December 19, 2014


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…

Lake Ridge’s Szabo takes third in first cross country meet

ELYRIA TWP. — Lake Ridge Academy cross country coach Keeon Gregory is also the college admissions counselor at the preparatory school in North Ridgeville, and he wanted to get his message across to Royals’ junior Gwen Szabo. Szabo, a soccer player at Lake Ridge, is a 4.0-plus student with college aspirations … and Gregory wants Read More…

High school volleyball: Amherst survives grueling match with Olmsted Falls

Amherst’s Symone Williams (34) and Alayna Johnston defend against Olmsted Falls’ Lexxi Lombardo during Thursday night’s battle of SWC unbeatens. Amherst won, but it took five games. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — The Amherst volleyball team knew it was in for a big week, but it could not have expected how things unfolded Thursday in its home match against Southwestern Conference rival Olmsted Falls. The Bulldogs looked like they were going to blow the Comets out of the gym, dominating the first set. However, Amherst Read More…

Volleyball: Amherst downs Avon Lake to stay unbeaten in SWC

Avon Lake's Emily Schillinger spikes the ball as Amherst's Brooke Wallace, Alayna Johnston and Symone Williams defend. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — In its Southwestern Conference match with Amherst, the Avon Lake volleyball team’s biggest loss did not come on the scoreboard. Senior Katie Coughlin, a 5-foot-11 middle hitter for the Shoregals, suffered a leg injury that was reported to be a fractured left tibia in the third set of Amherst’s 25-20, 25-16, 25-19 Read More…

High School Football: Cleveland CC at Elyria Catholic

ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLEElyria Catholic running back Justin Rankin (44) pumps his fist in celebration after returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown against Cleveland Central Catholic Friday night in Elyria.

  ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic threw haymakers while Cleveland Central Catholic relied on jabs. Before lightning stopped the game with 11:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, it looked like the Panthers were able to land the knockout blow. Senior running back Justin Rankin’s 89-yard touchdown run gave the Panthers some breathing room, pushing its lead Read More…

Elyria’s Connolly takes second at NHRA U.S. Nationals

Dave Connolly, of Elyria, checks up on his car just before competing in the Pro Stock Car Heat at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Finals on July 5. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

INDIANAPOLIS — The NHRA U.S. Nationals are to drag racing what one of the four PGA majors are to golf. For drivers that have never won in Indianapolis, it’s noted on their career record — in red ink. For those that make it to the final and fall short, it’s a feeling that sits with Read More…