April 24, 2014

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High school football: Oberlin names Law new coach

Mike Law

Oberlin High didn’t have to look very far for its new football coach — just a couple of blocks to the west, to be exact. Mike Law — an Oberlin College assistant coach the last three seasons after a successful playing career for the Yeomen — was officially hired and approved by the Oberlin school Read More…

High school baseball: Lutheran West downs Clearview in pitchers duel

Lutheran West’s Eric Szczepinski steals second base during the first inning of the Longhorns’ 4-2 win over Clearview on Wednesday in Rocky River.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Effective pitching in baseball is just like easy-to-market real estate in that it benefits from three important factors — location, location, location. That theory was proven brilliantly Wednesday as Lutheran West defeated Patriot Athletic Conference rival Clearview 4-2 in a thrilling pitchers duel. Like gunslingers in a spaghetti Western, Clearview ace Roger Read More…

High school softball: Brunswick routs Elyria

Elyria's Madison Fullmer hits a single for a basehit.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Brunswick junior Courtney Saville learned to pitch down in Virginia. This is probably not the spooky product of a force at work in the cosmos. But it’s at least an interesting coincidence that Saville was in the circle Wednesday afternoon when Elyria’s offense went south. Saville pitched a five-hitter in which she struck Read More…

Vermilion wrestler Mike Repko signs with Cleveland State

Mike Repko

When Vermilion wrestler Mike Repko injured his elbow while practicing early in his senior year, the thought of even continuing with the sport — let alone landing a Division I scholarship — was the furthest thing on his mind. But his decision to give it one more chance paid off. First, with a Cinderella run Read More…

High school softball: Elyria Catholic fights off Lorain, wind for victory

Elyria Catholic's Kenzie Roznac hits an RBI double during the second inning Tuesday against Lorain. The Panthers downed the TItans, 8-0, in a non-conference matchup. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Written on the Wind. No, it wasn’t the popular movie from the 1950s. It was a softball game Tuesday at Elyria Catholic. Cold gusts of wind out of the north — reaching between 20-30 mph — made it tough for Elyria Catholic, visiting Lorain and their fans to sit through the non-conference matchup. Read More…

High school baseball: Black River avenges loss to Wellington

Wellington's Max Carevic runs toward third base during a run-down as Black River second baseman Glen Crabtree  lunges to tag him. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — What a difference 24 hours can make. After getting mercy-ruled by Wellington on its home field Monday, Black River returned the favor on Tuesday with an 8-2 win over the Dukes a Patriot Athletic Conference game at Wellington Community Park. Black River’s Tyler Sexton (3-0) pitched his third complete game in a row, Read More…

High school softball: Midview tops Avon, grabs first in WSC

Midview freshman pitcher Lauren Landers held Avon in check Monday to help the Middies roll. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AVON — Midview took a big step toward claiming superiority in the West Shore Conference on Monday. Freshman Lauren Landers held the potent Avon offense to six hits, Erin DiFranco went 4-for-4 and Amanda Beursken belted a three-run home run as the Middies cruised to a 7-0 win and sole possession of first place. “We’ve Read More…

High school baseball: North Ridgeville’s Matt Feierabend works his magic on the mound in victory over Vermilion

North Ridgeville's Nolan Freeman returns to first base safely on a pick-off attempt. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — North Ridgeville pitcher Matt Feierabend knows he isn’t going to blow anyone away when he’s on the mound. So far this season he hasn’t had to. Feierabend won his third game without a loss, keeping the Vermilion batters off-balance and allowing just one run in six innings in the Rangers’ 4-1 West Shore Read More…

H.S. Softball: Columbia beats St. Joseph at Akron showcase; North Ridgeville falls to Pickerington

North Ridgeville’s Marissa Caraballo tags out Pickerington Central’s Alex Kiddwell 
at third base Saturday at the Akron Racers Showcase at Firestone Stadium in Akron. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AKRON — Columbia’s offense has come through with a big inning time and again this season and Saturday was no exception. Amanda Sedlock’s bases-clearing triple was the big blow in a six-run third inning as the Raiders downed St. Joseph Academy 7-4 at the Akron Racers Spring Showcase at Firestone Stadium. Columbia (4-3) took advantage Read More…

High school baseball: Resilient Avon edges North Olmsted

Avon shortstop Jonny Morales and second baseman Brian Baker tag North Olmsted baserunner Brad Novak. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — The ability to take a punch and bounce back quickly isn’t just an essential virtue in boxing, but also a valuable team skill in baseball with its staccato waves of momentum. Avon demonstrated this point Saturday afternoon as they responded to each shot administered by North Olmsted to secure a 6-5 victory in Read More…