October 23, 2014


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…

Keystone’s Jared Adams first Wildcat to qualify for berth in state swim meet

Jared Adams of Keystone is the school's first state swimming qualifier. He qualified in the 100 backstroke. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It was Jared Adams’ most memorable day as a high school swimmer. Too bad the Keystone swimmer has very little memory of it. “I really don’t remember much about last Friday’s race except diving in,” Adams said of the 100-yard backstroke he swam in the Division II district meet at Cleveland State University. “I remember Read More…

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…