July 28, 2014


High school softball: Clearview strikeout specialist Sarah Kaya repeats as first-team Division II All-Ohio selection

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya had the same reaction Wednesday to being named first-team All-Ohio in Division II by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association as she did last season when she got the same news. Disbelief. “I didn’t expect it last year and I really didn’t expect it this year either,” said Kaya, who Read More…

High school track and field: Elyria Catholic’s Ted Achladis parlays advice from mom, work ethic into state trip in discus

Elyria Catholic sophomore Ted Achladis shows the form that earned him a trip to the Division II state meet in the discus. PHOTO COMPOSITE BY BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Ted Achladis thinks big and listens to his mother. It’s been a successful combination for the Elyria Catholic sophomore, who qualified to the Division II state track meet in discus last week. Achladis would love to break Elyria Catholic’s school record in discus, which is 160 feet, 8 inches and was set by Bruce Yeager Read More…

H.S. softball: Elyria making trips to state tournament a rite of spring

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It’s been 20 years since an Elyria High softball team first played in a state Final Four. The Pioneers were to take on the Westerville South Greyhounds, the eventual state runner-up, in a 1994 semifinal. Ken Fenik, who was coach Sue Cohagen’s assistant at the time, said he knew before the game started Elyria was Read More…

Regional Softball: Elyria’s improbable run reaches Final Four as streaking Pioneers claim fourth straight regional title

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CLYDE — If it seems like fantasy, it’s because it was so improbable. Three weeks ago, few people, if any, would have given Elyria’s softball team the remotest chance of returning to the state Final Four. But perceived improbabilities are why they play the games. With a largely unexpected 4-0 victory over second-ranked Brecksville on Read More…

Regional Track: Vermilion’s Hannah Bartlome takes long jump title

Vermilion senior 
Hannah Bartlome 
wins the 
long jump Saturday 
at the 
Division II regional 
at Lexington. Bartlome’s best jump was 18 feet, 

LEXINGTON — The type of jump changed. The result was the same. Vermilion senior Hannah Bartlome simply knows how to come through in regional track competition. Bartlome won the Division II, Region 6 long jump title Saturday with a mark of 18 feet, 3 inches. It was Bartlome’s third career regional championship. The previous two Read More…

Boys Regional Lacrosse: Westlake ousted by powerful Preppers from University School

RICHFIELD — Westlake’s championship dreams got a rude awakening thanks to the juggernaut that is University School lacrosse. The Demons played well early in Saturday’s Division II regional final at Revere’s Joseph F. Pappano Stadium, scoring two of the first three goals and leading for much of the first period. But the Preppers proved to Read More…

Amherst’s Sher Champe stays focused in 800, makes state with fourth-place finish


AMHERST — Sher Champe has a laundry list of accomplishments in her high school career. Friday in the Division I regional meet on her home track, she added a new one — qualifying for state while wearing one shoe. Champe lost her left shoe in the opening 20 meters of the 800, yet still managed Read More…

Division II regional baseball: Heavy hearts hard to overcome as Keystone held to one hit and no runs in loss to Perkins

Keystone's Kendle Stiner kneels in the infield after a 10-0 loss to Perkins. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

TIFFIN — Perkins left-hander Braun Miller showed Keystone why he will be pitching for Ohio State in the future. The 6-foot-4 junior dominated the Wildcats on Thursday in a 10-0 Division II regional semifinal win at Tiffin University’s Heminger Field, allowing just one hit while striking out 14 of the 20 batters he faced. Aaron Read More…

Division II regional softball: Tough week ends in tough loss as Keystone manages just one hit in 4-1 loss to Maumee

Keystone's Emily Cornish, left, and Sammie Stefan react after a loss to Maumee. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

BUCYRUS — At the end of an emotionally draining week, Keystone’s softball season came to an emotional end Thursday afternoon. Maumee, a team with nine regular-season losses, pinned a 4-1 defeat on the second-ranked Wildcats in a Division II regional semifinal delayed 22 hours by rain. In the course of their final game, the Wildcats Read More…

Division II regional track and field: Sisters give Lutheran West their best shot, put Longhorns in lead after first day

LEXINGTON — A quick look at the numbers from the first day of the Division II regional track meet at Lexington High School shows the Lutheran West girls are leading the way with 11 points. A deeper review of that number shows the meet is actually a family affair. Longhorns junior Johanna Ragland and her Read More…