April 17, 2014

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Girls H.S. Track and Field: Sher Champe, Amherst have high hopes after 3rd-place finish at state last year

Sher Champe and the rest of the Amherst girls team have high hopes for the season after finishing third at state. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Raise the bar. Go the extra mile. The track and field vernacular is perfect to describe the focus of Sher Champe and her Amherst teammates. “I’m definitely looking forward to having the type of season we had last year,” said Champe, a University of Iowa recruit and 2013 Southwestern Conference MVP. “It was fun. We Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Amherst attacks fastballs, rolls past North Ridgeville

Amherst second baseman Zack Bires misses the tag on North Ridgeville’s Nathan Colbert on Wednesday during the Comets’ 12-4 win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — The Comets had some inside information and a definitive approach. Facing North Ridgeville ace left-hander Mike Martin, the Comets jumped on the first fastball they saw all game. Amherst had 11 hits and nine runs (four earned) against the hard-throwing senior in moving to 3-0 overall with a 12-4 victory Wednesday. The Comets Read More…

H.S. Softball: Young Pioneers look like veterans at the plate in 2-0 start

Elyria shortstop Kandis Laseke just misses a throw-out at second as Berea-Midpark's Sarah Raines slides safely for a steal. KRISTIN BAUER | CHORNICLE

ELYRIA — There are more freshmen and sophomores (eight) than juniors and seniors (seven) on Elyria’s softball roster this spring. And only two of the 15, the Laseke sisters, are seniors. Coach Ken Fenik said some of the younger players are still learning the skills they need to play at the varsity level. That apparently Read More…

High school softball: Keystone’s heralded sophomore delivers offense in opening win

Keystone's Destiny Weber slides safe into second base before Westlake's Katie Nagel can tag her.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Are the young Keystone Wildcats a team of destiny? No one will know until the first Saturday in June. But they were Tuesday afternoon in a season-opening, non-conference 3-0 win over Westlake. Third baseman Destiny Weber, a sophomore who has already committed to Penn State, launched a two-run home run in the third Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic keeps fighting back, finally downs Black River on big Brian Mihalo double

Elyria Catholic’s Omar Vazquez slides into second ahead of the tag by Black River second baseman Glen Crabtree. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Brian Mihalo took a deep breath and dug back in. After taking a two-strike fastball that missed the outside corner by centimeters, Mihalo lashed a two-run double down the left-field line to give Elyria Catholic a come-from-behind 11-10 win over Black River in its home opener. Mihalo jumped on a 2-2 curveball, lashing Read More…

High school tennis 2014: Lake Ridge seniors Caleb Mayer, Roger Peckham looking to take success to another level

Lake Ridge seniors Roger Peckham, left, and Caleb Mayer are used to making it to districts, but this year they have their sights set on making a bigger postseason splash.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Lake Ridge seniors Caleb Mayer and Roger Peckham have taken similar paths in their tennis careers. Both took up the sport at age 10, taking lessons and playing competitively shortly after. Both enrolled at Lake Ridge Academy four years ago and immediately became the cornerstones of coach Rich Robbins’ program. Together they’ve qualified to the Read More…

H.S. Lacrosse: Westlake seniors excited, expect big things under new coach

Westlake seniors Jake Bechtel, left, Clay Wichman, middle, and Paul Columbro expect a breakthrough season for the Demons under new coach Brian Stepanek. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Westlake seniors Jake Bechtel, Paul Columbro and Clay Wichman have experienced a lot in their high school lacrosse careers. They’ve had a front-row seat for the growth of the sport, been through coaching changes and seen the Demons move to Division II. Now the four-year varsity players are hoping their perseverance and hard work will Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Avon plays clean game, takes advantage of sloppy inning by Elyria

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AVON — It wasn’t anything spectacular, but the Eagles will take it. Avon took advantage of four Elyria miscues in the fourth inning to open the season with a 3-0 non-conference win over the Pioneers at All Pro Freight Stadium on Monday afternoon. Elyria’s Jaeger Shaffstall, who was making his debut at third base, made Read More…

Boys basketball all-star game: Former middle school teammates lead way as Red rolls

Elyria’s Isaiah Walton throws down a dunk during the Red Team’s 124-113 win. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Elyria’s Isaiah Walton and Clearview’s Gerrell Williams showed what could’ve been Sunday night. The pair combined to score 48 points and gave the crowd plenty to cheer about in the Red Team’s 124-113 win over the Blue Team in the annual Gene Legeza Cage Classic at Oberlin College. Walton and Williams, along with Read More…

Boys basketball all-star game: Clearview’s Gerrell Williams, EC’s Jacob Kuchta win skills contests

Clearview’s Gerrell Williams shows off one of his moves on the way to the dunk title Sunday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — After making jaw-dropping and crowd-pleasing slams a major part of his game at Clearview High School, it was only fitting that Gerrell Williams won the dunk contest Sunday at the annual Gene Legeza Cage Classic at Oberlin College. Williams, Rashod Berry of Lorain and Vermilion’s Kyle Nader advanced to the finals from a Read More…