December 20, 2014

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High school wrestling: Olmsted Falls splits SWC dual meets

North Olmsted’s Shawn Hegyl tries to fight off a pin attempt by Brecksville’s Austin Hiles during their 152-pound match Thursday night in Olmsted Township. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — Senior Night didn’t start out as Olmsted Falls would have liked, but everything worked out in the end. The Bulldogs wrestling team, in a Southwestern Conference triangular dual meet against Brecksville and North Olmsted, dropped a 53-10 decision to the nationally ranked Bees in the first meet. After Brecksville beat North Olmsted 75-3 Read More…

Boys basketball: Defensive change works out well for Elyria Catholic in win over Vermilion

Elyria Catholic’s Jacob Kuchta puts up a runner as Vermilion’s Kyle Nader defends Tuesday in a West Shore Conference game at Elyria Catholic. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It was a simple tweak, but it made all the difference in the world. After Vermilion’s Kyle Nader lit up the Panthers for 12 points in the first quarter, Elyria Catholic coach Phil Kuchta slightly changed the way his team defended the Sailors’ leading scorer. Nader scored only 14 points the rest of Read More…

High school hockey: Midview holds off Avon

Midview’s Jacob Hack keeps the puck away from Avon’s Gabe Intaglianta during the second period Sunday. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — It was a big penalty … and an even bigger penalty kill. Midview was able to shut down the Avon power play for five minutes after Jacob Hwodecky was whistled for a five-minute major for his hit on Pat Baeder, protecting a two-goal lead that culminated in a 5-3 Middies victory at Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville rounds up victory against Vermilion

Vermilion Kyle Nader goes to hoop over N Ridgeville 10 Collin Sullinger Dec 12. Steve Manheim

VERMILION — North Ridgeville has turned a corner. After winning a combined 10 games the past two seasons, the Rangers won for the third time this season without a loss, pulling away from Vermilion in a 72-62 victory that was the West Shore Conference opener for both teams. Senior Kyle Nader had 30 points and 19 rebounds Read More…

Boys basketball: Amherst downs Clearview for first win

Amherst’s Casey McConihe goes up for a shot Tuesday night during a victory over Clearview. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Clearview’s Jason Young owned the paint, but Amherst owned everything else. The Comets overcame a big night from the Clippers’ only returning starter to win their first game of the season Tuesday night, 67-48. Against the smaller Amherst front line, Young scored 17 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots, but the Read More…

Lee, Guidish repeat as top players on All-Lorain County volleyball teams

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A pair of repeat winners highlighted the 2014 All-Lorain County volleyball teams as Elyria Catholic’s Jessie Lee and Lake Ridge Academy’s Hannah Guidish earned player of the year honors. Lee won the award as a freshman hitter last season. She added setting to her repertoire this year and led the Panthers to the Division III Read More…

Avon’s Elizabeth Zollos caps stellar season with Miss Volleyball award

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ELYRIA — Avon’s Elizabeth Zollos looked like the last place in the world she expected to be standing was right where she stood … on the floor at Elyria Catholic’s Coliseum, holding the 2014 Miss Volleyball trophy. Zollos was selected after a senior season that has her college-bound and primed to play at the next Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Keystone comes up short in first postseason appearance

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE It was hugs all around for the Keystone Wildcats after they fell to Bellevue 32-40 on Friday night, Nov. 7 in a nail-bitter of a game.

BELLEVUE — Keystone coach Rob Clarico had everything he wanted, but his Wildcats couldn’t make one final play. Bellevue was able to stop a pair of late Keystone drives, one that would have given the Wildcats the lead and one that would have given them a chance to tie, to pull out a tight 40-32 Read More…

Playoffs preview: Running back Tyler Polen feeling at home at Keystone

Tyler Polen might not get the most attention on the Keystone offense, but the senior has rushed for 1,049 yards and scored 23 touchdowns this season to help the Wildcats make it to the playoffs for the first time in school history. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It’s been a long journey for Keystone senior running back Tyler Polen. His high school football career began when he was a sophomore starter for Wellington, one of Keystone’s biggest rivals. It continues tonight with an appearance in the Division IV playoffs. In between he’s gained 1,808 yards rushing, including 1,049 this season, and scored Read More…

Boys soccer: Talented Bay blows by Brookside

Brookside’s Devin Housedell (25) and Cameron Drew (24) try to defend a shot on goal from Bay during the Cardinals’ loss Wednesday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

BAY VILLAGE — One mistake. Brookside senior goaltender Kenny Pierson’s easiest chance was the one that beat him. A 30-yard Alec White shot bounced at his feet, rolled up his chest and past him into the net for the first of three Bay goals in its 3-0 its district semifinal win. After making nine second-half saves Read More…