May 28, 2015

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High school baseball: Elyria Catholic’s Andrew Abrahamowicz feels good, pitches better vs. Lutheran West

ELYRIA — Andrew Abrahamowicz knew he had his good stuff as he warmed up to take the mound for Elyria Catholic at Friday’s Division III sectional final at Knights of Columbus Field. “I felt it in the bullpen,” he said after shutting out Lutheran West 6-0 on three hits. “I felt like I was throwing Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria West football and track coach Billy Joe Hewitt always kept things fun

Billy Joe Hewitt

Shortly after the announcement of this year’s Elyria Sports Hall of Fame class, Billy Joe Hewitt found himself thumbing through a recent copy of the banquet program. Hewitt, a longtime teacher and coach in the Elyria school system, marveled at the number of athletes he coached and taught along the way. “I think I counted Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria’s Burger was up for big moments

Jon Burger

Jon Burger remembered the high-pressure moment like it was yesterday. Elyria High and Fremont Ross were tied at 21 and Pioneers coach Terry Doan called a timeout with seconds left in the game to allow the junior to attempt a 25-yard field goal. “I remember (Doan) having his arm around me going, ‘You got this, Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Amherst gets dominant pitching in doubleheader sweep of Lorain

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AMHERST — Any true baseball fan can recite the last line of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s famous “Casey at the Bat” poem — “mighty Casey has struck out.” For Amherst junior Casey McConihe, “14” needed to be added to the end of the tale of the famous Mudville nine. McConihe struck out 14 in opening Saturday’s Read More…

High school basketball: Red wins Gene Legeza All-Star Classic

OBERLIN — Devon Andrews knows how to cap a great high school basketball career. Not only did Lorain High’s All-Ohio, Kent State-bound senior win the Mr. Basketball award and dunk contest at Sunday’s Gene Legeza Classic, he took home MVP honors as well in leading the Red past the Blue, 90-79, in an entertaining all-star Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain’s dream season comes to an end in regionals with loss to defending state champion St. Edward

As the clock reached its last minute, the Titans and fans hung their heads as they realized catching up to St. Edwards High School would not be possible. KRISTIN BAUER/ CHRONICLE

AKRON — It’s over. Lorain’s unbeaten season, and hopes for state tournament glory, ended Wednesday night in a 68-60 loss to defending state champion St. Edward at a jam-packed and loud James A. Rhodes Arena. It ended on a night when Lorain ran into a team just as big and just as talented as it Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain’s run to 25-0 causes flashback to 1988 Admiral King team that won regional title

After Lorain High School defeated St. Ignatius in their District Championship game, senior Rashod Berry (3) hugged senior Devon Andrews (5). (KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE)

Lorain is 25-0, ranked No. 2 in the state and will meet tournament-tested St. Edward on Wednesday at the University of Akron in the regional. So the comparisons are only natural. Sounds a lot like the 1988 Admiral King team. Back then, Mitch Gillam had Admiral King on top of the basketball world in Northeast Read More…

District Boys Basketball: Lorain beats St. Ignatius, wins city’s 1st district title in 20 years

After Lorain High School defeated St. Ignatius in their District Championship game, Lorain head coach John Rositano hugged senior Rashod Berry (3) on Saturday night, March 14. (KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE)

  EATON TWP. — The celebration was 20 years in the making. That’s how long it had been since the city of Lorain reigned supreme in Division I district basketball. The Lorain Titans got the party started Saturday, and kept their dream season going, as they knocked out defending district champion St. Ignatius 70-62 at Read More…

District Boys Basketball: Elyria struggles to finish quarters, loses to strong Berea-Midpark team

BROADVIEW HTS. — A few too many missed shots, a few too many missed opportunities and a good dose of 6-foot-11 Nolan Gerrity proved too much for Elyria to overcome Wednesday night at the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Division I district. Berea-Midpark (21-3) closed out each of the last three quarters on a run to beat the Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Elyria gets past Midview in hard-fought, dramatic game

ELYRIA — You couldn’t ask for more drama or excitement than neighborhood rivals Midview and Elyria delivered Saturday night at the Pioneer gym. In front of a near-capacity and energetic crowd, Elyria hung on for a 48-45, heart-pounding sectional championship victory to move on to next week’s Brecksville-Broadview Heights district semifinal against Berea-Midpark. The Pioneers Read More…