July 24, 2014


Division II regional baseball preview: Keystone feeling confident thanks to dominant pitching, defense

Pitching has been a strength of the Keystone Wildcats all season thanks to the talents of Collin Fitzgerald, left, Kendle Stiner, middle, and Tyler Gullett. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Pitching and defense win games. Just ask Keystone, which used that formula to claim its fourth straight district title and earn a spot in today’s Division II regional semifinal against Perkins at Tiffin University at 5 p.m. Keystone (24-5) was able to accomplish that goal even with a move up to Division II thanks to Read More…

Division II regional softball: Keystone rained out, postponed until today

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Keystone’s Division II regional softball semifinal Wednesday against Maumee at Bucyrus High School was postponed due to rain. The game was not started. It will be played today at 3 p.m. at the same site. The second-ranked Wildcats bring a 27-3 record into the game against the 18-9 Panthers.  

Division I regional track and field: Amherst’s girls 3,200-meter relay, Avon Lake’s Max Seipel headed to state

Avon Lake’s Max Seipel gets ready to launch the discus during the first day 
of Division I regional track at Amherst. Seipel took second to qualify for state. AARON JOSEFCZYK / CHRONICLE

AMHERST — There will be some familiar faces at state next week after some outstanding performances on the first day of the Division I regional track meet Wednesday at Amherst Stadium. The Amherst 3,200 girls relay team of Alexis Szivan, Cara Giannuzzi, Megan Parker and Sher Champe qualified for state after taking third place with Read More…

Track and Field: Keystone’s Quillen, Peters have loads of wins, want one more trip to state

Seniors and good friends Emily Peters, left, and Jenna Quillen have been a huge part of Keystone’s success the last four years. Quillen has won 13 Patriot Athletic Conference track titles and Peters 12. They will compete in four events each at the Division II regional meet, which begins today in Lexington. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Keystone track coach Jeff Holzhauer saw plenty of potential in Emily Peters and Jenna Quillen when they were freshmen. He also knew that early success can sometimes be fleeting. “Many times for high school girls their careers peak as freshmen,” Holzhauer said. “I told both Emily and Jenna that they were going to have to Read More…

H.S. Softball Regional Preview: Keystone looks to make more history, another trip to state Final Four

Keystone seniors, from left, Morgan McNulty, Emily Cornish, Carleigh Herrington, Jenny Schaffer and Nicole Neri are looking for a state title to go with the one they won as sophomores. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It could have scarcely escaped one’s attention that the Keystone softball program makes history every so often. In 1999, it became Lorain County’s first to win a state championship. In 2006, it was the county’s first to win two state titles and the first — and still only in the history of the state tournament Read More…

Baseball: Lorain County All Stars split doubleheader

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VERMILION — All-star games are usually all about offense, as players concentrate on having fun —and that means scoring runs. But the annual Lorain County Baseball Senior All-Star doubleheader Saturday at Vermilion High School had the pitchers in the spotlight on a beautiful, sunny late-spring day. Consider Amherst’s Justin Mott—announced as Lorain County’s “Mr. Baseball” Read More…

Division I district tennis: Avon’s Nico Mostardi shakes off back spasms to earn state berth

Avon sophomore Nico Mostardi returns a shot Saturday. Mostardi overcame back spasms to get a three-set win 
and advance to next weekend’s Division I state tournament. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Nico Mostardi appeared to be in the driver’s seat Saturday morning in his do-or-die Division I district consolation semifinal match against Mayfield’s Shouta Fukamachi at Oberlin College. But after the Avon sophomore won his first set, the back spasms that plagued him during Thursday’s quarterfinal loss to Kenston’s Austin Barr flared up again. Read More…

Division II district track: Keystone’s Jenna Quillen, Emily Peters, Vermilion’s Hannah Bartlome qualify in 4 events each

Keystone’s Emily Peters wins the 100-meter dash Saturday as Brookside’s Tyller Holley, far right, takes second. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Three area seniors are making the most of their final high school track seasons. Keystone’s Emily Peters and Jenna Quillen and Vermilion’s Hannah Bartlome had monster days Saturday at the Division II district meet, each qualifying to the Lexington regional in four events. Peters led Lorain County girls with victories in the Read More…

Amherst’s Justin Mott named Lorain County Mr. Baseball

Justin Mott was named  Lorain County Mr. Baseball. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Amherst’s Justin Mott had no idea. Mott received one of the best surprises of his life Saturday when he was named Lorain County’s Mr. Baseball before the senior all-star games at Vermilion High School. “It’s a good feeling,” Mott said. “I didn’t even think I was in the running for it or wasn’t Read More…

High school softball: Power boost carries Keystone past Buckeye to 27th district championship

Keystone’s Carleigh Herrington, middle, gets a high five as teammates celebrate after her home run Friday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone defeated Buckeye for the third time this season Friday afternoon, but this time it was different. For one thing, it secured the second-ranked Wildcats’ 27th district championship — 13th in the last 14 seasons — and a spot in the Division II regional tournament in Bucyrus next week. And unlike the first Read More…