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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…

Youth sports: Columbia Station resident William Nicholson ‘blown away’ by prestigious national coaching honor

William Nicholson envisioned himself being one of those fathers sitting on the sidelines cheering on his children as they embarked on their soccer careers. Then, 10 years ago, fate — in the form of a phone call from his friend Paul Grabo asking him to help coach a local youth team — intervened and Nicholson Read More…

Girls Basketball: Defense rules at Lorain County Senior All-Star Games

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Anybody who has spent enough time around sports has heard the phrase “Defense wins championships.” Tuesday night might have been the first time someone said, “Defense wins all-star games.” The 2015 version of the Lorain County Girls Senior All-Star Games turned into a defensive showcase, with the Black team battling its way Read More…

Oberlin High’s Judith Lesesne stars in 4 sports, still finds time for volunteer work

When Oberlin senior Judith Lesesne entered high school she wanted to try new things and keep herself busy. Along the way her determination, natural athletic ability and the desire to be the best at everything she does made her one of the greatest athletes to ever put on a Phoenix uniform. Lesesne treated Oberlin’s athletic Read More…