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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…

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…