December 20, 2014


High School Football: Elyria at Medina

Elyria's Chris Atkinson runs away from the diving tackle of Medina's Connor Varney during the first quarter Friday night at Medina High School. Photo by Judd Smerglia

  MEDINA — Week 11 is starting to sound pretty good to Elyria after Friday’s 50-20 win over Medina in the cold and rain. For only the third time in school history, but for the second year in a row, the Pioneers are heading to the postseason. And if things turn out just right, it Read More…

High school football: After losing 2 seasons to injuries, Elyria’s Brad Schneider puts hurt on opposing defenses

Elyria senior Brad Schneider missed the last two seasons with injuries, but he’s been a key contributor this year. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Perseverance and determination. It would be difficult to find two words to better describe Elyria High senior receiver Brad Schneider, who pulled in two touchdown passes in the final 1:47 last week to shock Stow 22-21 at Ely Stadium. The same two words work just as well for Elyria this season. The win over the Read More…

High School Football: Stow at Elyria

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Elyria High School sophomore running back Tyre Stephens (34) outruns a tackle from Stow-Munroe Falls High School senior cornerback Jalen Hooks (31) on Friday night, Oct. 24 at Ely Stadium.

ELYRIA — The “Kardiac Kids” are alive and well and playing at Ely Stadium. Elyria pulled another rabbit out of the hat Friday night in coming from behind to stun Stow 22-21 with two scores in the final 1:47 in unbelievable fashion. Senior Brad Schneider caught both touchdowns from Hunter Parsh — the first covering Read More…

Volleyball: EC falls to Independence in D-III district final

Elyria Catholic’s Josie Carandang (5) and Jessie Lee try to block a shot by Independence’s Victoria Sirna during the Panthers’ three-set loss in the Division III district final Thursday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It had all the makings of a Hollywood script as Elyria Catholic’s volleyball team took the floor against state-ranked and top-seeded Independence for the Division III district final at Elyria High on Thursday night. Jen Lee, coaching her last season at EC, had her Panthers in the final for a second straight year Read More…

District volleyball: Elyria Catholic gets another shot in title game

Elyria Catholic’s Sarah Schuckman digs a ball Tuesday night during the Panthers’ win over Trinity. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Determined is an appropriate description for Elyria Catholic and the postseason. The Panthers are determined to make up for what they’ve failed to accomplish the past couple years. After Tuesday’s Division III sweep of Trinity, EC (17-7) is back in the district finals. The Panthers eliminated the Trojans, 26-24, 25-20, 25-14, and will face Read More…

High school football: Elyria rolls over Shaker Heights

Elyria’s Kyle Ringer, right, breaks a tackle from a Shaker Heights defender during the Pioneers’ win Saturday afternoon. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

SHAKER HEIGHTS — Playing on a Saturday after a day off from school could have been a recipe for disaster in coach Kevin Fell’s mind as Elyria traveled to Shaker Heights for a Northeast Ohio River Division game. Fortunately for Elyria, the Red Raiders aren’t a very good football team this year and the Pioneers Read More…

High School Football: Bay at North Ridgeville

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE North Ridgeville High School junior running back DeMario McCall (2) evades being tackled Bay Village High School sophomore defense back Jimmy Hoke (22) and junior linebacker Nick Best (20) on Friday night, Oct. 17.

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — No doubt about Friday’s West Shore Conference game. The “Best” team certainly came out on top. Make that Nick Best. Bay’s 6-foot, 200-pound junior tailback rushed for 165 yards on 38 grinding carries and scored three times as the Rockets handed North Ridgeville its third straight loss, 34-19. The Rangers fell to Read More…

High School Football: North Royalton at Elyria

Hunter Parsh is back to throw against North Royalton. photo by Ray Riedel

ELYRIA — Coach Kevin Fell talked all week about the importance of the next four games on Elyria’s schedule. He looked at the “Fantastic 50” compiled by high school guru Drew Pasteur, who said a 7-3 record would get the Pioneers into the playoffs, with 6-4 also a possibility. “But we don’t want to be Read More…

Volleyball: Lapses hurt Elyria vs. No. 7 N. Royalton


ELYRIA — When you play the state’s 7th-ranked team, you pretty much have to play your best to have a chance. There were times Elyria went toe-to-toe with North Royalton at the Pioneer gym Tuesday, but there were other times when the Bears proved their superiority in winning 25-20, 25-18, 25-9. North Royalton improved to Read More…

High School Football: Brunswick at Elyria


ELYRIA — Being in the right spot at the right time will never mean the same for Mikah Price following Friday night’s heart-pounding win by Elyria over Brunswick. Just when all hope seemed lost for the Pioneers, Price caught a tipped ball and raced untouched the final 35 yards as Elyria shocked the Blue Devils Read More…