October 24, 2014


High school cross country: Elyria’s James Hawks ready to make a run at history

Elyria High's James Hawks rusn in ithe Avon Lake Early Bird Cross Country Invitational earlier this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

James Hawks knows what’s at stake Saturday and is embracing whatever pressure comes his way. The senior has a chance to become Elyria High’s first boys district cross country champion at Lorain County Community College while also helping the Pioneers make it to regionals for the first time in more than a decade. A two-time Read More…

Girls tennis: Avon’s Madisyn Rini, Madison Nakon on cloud nine as they prepare for first trip to state tourney

Avon’s Madisyn Rini, right, and Madison Nakon celebrate during last weekend’s Division I district tennis tournament. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Avon’s girls tennis program had already established itself the last few seasons as one of the top programs in Lorain County. But there was one thing missing: A state qualifier. That changes Friday when senior Madisyn Rini and junior Madison Nakon take on Cincinnati Ursuline Academy junior Jenny Duma and sophomore Olivia Sabo in the Read More…

Girls soccer: Avon Lake freshman’s goal in OT helps edge rival Avon in sectional final

Avon's Regan Betts, right, and Avon Lake's Lauren Anthony battle for a ball. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake freshman forward Jackie Rush will undoubtedly score many goals in her high school career but it will be hard to top the one she scored Tuesday night. Rush scored the game-winner in the 91st minute as the Shoregals defeated archrival Avon 2-1 in sudden victory overtime to win a Division Read More…

Brookside, Vermilion win sectional volleyball openers

Vermillion's Rachel Van Curen spikes the ball over the net as Firelands' Dalaney Rogala defends. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

PARMA HTS. — A mini-Lorain County Division II volleyball tournament was held at Holy Name High School on Thursday night and when it was over, two of the county’s best were left standing to face each other in the sectional final. In the opening match, Brookside won its 20th game of the season by dispatching Read More…

Oberlin soccer coach Michael Schmid doesn’t let hearing loss keep him from his goals

Oberlin High School soccer coach Michael Schmid coaches practice. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Many high school coaches can inspire their players with tales of how they overcame adversity to achieve success on and off the field. A select few can share the experience of playing their sport at its highest levels. Oberlin’s boys soccer coach Michael Schmid is in the unique position to bring both to a Phoenix Read More…

Division I sectional volleyball: Midview survives five-set match with Avon Lake; Elyria, Westlake also advance

Midview's Kayla Payne hits over Avon Lake's Emma Coughlin during the Division I sectional opener on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Opening night of the Division I volleyball sectional tournament at Midview High School provided a one-sided affair, a repeat winner and a match that turned into an instant classic. Elyria made quick work of North Ridgeville 25-12, 25-13, 25-8 in the opening match and Westlake won the final match of the night Read More…

Division I girls sectional soccer: North Ridgeville plays with chip on shoulder, downs Elyria

Elyria's Meghan Hatfield and North Ridgeville's Emily Gimmel battle for the ball. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — North Ridgeville came into Monday’s Division I sectional opener with just five wins. The Rangers got the feeling their opponent, the Elyria Pioneers, didn’t think much of them because of that. “When we walked in (to Ely Stadium), they kind of laughed at us, so we didn’t think they were really prepared for Read More…

Cross Country: Firelands, Lutheran West end droughts at PAC championship

Black River’s Hannah Heath, left, and Lutheran West’s Michaela Bierly start the Patriot Athletic Conference race Saturday at the Equestrian Trails. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — There wasn’t any magic involved, just numbers. Hard, fast numbers. Those numbers led the Firelands boys and Lutheran West girls to wins Saturday at the Patriot Athletic Conference cross country championships. Both snapped long league dry spells. For the Falcons, it was their first boys title since winning the Lorain County Conference in Read More…

Boys soccer: Westlake drops finale, but has focus on tourney

Bay’s Alec White (18) goes up for a header in a crowd along with teammates Dominic Passalacqua (12) and Mark Comienski (5) and Westlake’s Jesse Valadez. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

BAY VILLAGE — Westlake found itself on the defensive for much of Saturday’s regular-season finale against Bay, one of the top five teams in Ohio’s Division II rankings. And on one of the relatively rare occasions the Demons attacked, they got burned. In the 64th minute, Connor McDonald corralled a Demons turnover and pushed the Read More…

High school cross country: Amherst girls overcome adversity, off day to win SWC title

Alexis Szivan

ELYRIA — Alexis Szivan’s mood was initially a bit glum after Saturday’s Southwestern Conference cross country championships, but only for a short time. The Amherst senior’s outlook brightened considerably when she was handed the final meet results. Why the change? Her team won. The Amherst girls captured their first title since 2002 and 11th overall Read More…