October 22, 2014

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High school baseball: Avon Lake loses big lead, still gets win in 12 innings to salvage doubleheader split with Elyria

Avon Lake’s Matt Gottshall makes it to third base before the ball gets to Elyria third baseman Zack Minney on Saturday at Avon Lake. The teams split a doubleheader. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — David Winkel, Avon Lake’s center fielder, figured enough was enough Saturday. He stepped in with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the 12th inning against Elyria with his teammates and fans pleading with him to end the marathon second game and salvage a split for Avon Lake right then Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: EC’s Krol starred in the classroom, on the field

Dr. David Krol

The term student-athlete is thrown around these days like a ball in a game of pepper, but Dr. David Krol certainly fits that mold as well as anyone. Krol, an outstanding pitcher with a 4.0 GPA for Elyria Catholic, is being inducted into the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night along with Elyria Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: 1964 Pioneers football team was tough, talented

The 1964 Pioneers lost their first game of the season then won nine straight to claim the Buckeye Conference title and end up ranked third in the state. PHOTO PROVIDED

Harry Gonso had to be wondering what the heck was going on. “Red Rover, Red Rover, send Gonso on over,” the Elyria High defense chanted in unison. Gonso was Findlay High’s quarterback in 1964 and he would go on to lead Indiana to its only Rose Bowl appearance four years later. He had brought his Read More…

High school baseball: Amherst gets two shutouts in non-conference sweep of Lorain

Amherst's Rees Rua squares up to make a sacrifice bunt. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — In baseball, setting the table, finding ways to score and keeping your opponent off the board guarantee success. Amherst did just that Saturday in sweeping Lorain in a non-conference doubleheader at The Pipe Yard. The Comets shut out the Titans 7-0 and 6-0 to improve to 9-2. Lorain fell to 5-4. “I just Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Defense deciding factor in North Olmsted’s win over Elyria

Elyria's Zack Rosenkoetter gets a triple in the bottom of the sixth against Olmsted Falls. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — With the way North Olmsted played defense, no one would believe the Eagles have practiced only one time outdoors this spring. The Eagles managed to make a couple key plays in the field when they needed to and came away with a 5-4 win over Elyria on Saturday afternoon at George Day Field Read More…

High school baseball: Good, bad for both teams on display as Elyria, Elyria Catholic split doubleheader

Elyria Catholic's Colt Schuler tags out Elyria's Jaeger Shaffstall at third base during Saturday's doubleheader. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Splitting doubleheaders sometimes brings out the best and worst in teams and Saturday’s city rivalry clash at George Day Field was a perfect example. Elyria Catholic and Elyria High had plenty of highs and lows on a sun-splashed but cool day on the south side of the city. Joe Begany’s three-run homer and Read More…

Boys Basketball: Bob Walsh got call to come to Lorain County, and that was the beginning of the road to Clearview’s 1974 Class A state championship

Larry Harris (35), Randy Dlugosz (41) and their Clearview teammates celebrate the 
1974 Class A state championship at Ohio State’s St. John Arena. CHRONICLE FILE

Bob Walsh and Clearview basketball. Forty years ago, it was a match made in heaven … and it still is. Walsh guided the Clippers to the 1974 Class A boys basketball state title at St. John Arena in Columbus. Walsh, who won 642 games and two state titles over his Hall of Fame career at Read More…

Boys basketball: Berea-Midpark turns tight game into romp over Olmsted Falls

Olmsted Falls senior Alex Mitchell is tied up by Berea-Midpark senior Devin Smith (left) and junior Nolan Gerrity during Wednesday’s Division I district semifinal at Midview. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Eight minutes and two seconds. That’s all it took for Olmsted Falls to completely unravel Wednesday night against an opportunistic and lightning-quick Berea-Midpark, 72-48, at the Midview Division I district semifinal. The Titans rolled up a 25-2 advantage from the 1:07 mark of the third quarter to 1:05 left in the game Read More…

Boys basketball: Jay Banyasz has big night as Columbia holds off Hawken rally, advances to Division III district tournament

Columbia's Jay Banyasz hits a shot over Hawken's Warren Starks. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — An 18-point lead with 3:18 to play is usually a pretty safe bet in high school basketball, just don’t try telling that to Columbia coach Larry Babics. His Raiders survived a furious Hawken rally Friday night before emerging with a 75-69 win in a Division III sectional final. They advance to Tuesday’s Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Avon Lake turns tables, ousts Elyria in overtime

Avon Lake’s Jason Hessel, middle, fights for a loose ball with Elyria’s Manny Harrington, left, and Jason Oliver. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Two months and 21 points must seem like a lifetime ago for Elyria. The Pioneers were eliminated from the postseason by Avon Lake 55-46 in overtime Wednesday night. Elyria beat the Shoremen 79-58 at the Holiday Classic in December. But the Shoremen (10-13) have been the hotter commodity lately, and won their seventh Read More…