November 29, 2014

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Sectional volleyball: EC rolls over Wellington in D-III

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ELYRIA — It gets tougher from here. That’s probably the way Elyria Catholic wants it. The Panthers, who hadn’t played in a week, showed no signs of rustiness in defeating Wellington 25-10, 25-10, 25-10 in a sectional championship match Thursday. “They came out hungry,” Panthers coach Jen Lee said of her players. “They’re ready to Read More…

Volleyball: Pioneers, Shoregals take titles; district up next

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EATON TOWNSHIP — Both teams made adjustments. Avon made them after getting blown out in the first game of its match against Elyria in sectional play Wednesday at Midview High School. Elyria made them after being stunned by the Eagles in Game 2. Were the adjustments strategic or mental? “Maybe it was (mental) on their Read More…

Volleyball: Midview finds a way to bounce back after Game 1 loss to North Ridgeville

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EATON TWP. — The host team came dangerously close to watching its season end after just one match. “I told them if they didn’t pick it up it will be the end of their season,” Midview coach Jen Shouse said. “Maybe it sunk in.” Midview lost the first game of its sectional tournament match versus Read More…

Jenna Quillen stars on Keystone soccer and volleyball teams

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Love makes people do things they wouldn’t ordinarily do. Jenna Quillen will tell you all about what she did for love. In fact, she’s still doing it. “It’s very exhausting,” said Quillen, a junior at Keystone High. “If it weren’t for my love of both sports, I couldn’t play both at the same time.” Quillen Read More…

H.S. Football: Midview defense sets tone for bounce-back win

LAKEWOOD — Eric Lauer made the play about which most people who attended Friday night’s game at Lakewood Stadium will be talking. Lauer, Midview’s all-district receiver, had a fantastic catch of a line-drive pass from Cody Callaway for a 72-yard touchdown. Lauer got two steps ahead of the Lakewood defensive backs, pulled down the ball Read More…

Volleyball: EC handles Bay in 3 games, wraps up first WSC title

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ELYRIA — There was a big obstacle for Elyria Catholic to face on its way to a first-ever West Shore Conference volleyball championship. It was a very big human obstacle. Her name is Bridget Durham and she’s a 6-foot-2 middle hitter who forces opponents to do things at the net that are out of character. Read More…

Volleyball: EC plays a great David, rolls over Goliath Avon Lake

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ELYRIA — When a talented Division III team plays a talented Division I team in a non-conference match, the smaller school might adopt a something-to-prove attitude. Elyria Catholic, the small school, instead took a nothing-to-lose stance Wednesday. Because of that, the Panthers didn’t lose. Elyria Catholic, ranked No. 8 in Division III, had a surprisingly Read More…

Volleyball: Avon Lake dominates Amherst, stands alone atop SWC

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AMHERST — The sentimental choice to win Tuesday night’s showdown for first place in the Southwestern Conference would have been Amherst. Army Sgt. Dan Makruski, father of Comets freshman middle hitter Ashley Makruski, returned to Amherst on Friday following a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. His presence at the match against Avon Lake was recognized before Read More…

H.S. Football: Columbia picks its way past Oberlin

OBERLIN — Jay Banyasz had a better game catching the other team’s passes than he had completing his own throws. Banyasz’s 61-yard interception return for a touchdown, on which he weaved his way between and around the other 21 players on the field, proved to be the key play in Columbia’s 14-6 defense-dominated victory over Read More…

Volleyball: Titans’ LEL title hopes take a hit

LORAIN — Lynne Rositano had what may be the highest praise a coach can bestow on an opposing player. “I hope she’s a senior,” Rositano said about Maple Heights’ Taylor Lattimore. No such luck. Lattimore is only a junior. Barring the unforeseen, Lattimore will be back next season to bedevil rivals the way she bedeviled Read More…