October 24, 2014


District volleyball: Elyria continues postseason roll with semifinal win

Elyria’s Mariah Johnson, left, and Tyra Darden apply the defense to Midview’s Cassie Haight during the Pioneers’ win Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Losing does not appear to be in Elyria’s vocabulary right now. The seventh-seeded Pioneers continued their amazing run through the Division I volleyball tournament at Midview High School with a 25-20, 19-25, 25-14, 28-26 win over the host Middies to return to the district championship game at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, against second-seeded Brunswick. Read More…

District volleyball: Elyria Catholic gets another shot in title game

Elyria Catholic’s Sarah Schuckman digs a ball Tuesday night during the Panthers’ win over Trinity. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Determined is an appropriate description for Elyria Catholic and the postseason. The Panthers are determined to make up for what they’ve failed to accomplish the past couple years. After Tuesday’s Division III sweep of Trinity, EC (17-7) is back in the district finals. The Panthers eliminated the Trojans, 26-24, 25-20, 25-14, and will face Read More…

Boys district soccer: Oberlin beats Columbia to advance to finals

ROCKY RIVER — There are many great opportunities that come with postseason play. The chance at revenge and redemption from regular-season shortcomings may be the sweetest. Just ask Oberlin. The Phoenix avenged an early-season loss to Columbia by beating the Raiders 3-2 in a double-overtime thriller Tuesday night that sent Oberlin to the Division III Read More…

Girls soccer: Elyria Catholic a win away from fourth straight district title

Elyria Catholic's Jenna Ellingson prepares to shoot on goal Monday night during the Panthers' 4-1 victory over Cuyahoga Falls. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic is 80 minutes away from a fourth consecutive Division III district championship. The Panthers took care of business Monday night, defeating Cuyahoga Heights 4-1 on a muddy Knights of Columbus Field. The Panthers (13-1-4) got a pair of goals from senior Keely Birsic and one each from Jenna Smith and Jenna Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic uses hat tricks to blast Lutheran West

Elyria Catholic's Liam O'Halloran steals the ball from Lutheran West's Jon Handwerk Jr. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Gage Jarvis and Jeremy Kelling each scored a hat trick as Elyria Catholic rolled past Lutheran West, 10-0, Saturday afternoon in a Division III soccer sectional final. Jarvis also notched three assists. In addition, Panthers goalkeeper James Richard posted his fourth shutout of the season at cold and windy Knights of Columbus Field. Read More…

High school football: Elyria rolls over Shaker Heights

Elyria’s Kyle Ringer, right, breaks a tackle from a Shaker Heights defender during the Pioneers’ win Saturday afternoon. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

SHAKER HEIGHTS — Playing on a Saturday after a day off from school could have been a recipe for disaster in coach Kevin Fell’s mind as Elyria traveled to Shaker Heights for a Northeast Ohio River Division game. Fortunately for Elyria, the Red Raiders aren’t a very good football team this year and the Pioneers Read More…

High School Football: Elyria Catholic at Midview

EC's Justin Rankin escapes Midview's line backer Kyle Troutman. Photo by Ray Riedel

EATON TWP. — The Midview passing attack has been raising eyebrows and dropping jaws all season, but all anyone wanted to talk about Friday night was 5-foot-11, 249-pound running back Brett Zupancic. The senior ran the ball eight times for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns, caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Read More…

High School Football: Lutheran West at Columbia

Columbia Owen Barta tackles Lutheran West Adam Felten in first quarter Oct. 17.  Steve Manheim

COLUMBIA TWP. — The Columbia Raiders learned a valuable lesson Friday night about how to come from behind. They also were reminded it’s better to play with the lead. Columbia and Lutheran West came into their Patriot Athletic Conference showdown with a combined 196 points scored and only 14 given up in their last two Read More…

High School Football: Euclid at Lorain

Lorain # 33 Carlos Chavis breaks the Euclid tackles for a touchdown. Amanda K. Rundle 10-17-14

LORAIN — The only thing better than having one dominating running back carry the ball for 100 yards is having two dominating running backs go for triple digits. That’s exactly what Lorain had Friday night, as it snapped a two-game losing streak with a 36-6Lake Erie League win over Euclid at George Daniel Stadium. Sophomore Read More…

High School Football: Bay at North Ridgeville

North Ridgeville High School junior running back DeMario McCall (2) evades being tackled Bay Village High School sophomore defense back Jimmy Hoke (22) and junior linebacker Nick Best (20) on Friday night, Oct. 17.

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — No doubt about Friday’s West Shore Conference game. The “Best” team certainly came out on top. Make that Nick Best. Bay’s 6-foot, 200-pound junior tailback rushed for 165 yards on 38 grinding carries and scored three times as the Rockets handed North Ridgeville its third straight loss, 34-19. The Rangers fell to Read More…