August 4, 2015

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High school football: Open Door suspends varsity program for season due to low turnout, plans to be back in 2016

ELYRIA — Four years ago, Open Door Christian School decided it was time to field a football team. The program grew from mostly freshmen playing a freshmen schedule in 2011 to having 24 players and playing a full varsity schedule. On Thursday night, the story of Open Door football hit a rough chapter when head Read More…

Legendary Chronicle wrestling writer Judie Asp was a true mat mom

Judie Asp, right, receives an award for her writing from Elyria High School volleyball coach Carol Russo in November 2004. CHRONICLE FILE

There are plenty of adjectives that come to mind when someone wants to describe an elite wrestler — passionate, dedicated, driven and hard-working are just a few. It’s no surprise that the same words were used Wednesday night by coaches and loved ones while talking about longtime Chronicle writer Judie Asp, largely considered the greatest Read More…

Wrestling: Elyria High’s Kevin Vough uses his loss in Greco-Roman to fuel his run to the freestyle national final

FARGO, N.D. — Wrestlers at the Junior Freestyle Nationals found out what happens when Kevin Vough gets mad. It’s a safe bet none of the five wrestlers he beat on his way to the final will forget just how dominant the Elyria junior can be. And some of that happened because of what went down Read More…

Baseball: Lorain’s Xavier Moore commits to play at Ohio State

Xavier Moore

Lorain pitcher/shortstop Xavier Moore admitted he was never a big Ohio State fan growing up. That has changed. Moore, who recently finished his sophomore year with the Titans, announced his commitment to Ohio State on July 16. The Buckeyes beat out Michigan, Cincinnati, Kent State and Xavier for the services of the Titans’ pitching ace Read More…

Wrestling: Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt, Lutheran West’s James Handwerk could be on collision course at nationals

FARGO, N.D. — The match area wrestling fans have dreamed about could happen today. There will have to be some excellent wrestling for it to come to fruition. It would happen in the 182-pound semifinals of the Junior Freestyle National championships, as Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt would meet Lutheran West’s James Handwerk. A lot has to Read More…

Elyria looks to alumna Shouse to run volleyball program

Jennifer Shouse

ELYRIA — The start of the high school volleyball season is just about a month away and Elyria High School will have a new coach roaming the sideline. Elyria native Jennifer Shouse was approved as the new volleyball coach at the school board meeting Wednesday night replacing Jodie Johnson, who spent the last eight years Read More…

Midview’s Berthold last local wrestler standing at Cadet freestyle tournament

FARGO, N.D. — Seven area athletes came into the Cadet national freestyle tournament Wednesday. Only one remains. And don’t think for a second that Midview junior Spencer Berthold (220 pounds) doesn’t know the enormity of that accomplishment in a tournament with 1,084 wrestlers. “It means a lot to me,” he said. “I’ve never been to Read More…

Handwerk, Vough recharge after Greco-Roman Nationals

FARGO, N.D. — After the finish of the Junior Greco-Roman Nationals on Tuesday, it was an evening to rest and recharge. It didn’t end as a champion for Lutheran West’s James Handwerk (182 pounds) and Elyria’s Kevin Vough (285) like both had hoped, but it did come with a sense of determination. For Handwerk, a Read More…

Handwerk, Vough off to perfect starts at Greco-Roman championships

James Handwerk

When a wrestler has competed for a high school state championship, the enormity of a competition can go away fast. Lutheran West’s James Handwerk (182) and Elyria’s Kevin Vough (285) both own state titles, but it’s what each did last summer that is really paying dividends at the Junior Greco-Roman Championships in Fargo, N.D. A Read More…

Volleyball: Kent called, Avon’s Gardner said yes

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AVON — Erin Gardner just finished her freshman year, but she’s already mapped out her next seven to eight. The Avon student orally committed Monday to play Division I volleyball at Kent State even though she still has three years of high school left. “I’m really excited about it,” Gardner said. “I love all three Read More…