September 20, 2014

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H.S. Track: Amherst girls’ 1,600 relay wins to wrap up Comet Relays

Amherst’s Alexis Szivan runs the 1,600 meters in the distance medley relay Saturday at the Comet Relays. The Comets finished second in the event. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — It wasn’t quite the same feeling as a year ago for the Amherst girls, but the Comets had plenty to feel good about at Saturday’s 59th annual Comet Relays. The 1,600-meter relay team of Undrea Ballard, Lexi O’Connor, Sher Champe and Alexis Szivan won in a time of 4:07.45 in the final event Read More…

H.S. Track: Avon sweeps boys, girls titles at LCAAA Invitational

Chad Allen of Avon runs in the boys 110 meter hurdles preliminaries. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Avon High cruised to a sweep Thursday at the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Invitational. The Avon boys defended their title with 130 points, outdistancing second-place Amherst (118). The Avon girls won the meet for the first time since 2009, as they topped two-time defending champ Amherst 123-103. Both Avon wins came through Read More…

Track and Cross Country: Lorain County Hall of Fame to induct 5 stars, 1 legendary coach Thursday

hall of fame

The sixth induction class for the Lorain County Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame brings something special to the table. Two of the six enshrinees have a distance background. One specialized in sprints, one in middle distance and another in pole vault. The last is a longtime coach. Each made fantastic achievements in their Read More…

H.S. Track and Field: Avon girls have good run at Avon Lake Invitational

Avon Lake’s Max Seipel gets ready to throw the shot Saturday at the 18th annual Avon Lake Invitational. Seipel finished third in the event with a throw of 55 feet. He also finished second in the discus with a throw of 164-04. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Weather conditions were more than challenging but they didn’t prevent the Avon girls track team from taking first in the 800-meter relay at Saturday’s 18th annual Avon Lake Invitational. Regan Betts, Sierra Greer, Emily Joyce and Hailey Acosta turned in a time of 1:53.49 to surge by Strongsville (1:53.86) and Brunswick (1:53.91) Read More…

Boys H.S. Track and Field: Max Seipel turned family tradition into a true love

Avon Lake senior Max Seipel hopes to improve on his fifth-place finish at the state meet in the shot put.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Max Seipel grew up around track and field, so it’s no wonder it has become his passion. The passion has paid off for the Avon Lake senior. He was fifth at the Division I state meet in the shot put (57 feet, 8½ inches) after taking second at regionals (57-11½). Seipel was also a regional Read More…

Girls H.S. Track and Field: Sher Champe, Amherst have high hopes after 3rd-place finish at state last year

Sher Champe and the rest of the Amherst girls team have high hopes for the season after finishing third at state. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Raise the bar. Go the extra mile. The track and field vernacular is perfect to describe the focus of Sher Champe and her Amherst teammates. “I’m definitely looking forward to having the type of season we had last year,” said Champe, a University of Iowa recruit and 2013 Southwestern Conference MVP. “It was fun. We Read More…

Lorain track coach Donovan Wilson ailing, needs kidney transplant

Donovan Wilson

Donovan Wilson’s track teams have faced many uphill battles. None compares to what the 44-year-old Wilson faces as he fights stage 5 kidney disease. The Lorain High School girls track and Longfellow Middle School boys basketball coach was diagnosed in the last week of 2013 after tests and surgery at Fairview Hospital. “I was getting Read More…

High school bowling: Olmsted Falls ready to battle for Division I state title

Olmsted Falls junior Andrew Oltmanns practices Tuesday night as the Bulldogs prepare for the Division I state bowling tournament Friday. Oltmanns and senior Paul Katz lead the team with 200 averages. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

If everything comes together for the Olmsted Falls boys like it did at the district tournament, it could be quite a fantastic finish for the Bulldogs at the Division I state bowling championships Friday in Columbus. The Bulldogs have depth — they used all eight players to pull out the district championship Feb. 24 at Read More…

State Gymnastics Preview: North Olmsted’s Quinn Kacirek back at state after torn ACL, with support from teammate Krissy Nash-Carabello

North Olmsted gymnasts Quinn  Kacerik right, and Krissy Nash-Carabello take a break from workouts Wednesday at the North Olmsted Rec Center. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

The injury was devastating, but it couldn’t keep Quinn Kacirek from fighting back to qualify for the state tournament one last time. The North Olmsted senior tore her left anterior cruciate ligament on the balance beam last March at the Level 9 state tournament while competing for her club team, North Olmsted Gymnastics. Kacirek was Read More…

H.S. Bowling: Vermilion boys, girls turnarounds pay off with trip to state tournament

The state-bound Vermilion bowling teams, front row from left, Kennedy Shreve, Lauren Harcula and Erin Scarvelli; middle row, from left,  Hannah Modic, Sarah Rutherford,  Madison Shreve and Brittany Wind; back row, from left, Bryan Martin,  Aaron Baker,  Brent Scarvelli,  Jonathan Holtcamp, Dylon Wilson, Jose Modic and Tony Hugo. PHOTO PROVIDED

Last season was a good one for the Vermilion High bowling program. But it was nothing compared to what the Sailors achieved this season in qualifying both the girls and boys teams to the state tournament. The girls won the North Shore Bowling Conference Division 2 title and the Division II Lorain County sectional. Last Read More…