July 28, 2014


Hockey: Avon dominates Elyria Catholic at The Q

Avon's Pat Baeder and Elyria Catholic's David Kukucka battle for control of the puck. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Avon obviously enjoyed the experience of skating on the ice at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday afternoon. The 10-0 loss they hung on Elyria Catholic attests to that. But maybe part of the reason for the Eagles’ win was that they didn’t enjoy the experience too much. “I told the kids to look Read More…

High school hockey: Avon pulls away from North Olmsted with second-period flurry of goals

Avon's Neal Novotny moves the puck up the ice against North Olmsted's Shane Malinak in the first period Sunday afternoon at the North Olmsted Recreation Complex. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — In a game that lasts 45 minutes, it took Avon just 45 seconds to put away North Olmsted in a non-conference hockey matchup Sunday afternoon as Lorain County’s Eagles defeated Cuyahoga County’s Eagles 5-0 at the North Olmsted Recreation Center. Avon (4-2) was nursing a 1-0 lead after Eric Novakovic scored just Read More…

Hockey: Short-handed Elyria Catholic falls to Lakewood

Elyria Catholic's David Kukucka tries to get ahead of Lakewood's Cooper Strachan and Justin Eaton. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

  ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic may struggle on the ice this year with only eight skaters and it showed in Wednesday night’s 6-2 loss to Lakewood in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League opener for both clubs in the White West Division. The Panthers (0-2, 0-1) went up early, but then had no answer Read More…

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…