January 27, 2015

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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…

Girls soccer: Olmsted Falls’ snaps two Avon Lake streaks

Olmsted Falls’ Skyelar Altstadt moves the ball down the field as Avon Lake’s Mariela Lopez pursues Wednesday in a Southwestern Conference game at Olmsted Falls. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — All good things have to come to an end. Avon Lake’s girls soccer team found that out Wednesday night. In its regular-season finale, the Shoregals’ string of nine shutouts ended just three minutes into the second half on a goal from Olmsted Falls’ Emma Whitney. Then the Bulldogs’ defense and goalie Reilly Read More…

High School Football: Keystone at Firelands

Keystone's Tyler Polen carries Firelands' defenders with him as he stretches for more yardage. Photo by Ray Riedel

HENRIETTA TWP. — In the locker room Friday night with a tie score and a steady rain falling, Keystone coach Rob Clarico had a talk with his offensive linemen. They believed they could run the ball right down Firelands’ throats in the second half and put away the game. Clarico listened and turned running back Read More…

Avon’s Ana Lopez takes third at Division I sectional tennis tournament, advances to district

Avon’s Ana Lopez returns a shot Tuesday on her way to qualifying to next week’s district tourney in singles. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Ana Lopez moved to Avon from North Dakota after the tennis season began. The sophomore primarily played first doubles and just a handful of singles matches, so despite winning championships at the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association and West Shore Conference tournaments, she went unseeded at the Division I sectional draw. It’s safe Read More…

High school football: Avon senior Ohradzansky making up for lost time

Avon senior inside linebacker Cory Ohradzansky is leading an Eagles defense that has allowed just 20 points during the first four games of the season. The unbeaten Eagles meet unbeaten Midview tonight. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

After bursting on the scene as a sophomore inside linebacker and leading Avon in tackles, Cory Ohradzansky was poised for an even bigger junior season. But he suffered a knee injury that forced him to undergo season-ending surgery just three games in, and had to watch from the sideline as Avon made a second straight Read More…