March 30, 2015


Girls sectional golf: Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder leads area’s big day with 69, first-pace finish; three teams make district

Avon Lake senior Niki Schroeder watches her shot Tuesday at the Division I girls sectional golf tournament at the Legacy Course at Sweetbriar. Schroeder shot a 3-under 69 to take first place. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Some habits are hard to break. Which can be a good thing. Avon Lake senior Niki Schroeder certainly doesn’t want to break her habit of winning golf tournaments. And North Ridgeville junior Nicole Gerome likes her habit of making it to districts. As for Shoregals coach Kevin Fitch, qualifying to districts for Read More…

Girls soccer: Amherst completely dominates Elyria

Amherst’s Emily Gray, left, and Elyria’s Darian Jones collide as they go for the ball during Monday’s non-conference game at Elyria’s Pioneer Field. The Comets rolled. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It was a glorious autumn day with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s, but it was a cold, dismal day for Elyria High’s girls soccer team. Amherst was to blame for that. Junior Ally Perkins scored three goals and the Comets never let up in downing the Pioneers 8-1 on Monday at Read More…

Division II boys sectional golf: Area gets two to district tourney

ELYRIA — Strong wind and chilly temperatures in the 50s couldn’t stop Black River’s Luke Tanner and Lutheran West’s Keaton Gossman from earning district-qualifying berths at Monday’s Division II boys sectional golf tournament at Forest Hills. Tanner shot a 6-over-par 76 and Gossman shot an 82 to claim two of the three berths for players Read More…

Volleyball: Midview overpowers Keystone

Midview's Becca Mullins and Cassie Haight, right, hit the ball over the net as Keystone's Krisandra Mezera, left, and Erica Porter defend. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Powered by the slams of 5-foot-10 senior Becca Mullins and 5-10 junior Cassie Haight, Midview just had too much for Keystone on Saturday afternoon at Ed Kubuski gym. The Middies won the non-conference match 25-21, 25-18, 24-26 and 25-12 to improve to 9-7. It was a nearly a three-game sweep for the Read More…

High school golf: Avon sweeps boys, girls West Shore Conference tournament titles

Avon’s Ryan Sikora watches his tee shot Thursday at Sweetbriar on the way to a tournament-best 3-over 75 that helped the Eagles win the team championship, too. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Avon made it a memorable final West Shore Conference golf tournament. The conference is disbanding after this school year following 10 years of existence, so the Eagles decided to go out strong, winning the boys and girls golf tournament titles Thursday afternoon on a sunny but cool day at Sweetbriar’s Legacy Golf Read More…

Volleyball: Avon continues successful ways against Midview

Avon’s Elizabeth Zollos serves Tuesday during a sweep of West Shore Conference rival Midview. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — The Avon Eagles are soaring. Avon ran its overall record to 10-1, while improving to 7-0 in the West Shore Conference, with a three-game sweep — 25-12, 25-23, 25-19 — at Midview’s Kubuski Gym on Tuesday night. To Midview’s credit, after being routed in the opening game it rallied to make the Read More…

Boys golf: Westlake captures Midview Invitational team title

Westlake's Patrick Steffen drives the ball during the Midview Invitational at Columbia Hills on Tuesday. He shot a 75 to help the Demons win the title. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Westlake continues being one of the top area boys golf teams and a threat to go far in the post-season tournaments. The Demons won their third big tournament of the still-young season by capturing the Midview Invitational Tuesday with a 309 score at Columbia Hills Country Club. Because school classes have begun Read More…

High school volleyball: Lutheran West has Keystone’s number

Lutheran West’s Margaux Thompson has her shot blocked by Keystone’s Summer Constable and Camryn Smith during Thursday’s match at Keystone. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Twelve was a magic number for the Lutheran West Longhorns on Thursday night, thanks in large part to sophomore Margaux Thompson. First of all, that’s Thompson’s number, and she was a key factor in the Longhorns’ sweeping past Keystone 25-14, 25-21, 25-19 in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover match. Thompson got the match-winning Read More…

Boys soccer: Joshua Lewis scores four goals, leads Elyria past Keystone

Elyria goalkeeper Sabastian Delcorral dives to make a save on a shot on goal by Keystone's Steven Speck. Elyria's Gabriel Negron trails behind. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Elyria boys soccer coach Brett Heighberger and junior midfielder Joshua Lewis think alike. If three goals is a “hat trick,” what do you call it when one player scores four goals in a game? “A hat trick plus one,” both answered Thursday after Lewis poured in four goals in the Pioneers’ 6-4 non-conference Read More…

Oley foursome tops at Lorain County Community College golf benefit

Long-drive professional Mike Ziegler hits a drive off one foot at Elyria Country Club on Monday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — There were some doctors in the house Monday afternoon at Elyria Country Club for the 24th Annual Jack Nicklaus-Lorain County Community College scholarship benefit golf outing. Ed Oley, CEO of Lorain’s Mercy Hospital, and teammates Jim Stephens, Scott Pember and Jon Avellone, all associated with the hospital, shot a combined 118 to win Read More…