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High school volleyball: Firelands finally figures it out, downs Vermilion in four games after dropping the first

Vermilion's Kayla Lowe hits the ball past Firelands' Mikayla Walbom. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — Rivalries can bring out the best in everyone. At least for awhile. It looked like Vermilion had the upper hand against Firelands in their non-conference volleyball match Monday night after winning the first game 25-22. But the Falcons never trailed again, winning the next three games 25-11, 25-20 and 25-18. “Vermilion came Read More…

Volleyball: Elyria can’t keep up with No. 13 North Royalton

Elyria's Tyra Darden, right, tries to spike the ball past North Royalton's Holly Hetman.

ELYRIA — The Pioneers knew they were in for a tough test Tuesday night against No. 13-ranked North Royalton. Elyria played well during the matchup, but it still wasn’t enough as the Bears came away with a 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 win in a Northeast Ohio Conference matchup. “Elyria is always tough on us. They always Read More…

College football: Oberlin College gets physical, defeats Case Western Reserve for first time since 1982

Oberlin College Yeomen Blake Buckhannon, left, and Adan Niec celebrate a touchdown scored by Buckhannon against Case Western Reserve in the first half of the season home opener yesterday at Savage Stadium in Oberlin. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Twenty-eight straight losses is apparently Oberlin College’s limit. The Yeomen ended a losing streak to Case Western Reserve University that dated back to 1982 by punishing the Spartans from start to finish Sunday in a 19-2 season-opening win at Savage Stadium. Oberlin set the physical tone early, driving 12 plays on the opening Read More…

High school volleyball: Elyria Catholic edges Clearview in five games in clash of champions

Clearview High School sophomore Madison Fortney bumps a ball from Elyria Catholic toward her teammates.

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Champion versus champion did not disappoint Saturday afternoon at Clearview High School. Defending West Shore Conference champion Elyria Catholic downed the defending Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division champion Clippers in five games, 25-19, 24-26, 22-25, 25-13 and 15-8. “That is what volleyball is all about,” EC coach Jen Lee said. “You have Read More…

High school tennis: Avon picks up four individual titles on way to fourth straight LCAAA team championship

Avon Lake High School's Maya Wanner serves to Elyria Catholic High School in a first-doubles match for third place Saturday. Elyria Catholic took third place and Avon Lake took fourth. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Avon decided to keep getting while the getting is good Saturday at the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association tournament. The Eagles used last year’s formula to breeze to their fourth straight LCAAA title, winning four championships and posting a runner-up finish in the other match to earn 39 of a possible 40 Read More…

H.S. Football: Brookside shows poise late, beats Oberlin to snap 15-game skid

Brookside High School senior defense backs Brandon Bellman, left, and Aidan Wonder tackle Oberlin junior tight end DeVonte Hougland.

SHEFFIELD — The losing streak is over. Brookside played with poise after falling behind in the fourth quarter, getting a pair of touchdown passes by Tyler O’Malley to beat Oberlin 31-21 and end a 15-game losing streak in a non-conference game. “It feels amazing and it’s a huge weight lifted off our shoulders,” Cardinals senior Read More…

High school football: Firelands hoping to build on 2012′s momentum

HENRIETTA TWP. — Same old Firelands. That’s what everyone was saying when the Falcons followed up a dream 10-1 season, which included the school’s first-ever playoff appearance, with a 3-7 mark last year. But if you dig a little deeper into what transpired last season, it was a tale of two halves and the final Read More…

High school football: Brookside looking to end 14-game losing skid

SHEFFIELD — After a promising 4-2 start to the 2011 season, Brookside suffered through a stretch of 14 straight losses by an average of 30 points. You wouldn’t know about the losing streak the way Cardinals players and coaches talk about the 2013 season. Brookside has 18 returning starters — nine on each side of Read More…

Volleyball: Avon Lake opens season with win over Midview

Avon Lake's Alaina Sliwinski, center, and Katie Coughlin block a spike by Midview's Ali Stanziano. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Midview and Avon Lake opened the 2013 volleyball season in style. But it was the Shoregals celebrating at the end, overcoming early miscues to pull away for a 25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 25-18 non-conference victory. “We need to be aggressive on every play and we started backing off and getting hesitant,” said Shoregals Read More…

Crushers roll over Greys for ninth straight win, grab sole possession of first place in division

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AVON — And the beat goes on … The Lake Erie Crushers moved to the top of the Eastern Division in the Frontier League on Friday night with a 5-1 win over the Frontier Greys in front of 3,757 fans on Pack the Park Pink Night, which raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Read More…