November 24, 2014

Mostly clear

Boys soccer: Bay strong-arms Elyria Catholic behind Alec White’s powerful throw-ins

Elyria Catholic’s Nick Wryst (16) controls the ball as Bay’s Andrew Zeidler approaches Wednesday night during a West Shore Conference battle of state-ranked teams at EC. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Although it was a soccer game, the arms of Bay senior Alec White made the difference. White had a pair of first-half assists, both off throw-ins from 30 yards out to the left of Panthers goalie James Rickard, to set the tone before the Rockets held off a furious Elyria Catholic comeback in Read More…

High school football: Horvath thriving as EC’s first female player

Elyria Catholic junior Becky Horvath — the Panthers’ starting kicker — is the first female player in school history. She has converted 20 of 25 extra points this season. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Elyria Catholic junior Becky Horvath does not look at herself as any kind of a trailblazer. She knows she has a job to do and is more concerned with making herself better. The first female football player in Panthers history, Horvath has been one of the most consistent kickers in the area. She successfully converted Read More…

Volleyball: Olmsted Falls holds off Brecksville to stay atop SWC

Olmsted Falls players celebrate a point during the Bulldogs’ four-set victory over Brecksville on Thursday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — In mid-September, the Brecksville volleyball team played giant-slayer when it defeated Southwestern Conference-leading Amherst at home. The Bees tried to turn the trick again on the road, but Olmsted Falls had too much power. Despite dropping the second set, juniors Katie Edgington and Lexi Lombardo dominated the net in the final two Read More…

High school volleyball: Elyria Catholic coach Jen Lee resigns, blames parental criticism

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic volleyball coach Jen Lee is moving on. Lee tendered her resignation to Panthers athletic director Bob Thayer on Wednesday. She is in her fourth season leading the Panthers. Lee led the Panthers to three consecutive West Shore Conference championships and has a 52-16 record at the school. She was named coach Read More…

H.S. Football: Justin Rankin run puts Elyria Catholic over the top in 21-7 win over Amherst


ELYRIA — With just over three minutes left in the game, Elyria Catholic running back Justin Rankin finally broke through. After the Amherst defense had bottled him up all evening, Rankin sprung loose for a 65-yard run that helped the Panthers put away the game in a 21-7 non-conference win over the Comets at Knights Read More…

Volleyball: Avon stays perfect in WSC with win over EC

Elyria Catholic’sJosie Carandang tries to hit past the defense of Avon’s Olivia Schneider, left, and Hallie Schroeder during the Eagles’ four-set victory Thursday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — The alarm clock might have rung a little late for the Avon volleyball team, but once the Eagles woke up they went straight to work. After dropping the first set in their West Shore Conference home match with Elyria Catholic, the Eagles won three straight to improve to 14-1 overall and remain perfect Read More…

Boys soccer: Avon uses a little luck, a lot of skill to knock off second-ranked Bay

Bay’s Dominic Passalacqua (12) and Noah Beck (8) close in on Avon’s Michael LeHoty during Wednesday’s game at Avon. The Eagles picked up a big West Shore Conference win against the second-ranked team in Division II. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — A muffed back-heel pass, a lucky bounce, a blistering shot and then bedlam. That’s how things unfolded to allow Avon to score the tie-breaking goal in its 3-1 win over Bay, the second-ranked Division II team in the state, Wednesday night in a big West Shore Conference game at Avon’s Joe Firment Stadium. Read More…

High school volleyball: Kacie Burton provides spark as state-ranked Olmsted Falls sweeps Westlake

Westlake freshman Libby Paul sets the ball as Olmsted Falls' Katie Edgington, left, and Ally Baldwin watch. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

OLMSTED FALLS — Sophomore setter Kacie Burton had seen enough. After watching her state-ranked Olmsted Falls Bulldogs look sluggish and fall behind Westlake in the second set, Burton’s dominant play at the net sparked a 15-4 run that killed the Demons’ momentum as the Bulldogs went on to roll 25-14, 25-16, 25-13 in Southwestern Conference Read More…

High School Football: Bay at Elyria Catholic

Justin Rankin breaks free for some yardage to set up the second touchdown for EC in the first half against Bay. photo by Ray Riedel

ELYRIA — The 3 yards that did not show up in Justin Rankin’s final rushing total were the ones that mattered the most. Rankin bulled in for a successful 2-point conversion with 13 seconds left to lift Elyria Catholic to a 43-42 victory over state-ranked Bay at Knights of Columbus Field. Rankin finished with 163 Read More…

High school football: Hunter Parsh sets school record for TD passes as Elyria rolls over Valley Forge

Mikah Price catches the ball to run in for a touchdown against Valley Forge.

PARMA — Hunter will now be the hunted. In the future, Elyria High quarterbacks will be shooting for the career touchdown pass record established by Pioneers senior Hunter Parsh, who threw five touchdown passes before halftime Thursday in a 47-7 romp over Valley Forge at Byers Field in Parma. Parsh’s 45-yard scoring strike to Brendon Read More…