April 17, 2014

Partly cloudy

Boys Basketball: Devils too much for Pats

Open Door's Will Lovett goes for the shot while sandwiched between #2 Pat Wisnieski, and #5 Mike Marquardt of Independence. Ray Riedel

ELYRIA — Swirling, constant snow made roads treacherous for drivers Saturday night, but that was nothing compared to the tough going Open Door had against Independence. The Patriots (1-3) felt the effects of having two of their top players in foul trouble early, falling 81-51 to the Blue Devils in independent action. Andrew Patterson and Read More…

A floor with no ceiling: Magnificat gymnast and Avon resident Julia Corrao out to make her best event even better

Avon resident Julia Corrao helped Magnificat get back 
to the state meet last year after a one-year absence. Now she wants to improve on last year’s ninth-place finish.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Simply competing for a gymnastics program with the tradition of Magnificat High School comes with a huge sense of responsibility and pride. Julia Corrao learned that early in her high school career. The junior from Avon has been a key to getting the Blue Streaks back on track after their consecutive state tournament appearance streak Read More…

High school swimming: Avon Lake’s Menzer wants another shot at state meet

Brittany Menzer

Brittany Menzer’s efforts last year snapped a long dry spell for the Avon Lake girls swim program. The Shoregals sophomore finished 23rd at the Division I state meet in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:14.39. She’s the first Avon Lake girl to make it to the state meet for a non-diving event since Read More…

High school diving: Avon Lake’s Nock looking to continue All-Ohio ways

Avon Lake’s Tyler Nock practices his diving at Lakewood High. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Tyler Nock made huge strides last year in high school diving. The Avon Lake diver earned All-Ohio Division I honors by finishing in the top 16 at the 2013 state meet in Canton. Nock scored 415.70 points in the 11-dive competition to finish 11th in his state meet debut. He is the third Avon Lake Read More…

Molosky, Kay defend Turkey Trot titles

Runners take off from the starting line during Thursday’s 10K Turkey Trot at LCCC. Included in the picture are the four top finishers (from left) fourth-place Creighton Jensen (white Brookside T-shirt), champion Vince Molosky (orange shirt), runner-up Jim Sosinski (green shirt and shorts) and third-place Brady Jeffers (red jacket and black hat).  RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Vince Molosky might have underestimated the weather a bit coming into town, but there was nothing denying him from defending his title at Thursday’s 45th annual Penton Memorial 10K Turkey Trot. The 1998 Amherst graduate — now living in Tallahassee, Fla. — had to stop by Target at Midway Mall on Wednesday night Read More…

High school bowling: Vermilion boys have big plans this season, like making it back to the state tournament

Dylon Wilson, left, and Bryan Martin want to get Vermilion back to the state tournament this year. Wislon made it last year as an individual, while Martin came up one pin short. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

The Vermilion boys bowling team had a memorable season a year ago and Dylon Wilson and Bryan Martin were a big reason why. The Sailors ended a four-year drought and made it to districts. Wilson did even better, earning the fourth of five individual spots to the state tournament, while Martin missed qualifying by one Read More…

High school bowling: Amherst’s Courtney Thompson keeps rolling along, thanks to help from her coach and grandfather

Courtney Thompson, of Amherst, has been one of the area's top bowlers for the past three years. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Like father like son, like mother like daughter, like grandfather like granddaughter. Senior Courtney Thompson has an ace in her corner as does the Amherst girls bowling team. Perry Keplinger, Thompson’s grandfather, is in his sixth year as the Comets’ coach. So far, so good. Amherst is riding quite a streak, having made it to Read More…

High school hockey: Westlake too much for young Midview

Westlake's Chris Humer puts pressure on goal against Midview goalie Logan Perkins in the first period Sunday night at Hamiltion Ice Arena in Rocky River. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — It was clear Westlake was by the more physical and polished team Sunday night, but Midview — with 10 freshmen in the lineup — had nothing to be ashamed of during a 6-3 loss at the Hamilton Ice Arena. The only really downside for Midview was the loss of freshman center Jacob Read More…

Lorain County’s cross country runners of the year had need to succeed

XC runners

ELYRIA — The Runner of the Year winners for the 13th annual All-Lorain County cross country team shared a common denominator — all were driven for success. Senior Tim Villari of Avon Lake and Amherst junior Alexis Szivan are the county’s top runners in Division I, while junior Creighton Jensen of Brookside and Keystone sophomore Read More…

State cross country championship rough for local runners

Avon's Austin Fasciana, left, and Avon Lake's Tim Villari, far right, start their last high school race at the OHSAA State Cross Country Meet in Hebron. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

HEBRON — There was a little bit of rain and sunshine early, but neither a rainbow nor much good fortune panned out for Lorain County runners at Saturday’s 85th annual boys and 36th annual girls state cross country championships. Avon Lake senior Tim Villari, Avon senior Austin Fasciana and Amherst junior Alexis Szivan provided the Read More…