October 25, 2014


Girls soccer: Elyria Catholic wins fourth straight district title

The Panthers celebrate by hoisting the Division III district championship trophy after their 4-0 win over Trinity on Thursday at Rocky River High School.  DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Elyria Catholic is still the only Division III district champion the Rocky River district has ever known. The Panthers made it four district titles in a row Thursday night when they defeated Trinity 4-0 at Rocky River High School. Since the Ohio High School Athletic Association went to three divisions in girls Read More…

Boys soccer: Avon pulls away from Strongsville in district semifinals

Avon’s Christian Giraldo narrowly avoids a mid-air collision with Strongsville goalkeeper Reese Laurell during the Eagles’ 4-0 win Wednesday night in a Division I district semifinal in Avon. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

AVON — It’s too early to say Avon is a team of destiny, but the Eagles proved Wednesday night that they are a team of defense and determination. Avon (16-0-2) scored three second-half goals to hold off a feisty Strongsville team and advance to the Division I district final with a 4-0 home win. The Read More…

Girls soccer: Elyria Catholic a win away from fourth straight district title

Elyria Catholic's Jenna Ellingson prepares to shoot on goal Monday night during the Panthers' 4-1 victory over Cuyahoga Falls. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic is 80 minutes away from a fourth consecutive Division III district championship. The Panthers took care of business Monday night, defeating Cuyahoga Heights 4-1 on a muddy Knights of Columbus Field. The Panthers (13-1-4) got a pair of goals from senior Keely Birsic and one each from Jenna Smith and Jenna Read More…

High School Football: Euclid at Lorain

Lorain # 33 Carlos Chavis breaks the Euclid tackles for a touchdown. Amanda K. Rundle 10-17-14

LORAIN — The only thing better than having one dominating running back carry the ball for 100 yards is having two dominating running backs go for triple digits. That’s exactly what Lorain had Friday night, as it snapped a two-game losing streak with a 36-6Lake Erie League win over Euclid at George Daniel Stadium. Sophomore Read More…

Girls soccer: Avon Lake freshman’s goal in OT helps edge rival Avon in sectional final

Avon's Regan Betts, right, and Avon Lake's Lauren Anthony battle for a ball. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake freshman forward Jackie Rush will undoubtedly score many goals in her high school career but it will be hard to top the one she scored Tuesday night. Rush scored the game-winner in the 91st minute as the Shoregals defeated archrival Avon 2-1 in sudden victory overtime to win a Division Read More…

Oberlin soccer coach Michael Schmid doesn’t let hearing loss keep him from his goals

Oberlin High School soccer coach Michael Schmid coaches practice. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Many high school coaches can inspire their players with tales of how they overcame adversity to achieve success on and off the field. A select few can share the experience of playing their sport at its highest levels. Oberlin’s boys soccer coach Michael Schmid is in the unique position to bring both to a Phoenix Read More…

High School Football: Midview at Bay Village

BAY VILLAGE — Sometimes numbers can be deceiving. On the scoreboard it looked like Midview rolled to a 44-7 West Shore Conference win Friday night, but the game film will tell a different story. The Middies had to work hard to maintain their 7-0 record, 4-0 in the WSC, against a feisty Rockets team. “Honestly, Read More…

High School Football: Avon at Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic High School senior running back Justin Rankin (44) runs the ball and is tackled by Avon High School senior defensive lineman Bryson Golini (68) and senior line backer Tanner Doenges (44) on Friday night, Oct. 3.

ELYRIA — Playing for the first time this season on grass, on a rainy night and without star running back Gerett Choat, things could have turned dreary for Avon when it fell behind in a West Shore Conference game against Elyria Catholic Friday night. Instead, it suddenly became Sonny — as in junior running back Read More…

Boys sectional golf: Avon’s Ryan Sikora and Westlake’s Patrick Steffen fire 2-under 69s, share medalist honors

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NORWALK — There were apparently no bad tee times Tuesday at Eagle Creek Golf Club. Avon’s Ryan Sikora played in one of the first groups to go out on the course at the Division I sectional tournament and shot a 2-under 69. Nearly three hours later, Westlake’s Patrick Steffen teed off in one of the Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic staggers early against top-ranked Western Reserve Academy

Elyria Catholic's Drew Dziak, right, and Western Reserve Academy's Abimbola Babatunde get tangled up going for the ball. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Lessons were learned Monday in Elyria Catholic’s 9-2 boys soccer loss to Western Reserve Academy. First, the Panthers learned they will have to start playing with a renewed sense of urgency if they hope to make another deep run in the Division III tournament. And they learned the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Read More…