October 24, 2014

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Volleyball: Elyria falls to Brunswick in D-I district final

Elyria's Tyra Darden gets a dig against Brunswick in the Division I championship . RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — This year it was Brunswick’s turn. After being eliminated by Elyria in last year’s Division I district semifinals, the second-seeded Blue Devils didn’t give the Pioneers the chance to do it again, rolling to a 29-27, 25-16, 25-21 win in Thursday’s district final at Midview High School. Brunswick, which at 23-2 tied Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic holds off Lake Ridge rally to return to championship game

Elyria Catholic’s Gage Jarvis, left, works up the field Wednesday against the defense of Lake Ridge’s Antonio Pineda. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Elyria Catholic saw a two-goal lead disappear in the district semifinal game against Lake Ridge on Wednesday night, but the Panthers regrouped for a 4-2 win at Lutheran West High School. EC, the defending Rocky River district champion, will face Oberlin in the district championship game Saturday at 3 p.m. The site Read More…

District volleyball: Elyria continues postseason roll with semifinal win

Elyria’s Mariah Johnson, left, and Tyra Darden apply the defense to Midview’s Cassie Haight during the Pioneers’ win Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Losing does not appear to be in Elyria’s vocabulary right now. The seventh-seeded Pioneers continued their amazing run through the Division I volleyball tournament at Midview High School with a 25-20, 19-25, 25-14, 28-26 win over the host Middies to return to the district championship game at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, against second-seeded Brunswick. Read More…

Sectional volleyball: Elyria topples top-seeded Amherst; Midview ousts Avon

Elyria's Mariah Johnson spikes the ball past the fingertips of Amherst's Alayna Johnston, left, and Megan Overmann. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — It was a wild night of volleyball Wednesday at Midview. The Division I sectional finals started with fifth-seeded Midview knocking fourth-seeded Avon out of the tournament for the second year in a row with a 21-25, 25-20, 25-27, 25-21, 15-13 win. Then things really got interesting. Seventh-seeded Elyria avenged last year’s district Read More…

Brookside, Vermilion win sectional volleyball openers

Vermillion's Rachel Van Curen spikes the ball over the net as Firelands' Dalaney Rogala defends. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

PARMA HTS. — A mini-Lorain County Division II volleyball tournament was held at Holy Name High School on Thursday night and when it was over, two of the county’s best were left standing to face each other in the sectional final. In the opening match, Brookside won its 20th game of the season by dispatching Read More…

Division I sectional volleyball: Midview survives five-set match with Avon Lake; Elyria, Westlake also advance

Midview's Kayla Payne hits over Avon Lake's Emma Coughlin during the Division I sectional opener on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Opening night of the Division I volleyball sectional tournament at Midview High School provided a one-sided affair, a repeat winner and a match that turned into an instant classic. Elyria made quick work of North Ridgeville 25-12, 25-13, 25-8 in the opening match and Westlake won the final match of the night Read More…

Longtime Olmsted Falls volleyball coach Dawn Moses retiring

Olmsted Falls coach 
Dawn Moses is retiring after 19 seasons in which she led the Bulldogs 
to 367 wins, seven Sweet 16s, two Final Fours and a state title. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The end of this volleyball season marks the end of an era: Olmsted Falls coach Dawn Moses is retiring after 19 years on the job. Moses and her husband, Paul, the former Falls athletic director and current AD at Strongsville, have decided to move to Florida after putting in 30 years as teachers and administrators. Read More…

High school volleyball: Avon sweeps Midview to go undefeated in West Shore Conference

AVON — Go ahead and check “perfect conference record” off Avon’s list of team goals this season. The Eagles dominated Midview from the outset Wednesday in posting a 25-15, 25-16, 25-13 victory to finish the final West Shore Conference season with a 12-0 record. Avon and Midview will move to the Southwestern Conference next year Read More…

Volleyball: Olmsted Falls nets share of SWC

Olmsted Falls’ Lexi Lombardo looks for the kill as Amherst’s Brooke Wallace, center, and Symone Williams try to block her hit Tuesday night. The Bulldogs won in four sets. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — Amherst had the Southwestern Conference title within reach after winning Game 1 against Olmsted Falls and led 20-14 in the second set. As Comets coach Laurie Cogan put it, “that’s when the wheels came off the cart.” The Bulldogs — ranked No. 15 in Division I — found a way to pull Read More…

Lutheran West downs Clearview in five games to wrap up PAC Stripes Division volleyball title

Clearview's Erin Dunfee and Kelli Warren defend against a spike from Lutheran West's Jessica Gavlak. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — To be the champ, you have to beat the champ. That’s just what Lutheran West did Monday night with a thrilling 18-25, 25-10, 25-27, 25-21, 15-8 win over Clearview, last year’s Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division champion. The Longhorns clinched this year’s outright Stripes championship and now have a perfect conference record Read More…