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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…

Cross Country: Keystone’s Wargo overcomes injuries to make it to state tournament

Shannon Wargo

Injuries made for a rough start to her season, but in the end perseverance and determination pulled Shannon Wargo through as she qualified to the Division II state cross country meet. The Keystone sophomore was unable to train for two months over the summer due to issues related to the growth plate in her hip. Read More…

Regional cross country: Pair of Amherst girls qualify for state

Alexis Szivan and Megan Parker run during an Amherst cross country practice in August. The two runners qualified for the state meet. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

TIFFIN — It wouldn’t be sugar-coating things to say Alexis Szivan and Megan Parker were ecstatic about their state-qualifying performances Saturday at the Tiffin Division I regional tournament. The two Amherst Steele runners whooped it up, hugged and shed tears as they congratulated each other. And who could blame them? A junior, Szivan earned her Read More…

A big net gain: Team chemistry, local talent have LCCC volleyball team on a roll as regionals draw near

Lorain Community College sophomore Hannah Pinkie hits a ball to Cuyahoga Community College's Kanicha Dungy  during a match earlier this season. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Feel that chill in the air? The Lorain County Community College volleyball players probably don’t. Not as hot as they’ve been lately. After suffering through some early season adversity, the Commodores have won 13 of their last 15 matches and have a legitimate shot at grabbing the No. 1 seed at the National Junior College Read More…

Cross Country: No wins, but local teams pile on second-place finishes

Tim Villari finishes at the Lorain County Community College race on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Blame it on the rain? Lorain County schools were held winless in all four races at Saturday’s Elyria Northeast Ohio district cross country meet. Rainy weather conditions certainly didn’t help, though everyone ran in the same slop, obviously. But area runners still had plenty to feel good about. The Avon Lake boys, Amherst Read More…

High school cross country: Avon Lake boys put four runners in top five, bring home fifth straight SWC championship

Lutheran West's Drew Fuchs leads near the beginning of the PAC championship race. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It’s usually extremely difficult to break or equal records at the Southwestern Conference cross country championship thanks to the rich tradition of top-fight teams. Well, Avon Lake achieved a level of performance at Saturday’s 48th annual boys meet that places it among the league’s all-time best. Avon Lake won its fifth straight title, Read More…

Boys cross country 2013: Avon’s Austin Fasciana has healthy outlook on senior season, chance to make state a fourth time

Avon's Austin Fasciana on his way to a 17th-place finish at last year's Division I state cross country meet. The senior's time of 15:46 was the fastest ever for a Lorain County athlete. He's looking to make it to a state for a fourth time. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Austin Fasciana understands the highs and lows that come with running. The Avon High senior has experienced the extremes. The highs? That’s an easy one. A three-time state qualifier in cross country, Fasciana took Division I All-Ohio honors last year by finishing in the top 25 at the state meet. His 17th-place finish in 15:46.12 Read More…

Girls cross country 2013: Proof’s in the improving for Amherst junior Alexis Szivan

High expectations can be a burden, but Amherst junior Alexis Szivan doesn’t see it that way. Getting better is her only concern. Szivan set a high standard for herself at last year’s state cross country meet, finishing 49th in the Division I race in 19:00.41. It was a personal best for her by nearly 18 Read More…

Southview grad Jessica Tomazic makes huge strides in a year, goes from 70th to first in Vermilion Triathlon

VERMILION — Lorain County athletes made their presence felt in Sunday’s sixth annual Vermilion Harbor Triathlon and Duathlon at Linwood Park. Lorain’s Jessica Tomazic, 31, won the women’s title and finished ninth overall for the Olympic Distance race in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 15 seconds. The event consisted of 1.5K swim, Read More…

Avon’s Norton, Elyria’s Westermann grab gold at Senior Games

Avon swimmer Judi Norton and Elyria golfer and shuffleboard player Walt Westermann were the top Lorain County medalists at the National Senior Games held in Northeast Ohio. Action began July 19 and concludes with closing ceremonies today. Medal-less through her first five events, Norton busted loose in her final race for the 55-59 age women’s Read More…