February 13, 2016


Sectional Baseball: Firelands brings bats, wins title, sends Keystone home


HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands coach Dan Ransom wanted his team to do one thing against Keystone: Hit the ball hard. The Falcons did that and overcame a late-inning deficit to defeat the Wildcats 9-7 in a Division II sectional final Thursday. The win snapped a string of six consecutive sectional titles for the Wildcats (18-8) Read More…

Vermilion to join Sandusky Bay Conference in 2016-17

Vermilion has a new home. The Sandusky Bay Conference announced Wednesday that the Vermilion Sailors will be a part of their newly expanded league starting in 2016-17. The expansion will consist of two divisions: Bay and River. For football and wrestling, Vermilion will be in the Bay Division, along with Clyde, Edison, Huron, Oak Harbor, Read More…

High School Football: Keystone at Clearview

Keystone High School senior runningback Tyler Polen (34) fends off a tackle from Clearview High School senior defense back Tyler Reed (1) on Friday night, Sept. 19.

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Keystone was determined to bounce back after getting shut out by Galion. Mission accomplished. The Wildcats scored eight touchdowns and ran over Clearview 54-12 in Patriot Athletic Conference crossover action at Tom Hoch Field on Friday night. Senior running back Tyler Polen led the way, rushing for 201 yards on 22 carries, Read More…

High School Football: Monroeville at Keystone

LAGRANGE — Keystone needed a couple of early mistakes to get going. After coughing up two fumbles on its first two possessions Friday, Keystone played flawless football the rest of the way and routed Monroeville 51-6 in non-conference action. An 82-yard punt return by C.J. Conrad got the Wildcats going toward the end of the Read More…

Division II regional baseball preview: Keystone feeling confident thanks to dominant pitching, defense

Pitching has been a strength of the Keystone Wildcats all season thanks to the talents of Collin Fitzgerald, left, Kendle Stiner, middle, and Tyler Gullett. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Pitching and defense win games. Just ask Keystone, which used that formula to claim its fourth straight district title and earn a spot in today’s Division II regional semifinal against Perkins at Tiffin University at 5 p.m. Keystone (24-5) was able to accomplish that goal even with a move up to Division II thanks to Read More…

Division I regional track and field: Amherst’s girls 3,200-meter relay, Avon Lake’s Max Seipel headed to state

Avon Lake’s Max Seipel gets ready to launch the discus during the first day 
of Division I regional track at Amherst. Seipel took second to qualify for state. AARON JOSEFCZYK / CHRONICLE

AMHERST — There will be some familiar faces at state next week after some outstanding performances on the first day of the Division I regional track meet Wednesday at Amherst Stadium. The Amherst 3,200 girls relay team of Alexis Szivan, Cara Giannuzzi, Megan Parker and Sher Champe qualified for state after taking third place with Read More…

Amherst’s Justin Mott named Lorain County Mr. Baseball

Justin Mott was named  Lorain County Mr. Baseball. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Amherst’s Justin Mott had no idea. Mott received one of the best surprises of his life Saturday when he was named Lorain County’s Mr. Baseball before the senior all-star games at Vermilion High School. “It’s a good feeling,” Mott said. “I didn’t even think I was in the running for it or wasn’t Read More…

Division II baseball: Keystone wins 4th straight district championship

keystone slider

PARMA HTS. — Keystone knew the road to a fourth straight district championship was going to be a lot tougher this season. But the Wildcats, who moved up to Division II this year, were able to get it done, scratching out a 3-1 district final win over Benedictine on Wednesday at Cuyahoga Community College’s Mottl Read More…

District baseball: Kendle Stiner shuts down Buckeye as Keystone closes in on another trip to regionals

Keystone’s Kendle Stiner delivers Tuesday in a 2-1 win over Buckeye. He pitched a complete game, striking out seven. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

PARMA HTS. — Keystone is just one win away from its fourth district championship in a row. The Wildcats scratched out a 2-1 win over Buckeye on Tuesday in a Division II district semifinal played at Cuyahoga Community College’s Mottl Field. Keystone (22-5) advanced to play Benedictine today at Tri-C at 5 p.m. in the Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic follows script, fights back from early deficit to top Lutheran West, win sectional

Elyria Catholic's Brian Mahilo slides in safely at home. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Elyria Catholic has had a tendency this season to fall behind in games and then fight back to win. It was no different Saturday afternoon as the Panthers climbed out of a hole with a five-run second inning to come back and defeat Lutheran West 7-4 in a Richfield Division III sectional final Read More…