January 29, 2015


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…

Boys soccer: Brookside nabs first sectional title

Firelands’ Jordan Ruffner, left, and Brookside’s Chris Jones battle for possession of the ball on Saturday. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — As the clock ticked off the waning moments of the game, Brookside goaltender Kenny Pierson wanted to see the ball come his way. Usually, with their team clinging to a one-goal lead, the goalie would rather see the ball on the other side of the field. Pierson, who made 15 saves, was Read More…

Volleyball: Down two games, EC rallies past Lutheran West for sectional title

Elyria Catholic’s Maryssa Kellick blocks the shot of Lutheran West’s Anne Kennedy, while Panthers teammate Jessie Lee provides help. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It was the kind of match that will be talked about years from now, at class reunions and social gatherings. One side will remember, fondly, the night it came back from the dead while the other side might still be trying to figure out where it all went wrong. Fourth-seeded Elyria Catholic, down Read More…

High School Football: Wellington at Keystone

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Keystone High School senior wide receiver Kobe Whalen (1) jumps to make a catch in the endzone but is blocked by Wellington High School senior defensive lineman Bobby Nestor (25) on Friday night, Oct. 10 during a game at Keystone High School.

    LAGRANGE — Keystone couldn’t get out of its own way at times, but Wellington had problems of its own. Despite losing three first-half fumbles, the Wildcats were able to muscle past the Dukes, 28-14, in a Patriot Athletic Conference – Stars Division game at Keystone Stadium. Seniors Denny Szalai, Brandon Buttolph and C.J. Read More…

High school football: Bobby Nestor has helped Wellington find success on the field

Senior running back Bobby Nestor has helped provide a spark for Wellington, which has won two of its last three football games. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The Wellington Dukes are beginning to show signs of life and senior running back Bobby Nestor has been providing one of the biggest sparks. First-year Wellington coach Sean Arno is happy with the recent progress — the Dukes have won two of their last three after opening the season with three straight losses — but Read More…

Volleyball: Lorain feeling deja vu in loss

Lorain’s Marlena Guice, left, and Sarah Leighliter defend at the net against Maple Heights on Thursday. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

MAPLE HEIGHTS — Maple Heights senior middle hitter Shayla Ferguson now has two favorite memories from her high school volleyball career. And Lorain High has a couple it would rather forget. On Senior Night at the Wylie Athletic Center, team members from the Mustangs’ 2015 graduating class were asked to relate their favorite volleyball memory. Read More…

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…