February 13, 2016

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Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic comes up big against Midview, wins DiFranco tournament title on first try

EATON TWP. — Phil Kuchta couldn’t have been more proud than he was Saturday night at Midview. The Elyria Catholic coach saw his diminutive team win the Bob DiFranco Tip-Off Tournament by clipping the host Middies 55-52. “To come over to this tournament and (win) with the quality of opponent,” Kuchta said. “We think this Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria good enough, downs North Ridgeville

Elyria head coach Brett Larrick reacts in the third quarter against North Ridgeville. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Typical of season openers, Friday’s non-conference game between Elyria and North Ridgeville had a lot of good and bad. In the end, Elyria did enough good things to come away with a 61-51 victory but both teams showed plenty of promise in front of a good crowd. “First game, I thought our Read More…

Girls basketball: Vermilion storms back in 4th quarter to top Lorain, win Lorain County Holiday Classic consolation game

ELYRIA — Gary Bruner won’t soon forget his first victory as a varsity basketball coach. His Vermilion Sailors dug their way out of a nine-point hole in the last three minutes of the Lorain County Holiday Tournament consolation game against Lorain to post an unbelievable 36-35 win Saturday at Elyria Catholic’s Coliseum. “I can’t say Read More…

Girls basketball: EC uses defense to return to Classic final

ELYRIA — It may have been the first game of the year, but Elyria Catholic’s girls haven’t forgotten about playing defense. Twenty-seven Vermilion turnovers lifted the Panthers to an easy 53-26 victory Friday night at Elyria Catholic’s Coliseum. The Panthers advance to meet Keystone tonight for the second year in a row for the championship Read More…

Sweet surprise: Amherst’s Makruski named county Miss Volleyball

ELYRIA — Ashley Makruski had to know it was possible, but the outstanding Amherst volleyball player was still surprised when her name was announced as the 2015 Miss Volleyball award winner. “There are so many talented girls that could have gotten it,” Makruski said. “It’s such an honor. I’m so excited.” Makruski was named the Read More…

High school football playoffs: Avon can’t keep pace with Perrysburg

Avon's Carter Rudy, left, and Jake Frombach walk to the locker room after losing to Perrysburg. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

PERKINS TWP. — Mike Elder understands how the postseason works. “Sometimes you have to be lucky,” the veteran Avon coach said after his Eagles bowed out of the playoffs with a 48-21 loss to Perrysburg on Friday in a Division II, Region 4 semifinal at Perkins High School. As good as Avon was, it didn’t Read More…

High school football playoffs: Pioneers hurt by big pass plays in loss

LEWIS CENTER — Elyria won’t soon forget Jake O’Donnell of Olentangy. All O’Donnell did Saturday night was beat the Pioneer secondary for four touchdowns and 253 yards as the Braves defeated Elyria 31-21 to advance in the Division I playoffs. Olentangy moves on at 10-1. Elyria finished 6-5. “Honestly, that comes down to our coaches,” Read More…

High school football: Chris Atkinson carries Elyria past Mentor and into playoffs for third straight season

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE                                    
Elyria High School junior linebacker Jaleen Glover carries the ball and dives for the end zone and is stopped by Mentor High School senior free safety Kenny Cook (29), falling short of a touch down on Friday night, Oct. 30.

ELYRIA — Chris Atkinson’s eyes lit up when he saw the hole. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound tailback didn’t hesitate as he barreled into Ely Stadium’s south end zone on third down-and-a-foot with 11 seconds left Friday night to lift Elyria to a 27-24 win over Mentor. It clinched the Pioneers’ third straight playoff appearance. They will Read More…

High school football: Elyria defeats Strongsville in OT on Josh Lewis’ field goal

STRONGSVILLE — Coach Kevin Fell wanted someone, anyone, to step up and win a game for Elyria. He couldn’t have guessed it would be a soccer player. Five-foot-7, 140-pound Josh Lewis fulfilled Fell’s wishes Friday with a clutch 31-yard field goal in overtime to nail down a 24-21 win over Strongsville in Greater Cleveland Conference Read More…

High school volleyball: Eagles sweep past Elyria, Magnificat bounces Midview

EATON TWP. — Avon and Magnificat advanced to the Midview Division I district semifinals with victories Wednesday. No. 2 seed Magnificat (12-11) bounced the host Middies in four games, 19-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-19, while the Eagles (19-4) swept past Elyria, 25-18, 25-20, 25-14. The Blue Streaks will play third-seeded Avon on Tuesday for a chance Read More…