February 28, 2015

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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…

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

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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…