September 1, 2014

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Boys soccer: Midview starts fast in win over Elyria


EATON TWP. — It only took Midview seven minutes to set the tone for the 2014 season. It was at that point of Saturday’s 3-1 non-conference win over Elyria when Middies junior midfielder Steven Grabo took advantage of a miscue in the Pioneers defensive end to score the first goal of the season and give Read More…

College signing: Amherst’s Ashlee Dahman to play softball at UConn

Ashlee Dahman

Amherst junior Ashlee Dahman spent the spring and summer catching fly balls in center field for the Comets and for her travel team, New Jersey Intensity. On Thursday, Dahman reached out and grabbed a piece of her future when she orally committed to play softball at the University of Connecticut. “I’ve worked so hard,” Dahman Read More…

Boys golf: Black River’s Luke Tanner wins rain-soaked Grey Hawk Invitational; Avon takes team title

Black River's Luke Tanner hits a shot Tuesday at the Grey Hawk Invitational. Tanner won individual honors with a 77. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Depending who you ask, the midday rain delay at the Grey Hawk Invitational was either a good thing or a bad thing. Black River sophomore Luke Tanner was happy for softer greens and fairways that allowed him to shoot 1-over par in his final nine holes on his way to taking medalist honors Read More…

TNBA girls win latest basketball national title with buzzer-beater in OT

Members of the TNBA championship team, front row, from left: Ariel Smith, Phoebe Sterba, Allie Bjorn, Keely Hall, Erin Normandin and Deja Winters. Back row, from left: Coach Joe Young, Mic Barnes, Riley Schill, Sarah Sprecher, Josie Carandang and coach Kevin McNamara. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Avon-based TNBA girls AAU basketball program has won its share of national championships — more than a dozen, in fact — but never in the dramatic fashion this year’s U16 team did last week in Atlanta. The team with five local players — Josie Carandang and Riley Schill from Elyria Catholic, Allie Bjorn and Read More…

Avon’s Sierra Davidson to continue basketball career at Cleveland State

Sierra Davidson

AVON — Sierra Davidson has been a big part of the resurgence of Avon basketball the past three seasons. Now she wants to be a part of Cleveland’s comeback. On Wednesday, Davidson committed to playing college basketball at Cleveland State University. After spending time at the school’s downtown Cleveland campus Tuesday, Davidson knew that was Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria Juniors show Missouri, stay alive in regional

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AKRON — Elyria East Little League All-Stars coach Len Howser didn’t think his team played its best ball Tuesday. Somewhere on I-70 there is a group of girls headed back to Lexington, Mo., that might beg to differ. Elyria East scored at least once in every inning on its way to 10-0, six-inning win to Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria Junior All-Stars rained out, will try again Monday

AKRON — The sound of softballs clanging off metal bats was replaced by the pitter-patter of rain drops Sunday as an early morning line of showers forced cancellation of the entire schedule of games at the Little League Junior Softball Central Regional tournament at Firestone Stadium. All of the games scheduled for Sunday including the Read More…

Lorain County Nightmares romp into the playoffs

Monte Williams of the Nightmares breaks the tackle from the Predators’ Henri Buford (14) at Saturday’s game, as Eddie Smiegelski moves in. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — A 36-point win never seemed so dramatic. The Lorain County Nightmares concluded the regular season Saturday night with a 36-0 win over the Northeast Ohio Predators at Adelsberg Stadium on the campus of Midview High School. But the Nightmares magic number for the night was 42. They needed to win by 42 Read More…

Hot Stove state tournament: Keystone edged in Class GG final

Keystone’s Nathan Archer pitches during the Class GG state championship game Sunday in Alliance. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ALLIANCE — As anyone who has ever watched a Super Bowl or NCAA Final Four can tell you, championship games rarely live up to the pregame expectations. Sunday’s Class GG Hot Stove baseball state championship game between Keystone Houston Alco Manufacturing and the Rootstown Rovers was different. It featured stellar pitching and outstanding defense the Read More…

OGSO State Tournament: Perfection, title elude Wellington

Champion’s Ava Howell slides into home before Wellington Lightning pitcher Payton Regal can secure the ball and make the tag in the Class A final. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — With storm clouds rolling in from the west Saturday afternoon, the Wellington Lightning was one out away from perfection, one out away from an Ohio Girls Softball Organization Class A (ages 9-10) state championship. Then, as the skies started to open up, the Champion offense poured it on, scoring two runs with two Read More…