April 20, 2014


High school baseball: Keystone dispatches Firelands quickly

HENRIETTA TWP. — With an overnight trip to Columbus for a doubleheader looming, Keystone knew it had to work fast Friday against Firelands. Senior pitcher Kendle Stiner did his part. Stiner tossed a three-hit shutout, walking one and striking out nine, and helped his cause by going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and four Read More…

College signings: North Ridgeville residents Andrew, David Dowell orally commit to Northwestern

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Ever since Andrew Dowell was born 22 minutes before his twin brother, David, they have been competing against each other. They’ve also done everything together. Their competitive fire has blossomed at St. Edward. The North Ridgeville residents have excelled on the football field, where they led the Eagles to the Division I Read More…

High school tennis: Avon Lake understudies come out on top as Shoremen win LCAAA without many of top players

Avon Lake’s Austin Goetz jumps for a shot during the Shoremen’s win at second doubles against Avon on Saturday at Avon Lake. Teammate James Moore is in the background. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Talk about passing the test. Despite missing two of its top players because they had to take the ACT and two others because they were competing in a track meet, the Avon Lake Shoremen still found a way to win the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association boys tennis tournament Saturday at Avon Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Brad Hamilton helps Avon Lake stop St. Ignatius at Progressive Field

Avon Lake's Brad Hamilton hits a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning Friday night at Progressive Field during the Cleveland Indians Charities Hardball Classic. JUDD SMERGLIA/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Brad Hamilton has grown up around the Cleveland Indians and Progressive Field. His dad, Tom, is the longtime play-by-play voice of the team. But anytime the Avon Lake senior catcher and Kent State baseball commit gets to play a meaningful game at the home of the Tribe, he relishes the chance. Hamilton went Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Avon Lake jumps on Westlake early

Avon Lake catcher Brad Hamilton tags out Westlake's Kent Axcell at home plate. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — The Shoremen didn’t waste any time getting their offense rolling Tuesday against Westlake. Avon Lake’s leadoff hitter Jace Russell drove Andris Balodis’ first pitch of the game to the wall in right-center for a triple and he scored two pitches later on an RBI double by Jerry Campo. That set the tone Read More…

H.S. Tennis: Amherst’s Cory Habecker grabs 2nd at Rocky River match

Amherst's Corey Habecker plays Elyria 's Jeff Emilio in first singles on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — While Rocky River used three individual champions to win its own boys tennis tournament Saturday, area schools had plenty to be happy about, too. Amherst junior Cory Habecker had the best individual performance of any area player, going 4-0 at first singles with a combined score of 32-11. However, by the luck Read More…

High school track and field: Keystone girls, North Ridgeville boys hang on to capture Nelson Howe Invitational titles

Keystone's Jenna Quillen on her way to a win in the 100 hurdles Friday. Quillen also won the 300 hurdles and the high jump to help Keystone win the Helson Howe Invite. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — While the Nelson Howe Invitational at Firelands High School had more than enough wind and rain Friday, it also had plenty of drama as boys and girls titles came down to the last event — the 1,600 relay. Keystone, which was clinging to a one-point lead over Olmsted Falls in the girls Read More…

High school tennis 2014: Lake Ridge seniors Caleb Mayer, Roger Peckham looking to take success to another level

Lake Ridge seniors Roger Peckham, left, and Caleb Mayer are used to making it to districts, but this year they have their sights set on making a bigger postseason splash.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Lake Ridge seniors Caleb Mayer and Roger Peckham have taken similar paths in their tennis careers. Both took up the sport at age 10, taking lessons and playing competitively shortly after. Both enrolled at Lake Ridge Academy four years ago and immediately became the cornerstones of coach Rich Robbins’ program. Together they’ve qualified to the Read More…

High school football: Wellington hires former Alexander coach Sean Arno to guide program

Sean Arno

WELLINGTON — Replacing a football coach like Matt Stoll, who spent the past 24 years turning Wellington into a respected program, wasn’t easy. But after a lengthy search, Wellington school officials believe they have found the right man for the job in Sean Arno. Arno, who spent the past nine years as the head coach Read More…

High school basketball: Cameron Kuhn scores 31 to lead Vermilion past Holy Name to win Division II district title

Vermilion's Cameron Kuhn goes airborne Saturday as he looks to pass the ball off while being guarded by Holy Name's Brad Karn and Lawrynce Johnson. Kuhn scored a game-high 31 points. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — The dream season for Vermilion and senior Cameron Kuhn lives on. The fifth-seeded Sailors bounced second-seeded Holy Name 58-47 Saturday in the Division II district championship at Westlake High School. The Sailors jumped out to an early lead and increased it to 13 midway through the third quarter before the Green Wave fought Read More…