September 20, 2014

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High school football: Black River optimistic despite players changes

Black River running back Colin Filak tries to punch through a wall of Clearview defenders last season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

SULLIVAN TWP. — To say Black River is going through changes this year would be quite an understatement. There are only six returning starters for the Pirates and one of the offensive players to be replaced had 6,097 career rushing yards, 82 touchdowns and is considered one of the best players ever to suit up Read More…

High school volleyball: North Ridgeville comes back to beat Lorain

Lorain’s Marlena Guice, left, hits the ball over the fingertips of North Ridgeville’s Maddie Schauer (13) and Kara Sullinger on Saturday afternoon. Lorain won the first game before losing the next three. 
 KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — North Ridgeville stumbled in game one on Saturday, but bounced back to give first-year head coach Jenny Oblock her first coaching win at the school, beating Lorain 21-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-12 as each team moved to 1-1 in the young season. The Rangers led 11-4 in the first game before the Titans came storming Read More…

High school football 2014: Firelands still young, but no longer inexperienced

Firelands running back Aaron Stevanus pushes through the Wellington defense for a gain last season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands had it rough in 2013. Not only did the Falcons go winless, they scored fewer than two touchdowns per game on average, while giving up more than 44 points a game. So why is Firelands so eager for this season to begin? The Falcons, who were forced to play a significant Read More…

Boys soccer: Oberlin pressure topples Midview

Midview’s Chad Eye, top, collides with Oberlin’s Tam Cadenhead in the first half 
of Wednesday’s game at Midview. Oberlin won 3-0 to improve to 3-0 on the season. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Oberlin just may have set the tone for the season Wednesday, downing Midview 3-0 for its third win in five days. The Phoenix has its entire team back from last year and it flexed its muscles in dominating the Middies in non-conference action, holding them to just one shot on goal for Read More…

High school football: Brookside players bond in offseason, hope it pays off in more wins

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SHEFFIELD — Brookside is hoping that going camping over the summer will pay off on the football field this fall. Fourth-year head coach Thom Lesiecki took his team to a camp at Hiram College over the offseason and he is already beginning to see changes in the team and their attitude as the season approaches. Read More…

Volleyball: Avon Lake downs Midview in four games

Midview’s Cassie Height prepares to hit the ball against Avon Lake during a non-conference match Wednesday night. The Shoregals downed the Middies in four games. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Opening night provided plenty of jitters and miscues for both Avon Lake and Midview, but the Shoregals took advantage and pulled out a 25-22, 25-23, 25-27, 25-21 non-conference volleyball win Tuesday night. “I was pleased despite coming out jittery and we played pretty well in Game 1 to get off to a Read More…

Defensive problems cost Ironmen again

Andrew Gronski drives in the Ironmen’s first run with a swinging bunt in the first. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Defense has been a problem for Lorain County most of the season and it bit the Ironmen again in a 5-3 loss to West Virginia on Friday at The Pipe Yard. Lorain County led 2-0 through four innings, but an error by shortstop Cody Semler on a high chopper opened the flood gates Read More…

Hot Stove baseball: Columbia will face South Amherst in Class F state tourney

North Ridgeville's Owen Matta beats the throw to Grafton's Alex Webb at second base. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The rematch is set in Class F of the Hot Stove state tournament. Two weeks ago, Columbia Morgan Trucking handed South Amherst its only loss of the year in the Lorain County championship. The teams will meet again today at 5:30 at Palmer Field after South Amherst held on for a 4-2 Read More…

Little League baseball: Avon comes up short as Cuyahoga Falls North walks off with 11U district championship

Avon celebrates an RBI double against Cuyahoga Falls.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — The most important thing Cuyahoga Falls North did Friday before the 11U Little League District 3 championship game was win the coin flip — for the first time in the tournament. Falls used the home-field advantage to grab a 5-4 walk-off win over Avon when Mason Stams drove a ball deep to left Read More…

Hot Stove baseball: Firelands routs Elyria; Columbia gets walk-off win over Grafton

Grafton shortstop Spencer Pavell prepares to throw the ball to first base during the second inning against Columbia on Sunday in a Class FF tournament game in Grafton. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

GRAFTON — The Firelands Crushers and Elyria Gladiators were each coming off firsts in their Class F Hot Stove tournament game at Reservoir Park on Sunday. Firelands lost its first game of the season this week and Elyria just won its first-ever Hot Stove tournament game Saturday. It was all Crushers, though, as they ran Read More…