March 28, 2015

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Amherst’s Alexis Szivan to run track, cross country at Miami of Ohio

The process was a bit stressful, but Alexis Szivan knew what she was looking for in a Division I university when it came to her education and athletic career. That’s why the Amherst senior pegged Miami of Ohio as just the right fit. The four-time All-Ohio and eight-time Division I state qualifier in cross country Read More…

State Bowling: North Ridgeville’s Austin Smith earns All-Ohio after placing 8th with 613 series

North Ridgeville bowling Mar. 9, left, girls coach Debijo Lamb, boys coach Frank Kotas, Noah Griffiths, Casey Connors, Donny Ciryak, Nico Dennis, Amber Peterson, Daulton Buttrey, Austin Smith, Shane Cauley and Caleb Barbosa. (STEVE MANHEIM/ CHRONICLE)

COLUMBUS — For the third time in six years, the North Ridgeville boys bowling team boasts an All-Ohio athlete. Junior Austin Smith earned second-team honors with an eighth-place finish Saturday at the ninth annual Division I state tournament. Smith rolled games of 218, 180 and 215 for 613 series at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. “This Read More…

State Bowling: North Ridgeville capitalizes on twist of fate, makes trip to Columbus

The spirits of the North Ridgeville boys bowling team have plummeted, soared and been turned upside-down in the last month. A roller-coaster ride has nothing on the Rangers’ emotions throughout the postseason. They went from missing district for a third straight year to qualifying for state. The trip to Columbus for Saturday’s state tournament was Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Vermilion overcomes sloppy first half, rallies to beat Padua

VERMILION — An ugly first half couldn’t stop Vermilion on Saturday in a Division II sectional final, but the Sailors did need a dramatic finish to down Padua 48-46. The victory vaults the No. 4-seeded Sailors (12-11) to a district semifinal matchup versus No. 1 Bay on Thursday at North Ridgeville. Seventh-seeded Padua’s season ends Read More…

Gymnastics: Change in program vaults Magnificat’s Clair Bain to state

Magnificat’s Clair Bain, a Westlake resident, practices Tuesday on the vault. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Clair Bain is charged up about this weekend’s Division I state gymnastics meet. Who can blame her? The Magnificat junior from Westlake never even qualified individually beyond sectionals before. She made a two-step leap this go-round to advance to state in vault. Bain made state by taking 14th place of 16 qualifiers in vault at Read More…

Bowling: Keystone’s Trey Minnich looks to carry strong district performance down to Columbus

Keystone sophomore Trey Minnich will look to keep his good form from districts Saturday at the state tournament. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Trey Minnich dug deep last week at the district tournament, rolling a 264 game and 687 series to advance as the No. 1 individual qualifier to state. He faces a new challenge: keeping the momentum and mojo for a second straight weekend in the biggest tournament of his life. Minnich knows and understands what he Read More…

Bowling: North Ridgeville boys, North Olmsted girls earn state tournament berths

LORAIN — The Northeast district tournament was highly stressful, but the North Ridgeville boys and North Olmsted girls handled the pressure like pros. Their reward? Qualifying berths to the Division I state tournament March 13-14 in Columbus. North Ridgeville outscored defending champ Olmsted Falls by 46 (226-180) in the sixth and final Baker game to Read More…

District Bowling: Keystone’s Trey Minnich keeps cool, earns trip to state

LORAIN — Dissecting the lane conditions stressed many Saturday at the Division II Northeast district bowling tournament. Nothing rattled Trey Minnich. The Keystone sophomore found his mark well enough to be the No. 1 individual qualifier to next weekend’s state tournament. Minnich rolled a 687 series on the strength of a high game of 264 Read More…

Diving: Avon Lake’s Megan Peepers turned from gymnastics to diving, has reached states as sophomore

Megan Peppers

Megan Peepers recognized the crossroads in her athletics career in eighth grade, made a decision and didn’t second-guess herself. The Avon Lake sophomore followed the tangent from club gymnastics to diving and hasn’t looked back. Peepers will compete in the Division I girls state diving meet at 9 a.m. today in Canton at Branin Natatorium. Read More…

Bowling: Olmsted Falls boys knock off defending champions, claim sectional; North Olmsted girls win, too

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Ian Buchikas has come a long way … and not just because he used to live in Germany. No, the Olmsted Falls senior’s bowling has taken him on a journey, as well, from someone who wasn’t sure he’d even start for the Bulldogs to being a main reason they won a sectional Read More…