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High school softball: Elyria overpowered, sees championship hopes end with 9-1 semifinal loss to Grove City

Elyria High's Alex Dick hugs teammate Kaitlyn Laseke while fighting back tears after the Pioneers lost in the state softball semifinals Thursday.

AKRON — It only took one pitch for Elyria to realize it might be in trouble Thursday in the Division I state semifinals against Grove City. Greyhound catcher Delaney Mixer smashed Elizabeth Ellis’ opening pitch into the left-field corner of Firestone Stadium for a double to set the tone in what ended up a 9-1 Read More…

Elyria twins Kaitlyn, Kandis Laseke love having fun, but they’re serious about winning another state softball title

Not only are Elyria High’s Kaitlyn and Kandis Laseke identical twins, they also share an identical dream — to win a state softball championship. Kaitlyn will be behind the plate today for the Pioneers when they battle Grove City in the Division I state semifinals at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Kandis, as she has for Read More…

High school softball: Clearview strikeout specialist Sarah Kaya repeats as first-team Division II All-Ohio selection

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya had the same reaction Wednesday to being named first-team All-Ohio in Division II by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association as she did last season when she got the same news. Disbelief. “I didn’t expect it last year and I really didn’t expect it this year either,” said Kaya, who Read More…

Frontier League: Crushers can’t finish sweep of Joliet

Lake Erie Crushers' Anderson Hidalgo connects for a hit in the bottom of the second inning against Joliet Sunday afternoon in Avon. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — The Crushers sought a sweep. The Slammers had other ideas. Former Crusher Russell Moldenhauer singled off the right-field fence Sunday to drive in a pair of runs in a six-run eighth inning as Joliet pulled away for an 11-4 win over Lake Erie at All Pro Freight Stadium. Lake Erie, which won the Read More…

Boys Regional Lacrosse: Westlake ousted by powerful Preppers from University School

RICHFIELD — Westlake’s championship dreams got a rude awakening thanks to the juggernaut that is University School lacrosse. The Demons played well early in Saturday’s Division II regional final at Revere’s Joseph F. Pappano Stadium, scoring two of the first three goals and leading for much of the first period. But the Preppers proved to Read More…

Amherst’s Sher Champe stays focused in 800, makes state with fourth-place finish

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AMHERST — Sher Champe has a laundry list of accomplishments in her high school career. Friday in the Division I regional meet on her home track, she added a new one — qualifying for state while wearing one shoe. Champe lost her left shoe in the opening 20 meters of the 800, yet still managed Read More…

Division II regional track and field: Sisters give Lutheran West their best shot, put Longhorns in lead after first day

LEXINGTON — A quick look at the numbers from the first day of the Division II regional track meet at Lexington High School shows the Lutheran West girls are leading the way with 11 points. A deeper review of that number shows the meet is actually a family affair. Longhorns junior Johanna Ragland and her Read More…

Elyria back in regional softball tournament

From left, Jessica Sito, Alexis Dick, Kaitlyn Laseke and Elizabeth Ellis have been keys to another regional appaerance for the Pioneers, who won their 10th straight district title and 14th overall under coach Ken Fenik. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Every team takes on an identity of its own and veteran Elyria High coach Ken Fenik has been calling his 2014 Pioneers his “Wow” team. It’s not “wow” that his team won a district championship — Elyria has accomplished as much in 10 straight seasons and 14 times in Fenik’s 20 years as Read More…

Westlake rules faceoffs, Avon Lake in lacrosse tourney opener

Westlake’s Alex Barth, left, and Avon Lake’s Colin MacGeorge battle for possession 
of the ball during Friday’s playoff game at Westlake’s soccer field. Westlake won, 12-4.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Westlake’s Jake Bechtel and Paul Columbro had a total of 92 goals coming into Friday’s Division II playoff game against Avon Lake. The Shoremen managed to hold the seniors to one goal each but that only gave Demons midfielder Adam Sandor and attack Chris Humer a chance to take center stage. Humer scored Read More…

District Softball: Pioneers find special meaning in 10th straight district title

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Elyria has made winning district championships an annual tradition, as much a part of May as Memorial Day and the Indianapolis 500. But the 5-0 win over Midview on Thursday in the Division I North Ridgeville district final — Elyria’s 10th straight title — still felt special. It could have been because Read More…