November 25, 2014


Lake Erie Crushers retire jersey number of longtime player Andrew Davis

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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

ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLELorain 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…

Crushers let opportunities slip away in loss to Grizzlies

AVON — This one hurt. The Lake Erie Crushers were not only in prime position to take sole possession of second in the Frontier League’s East Division on Thursday night, but they also had the chance to get some breathing room in the wild-card race. On top of that, they were just two outs away Read More…

High school football 2014: North Ridgeville optimistic under first-year coach

DeMario McCall sprints through for a touchdown in a game last season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Luke Durbin is a first-time head football coach, but he comes to North Ridgeville with an impressive pedigree. His father, Jeff Durbin, was the head football coach at Uniontown Lake for 23 years. Luke was the water boy, then played, then began his coaching career following college. Durbin then went over to Read More…

Crushers 7, Greys 3: Matt Rein shines in final outing for Lake Erie

Lake Erie Crushers short stop Juan Sanchez throws to first to turn a double play against the Frontier Greys Sunday afternoon in Avon. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — Matt Rein went out a winner, and had fun doing it. With the bullpen taxed and a few pitchers unavailable, Lake Erie needed a vintage start from Rein on Sunday. And, with the help of a first-inning grand slam from Vincent Mejia, that’s just what he gave them. In what most likely was his Read More…

Crushers overcome injuries, walks, errors to stay in contention for final playoff spot

Lake Erie pitcher Todd Kibby and catcher PJ Torres meet onthe mound during a rough first inning against the Frontier Greys on Saturday at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon. Kibby walked seven in the game, including four in a row in the first inning, giving the Greys an early 1-0 lead. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — Lake Erie won its third in a row and 11th walkoff game of the season to keep pace with the Schaumburg Boomers for the sixth and final spot in the Frontier League playoffs. Juan Sanchez scored from first in the ninth on a one-out single by Vincent Mejia and a fielding error, as Read More…