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H.S. volleyball: Clearview’s Heather Younkin a force for her team on the court, a rock for her family off it

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Clearview senior middle hitter Heather Younkin is one of those players that thrives in pressure situations. With the game on the line there’s pretty much no one else Clippers coach Dave Dorinski would want at the net, fighting for a critical point. It’s not surprising. With what Younkin has dealt with off the court the Read More…

College football: Midview grad and Baldwin Wallace standout Josiah Holt has plenty of honors, but really just wants wins

As the 2013 Baldwin Wallace football team prepared for today’s season opener at Bluffton, Midview graduate Josiah Holt focused on what he had to do between the lines and tried not to pay attention to the accolades that rolled in. Holt is a Division III All-America candidate and is on the Ohiofootball.com All-Ohio first team. Read More…

Volleyball: Keystone dominates in Game 5 vs. Firelands

Keystone High School senior Darcy Irish (14) blocks a ball hit by Firelands High School sophomore Dalaney Rogala (12) on Tuesday evening, Sept. 10.

LAGRANGE — When you stop returning the serve you are going to lose volleyball matches. Firelands learned that lesson Tuesday night. Keystone reeled off eight straight points on junior Brooke Trego’s serve in the decisive fifth set and cruised to an anticlimactic 15-4 win to close out a match that had razor-thin margins most of Read More…

H.S. Football: Midview beats Amherst, improves to 2-0

Amherst's Joe D'Andera's goes for the ball as Midview's Dante Redwood defends.

EATON TWP. — It took a couple of years, but Midview receiver Dante Redwood was finally able to pay tribute to a friend he lost two years ago. Redwood dedicated his first career varsity touchdown, a 55-yard punt return, to North Ridgeville resident and player Alex Sismour, who passed away in 2011. It was one Read More…

High school volleyball: Amherst grabs momentum after Madison Cruzado’s great play in Game 1, sweeps Avon Lake

Amherst's Mallory Sliman hits over Avon Lake's Bella Kneidel, left, and   Lauren Bakaitis. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — A turning point can come at any time. In Amherst’s three-game sweep of Avon Lake, freshman Madison Cruzado made an early play that seemed impossible at the time she made it, and turned a tight match into an easy 25-23, 25-13, 25-15 victory. Amherst had not defeated the Shoregals in more than two Read More…

Volleyball: Clearview wins, Black River grabs moral victory

Clearview High School's Madison Fortney gets under the ball during the Clippers' four-set win over Black River on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN — Clearview was able to pick up a Patriot Athletic Conference win Tuesday night, while Black River managed to come away with a moral victory. Clippers coach David Dorinski got some of his younger players varsity experience in the 25-16, 25-23, 19-25, 25-10 win, while Pirates coach Courtney Dieter was happy to see her Read More…

H.S. Football: Mistakes, Huron QB too much for Elyria Catholic to overcome

ELYRIA — Big plays by Huron and big mistakes by Elyria Catholic. It’s no secret why the Tigers were able to claim a 39-28 season-opening victory Friday at Knights of Columbus Field. Elyria Catholic (0-1) was flagged for 13 penalties that were accepted (16 overall), turned the ball over four times, gave up a pair Read More…

High school football 2013: Westlake looks to repeat success

WESTLAKE — Success results in expectations. In 2013, the Southwestern Conference will find out if Westlake can handle that simple truth. Last season, the Demons won nine games and advanced to the OHSAA playoffs for the first time since 1989. With plenty of firepower back on offense, and a defense that is short on varsity Read More…

Ohio Football League: Nightmares come up just short, fall to Golden Knights in championship game

EATON TWP. — The Lorain County Nightmares had 1:51 on the clock, one timeout in their pocket and 88 yards to navigate. They fell 50 yards short. Collin Daniels intercepted a Cody Schuster pass with less than 50 seconds remaining to lift his Ohio Golden Knights to the Ohio Football League championship with a 28-25 Read More…

Semi-pro football: For Lorain County Nightmares players, it’s all about a love for the game

After playing his last game for Oberlin High School, 33-year-old Joe Norris knew his football career was most likely over. A knee injury ended his senior season prematurely, and college football was not going to be an option. Joe Stanley, now 38, has a similar story. He played high school ball at Sandusky, and when Read More…