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Regional volleyball: Amherst coach has Comets back at regionals

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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…

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…