September 23, 2014

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College Notes: Elyria Catholic grads have hand in John Carroll’s success

Elyria Catholic graduates Kit O’Shaughnessy, (No. 10 at top), and Sara Kaminski, right, have been key cogs in John Carroll’s turnaround. O’Shaughnessy, a setter, was OAC Freshman of the Year last season, while Kaminski leads the team in digs. COURTESY JOHN CARROLL SPORTS INFORMATION

John Carroll is off to a 9-2 start and two Elyria Catholic graduates are a big reason why. Sara Kaminski, the 2011 Lorain County Miss Volleyball winner, leads the team in digs with 200 and through Sept. 14 was 34th in Division III with a 5.69 average. The junior, who raised that average to 5.71 Read More…

Girls soccer: Elyria holds on late against Olmsted Falls

Elyria’s Abbey Ramirez advances the ball Monday as Falls’ Meredith Ashton pursues. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It wasn’t easy, but it was satisfying for the Elyria Pioneers. Elyria scored three early goals in Monday’s non-conference game against Olmsted Falls and four in the first half, but still needed a late defensive play to hold off the Bulldogs 5-4 at Pioneer Field. “It’s hard not be excited after this game,” Read More…

Royals 2, Indians 0: Kansas City takes series opener as Tribe’s playoff hopes take a hit

Cleveland Indians' J.B. Shuck strikes out swinging against Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday in Cleveland. The Royals defeated the Indians 2-0. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — It was the biggest game of the season for the Indians and their fans Monday night at Progressive Field and neither showed up. Trying to remain relevant in the race for a postseason berth, Cleveland instead took a step back, dropping the series opener 2-0 to Central Division rival Kansas City in front Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic rides late goals to win over Columbia

Elyria Catholic's Jeff Ruiz, left, and Columbia's David Wos try to gain an edge going for the ball during Monday's game at Knights of Columbus Field. EC won 4-2. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It felt like late October at Elyria Catholic’s Knights of Columbus Field on Monday night and it had nothing to do with the unseasonably cool temperatures. The Panthers hosted Columbia in a match that was played with a level of intensity usually reserved for the district tournament, not a midseason, non-league game. Elyria Read More…

Browns Mike Pettine: Last place is last place, but there are positives

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine walks off the field after a 23-21 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Football coaches and players like to say that the game film doesn’t lie. It can deceive. “I told the team today that there are times when you could make a cut-up of us and just say this team is unbeatable,” coach Mike Pettine said Monday. “Then you could make a cut-up and say Read More…

Division II boys sectional golf: Area gets two to district tourney

ELYRIA — Strong wind and chilly temperatures in the 50s couldn’t stop Black River’s Luke Tanner and Lutheran West’s Keaton Gossman from earning district-qualifying berths at Monday’s Division II boys sectional golf tournament at Forest Hills. Tanner shot a 6-over-par 76 and Gossman shot an 82 to claim two of the three berths for players Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine says CB Joe Haden not making big plays when needed

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith catches a pass against Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden  Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — When the Browns gave Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden a five-year, $68 million extension through 2019 in May, it came with great expectations. He hasn’t lived up to the contract through three games. “He’s played well at times, but as you can see, at some inopportune times he’s not played well,” coach Mike Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe still alive as regular season winds down

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Scott Atchison, right, is congratulated by catcher Yan Gomes after the Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-3 in 10 innings in a suspended Aug. 31 game on Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians weren’t in first place in the Central Division and they faced a 2 1/2-game deficit in the American League wild-card race entering the series opener with Kansas City on Monday. But they were still alive with six games remaining in the regular season. “It’s about as exciting as it can get,” Read More…

Ravens 23, Browns 21: Cleveland wastes several chances, loses on field goal as time expires

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker and holder Sam Koch watch Tucker's 32-yard field goal to beat the Cleveland Browns, 23-21, Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — The Browns had the chance to go into the bye week 2-1. They had the chance to have a mountain of momentum following last week’s win over the Saints. They had the chance to move a game ahead of the Ravens in the AFC North. They had the chance to prove they aren’t Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns have plenty of areas that need fixing, but QB isn’t one of them

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer passes against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer played a near-perfect game Sunday afternoon, completing 14 straight passes on his way to 290 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. Unfortunately for the Browns, the same couldn’t be said about many of his teammates, who allowed Baltimore to steal a 23-21 win at FirstEnergy Stadium. “That’s a very good Read More…