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District softball: Amanda Beursken’s record-setting home run provides spark as Midview upsets Westlake

Midview’s Amanda Beursken watches the ball after connecting on a three-run home run in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s district semifinal win over Westlake. It was Beursken’s Lorain County-record 26th career home run. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Midview senior Amanda Beursken provided her team with a huge lift Wednesday against top-seeded Westlake — and made Lorain County softball history in the process. Beursken crushed a high, outside pitch over the center-field fence at North Ridgeville High School for a three-run homer in the fourth inning that propelled the third-seeded Middies to a Read More…

Sectional baseball: One inning of offense, solid pitching enough as Keystone tops Vermilion, makes district

Vermilion's Caleb Waller tags out Keystone's Collin Fitzgerald on a stolen base attempt. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

PENFIELD TWP. — Top-seeded Keystone went in search of a fourth straight sectional championship Monday and found it, scratching out a 3-1 win over Vermilion in the Division II final at Penfield Recreational Park. The Wildcats (22-5), however, get no time to savor their win. They’re back in action today against Buckeye in a district Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria halts late North Olmsted rally

Elyria’s Jaeger Shaffstall makes it into home safely as North Olmsted catcher Joe Keleman reaches for the ball in the second inning of Tuesday’s Division I sectional opener at Victory Park. Elyria won. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Just as North Olmsted began a seventh-inning rally in its Division I sectional game against Elyria at Victory Sports Park, a bright rainbow appeared beyond left field, which seemed like a good sign for the Eagles. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow turned out to be under the Read More…

Girls basketball: John McDermott new North Olmsted coach

John McDermott

NORTH OLMSTED — There will be a new voice in charge of the North Olmsted girls basketball team next season. On May 19, longtime area coach John McDermott is expected to be approved by the North Olmsted school board as the Eagles’ new head coach. McDermott replaces Cheryl Bansek, who was at North Olmsted the Read More…

High school baseball: Avon clinches share of West Shore Conference championship with wild 13-12 win over Bay

Avon players celebrate after Ian Long, top, hits a home run Friday at All Pro Freight Stadium. Avon won 13-12. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — Consider it money well spent. After eight innings Friday at All Pro Freight Stadium, the Avon and Bay were tied at 10 and the game was ready to be called due to darkness. After a brief discussion, Avon decided to spend the money to have the lights turned on and continue the game. Read More…

High school baseball: Middies grab early lead, but St. Edward roars back

Midview's Kyle Warner pitches during a game against St. Edward o

AVON — Midview jumped out early in its non-conference game with St. Edward at All Pro Freight Stadium on Tuesday, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Eagles put up eight runs in the third and five in the fifth to post a 13-3 mercy-rule win. The Middies led 3-0 going to the bottom of Read More…

H.S. Hockey: Successful season comes to end for Avon

Avon goalie Joe Sefchik, right, and captain Eric Novakovic leave the ice after a 9-0 loss in the district match at Brooklyn Rec Center. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

BROOKLYN — Avon reached new heights this year with 28 wins in just its second varsity season of hockey, but the Eagles learned just how far they have to go before taking the next step to a state-power program dropping a district quarterfinal game to Holy Name 9-0 Saturday afternoon at the Brooklyn Recreation Center. Read More…

Boys basketball: Clearview asserts itself early vs. Open Door; Clippers’ Gerrell Williams scores 25, closes in on 1,000

SHEFFIELD — It only took about 15 seconds for the Open Door boys to know they were in deep trouble against Clearview in Tuesday’s non-conference game. The Clippers won the tip and senior Gerrell Williams drove baseline, finishing with a two-handed dunk, his first of three dunks in the first quarter. Clearview (15-5) steadily pulled Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion pulls off comeback in regulation, then slips by Firelands in OT to earn rivalry bragging rights

Vermilion's Cameron Kuhn drives past Firelands' Cole Sklarek. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — The Vermilion-Firelands boys basketball rivalry hit new heights Monday night. Both teams played their hearts out, both crowds were vocal and to top it off, the game went into overtime where a single free throw made the difference as the Sailors pulled out a 57-56 win over the Falcons in non-conference action. “That’s Read More…

District Hockey: Avon last local team standing after easy win, double-overtime loss by Westlake

BROOKLYN — And then there was one. Avon became the last remaining area team alive in the Brooklyn district hockey tournament with a convincing 11-1 win Saturday over Bay. The Eagles will meet Holy Name, the ninth-ranked team in the state, next Saturday at 3 p.m. The Eagles became the lone local survivor after Westlake Read More…