January 27, 2015

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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…

Girls soccer: Firelands edges Vermilion thanks to Zoe Simmons’ goal

Firelands celebrates after Brylee Jones scored the game's first goal against Vermilion. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Correction: Zoe Simmons scored the goal in Firelands’ 1-0 girls soccer win over Vermilion. Due to a reporter’s error, the wrong girl was credited with the goal. SOUTH AMHERST — Though both teams appeared to be a half-step off all night, Firelands Zoe Simmons caught up with the ball when it counted Thursday. Simmons right-footed Read More…

PAC Keystone Icebreaker: Keystone’s Shannon Wargo, Lutheran West’s Michaela Bierly finish 1-2

Keystone’s Shannon Wargo races alongside Lutheran West’s Michaela Bierly, a North Ridgeville resident, at Carlisle Reservation in the PAC Keystone Icebreaker meet Tuesday. They finished 1-2, respectively, in the girls event. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

CARLISLE TWP. — The best runners in the Patriot Athletic Conference are rivals…but they support each other as best they can. When Keystone junior Shannon Wargo broke away from Lutheran West junior Michaela Bierly 500 meters into the third mile at the 2014 Keystone Icebreaker cross country meet at the Lorain County Metroparks Equestrian Center, Read More…

High school football 2014: Lorain senior class united, ready to lead

Lorain quarterback Eddie Williamson runs on a play. The three-year stater will lead the Titans this year. CHRONCILE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — For the first time, the Lorain Titans football team will be Titans through and through. The seniors on the 2014 squad are part of the first class that did not start somewhere else. They were not Southview or Admiral King students that came together when Lorain City Schools consolidated its high schools. This Read More…

Semi-pro football: Troy Davila gives Nightmares a leg up on the competition

Troy Davila has had a big hand in the success of the Lorain County Nightmares this season. Well, technically, he’s had a big foot in the team’s success. A punter, Davila leads the Premier Amateur Football League with a 48.6 yards per kick average. Last week, in a 35-21 win over the Cleveland Saints in Read More…

High school football 2014: Amherst has new coach, desire to get winning tradition back

Amherst's #2 Donte Dower runs for long yardage against Clearview last season. Comets' first-year coach Bill Fishleigh is ready to bring back winning ways to Amherst. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AMHERST — If he would have been asked about football at Amherst High School back in 2007, when he joined Mike Elder’s staff at Avon, Bill Fishleigh never would have expected to talk about the need to “change the culture.” Amherst was a perennial playoff contender then, a power team in the Southwestern Conference. As Read More…

High School Football 2014: Keystone looking for first trip to postseason

Several Wellington players attempt to bring down Keystone tight end C.J. Conrad after a pass completion in a game last season. The senior has already committed to college football so he can he enjoy his last season with the Wildcats. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LAGRANGE — The Keystone football team has the same goal it had last year … only now it can point to the moment that goal was taken away. Last season in Week 9, Buckeye came to Keystone High in a battle for Patriot Athletic Conference supremacy. The Bucks were 4-1 in the PAC, Keystone was Read More…

Nightmares adjust, rely on run to beat Saints in playoff opener

Quarterback Cody Schuster looks for an opening in Saturday's game. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — It’s never easy for one football team to defeat another football team three times in one season. When the teams don’t like each other very much it can be that much harder. With that in mind, Lorain County Nightmares coach Terry Murray knew he’d have to come up with a new wrinkle Read More…