August 2, 2015

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Avon Lake’s Schasfoort stays cool in the pool

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Nelya Schasfoort’s journey to the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto has been nothing short of amazing. But then, the same can be said of her life. The 12-year-old swimmer from Avon Lake was adopted at age 4 from Ukraine. Born with arthrogryposis, a developmental disability, she is an S7 para-athlete, S1 being the most Read More…

Middle school track and field: Avon girls repeat as state champs

Pictured are members of the Avon Middle School girls track and field team, which won the state championship for the second straight year. Front row, from left: Cecilie Moller-Jensen, Katie LeHoty, Karissa Kraszewski, Meghan Waters and Jules Frombach. Back row, from left, Shanna Koehler, Morgan Ferguson, Katie McKenna, Evelyn Pelfrey, Abby DelPrincipe and Melanie Farmer. PROVIDED PHOTO

The right ingredients were there for the Avon girls as they ruled Division I for the second straight year at the 11th annual Ohio Middle School State Championships on May 28 at Dublin Scioto High School. It was a much tighter finish than last year as Avon held off Hilliard Heritage 82-79 for the championship. Read More…

Division II state track and field: Elyria Catholic’s Ted Achladis breaks his personal best, finishes third in discus

COLUMBUS — Ted Achladis finally found the performance he knew he had in him. The Elyria Catholic junior notched a personal-record toss of 171 feet, 4 inches in the discus Saturday en route to a third-place finish at the Division II state track meet at Ohio State. Achladis’ performance was the best for an Elyria Read More…

State Track: Lorain freshman Zion Cross reaches finals of 100- and 200-meter dashes

COLUMBUS — Lorain’s Zion Cross is one cool customer. The lone freshman in the Division I 100- and 200-meter dashes at the state meet, he held his own Friday in the semifinals and notched qualifying berths for today’s finals in both events. Cross earned the No. 4 seed in both races with times of 10.70 Read More…

Lorain freshman Zion Cross blazing new trail to state

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE 
Lorain High School's Zion Cross practices for the state track meet. He won the 100 and 200 at regionals.

Zion Cross is quiet and unassuming off the track. On the track? Well, that’s another matter entirely. It’s almost impossible not to notice the Lorain freshman when he’s blazing down the track. Cross accomplished things this spring never before achieved by a track athlete from Lorain. He is the first Lorain boy to win regional Read More…

Regional Track: Vermilion’s Annie Rossi and Lutheran West’s 1,600 relay find redemption, earn spots at state meet

LEXINGTON — With the stakes as high as they were — a trip to the state meet was on the line — the range of emotions for local athletes was broad Saturday at the Division II track and field regional. Juniors Michaela Bierly of Lutheran West and Annie Rossi of Vermilion were on the top Read More…

Regional Track: Amherst girls 3,200 relay headed back to state meet

AMHERST — It was a bit nerve-racking, but the Amherst girls hung in and hung on to earn a second straight state berth in the 3,200-meter relay Wednesday at the Division I regional track and field championships. Senior Alexis Szivan, freshman Marisa Gillam, sophomore Brianna Sekerak and sophomore Cara Giannuzzi combined for a fourth-place qualifying Read More…

Division II district track and field: Elyria Catholic boys and Keystone girls pull off surprises with second-place finishes

ORRVILLE — It’s a bit of an understatement to say the runner-up finishes by the Elyria Catholic boys and Keystone girls at Saturday’s Orrville Division II district track meet were big surprises. Although both teams are certainly talented, neither the Panthers nor the Wildcats did anything spectacular during the regular season to suggest that kind Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Rodney Moore overcame a lot to find success on track, happiness in life

Rodney Moore

Rodney Moore’s journey has been filled with difficult obstacles and a series of challenges personally and athletically. He persevered to become an All-Ohio and All-American track athlete and see his son, Chase Farris, become a national champion with the Ohio State football team. His athletic achievements will be commemorated Saturday when he’s inducted into the Read More…

H.S. Track: Avon girls and boys post solid showings at Comet Relays

Medina's Alyssa Acevedo has the longest jump at the Comet Relays in Amherst and her jump relay team won first place. Photo by Ray Riedel

AMHERST — It might have been overlooked in the aftermath, but Avon made some noise at Saturday’s 60th annual Comet Relays. Though no local Division I team finished better than fourth, the Eagles tremendously improved on last year’s 13th-place finishes, with the girls getting fifth with 45.5 points and the boys seventh with 44. A Read More…