August 21, 2014

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College signing: Amherst’s Ashlee Dahman to play softball at UConn

Ashlee Dahman

Amherst junior Ashlee Dahman spent the spring and summer catching fly balls in center field for the Comets and for her travel team, New Jersey Intensity. On Thursday, Dahman reached out and grabbed a piece of her future when she orally committed to play softball at the University of Connecticut. “I’ve worked so hard,” Dahman Read More…

High school football 2014: Amherst has new coach, desire to get winning tradition back

Amherst's #2 Donte Dower runs for long yardage against Clearview last season. Comets' first-year coach Bill Fishleigh is ready to bring back winning ways to Amherst. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AMHERST — If he would have been asked about football at Amherst High School back in 2007, when he joined Mike Elder’s staff at Avon, Bill Fishleigh never would have expected to talk about the need to “change the culture.” Amherst was a perennial playoff contender then, a power team in the Southwestern Conference. As Read More…

Boys golf: Westlake, Patrick Steffen survive tough conditions to win Ranger Invitational

Westlake’s Patrick Steffen chips Thursday at the Ranger Invitational at Avon Oaks. Steffen won individual honors with an even-par 72 and led the Demons to the team title. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — What a difference a day can make. And a golf course. Westlake’s score Thursday at the Ranger Invitational was two strokes worse than it shot Wednesday at the Pioneer Invitational. But the Demons’ 330 was good enough for the win Thursday on a chilly and windy day at Avon Oaks Country Club, while Read More…

Boys golf: Elyria’s Dylan Edgell wins Pioneer Invitational; Avon rolls to another team title

Elyria’s Dylan Edgell sends a putt on its way Wednesday at Forest Hills Golf Course. Edgell shot a 2-over 72 
to win the Pioneer Invitational, a day after shooting a 99. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Dylan Edgell knew he had to do something different. Avon, on the other hand, didn’t see the need to change anything. Both were winners Wednesday at the Pioneer Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Course. Elyria High’s Edgell won medalist honors with a 2-over 72, one day after shooting 99 at the Grey Hawk Read More…

High school football 2014: Avon has no problem staying hungry

Avon's Gerett Choat finds running room in the Regional Final against Medina Highland last season. Choat had a breakout season as a sophomore and will be back for the Eagles this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Avon winning the West Shore Conference and making a playoff run seemingly have joined death and taxes as life’s only certainties. But on their way out of the WSC — the Eagles will move to the Southwestern Conference next season, along with Lakewood, Midview and North Ridgeville— can any league rival provide an unwelcome parting Read More…

High school football 2014: Wellington has new coach in Sean Arno, renewed confidence from last season’s strong finish

Wellington running back Jacob Kakos returns for the Dukes' 2014 campaign. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

WELLINGTON — It’s the dawn of a new era for Wellington football as Sean Arno returns to the area to take over as head coach of the Dukes. Arno’s football coaching career started in 1998 with a successful six-year run as freshman coach under Dick Kerschbaum at Elyria High. After a stint in southern Ohio, Read More…

Boys golf: Black River’s Luke Tanner wins rain-soaked Grey Hawk Invitational; Avon takes team title

Black River's Luke Tanner hits a shot Tuesday at the Grey Hawk Invitational. Tanner won individual honors with a 77. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Depending who you ask, the midday rain delay at the Grey Hawk Invitational was either a good thing or a bad thing. Black River sophomore Luke Tanner was happy for softer greens and fairways that allowed him to shoot 1-over par in his final nine holes on his way to taking medalist honors Read More…

High School Football 2014: Keystone looking for first trip to postseason

Several Wellington players attempt to bring down Keystone tight end C.J. Conrad after a pass completion in a game last season. The senior has already committed to college football so he can he enjoy his last season with the Wildcats. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LAGRANGE — The Keystone football team has the same goal it had last year … only now it can point to the moment that goal was taken away. Last season in Week 9, Buckeye came to Keystone High in a battle for Patriot Athletic Conference supremacy. The Bucks were 4-1 in the PAC, Keystone was Read More…

High school football 2014: Returning skill players have Midview feeling fine

Midview's Brett Zupancic tries to run by Avon's Kevin Maloney in a game last season. The senior is likely to get the majority of the Middies' carries during the 2014 season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

EATON TWP. — While serving as Midview’s defensive coordinator the past two seasons, D.J. Shaw was given added responsibilities from longtime head coach Bill Albright. It was Albright’s way of preparing Shaw to one day take over the program he guided to 172 wins over 27 years. That day is now. Shaw, a former standout Read More…

High school football 2014: Depth, veteran quarterback have Elyria feeling optimistic

Elyria quarterback Hunter Prash throws to a receiver in a game last year against Elyria Catholic. The senior will return for his third year as quarterback for the Pioneers. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — A year ago, the Elyria Pioneers made the playoffs for just the second time in school history, but the run was short and not-so-sweet, ending in a 16-15 loss at Stow in the first round. “We want to go back and we want to go deep,” senior cornerback Mike Church said. “That’s part Read More…