April 17, 2014

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Girls basketball: Elyria opens season with big win, downing Vermilion in Lorain County Holiday Classic

ELYRIA — Neither Mike Walsh nor Anjie Caffarel knew what to expect Friday night in the second game of the Lorain County Holiday Classic at Elyria High School. Opening games are like that. Simply stated, the Pioneers started with a 10-0 run and beat Vermilion, 58-41, to advance to tonight’s much-anticipated matchup with longtime rival Read More…

Frustrating feeling: As great as Avon’s season was, Eagles believe it could have been even better

ASHLAND — Avon football coach Mike Elder feels deep down his team should be moving on to the final four. He knows this will go down as one of Avon’s best years and he knows what a great senior class he coached. “(Big Walnut) deserved to win the game,” he said. “I’m not questioning that. Read More…

No quit in this guy: Gronowski runs down Tiffin Columbian quarterback to help save day for Avon

HURON — From the time players first put on their pads, coaches always harp about not giving up on a play. Good thing Avon’s Garrett Gronowski took those words to heart. It was Gronowski chasing down Tiffin Columbian’s speedy Ethan Kagy that ultimately saved Avon on Saturday night. Kagy broke free from his own 20-yard Read More…

Offensive woes at heart of Ohio State’s latest loss

COLUMBUS — Perhaps the offensive explosion at Michigan State last week was the aberration. For the third time this year — and the second time in a row at The Horseshoe — Ohio State’s offense failed to produce a touchdown in losing to No. 3-ranked Penn State, 13-6, Saturday in front of 105,711 mostly red-clad Read More…

Volleyball: North Royalton downs Elyria in five games

ELYRIA — No one could blame Elyria coach Jody Johnson if she didn’t want to see North Royalton’s 6-foot-3 junior hitter Amy Schwarzwalder again any time soon. Schwarzwalder made her presence felt throughout Thursday’s Northeast Ohio Conference match but she especially came on strong in Game 5 to lead the Bears to victory over the Read More…

Elyria rebounds from volleyball loss with sweep of Solon

ELYRIA — Sometimes losing a match can give a team plenty of incentive to bounce back. Elyria had all the incentive it needed Thursday night against Solon in Northeast Ohio Conference volleyball action after a lethargic outing at Strongsville on Tuesday. The Pioneers swept the Comets — 25-17, 25-18 and 25-15 — to claim at Read More…

High school volleyball: Lake Catholic’s serving serves it well in sweep of Elyria Catholic

ELYRIA — Just about the time everyone was settling in for a competitive volleyball match Tuesday at Elyria Catholic, Lake Catholic sophomore Audry Lucha decided to spoil the fun. Lucha served 10 straight points to start the second game and Elyria Catholic never recovered as the Lady Cougars swept the North Coast League match 25-22, Read More…

High school football: Mistakes cost Elyria in loss to Parma

PARMA — When Brian Swartz returned the opening kickoff 90 yards to put Parma on the board 15 seconds into Saturday’s game with Elyria, the Pioneers might as well have turned around and gone back home. It never got any better. Five Elyria turnovers and poor execution on pass coverage and in tackling enabled the Read More…

Avon Lake returns to winning ways with football rout of Olmsted Falls

AVON LAKE — It was vintage Avon Lake football Thursday night. The Shoremen pounded the ball, played rock-solid defense and pulled a trick play out of the bag at the most opportune time in beating Southwestern Conference rival Olmsted Falls, 34-7, on FSN Ohio’s game of the week. The Shoremen improved to 3-2 overall and Read More…

High school volleyball: Elyria bests Strongsville

 ELYRIA — Getting the ball to your setter could be considered the most important task in the sport of volleyball. Tuesday, Elyria High used that strategy to perfection in knocking off Northeast Ohio Conference rival Strongsville in four games, 25-19, 25-15, 23-25, and 25-11. The Pioneers improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in NEO play Read More…