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H.S. Softball: Amherst gets long-awaited victory over Keystone with 3-2 win at Prebis Memorial

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE                                    
Amherst High School's Ashley Cogdell (2) bats against St. Francis DeSales High School on Saturday afternoon, April 25.

LAGRANGE — The phrase “Game of the Century” is usually reserved for college football matchups that are hyped for weeks, or even months, in advance. The Amherst softball team had its “Game of the Century” on short notice Saturday when it stunned Keystone 3-2 on the Wildcats’ home field at the Prebis Memorial Classic. Senior Read More…

High school softball: Pitching in the spotlight at Prebis Classic

For area softball fans or college scouts passing through town, this has to be one of the best weekends of the year. The collection of pitching talent that will take the field at the Prebis Memorial Classic beginning today in LaGrange and Wellington could be the best in the 10-year history of the event. This Read More…

College Signings: Elyria’s Tyra Darden, Mariah Johnson headed to Cleveland State to play volleyball

Elyria seniors Tyra Darden and Mariah Johnson took different routes, but they reached the same destination Wednesday when they signed letters of intent to continue their volleyball careers at Cleveland State University. Darden, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter, was a four-year starter for the Pioneers. Johnson spent her first two seasons languishing on the freshman and Read More…

H.S. Softball: Westlake’s Katie Lew strikes out 11 in 11-0 win over Olmsted Falls

Westlake's Katie Lew pitches at home against Olmsted Falls on Monday, April 13. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Coach Tom Shiban has made his share of good decisions in 14 years leading the Westlake Demons. On Monday, two of those decisions paid major dividends in an 11-0, five-inning Southwestern Conference win over Olmsted Falls. The first decision was easy. Westlake made the call to move the first pitch from 7 p.m. Read More…

High school softball: Avon rolls over WSC champion Midview

Avon's Anna Edwards pitches in a game against Midview on April 6. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — The Avon Eagles had the date April 6 circled on their calendars. Not because it was the opening day of West Shore Conference softball play and not even because it started their week of spring break, but because it was the day Midview was coming to town. Avon took full advantage of its Read More…

Following his own path: Football might be in his genes, but Avon Lake’s Ian Mack found success in lacrosse

It would have seemed natural for Avon Lake’s Ian Mack to become a star football player. After all, his father, Dick, was a starter for legendary Ohio State coach Woody Hayes, and his uncle, Tom, is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a 12-year career with the Los Angeles Rams that included Read More…

H.S. Softball: Leigha Donaghue pitches well, but EC falls 2-1 to Beaumont

Elyria Catholic High School catcher Emily Hastings (22) tags out Beaumont School's Emily Brady (9) at home plate Wednesday, April 1. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — If pitching and defense are good early season indicators of how a team will play over the course of the year, Elyria Catholic and Beaumont had reason to walk away from Wednesday’s non-league game pleased. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Beaumont was also able to put together just enough timely hitting to walk away Read More…

High school softball 2015: Keystone has the talent and experience to make this another year of the ‘Cats

Summer Constable, left, and Destiny Weber are two reasons Keystone is once again getting national recognition. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

If the Keystone Wildcats have their way, right around the first weekend in June the community of LaGrange is going to be decked out in purple and partying like it’s 2012. That was the year Keystone won its third state championship and first national championship. Fast-forward to 2015 and a whole new set of Wildcats, Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic gets early confidence boost with win over defending district champion St. Edward

Elyria Catholic's Noah Bland returns safe to first base on a scoring play for Elyria Catholic in the first inning Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic could not have asked for a better start to the season. Sophomore starting pitcher Andrew Abrahamowicz recorded seven strikeouts in five innings while allowing just two runs, junior reliever Sean Darmafall struck out the side in the seventh inning to notch the save and the Panthers offense got things started with Read More…

Boys lacrosse: Lutheran West focused on learning in 1st year

ROCKY RIVER — Lutheran West hosted the first varsity lacrosse game in school history Saturday and although the Longhorns lost 11-8 to Padua, it was another step forward for one of the newest teams in the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association. “It’s just our second game and we’re still learning,” Longhorns coach Keith Pearson said. Read More…