July 23, 2014

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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…

H.S. Football: Keystone gets win over Brookside

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — As the regular season winds down and playoff scenarios are discussed, Keystone senior running back/linebacker Tyler Polen has noticed that not many people are talking about his Wildcats. That’s fine with him. Polen rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns while racking up 22 tackles in Keystone’s 49-14 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Read More…

HS Volleyball: Midview, Lorain advance past Avon, North Ridgeville

Avon's Megan Romanchok hits past Midview Becca Mullins, left, and Lauren Landers Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — North Ridgeville and Avon took different routes Monday, but both arrived at the same disappointing destination. The Rangers fell behind early and never found a rhythm in a three-set loss to Lorain, while Avon won the first set, then saw a pair of rallies fall short in dropping the next three sets Read More…

Volleyball: Keystone seniors rally to hold off Buckeye

Keystone High School senior Darcy Irish, left, spikes the ball against Buckeye High School defenders sophomore Carrie Kis and junior Amy Esker. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — It was Senior Night at Keystone High School, but Buckeye’s sophomores almost stole the show. The 10th-grade trio of Katie Galaszewski, Becky D’Amico and Stacie Mercurio took turns carrying the Bucks, but in the end, the Wildcats seniors were able to take control in a 21-25, 25-11, 16-25, 25-21, 16-14 victory. In the Read More…

High school football: Avon’s Kevin Maloney blocks two punts as Eagles roll over Elyria Catholic, remain unbeaten

Avon wide receiver MIchael Nose slips through an Elyria Catholic tackle Friday night at Avon Stadium. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — Elyria Catholic coach Mike Polevacik is going to be hearing double-thuds in his sleep. Every football coach, when his team is punting, dreads the double-thud — the sound of foot hitting leather immediately followed by the sound of leather hitting hand. Polevacik heard it twice as Avon senior Kevin Maloney blocked a pair Read More…

Stature of no limitations: Oberlin’s Kiylan Bugg may be 5-foot-2, but his play on the football field has been huge

Kiylan Bugg has been overlooked for most of his football career. Since he stands just 5-foot-2, that isn’t exactly surprising. The little man made a big statement, however, last weekend in Oberlin’s 43-35 Patriot Athletic Conference win over Firelands. In fact, the running back’s performance was not just big … it was historic. Bugg carried Read More…

High school volleyball: Amherst fights off Olmsted Falls to clinch outright Southwestern Conference title

AMHERST — The Amherst volleyball team was able to clinch the outright Southwestern Conference championship, but rival Olmsted Falls made sure the Comets earned it. Amherst won two close sets before blowing a big lead and dropping the third. They then rallied to finally put the Bulldogs away, 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20. The Comets senior Read More…

H.S. Football: Elyria Catholic wins third straight after beating Amherst, 28-21

Elyria Catholic's Justin Rankin works his way through defenders for a big gain in the game at Amherst. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Amherst made plays, made adjustments and even made a quarterback change. The Elyria Catholic passing attack, coupled with a stingy defense, kept the Comets searching for answers … as well as their first win. Elyria Catholic senior quarterback Jeremy Holley riddled the Amherst defense in the first half as the Panthers built a Read More…

High school volleyball: Lorain’s big chance slips away early in first-place battle with Maple Heights

Lorain's Marlena Guice hits the ball past Maple Heights' Ammaarah Williams Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONCILE

LORAIN — If the Lorain volleyball team had any thoughts of avenging an earlier three-set road loss to Maple Heights, moving past the Mustangs in the standings in the process, those were put to rest quickly. Maple Heights (15-3, 8-1 Lake Erie League) dominated from start to finish, breezing past the Titans in three sets, Read More…

Rankin with Elyria Catholic’s best: Panthers junior running back Justin Rankin living up to honor of wearing No. 44

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In 1987, Elyria Catholic coach Fred Schmitz assigned the number 44 to junior running back Corey Hodge. It is a hallowed number in the Panthers’ program, worn by the likes of Al McKinney and Bryan Thomas … both among the top names in Elyria Catholic football history. Heading into this season, Hodge was the last Read More…