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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…

Girls high school soccer: Division III regional final capsule

No. 6 Elyria Catholic (15-1-4) vs. Cardinal Mooney (16-3-1) WHEN: Today, 3 p.m. WHERE: Nordonia High School, 8006 S. Bedford Road, Macedonia, 44056 AT STAKE: A trip to the state semifinals to face either Manchester or Ottawa-Glandorf. TICKETS: $6 DIRECTIONS: Take I-480 East to I-271 South. Exit at state route 82 (Exit 19). Turn left Read More…

Girls regional soccer: Elyria Catholic advances to finals on penalty kicks

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MACEDONIA — The third time was most definitely charming for Elyria Catholic. The Panthers needed to go more than the distance, but they finally found a way past their annual postseason nemesis, Hawken, defeating the Hawks 1-0 in penalty kicks in a Division III regional semifinal game at Nordonia High School. Elyria Catholic (15-1-4) won Read More…

Boys regional soccer: Avon facing familiar foe in Copley

Avon’s top scorers and tri-captains from left: Michael Smigel, Daniel Minotti and Will Sharer. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Sometimes history repeats, even in high school soccer. In 2011, Avon defeated a Southwestern Conference opponent (Amherst) to win a Division I district championship. The Eagles moved on to a regional semifinal, where they took on the Copley Indians. On Saturday night, Avon defeated another SWC opponent (Westlake) for the Rocky River district crown. And Read More…

Boys regional soccer: Late surge has EC thriving in postseason

Elyria Catholic’s Jeremy Kelling (left), Gage Jarvis (center) and Spencer Fetko will be key for the Panthers in tonight’s regional semifinal. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Late in the regular season it looked like Elyria Catholic’s string of district championships might be coming to an end. The Panthers entered Division III tournament play on a three-match losing streak. In fact, after starting the year 5-0, Elyria Catholic was just 3-7-1 over the final month of the season. Now the Panthers are Read More…

Girls soccer: Top defender Kirsten Fehlan would love to lead Elyria Catholic to the state tournament

Elyria Catholic senior Kirsten Fehlan works the ball against a teammate during practice Monday. Though Fehlan has three goals this season, her forte is defense ... and being a team leader. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

When Elyria Catholic senior Kirsten Fehlan was a freshman and a member of the first girls soccer district championship team in school history, she dreamed of winning a state championship as a senior. Now she has the chance to help make her dream a reality. Fehlan will be starting at center back tonight when Elyria Read More…

Boys soccer: Avon rallies past Westlake for district title

Avon's Christian Giraldo (10) and Michael Smigel (4) celebrate after Vithor Reis scored the game winning goal in double overtime against Westlake to win the boys division I district final at Avon Saturday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — In less than 30 minutes, Avon went from facing the depths of despair to hoisting a district championship trophy. Junior Vithor Reis scored the game-winning goal in the 100th minute as the Eagles came back from two goals downs to defeat Westlake 3-2 in the Division I Rocky River district final. The Eagles Read More…