September 20, 2014

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High school football 2014: Wellington has new coach in Sean Arno, renewed confidence from last season’s strong finish

Wellington running back Jacob Kakos returns for the Dukes' 2014 campaign. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

WELLINGTON — It’s the dawn of a new era for Wellington football as Sean Arno returns to the area to take over as head coach of the Dukes. Arno’s football coaching career started in 1998 with a successful six-year run as freshman coach under Dick Kerschbaum at Elyria High. After a stint in southern Ohio, Read More…

High school football 2014: Elyria Catholic tackles WSC for final year

Elyria Catholic's Justin Rankin prepares to cut behind Midview's Logan Bolin on the way to an 83-yard touchdown. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — It’s transition time at Elyria Catholic. After this season, the Panthers begin a new era in a new conference, but EC would like nothing better than to exit the West Shore with a championship. Next year, EC joins the newly founded Great Lakes Conference. The Panthers, Bay and Rocky River move over from Read More…

High school football 2014: Depth, veteran quarterback have Elyria feeling optimistic

Elyria quarterback Hunter Prash throws to a receiver in a game last year against Elyria Catholic. The senior will return for his third year as quarterback for the Pioneers. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — A year ago, the Elyria Pioneers made the playoffs for just the second time in school history, but the run was short and not-so-sweet, ending in a 16-15 loss at Stow in the first round. “We want to go back and we want to go deep,” senior cornerback Mike Church said. “That’s part Read More…

Hot stove: Columbia among area teams to qualify for state tournament

Amherst-Firelands’ Evan Lacey leaps to try and catch a throw Sunday as Columbia’s Alec Paine slides into second base. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Getting back to Alliance to compete for another state title was certainly on the minds of the South Amherst-Firelands Crushers as they faced the challenge of Columbia Morgan Truck on Sunday night at Palmer Field No.3. But Columbia (25-13) had other ideas as it dropped a five-spot on the Crushers in the Read More…

Lorain County Nightmares get defensive

Nightmares quarterback Cody Schuster, an Elyria Catholic product, scrambles Saturday during a victory over the Cleveland Saints. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — They’re nicknamed the Nightmares for good reason. Saturday night, Elyria’s contribution to Lorain County’s defensive line — EHS grads Mitch Tulk, Sonny Hazelwood and Brandon Bailey — all wreaked havoc on Cleveland Saints quarterback David Thompson as the Nightmares escaped with a 34-26 victory over the Saints at Ross Field. It was Read More…

Prospect League: Ironmen get rare home win with walk-off single in 9th

Lorain County Ironmen first baseman Tyler Bires misses tagging Dansville Dans' Taylor Selesky. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — It hasn’t exactly been the friendly confines this summer for the Lorain County Ironmen. For only the third time in 15 games at The Pipe Yard, the Ironmen found a way to win a game as they edged Danville, 5-4, Thursday on a walk-off, bases-loaded, two-out single by Baldwin Wallace’s Kyle Chontos in Read More…

Ironmen not off much, but still losing­

Ironmen's Cody Semler tags out Miners' Taylor Kellner at second base. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Joe Rhomberg figures the worm has to turn sometime. His Lorain County Ironmen continue to battle with nothing to show for it in Prospect League play. Tuesday night was more of the same as West Virginia won 5-4 at The Pipe Yard. The Ironmen (11-18) are 0-3 in the second half of the Read More…

Two area athletes win regional titles in Pitch, Hit and Run competition

run comp

CLEVELAND — Ryan Walsh and Gavin Markel will be on the edge of their seats waiting for the chance of a lifetime following the regional Pitch, Hit and Run competition held at Progressive Field on June 21. Walsh won the youngest regional division (7-8-year-olds) while Markel won the 11-12 category and both hope to qualify Read More…

Lorain County Ironmen strand 13, lose eighth of last 10

Lorain County’s Anthony Nemer tags out the Paints’ Diamyn Hall on a steal attempt in the second inning Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — It just seemed destined that Lorain County was not going to win Monday night at The Pipe Yard. The Ironmen waited out a one-hour, 18-minute rain delay only to find themselves on the short end of a 2-1 count to Chillicothe. They’ve dropped two straight and eight of their last 10 to fall into Read More…

Prospect League: Close call goes against Ironmen, who fall 9-8 to Richmond in 11 innings

Ironmen's Taylor Emody slides into home plate on Saturday. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — No one really knew for sure if it was a foul tip or a swing and a miss, but it’ll be talked about all day today. That call — or non-call — was the controversial difference for Lorain County on Saturday night in a 9-8 loss to Richmond in 11 innings. The Ironmen Read More…