September 16, 2014


Volleyball: Oberlin’s win over Open Door ends two-year drought

Oberlin’s Aszure Chamberlin (8) and Baily Wilbanks defend at the net against Open Door’s Christa Mindling on Monday in Oberlin. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — It’s been two years and more than 30 straight losses on the volleyball court, but Oberlin found a way to end its long losing streak Monday night, sweeping Open Door, 25-19, 25-16, 26-24, to give Alayna Ruggles her first coaching victory. The Phoenix last won in 2012 after going 0-22 last year and starting this Read More…

Girls Tennis: Avon wins 4 of 5 finals for fifth straight LCAAA Tournament title

Avon’s Ana Lopez, left, and Kara Hejnal give each other a high five after winning a point against Avon Lake 
on the way 
to the first doubles title at Saturday’s LCAAA Tournament at North Ridge Racquet Club in North Ridgeville. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The weather was unpredictable. The outcome was not. While rain played havoc with the annual Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Tournament, washing out most of Friday’s competition and causing play to move from Avon Lake High School to the indoor courts at North Ridge Racquet Club on Saturday, the team holding the Read More…

Volleyball: Elyria’s fourth-place finish best showing by area team at Avon Invitational

Elyria’s Abigail Elek tips the ball past two Mayfield blockers in the first game of Saturday’s battle for third place at the Avon Invitational. The Pioneers lost a tough three-game match.  ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — It was a tough day for the local teams at Avon’s seventh annual volleyball invitational Saturday. Elyria was the highest area finisher, taking fourth after falling 22-25, 34-32, 26-24 to Mayfield in the third-place game. Defending champion Avon knocked off Sandusky Perkins 23-25, 25-14, 25-21 in the fifth-place game and Westlake finished the Read More…

Girls soccer: Pioneers make big strides, tie Panthers in Elyria Cup

Elyria midfielder Haley Gansel, right, and forward Abbey Ramirez battle Elyria Catholic's midfielder Anna Griffin, center, and junior midfielder Meliah Roman for the ball. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Elyria High-Elyria Catholic girls soccer rivalry is now 18 games old, and including Saturday’s 1-1 tie, the Panthers are undefeated in 16 of them. Over the years there have been close games and routs. EC has won 13 times and the Pioneers haven’t recaptured the Elyria Cup trophy since a 1-0 win Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic blanks Pioneers, keeps Elyria Cup

Elyria’s Christian Negron works to box in Elyria Catholic’s Liam O’Halloran during Saturday’s game. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic senior Spencer Fetcko knows what it means to hoist the Elyria Cup. Fetcko and the rest of his Panthers teammate will be the caretakers of the Cup for another year after defeating crosstown rival Elyria 4-0 Saturday in the annual event. “It means you’re the best team around. The best team Read More…

High school football: Elyria Catholic finishes off Cleveland Central Catholic in completion of suspended game

ELYRIA — You never know what might happen from one day to the next when it comes to high school football. Elyria Catholic found itself in a tough spot Saturday morning as it tried to finish off Cleveland Central Catholic in a game suspended Friday night by lightning. But with an efficient offensive effort and Read More…

High School Football: Midview at Amherst

Amherst's Tyler Eaton rushes for a first down in the third quarter against the Midview.

  AMHERST — The area breathed a sigh of relief when Midview quarterback Cody Callaway graduated in the spring and took his talents to the campus of Bowling Green State University. The groans are quickly returning, thanks to Middies sophomore Dustin Crum. The dual-threat quarterback threw for 235 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Read More…

High School Football: Brookside at Oberlin

Oberlin 3 Elijah Bugg runs for yardage past Brookside 6 Evan Brown-Fugate and 72 Kyle Huckleberry in first quarter Sep 5.  Steve Manheim

  OBERLIN — After getting blasted by Bay in the season opener, Brookside worked out some offensive frustrations Friday against Oberlin before Mother Nature ruined the party. The Cardinals led the Phoenix 48-23 when the game was suspended after the third quarter. The game will be resumed this morning at 10 at Brookside before the Read More…

High School Football: Cleveland CC at Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic running back Justin Rankin (44) pumps his fist in celebration after returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown against Cleveland Central Catholic Friday night in Elyria.

  ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic threw haymakers while Cleveland Central Catholic relied on jabs. Before lightning stopped the game with 11:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, it looked like the Panthers were able to land the knockout blow. Senior running back Justin Rankin’s 89-yard touchdown run gave the Panthers some breathing room, pushing its lead Read More…

High School Football: Lorain trips up Elyria in renewed rivalry game

For the first time since 1994, fans packed the stands as Lorain

ELYRIA — Dave McFarland had to stop and catch his breath. The first-year Lorain coach was asked how proud he was of his team following Friday’s lightning-shortened 22-13 win over Elyria High at Ely Stadium. “Whew,” he said. “My heart. I’m proud of the kids. We took a shot (early). Ever since I met these Read More…