April 21, 2014

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Boys basketball: Avon Lake holds off late North Ridgeville rally

North Ridgeville's Dennis Millgard tries to work around Avon Lake's AJ Outcalt, left, and Quinn Cantleberry. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake unveiled a smothering defense that directly aided an 18-0 run over the middle quarters as the Shoremen held off a late North Ridgeville rally for a 54-42 non-conference win Tuesday night. Avon Lake’s Seth Muck and Brad Hamilton were they only two Shoremen to hit double figures scoring 14 and Read More…

High school hockey: Avon’s Eric Novakovic knows how to find the net, now he wants to be a leader, as well

Avon senior Eric Novakovic is the returning top goal scorer for the Eagles — and all of Lorain County — having found the net 51 times a year ago. The Eagles need him to be a leader as well as an offensive threat this season. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Where have all the goal scorers gone? Well, while most of Lorain County’s outstanding offensive players from a year ago have graduated or are no longer playing hockey, there is at least one player back who knows what to do with the puck. And he just happens to have had the gaudiest offensive numbers of Read More…

High school volleyball: Midview’s Meghan Higley gets traded, brings home only win for area players at district all-star event

Firelands High School's Paige O'Connell hits the ball over the net toward CVCA High School's Morgan Lowenkamp. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — All-Star nights are unique and Friday’s District 3 volleyball get-together at Elyria High School was no exception. After all, how often do you see a player get traded in volleyball? In high school volleyball? But Midview’s Meghan Higley was traded from her South team to the Southeast team for three players before the Read More…

Quick start sets tone as Elyria Catholic dominates Lutheran West to advance to Division III district soccer final

Elyria Catholic's Anna Griffin, left, tries to control the ball as Lutheran West's Taya Hampton closes in Monday night in a rainy Division III district semifinal . STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It’s always a good to start the night with the quickest goal in Knights of Columbus Field history. Elyria Catholic’s Andi Widmer scored just 15 seconds into the game and the Panthers never looked back in beating Lutheran West 5-1 in a girls Division III district semifinal. “I was really eager for us Read More…

Sectional volleyball: Elyria Catholic advances after win over Richmond Heights

Elyria Catholic High School senior Brooke Nedrich kills the ball over the fingertips over Richmond Heights High School senior Liarra Camp on Wednesday evening. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — In honor of the ongoing Major League Baseball playoffs, Elyria Catholic broke out its best curveball against Richmond Heights in the Division III sectional finals at Elyria High on Wednesday night. The hard-hitting Panthers used a pre-planned tip game that baffled the Spartans all night, resulting in a 25-8, 25-12, 25-10 win to advance Read More…

Sectional volleyball: Black River outlasts Columbia

Columbia High School junior Nicole Jenny lunges for the ball in a game against Black River High School on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — One bad game does not a match make. Black River laid an egg in its third game against Columbia in the Division III sectional volleyball tournament at Elyria High last night, but bounced back to clinch a 25-19, 27-25, 11-25, 25-22 win, earning the right to play second-seeded Independence on Thursday. “It was Read More…

High school cross country: Keystone girls finally upend Buckeye, capture Patriot Athletic Conference title

Shannon Wargo of Keystone is in second place near the 1 mile mark of the PAC cross Country championship at Buckeye High School. Teammate Jena Copley is right behind her. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

YORK TWP. — Streaks are made to be broken. The Buckeye girls cross country team has been Patriot Athletic Conference champions for the last five years with Keystone playing bridesmaid each time, even losing by just one point last year. The Wildcats were motivated by the close call during the offseason and it paid off Read More…

Clearview pulls off huge fifth-game rally to down Lutheran West, win fourth straight PAC Stripes volleyball title

Clearview's Heather Younkin spikes the ball past Lutheran West's Emile Hausmann, left, and Anne Kennedy. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Now that’s how you finish off a championship. Clearview already had a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division volleyball championship, but the Clippers wanted the title all to itself, only to trail Lutheran West 13-10 in a fifth and deciding game Monday night. “I just wanted the ball and I Read More…

Volleyball: Amherst clinches share of SWC title with win over Avon Lake

Amherst's Ashley Makruski pops the ball past Avon Lake's Katie Coughlin, left, and Alaina Sliwinski. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — To be the champ, you have to beat the champ. Those were the words that eighth-ranked Amherst volleyball coach Laurie Cogan gave her team before taking the court against two-time defending Southwestern Conference champion Avon Lake. Amherst played like a champion with a thrilling 25-14, 24-26, 25-16, 23-25, 15-9 win. The Comets’ Read More…

Girls soccer: Amherst ties Fairview with last-second goal

Amherst's Ally Perkins fights Fairview's Paige Strandahl for the ball. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

FAIRVIEW PARK — The Fairview student section learned a hard lesson Monday night: Don’t break into the “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” song too early. Fairview led Amherst 3-2 with 15 seconds left on the clock and the Warriors had just poked the ball out of play at the Amherst end. The Comets Read More…