February 12, 2016


Sectional Softball: North Ridgeville pitcher uses season-best outing to blank Lorain

North Ridgeville’s Nicole Andrews delivers against Lorain on Friday during the Rangers’ 13-0 victory in a 
Division I sectional tournament opener.
Andrews gave up just one hit while striking out 12 Titans. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Nicole Andrews picked the perfect day to have her best pitching performance of the season. Andrews came within three outs of pitching a five-inning perfect game, but settled for a one-hitter in North Ridgeville’s 13-0 mercy-rule win over Lorain in a Division I sectional opener Friday. Andrews befuddled Lorain’s hitters, striking out Read More…

High School Baseball: Senior hits two-out single to give Avon Lake win, sectional title

AVON — Avon Lake’s Kyle Kuhar didn’t want Wednesday’s game to be his last. So the senior delivered a game-winning two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to lead the Shoremen past Avon 2-1 in a Lorain Division I sectional final played at All Pro Freight Stadium. “I just wanted to get Read More…

College signing: Keystone standout tight end C.J. Conrad headed to Kentucky, powerful Southeastern Conference

C.J. Conrad

LAGRANGE — C.J. Conrad wanted his 18th birthday to be a memorable one. So he decided to announce to everyone on his special day that Kentucky will be where he has agreed to continue his football career after graduating from Keystone in 2015. “I knew where I was going about a week ago, but I Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria walks off with a win over Midview thanks to Jacob Csizmadia’s 7th-inning grand slam

Elyria shortstop Jacob Csizmadia tags out Midview’s Dylan Steindl trying to stretch 
a single into a double Thursday. Csizmadia won the game with a walk-off grand slam.  KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Jacob Csizmadia turned his worst game into his most memorable one Thursday afternoon. With Elyria trailing Midview by two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Csizmadia blasted a walk-off grand slam to beat the Middies 6-4 in non-conference action. The Pioneers (8-13) opened the last inning down 4-0. Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Michael Velez goes all 10 innings as Lorain beats Euclid, moves into first-place tie in Lake Erie League

Lorain's Michael Velez pitched all 10 innings Tuesday as Lorain outlasted Euclid, 2-1, in a key Lake Erie League game. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The Titans were all-in Tuesday at The Pipe Yard. Facing first-place Euclid and in need of a win to stay in the Lake Erie League title race, Lorain was able to escape with a 2-1 win after a bases-loaded walk-off walk by sophomore Branden Gaines in the 10th inning. Lorain (12-7, 9-1) tied Read More…

Vermilion’s Cameron Kuhn to play basketball at Baldwin Wallace

Cameron Kuhn

VERMILION — After making it official Monday that he would be continuing his academic and basketball career at Baldwin Wallace, Vermilion senior Cameron Kuhn planned to celebrate. By playing basketball, of course. “I can just play basketball now, a lot of the stress is gone,” said Kuhn, who will major in physical education. “I’m very Read More…

Columbia’s Heidecker picks Toledo to continue football career

Brandon Heidecker

Columbia’s Brandon Heidecker won’t have anything to worry about his senior year. His college plans are already made. Heidecker, a 6-foot-6 tackle for the Raiders, has orally agreed to play football at the University of Toledo. “The whole process was fun, but it went by really fast,” said Heidecker, who will major in engineering or Read More…

High school basketball: Westlake’s Gavin Skelly earns MVP award in junior tournament in Italy

Westlake senior Gavin Skelly, right, holds the MVP award he won at a junior tournament in Citta' Di Lissone, Italy. PHOTO PROVIDED

Gavin Skelly considers his recent trip to Italy life changing. Skelly, a senior at Westlake High School, returned home Thursday after a nine-day stay, while playing with Team Ohio in the APL Junior International Tournament in Citta’ Di Lissone, Italy, where he was named Most Valuable Player and his team went 5-0, winning gold medals. Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic rallies past Midview

Elyria Catholic's Lukas Redmon slips past Midview's Dylan Brister with the game-tying run in the fourth inning Thursday at Midview. EC rallied from 4-0 down to get the win in WSC play. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Never count out Elyria Catholic. Down all game, the Panthers tied the score in the sixth inning and scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh to defeat Midview 5-4 in West Shore Conference action. Midview jumped on Elyria Catholic starting pitcher Joey Begany for a run in the first Read More…

High school baseball: Black River avenges loss to Wellington

Wellington's Max Carevic runs toward third base during a run-down as Black River second baseman Glen Crabtree  lunges to tag him. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — What a difference 24 hours can make. After getting mercy-ruled by Wellington on its home field Monday, Black River returned the favor on Tuesday with an 8-2 win over the Dukes a Patriot Athletic Conference game at Wellington Community Park. Black River’s Tyler Sexton (3-0) pitched his third complete game in a row, Read More…