April 19, 2014

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High school bowling: Amherst girls capture third sectional title in last four years, head to district for fifth straight season

Courtney Thompson

LORAIN — The tradition continues. For the third time in four years, the Amherst girls took home the top prize at the Lorain County Division I sectional bowling tournament. Amherst methodically chased down defending champ North Olmsted on Sunday at Rebman Rec for the win. The Comets rallied from a 43-pin deficit after three regular Read More…

District Swimming: Avon’s Rachel Stark, St. Ed’s Grant Braid pleasantly surprised with 2nd-place finishes, automatic state berths

Avon's Rachel Stark swims the 200-yard freestyle at Cleveland State on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Rachel Stark and Grant Braid were shocked, but the surprises were entirely pleasant. Both Lorain County swimmers earned automatic berths to the Division I state meet next weekend. Stark, an Avon junior, finished second in the 100 free in a career-best 52.38 seconds as the No. 6 seed. Only Bowling Green junior Emmy Read More…

Sectional Bowling: Vermilion sails to sweep of Division II titles

LORAIN — Vermilion’s boys and girls convincingly swept the team titles Sunday in the inaugural Lorain County Division II bowling sectional at Rebman Recreation. With 4,080 pins, the Vermilion boys won by 209 over Elyria Catholic (3,871). The Vermilion girls knocked down 3,798 pins, 438 more than second-place Keystone (3,360). Individually, Open Door freshman Selena Read More…

Elyria native Tianna (Madison) Bartoletta wins 60 meters at Boston meet

Elyria native Tianna (Madison) Bartoletta won the 60-meter final Saturday at the USATF New Balance Indoor Grand Prix held at Boston’s Reggie Lewis Track Center. Madison, 28 and a 2003 Elyria High graduate, clocked 7.17 seconds as she defeated 2012 Olympic teammate Bianca Knight (7.22) and Jessica Young (7.25) for the top spot in the Read More…

Sectional Swimming: Avon freshman Ben Brooks makes history, wins 200 IM

Avon freshman Ben Brooks swims the backstroke during his sectional victory Saturday in the 200-yard individual medley. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

LAKEWOOD — The significance of the moment didn’t escape Ben Brooks, and the Avon freshman didn’t try to hide his excitement as he made school history Saturday at the Division I sectional at Lakewood High School. Brooks won the first boys sectional swim title in the program’s 10-year history. He lived up to his No. Read More…

H.S. Swimming: Avon’s Erin Pettegrew, Rachel Stark relying on experience as postseason begins

Avon’s Erin Pettegrew competes in the butterfly Saturday during the EC Pentathlon at Oberlin College. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Junior Erin Pettegrew and sophomore Rachel Stark of Avon have been through the battles. They understand the stakes. The pair is going through its final tune-up this week for Saturday’s Division I sectional meet at Lakewood High. “Since I have two years behind me going into this I know better what to expect,” said Pettegrew, Read More…

High school bowling: Change works out well for Vermilion, which sweeps Division 2 titles at conference tournament

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A format change for the 11th annual North Shore Bowling Conference Tournament on Sunday made for more winners and more talking points at Brunswick Zone. The NSBC crowned two divisional winners for boys and girls for the first time. Vermilion swept the boys and girls Division 2 titles. It was the first Read More…

H.S. Swimming: Amherst girls finish 2nd at Southwestern Conference meet

Amherst's Allie Thorson swims during the Girl's 200 Yard Freestyle at Westlake Recreation Center Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — The Amherst girls have had a difficult time in the Southwestern Conference since the program’s inception in 1997-98. That changed Saturday at the 33rd annual conference championship meet at Westlake Rec. The Amherst girls finished second behind four-time defending champ Brecksville, 370-245, the Comets’ best-ever finish. Their previous best was a third-place tie Read More…

Girls Basketball: Mistakes costly for Brookside against Fairview

Brookside’s Ally Behrendt tries to shoot over Fairview’s Rachel Malloy during Saturday’s game in Fairview Park. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

FAIRVIEW PARK — Turnovers derailed Brookside’s upset hopes as Fairview broke open a tight game to start the second half Saturday and then held on for a 39-32 victory. Brookside (8-6, 6-3 Patriot Athletic Conference) committed 10 of its 32 turnovers in the third quarter as Fairview (8-3, 6-1) opened the second half with a Read More…

Swimming: Avon, North Olmsted swimmers grab wins at Pentathlon

Avon’s Erin Pettegrew competes in the butterfly Saturday during the EC Pentathlon at Oberlin College. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Winning is one thing. Knocking off the defending champion on the way to winning? It doesn’t get much better than that. Just ask Avon’s Erin Pettegrew and North Olmsted’s Ryan Sara, who did just that to grab wins at Saturday’s fourth annual Elyria Catholic Swim Pentathlon. Pettegrew, a junior, led wire-to-wire in beating Read More…