September 2, 2014

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High school football 2014: Open Door looks to build on momentum

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ELYRIA — While the Open Door football program has existed for four seasons, last year was its first playing a full varsity schedule. As expected, the Patriots struggled at the beginning of the season, giving up no fewer than 32 points in each of their first six games, while only breaking the 20-point barrier once. Read More…

North Ridgeville resident Brittany Morrison picks Buffalo to play basketball

Brittany Morrison

Correction: Brittany Morrison was misidentified in the original story, due to a reporter’s error. CLEVELAND — It’s probably not a surprise that North Ridgeville resident Brittany Morrison is going to play college basketball after graduating from St. Joseph Academy this year. But how she earned a full-ride scholarship to the University of Buffalo was a surprise Read More…

High school football: Black River optimistic despite players changes

Black River running back Colin Filak tries to punch through a wall of Clearview defenders last season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

SULLIVAN TWP. — To say Black River is going through changes this year would be quite an understatement. There are only six returning starters for the Pirates and one of the offensive players to be replaced had 6,097 career rushing yards, 82 touchdowns and is considered one of the best players ever to suit up Read More…

High school volleyball: North Ridgeville comes back to beat Lorain

Lorain’s Marlena Guice, left, hits the ball over the fingertips of North Ridgeville’s Maddie Schauer (13) and Kara Sullinger on Saturday afternoon. Lorain won the first game before losing the next three. 

LORAIN — North Ridgeville stumbled in game one on Saturday, but bounced back to give first-year head coach Jenny Oblock her first coaching win at the school, beating Lorain 21-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-12 as each team moved to 1-1 in the young season. The Rangers led 11-4 in the first game before the Titans came storming Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic uses strong second half to hand Oberlin its first loss

Oberlin's Dante LaRiccia goes up for the ball against Elyria Catholic's Liam O'Halloran.

OBERLIN — Having been summarily run out of the midfield and trailing 1-0 after 40 minutes, Elyria Catholic’ soccer team convened a focus group about possible solutions at halftime Saturday night. With Jeff Ruiz and Jeremy Kelling leading the effort to recapture this important piece of ground, the Panthers bounced back for a 3-1 non-conference Read More…

High school football 2014: Vermilion looking for a new home … and more wins, too

VERMILION — There’s a Navy saying about having “gear adrift” when something is out of place or doesn’t quite seem to fit. That expression might be heard in Vermilion these days when talking about the Sailors — the high school football Sailor, that is. Vermilion is looking for a conference that fits, one that it Read More…

Girls soccer: Firelands edges Vermilion thanks to Zoe Simmons’ goal

Firelands celebrates after Brylee Jones scored the game's first goal against Vermilion. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Correction: Zoe Simmons scored the goal in Firelands’ 1-0 girls soccer win over Vermilion. Due to a reporter’s error, the wrong girl was credited with the goal. SOUTH AMHERST — Though both teams appeared to be a half-step off all night, Firelands Zoe Simmons caught up with the ball when it counted Thursday. Simmons right-footed Read More…

High school football 2014: Firelands still young, but no longer inexperienced

Firelands running back Aaron Stevanus pushes through the Wellington defense for a gain last season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands had it rough in 2013. Not only did the Falcons go winless, they scored fewer than two touchdowns per game on average, while giving up more than 44 points a game. So why is Firelands so eager for this season to begin? The Falcons, who were forced to play a significant Read More…

Boys soccer: Joshua Lewis scores four goals, leads Elyria past Keystone

Elyria goalkeeper Sabastian Delcorral dives to make a save on a shot on goal by Keystone's Steven Speck. Elyria's Gabriel Negron trails behind. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Elyria boys soccer coach Brett Heighberger and junior midfielder Joshua Lewis think alike. If three goals is a “hat trick,” what do you call it when one player scores four goals in a game? “A hat trick plus one,” both answered Thursday after Lewis poured in four goals in the Pioneers’ 6-4 non-conference Read More…

Boys soccer: Oberlin pressure topples Midview

Midview’s Chad Eye, top, collides with Oberlin’s Tam Cadenhead in the first half 
of Wednesday’s game at Midview. Oberlin won 3-0 to improve to 3-0 on the season. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Oberlin just may have set the tone for the season Wednesday, downing Midview 3-0 for its third win in five days. The Phoenix has its entire team back from last year and it flexed its muscles in dominating the Middies in non-conference action, holding them to just one shot on goal for Read More…