August 20, 2014


Girls basketball: Avon Lake takes advantage in win over Lake Ridge

Avon Lake High School sophomore guard Hannah Nicholas tries to take control of the ball from Lake Ridge Academy freshman guard Yana Miller on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — While Lake Ridge Academy coach Lisa Medvetz is hoping to hold on until Jan. 10, Avon Lake coach Dave Zvara was more concerned with Nov. 23. Senior Emily Nicholas scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while the Shoregals pitched a second-quarter shutout in their 49-21 win over the Royals on Saturday Read More…

Avon Lake’s Katie Mihalik caps big day by winning Miss Volleyball award

Miss Volleyball

ELYRIA — Katie Mihalik had an exciting Wednesday. The Avon Lake senior outside hitter signed her national letter of intent to play college volleyball at Cleveland State in the afternoon, then was awarded the Lorain County Miss Volleyball award at Elyria Catholic at night. “I signed with the school I love, Cleveland State, today,” Mihalik Read More…

Volleyball: A talented and diverse group of All-County players of the year

Avon Lake’s Katie Mihalik, right, tries to deliver a kill during a match against Elyria this season. The Shoregal senior was named the county’s top Division I player. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

A freshman, a junior and a pair of seniors — the 2013 Lorain County volleyball players of the year are a diverse bunch. Avon Lake senior Katie Mihalik, the school record holder in kills, earned Division I player of the year honors, while Clearview senior hitter Heather Younkin, a Kent State signee, earned Division II Read More…

High school football: Red zone more like a dead zone as Avon Lake’s missed chances loom large in playoff loss to Highland

Avon Lake's Sam McKinley, left, and Danny Disbrow leave the field after being defeated by the Highland Hornets, 28-21. AARON JOSEFCZYK/CHRONICLE

NORTH ROYALTON — Avon Lake learned some remedial multiplication in its first-round playoff game Friday night against Highland. It was a simple equation: 4 x 0 = 8-3. Four trips into the red zone. Zero points. A season-ending record of 8-3 for the Shoremen after a 28-21 loss to Highland at North Royalton High School. Read More…

High school football: Opening lopsided loss motivated Avon Lake

Avon Lake senior Kyle Kuhar experienced 31-point losses to Avon to open his sophomore and senior seasons. The Shoremen faltered in 2011 and didn’t make the playoffs. This year, they bounced back and are rolling. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Senior tight end Kyle Kuhar felt one distinct emotion as he looked at the scoreboard. His Avon Lake Shoremen had just suffered a humiliating loss to crosstown rival Avon — a 41-10 drubbing that equaled the margin of defeat Avon handed Avon Lake during Kuhar’s sophomore season … a 38-7 loss to Read More…

H.S. Football: Elyria Catholic holds off Pirates’ rally

Elyria Catholic's Jerot Schill drives Rocky River quarterback Matt Lowery out of bounds in the first half Friday. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic knew it had to battle if it wanted to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. The Panthers overcame a slew of second-quarter mistakes, most of them self-inflicted, in an attempt to keep their postseason dreams alive with a 53-28 West Shore Conference win over Rocky River. Unfortunately, the secondary points EC Read More…

Regional volleyball: Amherst coach has Comets back at regionals


AMHERST — Laurie Cogan can be relentless. She has high expectations for the Amherst program, and does not allow her players to settle for anything less. That’s a big reason why the Comets are playing in their seventh regional semifinal match in Cogan’s 23 years in charge. “On the court she can be your worst Read More…

Division III district volleyball: Off night against Independence ends Elyria Catholic’s season

Elyria Catholic's Caitlin Rock hits past Independence's Hallie Zumack in the district final Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic coach Jennifer Lee yelled. She joked. She pleaded. She laughed. She just couldn’t get through to the Panthers. Elyria Catholic, two nights after playing one of its best matches, provided little resistance as Independence swept it away in straight sets, 25-15, 25-11 and 25-14, to win the Division III Elyria district Read More…

Division III district volleyball: Elyria Catholic avenges last year’s tourney loss to Cuyahoga Heights, advances to final

Elyria Catholic High School senior Brooke Nedrich kills the ball over the net toward Cuyahoga Heights sophomores Emily Petrick, left, and Payton Ciolek on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Elyria Catholic volleyball team cast out an old demon Tuesday night, and the result is a return trip to the Division III district title game. The Panthers fell to Cuyahoga Heights in four games last season in the district final, and were out for revenge. Behind the steady net play of junior Read More…

Boys soccer: Panthers pour it on in first half, win big

Elyria Catholic High School junior Liam O'Halloran tries to turn the ball around to score a goal as Lake Ridge Academy junior Josh Scoffield tries to block him on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The wind chill was in the upper 30s at Knights of Columbus Field on Saturday night, but it didn’t take long for the Elyria Catholic offense to heat up. Once it got hot, it didn’t cool off. Jeff Ruiz scored just 45 seconds into the first half, the first of six goals the Read More…