October 2, 2014


High school volleyball: Elyria Catholic coach Jen Lee resigns, blames parental criticism

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic volleyball coach Jen Lee is moving on. Lee tendered her resignation to Panthers athletic director Bob Thayer on Wednesday. She is in her fourth season leading the Panthers. Lee led the Panthers to three consecutive West Shore Conference championships and has a 52-16 record at the school. She was named coach Read More…

Girls soccer: Sam Sparks scores two goals as Wellington downs Keystone

Wellington’s Emma Horoschak, right, puts her best foot forward as she and Keystone’s Kelsey Yusko converge. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Wellington’s Sam Sparks might be just a sophomore, but she’s been around long enough to understand the importance of the two goals she scored against Keystone on Wednesday night. Her first became the eventual winner and her second gave the Dukes the breathing room they needed badly on their way to a big Read More…

Girls soccer: Elyria Catholic defense rises to the occasion in 0-0 tie with Rocky River

Elyria Catholic's Meliah Roman quickly switches directions with the ball while defended by Rocky River's Eva Schneider. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Though tournament play is still a few weeks away, there was definitely a playoff atmosphere in Wednesday night’s Elyria Catholic-Rocky River West Shore Conference girls soccer game. After 80 minutes of going back-and-forth in a high-intensity matchup, the outcome seemed fitting: A 0-0 tie. “That was a great game from both sides tonight,” Read More…

Volleyball: Brookside clinches share of Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title

Brookside's Mary Williams spikes the ball over the finger tips of Firelands' Dalaney Rogala, right, and Victoria Grasso. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — Surprise … you just won a championship. Brookside volleyball coach Karlee Bruck didn’t want to put any additional pressure on her team by telling them that Tuesday’s match with Firelands was for a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship. The Cardinals responded behind a huge hitting night by Tyller Holley Read More…

Girls sectional golf: Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder leads area’s big day with 69, first-pace finish; three teams make district

Avon Lake senior Niki Schroeder watches her shot Tuesday at the Division I girls sectional golf tournament at the Legacy Course at Sweetbriar. Schroeder shot a 3-under 69 to take first place. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Some habits are hard to break. Which can be a good thing. Avon Lake senior Niki Schroeder certainly doesn’t want to break her habit of winning golf tournaments. And North Ridgeville junior Nicole Gerome likes her habit of making it to districts. As for Shoregals coach Kevin Fitch, qualifying to districts for Read More…

Boys sectional golf: Avon’s Ryan Sikora and Westlake’s Patrick Steffen fire 2-under 69s, share medalist honors

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NORWALK — There were apparently no bad tee times Tuesday at Eagle Creek Golf Club. Avon’s Ryan Sikora played in one of the first groups to go out on the course at the Division I sectional tournament and shot a 2-under 69. Nearly three hours later, Westlake’s Patrick Steffen teed off in one of the Read More…

Avon’s Ana Lopez takes third at Division I sectional tennis tournament, advances to district

Avon’s Ana Lopez returns a shot Tuesday on her way 
to qualifying to next week’s district tourney in singles. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Ana Lopez moved to Avon from North Dakota after the tennis season began. The sophomore primarily played first doubles and just a handful of singles matches, so despite winning championships at the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association and West Shore Conference tournaments, she went unseeded at the Division I sectional draw. It’s safe Read More…

Girls soccer: Amherst completely dominates Elyria

Amherst’s Emily Gray, left, and Elyria’s Darian Jones collide as they go for the ball during Monday’s non-conference game at Elyria’s Pioneer Field. The Comets rolled. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It was a glorious autumn day with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s, but it was a cold, dismal day for Elyria High’s girls soccer team. Amherst was to blame for that. Junior Ally Perkins scored three goals and the Comets never let up in downing the Pioneers 8-1 on Monday at Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic staggers early against top-ranked Western Reserve Academy

Elyria Catholic's Drew Dziak, right, and Western Reserve Academy's Abimbola Babatunde get tangled up going for the ball. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Lessons were learned Monday in Elyria Catholic’s 9-2 boys soccer loss to Western Reserve Academy. First, the Panthers learned they will have to start playing with a renewed sense of urgency if they hope to make another deep run in the Division III tournament. And they learned the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Read More…

Volleyball: Amherst humbled by No. 11 Perrysburg

Amherst’s Gabirle Basinski bumps the ball over the net during Saturday’s match
against Perrysburg in a battle of state-ranked Division I teams. Perrysburg swept. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Perrysburg showed Amherst that state rankings don’t always mean a lot. The Yellow Jackets, ranked 11th in the state in Division I by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association, swept the seventh-ranked Comets on the Comets’ home court Saturday, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-10. “They beat us in every facet of the game,” Read More…