May 22, 2015

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H.S. Track: Firelands coach Greg Northeim gets PAC title as retirement gift

OBERLIN — Greg Northeim’s final regular-season meet after 25 years as Firelands coach had a little bit of everything — intrigue, controversy and,  most importantly, a Patriot Athletic Conference title. With a win in the final event — the 1,600-meter relay — the Falcons clinched their third consecutive boys PAC championship Thursday, finishing with 131.5 Read More…

High school softball: Third-ranked Keystone finds way to win, slips past Vermilion with unearned run, just two hits

LAGRANGE — Keystone has aspirations of playing softball into the month of June, but Wednesday the Wildcats’ dreams nearly ended in the middle of May. Though the Wildcats (22-5) were able to get just two hits off Vermilion sophomore Becca Oates, they still scratched out a 1-0 win thanks to an unearned run in the Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: EC’s Petrus was two-sport college standout

Brent Petrus

When Brent Petrus was a junior at Elyria Catholic, he knew he was a good athlete. After all, he had already lettered in football, basketball and baseball for the Panthers. But Petrus figured his athletic career was winding down. While some of his friends were getting looked at by Division I colleges, he was still under Read More…

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…