December 20, 2014

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Avon Lake goalkeeper Keegan Sullivan passionate about game

Avon Lake junior Keegan Sullivan is moving up the state record book fast in terms of saves. Of course, he’s had more than his share of shots fired in his direction playing for a young Shoremen squad the past two seasons. Still, he keeps coming back for more, mainly because he loves to play the game. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Some play high school sports for glory, some for state championships, some for camaraderie and some with an eye on earning a college scholarship. Still others play for the simple love of the game. Count Avon Lake junior goalie Keegan Sullivan in that last group. “Last year was my low point just from the lack Read More…

Girls basketball: Westlake helps itself to seconds, leaves Elyria wanting

Westlake’s Rebecca Essig puts up a shot as Elyria’s Shayla Middlebrooks defends Wednesday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Second chances were more than Elyria could handle Wednesday night. Westlake scored 10 points off offensive rebounds in the first half and 14 for the game in handing the Pioneers a 47-35 loss in non-conference girls basketball play Wednesday. All those second-chance baskets in the first half led the Demons to a 24-18 Read More…

Boys basketball: Firelands closes out Open Door early

Firelands’ Casey Smith and Open Door’s Drew Zaborowski battle for a rebound during the Falcons’ win Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands flew out of the gate in its non-conference season opener Tuesday night against Open Door, with a 20-2 first-quarter run that led to a 60-32 win. The Falcons used a swarming defense, holding Open Door (0-3) to 3-of-21 (17 percent) shooting in the first half, and the Patriots went without a Read More…

High school hockey: Westlake takes early punch, fights back to beat Midview

Westlake’s Nathan Greenberg brings the puck up the ice in front of Midview’s Jake Behler in the first period. Greenberg scored ha hat trick and an assist in the Demons’ 6-5 win. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Westlake scored a goal just 15 seconds into Sunday afternoon’s non-conference game against Midview at North Park Rec, then gave up four straight. But the Demons, who play in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League’s higher Red Division, were unfazed and responded by scoring five straight goals en route to a 6-5 Read More…

Boys basketball: Defense does job as Vermilion wins own tourney for 3rd time in 3 tries

VERMILION — There’s dominating and then there’s what Vermilion did Saturday night. The Sailors followed a record-setting Friday night in their 3rd annual Tip-Off Tournament with a completely dominating defensive effort, blowing out Manchester 72-33 for their third straight tournament championship. Friday was all about the offense when Kyle Nader broke the school’s single-game scoring Read More…

Volleyball: Area stars shine in Lorain County All-Star matches

Keystone’s Liz Hayes (West team) goes for a kill Wednesday night against the East squad during the Lorain County All-Star Volleyball matches at Elyria Catholic High School. Below, Elyria Catholic’s Maryssa Kellick (South) tries to hit past Lorain’s Marlena Guice (North). KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The area’s finest took the court one last time in the Lorain County Volleyball Coaches Association All-Star Games held at Elyria Catholic on Wednesday night. By all accounts, everyone had a great time, regardless of the scores. “This was so much fun and we really played well together,” said Kayla Lowe from Vermilion, Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Huron quarterback sacks Columbia

Columbia's Cody Shields runs 80 yard for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Huron Tigers. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

HURON — The night started bad for Columbia and never got any better in a 52-20 loss to Huron in a Division V, Region 16, playoff game at Kalahari Field at Huron Memorial Stadium. Columbia (9-2) just didn’t have an answer for Huron quarterback Kyle Kovach, who was nearly perfect on the night, going 12-for-12 Read More…

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…