novak’s backup last season — and junior Christian Ammons Read More…

Girls golf: Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder wins state title

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COLUMBUS — Niki Schroeder put herself in a great position following Friday’s 74 at the Division I state girls golf championships at Ohio State’s Gray Course. Despite cold and wet conditions Saturday, Schroeder went out and performed even better. The Avon Lake senior, who will golf for The Ohio State University next year, shot a Read More…

Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder just a shot out of the lead after opening with a 4-over 74 at girls state golf tournament

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COLUMBUS — Avon Lake senior Niki Schroeder came into Friday’s Division I girls state golf tournament as one of the favorites. While she said she didn’t have her best day and that there were things she could correct, she still managed to shoot a 4-over 74 (37-37) to finish the first round in a three-way Read More…

St. Ignatius’ Harrison Vonderau tied for second after opening 76 at state golf; bad break derails St. Edward’s Anton Krecic

COLUMBUS — Harrison Vonderau had a big hand in St. Ignatius’ good start to the Division I boys state golf tournament Friday at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. Anton Krecic just wishes he would have had two good hands to use in his final high school tournament. Vonderau, a Columbia Station resident, overcame a tough start Read More…

Girls tennis: Avon’s Madisyn Rini, Madison Nakon on cloud nine as they prepare for first trip to state tourney

Avon’s Madisyn Rini, right, and Madison Nakon celebrate during last weekend’s Division I district tennis tournament. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Avon’s girls tennis program had already established itself the last few seasons as one of the top programs in Lorain County. But there was one thing missing: A state qualifier. That changes Friday when senior Madisyn Rini and junior Madison Nakon take on Cincinnati Ursuline Academy junior Jenny Duma and sophomore Olivia Sabo in the Read More…

Division I girls sectional soccer: North Ridgeville plays with chip on shoulder, downs Elyria

Elyria's Meghan Hatfield and North Ridgeville's Emily Gimmel battle for the ball. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — North Ridgeville came into Monday’s Division I sectional opener with just five wins. The Rangers got the feeling their opponent, the Elyria Pioneers, didn’t think much of them because of that. “When we walked in (to Ely Stadium), they kind of laughed at us, so we didn’t think they were really prepared for Read More…

Tennis: Avon doubles team hopes tough final day of district pays off next week at state

Avon’s Madisyn Rini shows some frustration Saturday after she and Madison Nakon lost a tough semifinal. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — With a berth in next weekend’s Division I girls state tennis tournament already in hand, the pressure was off Avon senior Madisyn Rini and junior Madison Nakon in their final two doubles matches Saturday morning at Oberlin College. That didn’t mean the matches weren’t important. Besides having a district championship to play for, Read More…

High School Football: Lakewood at Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic receiver Cole Virgin, left, catches a pass for a first down beside Xavier Pedro of Lakewood in the fourth quarter. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

  ELYRIA — With Lakewood stacking the box in the first half, Elyria Catholic decided to pass on giving the ball to senior tailback Justin Rankin and just pass the ball. It worked. Junior quarterback Jake Kuchta, mixing in a lot of wide receiver screens and some deep throws, completed his first eight passes and Read More…

Rini, Nakon are first Avon girls tennis players to reach state tournament

The Avon doubles team of Madisyn Rini, left, and Madison Nakon celebrate after winning their quarterfinal match and earning a spot at the Division I state tennis tournament. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — The Avon tennis programs have emerged as two of the better programs in Lorain County over the past few years. But the one thing that eluded the girls team — despite their conference championships, county team titles and district qualifiers — was sending a player to the state tournament. That is, until Thursday Read More…