September 15, 2014


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

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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…

Friends reunite for fun … and final run at Hot Stove state title

Cole Sklarek, center, had the idea to reconnect with some of his friends and past Hot Stove teammates this year for 
a final run at a state title. Joining him, from left to right, are Johnny Sigsworth, Ryan Barnes, Dylan Steindl and Steve Pete. The plan proved to be a good one as the South Amherst Firelands Class E team is just two wins from that title. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — Firelands High School senior Cole Sklarek didn’t want to spend another summer playing travel baseball. He figured he had a better idea: stay close to home, get his best friends together and take care of some unfinished business. So Sklarek spent last fall and winter convincing his friends and family members to Read More…

Softball: Firelands holds off Sheffield for OGSO Class D title

Alexis Coggins bats against Grafton Nancy's Diner.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

GRAFTON — If South Amherst Firelands wasn’t having fun prior to the second inning of Wednesday’s Class D OGSO county championship game against the Sheffield Crushers, it was having a party by the third inning. Firelands scored 11 runs in the inning to propel it to a 13-8 win and its second consecutive county championship. Read More…

OGSO state tournament: Grafton, Wellington stay perfect

Marella McMahon, left, and Meghan Newton celebrate Grafton Nancy’s Main Street Diner’s victory over the Bristol Panthers during a state semifinal game Sunday at Wellington Community Park.  ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Grafton Nancy’s Main Street Diner and Wellington Lightning kept their perfect seasons alive and moved to within a victory of a state title Sunday at the Ohio Girls Softball Organization state tournament. In Class B, Grafton scored in five of the first six innings in a 7-2 win over the Bristol Panthers. Nancy’s Read More…