April 23, 2014


High school softball: Midview tops Avon, grabs first in WSC

Midview freshman pitcher Lauren Landers held Avon in check Monday to help the Middies roll. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AVON — Midview took a big step toward claiming superiority in the West Shore Conference on Monday. Freshman Lauren Landers held the potent Avon offense to six hits, Erin DiFranco went 4-for-4 and Amanda Beursken belted a three-run home run as the Middies cruised to a 7-0 win and sole possession of first place. “We’ve Read More…

H.S. Softball: Columbia beats St. Joseph at Akron showcase; North Ridgeville falls to Pickerington

North Ridgeville’s Marissa Caraballo tags out Pickerington Central’s Alex Kiddwell 
at third base Saturday at the Akron Racers Showcase at Firestone Stadium in Akron. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AKRON — Columbia’s offense has come through with a big inning time and again this season and Saturday was no exception. Amanda Sedlock’s bases-clearing triple was the big blow in a six-run third inning as the Raiders downed St. Joseph Academy 7-4 at the Akron Racers Spring Showcase at Firestone Stadium. Columbia (4-3) took advantage Read More…

High school softball: Midview’s offense suffers rare off day as Central Crossing hands Middies first loss of year

Midview center fielder Morgan Hamker dives for the ball but can’t come up with it Friday against Central Crossing in Akron. Midview suffered its first loss of the year. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AKRON — Midview has been hitting the ball with authority all season. Friday the Middies had a hard time just hitting the ball out of the infield. Central Crossing sophomore Ally Gruen held Midview’s prolific offense to four hits, all singles, as the Comets defeated the Middies 4-1 at the Akron Racers Spring Showcase at Read More…

Girls lacrosse: Molly Maloney scores 3 goals but Avon Lake comes up short following Brecksville’s scoring flurry

Avon Lake's Molly Maloney moves downfield with ball against Brecksville on Monday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Molly Maloney did everything she could to keep Avon Lake’s girls lacrosse team in the game Monday, but in the end, Brecksville was just too much to handle. Brecksville scored six unanswered goals in a 14-minute span to pull away for a 9-6 win. Maloney, a co-captain and one of seven seniors Read More…

Girls AAU Basketball: Lissy Roggenburk hits buzzer-beater to lift TNBA to tourney title in open division

ELYRIA — It was a mixed bag for local teams Sunday at the 2nd Adidas North Coast Cup basketball tournament. In the open division host TNBA pulled out a 61-59 win over Toledo Thunder in the championship game. With the score tied and 1.4 seconds to play, Olmsted Falls’ Kerry Gasper inbounded the ball to Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone in top form, beats Massillon Jackson to stay undefeated

Keystone's Jenny Schaffer lays down a sacrifice bunt in the second inning of the Wildcats' 4-0 win against Massillon Jackson on Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone displayed all the traits of a championship-caliber softball team Friday in its 4-0 non-conference win over Massillon Jackson. The Wildcats showed off some timely hitting, scoring three runs on two-out hits. Freshman Lauren Shaw gave Keystone outstanding pitching, scattering six singles while improving her record to 4-0. Shortstop Summer Constable and second Read More…

H.S. Softball: Midview breaks out the bats, pounds Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic's Emily Hastings fields a ground ball hit to left field during a game against Midview on April 9. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Midview’s offense is already in midseason form. Catcher Cassie Haight led the way with four hits as the Middies scored in every inning of a 12-2, six-inning win over Elyria Catholic on Wednesday in the West Shore Conference opener for both teams. Midview (3-0, 1-0) pounded out 15 hits and could have Read More…

Olympic speedskater, Lorain native Kelly Gunther honored in hometown

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LORAIN — U.S. Olympic speedskater and Lorain native Kelly Gunther returned home Saturday night to thank the people who helped make her dream a reality. Gunther greeted friends, family members and supporters at a dinner at the Italian American Veterans Home. “I wanted to thank all of the people in Lorain who have been so Read More…

H.S. Lacrosse: Westlake seniors excited, expect big things under new coach

Westlake seniors Jake Bechtel, left, Clay Wichman, middle, and Paul Columbro expect a breakthrough season for the Demons under new coach Brian Stepanek. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Westlake seniors Jake Bechtel, Paul Columbro and Clay Wichman have experienced a lot in their high school lacrosse careers. They’ve had a front-row seat for the growth of the sport, been through coaching changes and seen the Demons move to Division II. Now the four-year varsity players are hoping their perseverance and hard work will Read More…

Boys basketball all-star game: Clearview’s Gerrell Williams, EC’s Jacob Kuchta win skills contests

Clearview’s Gerrell Williams shows off one of his moves on the way to the dunk title Sunday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — After making jaw-dropping and crowd-pleasing slams a major part of his game at Clearview High School, it was only fitting that Gerrell Williams won the dunk contest Sunday at the annual Gene Legeza Cage Classic at Oberlin College. Williams, Rashod Berry of Lorain and Vermilion’s Kyle Nader advanced to the finals from a Read More…