December 18, 2014


High school volleyball: Elyria Catholic opens strong, sweeps Brookside

Elyria Catholic’s Josie Carandang goes low for a return as Lydia Wetzel and Sarah Schuckman look on during Wednesday’s match against Brookside. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Opening night volleyball isn’t always pretty but if Wednesday’s non-conference match is any indication, Elyria Catholic could be headed for a big year. The Panthers looked in midseason form in sweeping past Brookside 25-16, 25-9 and 25-15. “I was very proud of the way we played,” Panthers coach Jen Lee said. “Sometimes there Read More…

High school volleyball: Rocky River freshman makes immediate impact

Westlake’s Katie Murray (5) jumps to spike a ball as Rocky River’s Justine Coffman attempts to block her hit Saturday in Westlake. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — It’s hard to imagine a freshmen who hasn’t even attended a class in high school making an impact at a sporting event for her school. Enter Rocky River’s Callie Cmiel who helped lead the Pirates to a non-conference, opening day sweep of Westlake on Saturday. Cmiel did a little of everything — setting, Read More…

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

South 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…