October 25, 2014


Boys golf 2014: Area players key to St. Edward’s run at a third straight trip to state

St. Edward’s golf team is counting on three players from the area to lead it to a third straight trip to the Division I state tournament. They are, from left to right, Wil Bethune (Avon Lake), Anton Krecic (Columbia Station) and Danny Zahn (North OImsted).  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It’s been almost a year since the St. Edward golf team qualified for the Division I state tournament for the second-consecutive time. Last year, the Eagles, who had four golfers with local ties in their top four — Joey and Anton Krecic (Columbia Station), Wil Bethune (Avon Lake) and Danny Zahn (North Olmsted) — found Read More…

High school football: Keystone’s C.J. Conrad always willing to do more to help team win

Keystone senior tight end and safety C.J. Conrad, who will play for Division I Kentucky next year, has added returning punts to his duties this season, already breaking one for 80 yards. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

C.J. Conrad came into his senior year at Keystone already armed with a Division I football scholarship to Kentucky and a conference championship. Don’t expect him to feel satisfied. The 6-foot-5 tight end and safety used that scholarship and last year’s three-way tie with Buckeye and Black River atop the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division Read More…

Girls Tennis: Avon wins 4 of 5 finals for fifth straight LCAAA Tournament title

Avon’s Ana Lopez, left, and Kara Hejnal give each other a high five after winning a point against Avon Lake 
on the way 
to the first doubles title at Saturday’s LCAAA Tournament at North Ridge Racquet Club in North Ridgeville. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The weather was unpredictable. The outcome was not. While rain played havoc with the annual Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Tournament, washing out most of Friday’s competition and causing play to move from Avon Lake High School to the indoor courts at North Ridge Racquet Club on Saturday, the team holding the Read More…

Amherst’s Ryan Rua enjoying call-up to MLB’s Texas Rangers

Ryan Rua

To say this week has been a whirlwind for Amherst native Ryan Rua would be an understatement. The former Comets and Lake Erie College baseball standout capped a meteoric rise through the Texas Rangers farm system Aug. 29, when his contract was purchased by the big league club and he was added to the Rangers Read More…

Lake Erie Crushers retire jersey number of longtime player Andrew Davis

crushers slide

AVON — It was Andrew Davis Appreciation Night and the six-year standout was honored with a pregame ceremony that included his No. 21 jersey being retired. The longest-tenured Crushers player received a framed jersey with a foam No. 1 finger and a handful of his trading cards inside. As for the game itself, the highlights Read More…

High School Football: Lorain at Midview

Lorain quarterback Eddie Williamson looks down field before making a pass against Midview in the second quarter Friday night at Midview High School.

EATON TWP. — A new era of Midview football kicked off Friday night at Adelsberg Stadium. And, in dramatic fashion, it started on the right foot. Sophomore quarterback Dustin Crum — making his first varsity start after the graduation of four-year starter Cody Callaway — calmly drove his Middies 89 yards in nine plays, capped Read More…

Girls tennis 2014: Avon’s Rini facing tough challenge at first singles

Avon senior Madisyn Rini will be facing some tough competition this year as the Eagles’ first singles player. PHOTO PROVIDED

Success hasn’t exactly eluded Madisyn Rini. The Avon senior won the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association and West Shore Conference tennis tournaments at third singles as a freshman then played first singles on junior- and senior-laden teams her next two seasons. She also teamed with Annie DeLuca to make the Division I district doubles tournament Read More…

High school football 2014: Open Door looks to build on momentum

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ELYRIA — While the Open Door football program has existed for four seasons, last year was its first playing a full varsity schedule. As expected, the Patriots struggled at the beginning of the season, giving up no fewer than 32 points in each of their first six games, while only breaking the 20-point barrier once. Read More…

Crushers strike early, hang on to stay game back in East Division

Lake Erie Crushers catcher Kevin Franchetti doesn’t get the throw in time to make the tag on River City’s Saxon Butler at home in the fourth inning Sunday in Avon.  ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — When you’re in the playoff hunt, there is no time to waste. And Lake Erie didn’t Sunday, capitalizing on the momentum gained from Saturday night’s extra-inning walkoff victory. The Crushers jumped on River City starter Bryce Shafer (2-2, 6.84 ERA) immediately, scoring four runs in the first inning. Then they got a huge Read More…

Crushers flounder at plate

The Crushers’ Craig Hertler is tagged out by the Rascals’ Johnny Morales on steal attempt in  the first inning Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — In the thick of a playoff race with 11 regular-season games left, the Lake Erie Crushers didn’t pick the best time for a shutout loss. In front of 4,160 fans at “Pack the Park Pink Night” at All Pro Freight Stadium, the Crushers couldn’t get anything going offensively against River City Rascals starter Read More…