November 22, 2014


All-Lorain County soccer: D-II Player of the Year Firelands’ Jordan Ruffner an athlete for all seasons

Firelands’ Jordan Ruffner, the Division II boys player of the year, scored 20 goals this season, but he doesn’t just focus on one sport. He also plays basketball and runs track for the Falcons. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

In an era of specialization, Firelands senior Jordan Ruffner is a Renaissance man. Ruffner, a three-sport athlete for the Falcons, scored 20 goals to go along with eight assists this season for a Firelands team that finished 11-1-5 to earn the Lorain County Soccer Coaches Association Division II Player of the Year Award. Although he Read More…

Olympic gold medalist Lisa Fernandez shares knowledge at softball clinic

Lisa Fernandez, who won three Olympic gold medals in softball in 1996, 2000 and ’04, speaks at a clinic Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — One of the greatest players in the history of softball came to town Saturday — and she brought her three gold medals with her. Former U.S. Olympian and current UCLA assistant coach Lisa Fernandez was at All Pro Athletic Center to lead a clinic for about 100 girls from across Ohio. The 43-year-old Read More…

High school soccer: Three local players grab first-team, All-Ohio honors

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Though the Elyria Catholic soccer season has come to an end, the Panthers are still winning awards. Seniors Kirsten Fehlan and Gage Jarvis were named Division III first-team All-Ohio. They were joined by Westlake’s Omar Salem, who earned first-team, All-Ohio honors in Division I. The Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-Ohio teams were announced Saturday. Read More…

Playoffs preview: Brandon Heidecker’s 6-foot-7 frame has helped Columbia roll into another playoff game

Toledo recruit Brandon Heidecker, who stands6-foot-7 and weighs 305 pounds, has used his big presence to help the Division V Columbia Raiders mow down opponents and earn a spot in the regional playoffs. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Not every Division V football program has a 6-foot-7, 305-pound offensive tackle that is also a Division I college recruit. That’s why senior Brandon Heidecker has been so important to the Raiders this season and will be expected to play a big role Saturday night when Columbia takes on Huron in a regional quarterfinal at Kalahari Read More…

Girls state soccer: Wind, nerves plague Panthers in loss


CLYDE — It was understandable that Elyria Catholic would be nervous Tuesday night heading into its Division III state semifinal match against Ottawa-Glandorf. But when the butterflies that must have been fluttering around in their stomachs combined with the swirling, gusting winds that whipped through Clyde High School Stadium, the Panthers quickly saw their hopes Read More…

Girls soccer: Sophomore goalkeper Stevie Holbrook has been force for Elyria Catholic’s stifling defense


Elyria Catholic goalkeeper Stevie Holbrook has one not-so-simple task in each and every match — keep the ball in front of her. Holbrook, a sophomore, has done her job almost to perfection, allowing only eight goals this season while making 48 saves. Her play has been a key to Elyria Catholic’s regional championship run and Read More…

Avon Lake soccer standout takes shot at making U.S. Women’s U-20 team

Avon Lake resident Alyssa Baumbick is hoping to get the chance to play for the United States’ U-20 team. PHOTO PROVIDED

Avon Lake resident and Magnificat junior Alyssa Baumbick decided to trade in her high school jersey to wear a more prestigious set of colors — red, white and blue. Baumbick, a soccer standout who orally committed to the University of Maryland during her sophomore year, recently accepted an invitation to try out for the United Read More…

High school football: First-time participants Lorain, Keystone join 4 others in playoffs

Midview quarterback Dustin Crum leads the Middies back to the playoffs after an undefeated regular season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

At some high schools, Week 11 of the football season is marked on a calendar as a given, such as homecoming or final exams. For others, it’s a whole new ballgame. First-time playoff participants Keystone and Lorain highlight the list of six Lorain County teams that will have the chance to battle for a state Read More…

Girls soccer: Elyria Catholic attains one goal, but not content to stop there

Elyria Catholic's Jenna Smith celebrates after scoring the first goal against Cardinal Mooney. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

MACEDONIA — This time Elyria Catholic would not be denied. After three years of knocking on the door, the Panthers are on their way to the Division III state tournament after defeating Cardinal Mooney 4-0 Saturday in the regional finals. For the seniors that have experienced bitter disappointment in the regional finals the past two Read More…

High School Football: Midview at Berea-Midpark

BEREA — The Midview Middies had many doubters at the beginning of the season. They spent the last 10 weeks turning them into believers. The Middies completed a perfect regular season Friday when they defeated Berea-Midpark 38-28 in a non-league game at Baldwin-Wallace’s Tressel Field. The 10-0 Middies, ranked No. 6 in the latest AP Read More…