February 8, 2016


OCSA playoffs: First Baptist slips by Horizon Science

First Baptist's Corey Williams high-fives teammate Brett Snelling after he scored a goal against Horizon Science. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Slippin’ and a sliding while singin’ in the rain. That was the story Tuesday afternoon in an Ohio Christian Schools Association playoff soccer opener. The slippin’ and a sliding was done by both teams in a steady rain the first half of the match, won by First Baptist 5-1 over Cleveland Horizon Science Read More…

Boys soccer: Avon controls game against Elyria, looks to tournament

Avon’s Michael Smigel advances the ball 
as Elyria’s Adam Supel gives chase Monday 

ELYRIA — Avon’s football team is having its usual solid season, but so is the futbol team, making for a highly exciting autumn off Detroit Road. The Eagles, under the leadership of Chris Dore, are the ninth-rated team in the state in Division I and will enter next week’s sectional tournament seeded No. 1. Need Read More…

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

Nicole Gerome

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…