April 27, 2015

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Volleyball: Amherst humbled by No. 11 Perrysburg

Amherst’s Gabirle Basinski bumps the ball over the net during Saturday’s match
against Perrysburg in a battle of state-ranked Division I teams. Perrysburg swept. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Perrysburg showed Amherst that state rankings don’t always mean a lot. The Yellow Jackets, ranked 11th in the state in Division I by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association, swept the seventh-ranked Comets on the Comets’ home court Saturday, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-10. “They beat us in every facet of the game,” Read More…

High school volleyball: Lutheran West downs Brookside in clash of Patriot Athletic Conference leaders

Brookside's Melissa Eakins serves the ball in Tuesday's match against Lutheran West. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — When Lutheran West dropped the first game of Tuesday’s battle for Patriot Athletic Conference supremacy with Brookside, there was no panic. Not from the players and not from the coach. The next three games showed why as the Longhorns shook off that early disappointment and didn’t lose again, downing the Cardinals 23-25, Read More…

High school volleyball: Fast starts carry Vermilion past Elyria Catholic

Vermilion’s Kayla Lowe (23) hits a shot over Elyria Catholic’s
Robin Reichert during Thursday night’s West Shore Conference match at Vermilion. The Sailors won in four games.­ STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — There was no West Shore Conference championship on the line Thursday night, but you wouldn’t have known it after a wild celebration broke out following Vermilion’s 25-20, 27-25, 16-25, 25-20 win over Elyria Catholic. It was the final conference game between the teams with the WSC breaking up after this year and it Read More…

Volleyball: Maple Heights beats Lorain in battle for LEL lead

Lorain’s Raegan Osko hits the ball past Maple Heights’ Taylor Brown during the Titans’ loss to the Mustangs on Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — First place in the Lake Erie League left Lorain and headed east as Maple Heights used a strong game at the net and benefited by a ton of Titans unforced errors in winning 22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-23 to remain unbeaten in league play. Of the 97 points scored by Maple Heights on Tuesday Read More…

Volleyball: Oberlin’s win over Open Door ends two-year drought

Oberlin’s Aszure Chamberlin (8) and Baily Wilbanks defend at the net against Open Door’s Christa Mindling on Monday in Oberlin. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — It’s been two years and more than 30 straight losses on the volleyball court, but Oberlin found a way to end its long losing streak Monday night, sweeping Open Door, 25-19, 25-16, 26-24, to give Alayna Ruggles her first coaching victory. The Phoenix last won in 2012 after going 0-22 last year and starting this Read More…

Volleyball: Elyria’s fourth-place finish best showing by area team at Avon Invitational

Elyria’s Abigail Elek tips the ball past two Mayfield blockers in the first game of Saturday’s battle for third place at the Avon Invitational. The Pioneers lost a tough three-game match.  ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — It was a tough day for the local teams at Avon’s seventh annual volleyball invitational Saturday. Elyria was the highest area finisher, taking fourth after falling 22-25, 34-32, 26-24 to Mayfield in the third-place game. Defending champion Avon knocked off Sandusky Perkins 23-25, 25-14, 25-21 in the fifth-place game and Westlake finished the Read More…

High School Football: Brookside at Oberlin

Oberlin 3 Elijah Bugg runs for yardage past Brookside 6 Evan Brown-Fugate and 72 Kyle Huckleberry in first quarter Sep 5.  Steve Manheim

  OBERLIN — After getting blasted by Bay in the season opener, Brookside worked out some offensive frustrations Friday against Oberlin before Mother Nature ruined the party. The Cardinals led the Phoenix 48-23 when the game was suspended after the third quarter. The game will be resumed this morning at 10 at Brookside before the Read More…

High school volleyball: Elyria Catholic freshman comes up big in comeback

North Ridgeville senior Emily Duke pushes the ball over the net as Elyria Catholic's Josie Carandang and freshman Emily King attempt to block. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — It’s early in the volleyball season, but Elyria Catholic is already facing must-win scenarios in the West Shore Conference. The Panthers came out of the gate at North Ridgeville on Thursday night looking like a team that had just dropped matches to Avon and Midview, but they bounced back under the leadership Read More…

High school volleyball: EC’s Lee expects bigger things this season

Elyria Catholic sophomore Jessie Lee decided to get in better shape, get stronger and fly higher ... all after being named the district MVP last year. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

It would be so easy for Elyria Catholic’s Jessie Lee to rest on her laurels after earning an All-Conference first team award along with being named the MVP of Lorain County and the district for the 18-7 Panthers last season. Even after putting together a wildly successful freshman year, Lee came to the decision that Read More…

High school volleyball: Columbia opens season with win over Firelands

Columbia's Rebecca Tacchite spikes the ball over the net as Firelands' Dalaney Rogala blocks.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Columbia overcame opening-night jitters against Firelands in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover match as the Raiders pulled out a 17-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-16 win over the Falcons on Tuesday night. “After that first game, we really calmed down a lot and played the game that we were taught,” said Raiders freshman setter Read More…