April 18, 2014

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H.S. Baseball: Keystone continues to cruise, crushes Lutheran West 24-0

ROCKY RIVER — The Keystone Wildcats can be forgiven if they mistook the Lutheran West Longhorns’ baseball field for the Longhorn Steak House given the manner in which they feasted on the home team’s pitching in a 24-0 five-inning, mercy-rule thumping Thursday in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game. The blowout win isn’t exactly unusual Read More…

H.S. Softball: Clearview brings its bats, crushes Brookside

Clearview's Sarah Kaya slides safely into third for an RBI triple as Brookside third baseman Kirsten Lara catches the throw. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — With All-Ohio pitcher Sarah Kaya back, Clearview entered this season expecting lots of strikeouts and low-scoring games as it makes a run at a Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division title and postseason success. Thursday afternoon the Clippers got just what they expected from Kaya, a contender for the Lorain County Miss Softball Read More…

H.S. Softball: Midview breaks out the bats, pounds Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic's Emily Hastings fields a ground ball hit to left field during a game against Midview on April 9. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Midview’s offense is already in midseason form. Catcher Cassie Haight led the way with four hits as the Middies scored in every inning of a 12-2, six-inning win over Elyria Catholic on Wednesday in the West Shore Conference opener for both teams. Midview (3-0, 1-0) pounded out 15 hits and could have Read More…

High school baseball: Midview rides fast start, Cody Callaway’s hot bat to 8-3 win over Elyria Catholic

Midview's Cody Callaway gets ready to tag out Elyria Catholic's Lukas Redmond as Redmond tries to steal second during Wednesday's West Shore Conference game. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Midview took the first step toward its goal of a third straight West Shore Conference title Wednesday with a convincing 8-3 victory at Elyria Catholic. The Panthers (4-2, 0-1 WSC) outhit the Middies 9-7 but didn’t get the clutch hits the winners did. Cody Callaway led Midview (1-0, 1-0) with a homer, double Read More…

Dave Dlugosz excited to be back as Avon Lake football coach

Dave Dlugosz

AVON LAKE — The man is back. Longtime Avon Lake football coach Dave Dlugosz will return to lead the Shoremen this season. First reported last week in The Chronicle-Telegram, the move was made official Tuesday at the Avon Lake school board’s monthly meeting. “It’s like a rebirth,” said Dlugosz, who has won 18 conference championships, Read More…

High school wrestling: Elyria Catholic chooses former Lakewood coach Vinnie Curiale to give program a lift

Vinnie Curiale

Elyria Catholic was looking for an experienced wrestling coach. Vinnie Curiale was looking for a job. The stars aligned and the Panthers hired the former Lakewood and Avon Lake coach Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a real nice fit,” EC athletic director Bob Thayer said. “We were going through the process and we got a lot of Read More…

High school softball: Ashlee Dahman homers, hits three doubles and drives in seven as Amherst cruises past Avon

Amherst's Lauren Farley slides in safely with a double as Avon's Alexis Dill catches the throw. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — It hasn’t been a long career, but Amherst’s Ashlee Dahman nevertheless had a career day Tuesday. The sophomore shortstop drilled a home run, three doubles and drove in seven runs as the Comets blanked Avon 9-0 in non-conference softball action. It was the Eagles’ season opener. Junior Zoe Beetler hurled a six-strikeout one-hitter Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Avon Lake jumps on Westlake early

Avon Lake catcher Brad Hamilton tags out Westlake's Kent Axcell at home plate. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — The Shoremen didn’t waste any time getting their offense rolling Tuesday against Westlake. Avon Lake’s leadoff hitter Jace Russell drove Andris Balodis’ first pitch of the game to the wall in right-center for a triple and he scored two pitches later on an RBI double by Jerry Campo. That set the tone Read More…

H.S. Track and Field: Avon girls have good run at Avon Lake Invitational

Avon Lake’s Max Seipel gets ready to throw the shot Saturday at the 18th annual Avon Lake Invitational. Seipel finished third in the event with a throw of 55 feet. He also finished second in the discus with a throw of 164-04. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Weather conditions were more than challenging but they didn’t prevent the Avon girls track team from taking first in the 800-meter relay at Saturday’s 18th annual Avon Lake Invitational. Regan Betts, Sierra Greer, Emily Joyce and Hailey Acosta turned in a time of 1:53.49 to surge by Strongsville (1:53.86) and Brunswick (1:53.91) Read More…

H.S. Tennis: Amherst’s Cory Habecker grabs 2nd at Rocky River match

Amherst's Corey Habecker plays Elyria 's Jeff Emilio in first singles on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — While Rocky River used three individual champions to win its own boys tennis tournament Saturday, area schools had plenty to be happy about, too. Amherst junior Cory Habecker had the best individual performance of any area player, going 4-0 at first singles with a combined score of 32-11. However, by the luck Read More…