May 22, 2015


High school softball: Columbia edges Black River, stays perfect in PAC

Tori Smart pitches for Columbia in a game at Black River on Thursday, April 23. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN TWP. — Despite wearing coats over their uniforms to ward off temperatures in the 30s, Columbia was hot at the right times Thursday in downing Black River 4-3 in a Patriot Athletic Conference game. Columbia, which improved to 10-2 overall and 8-0 in the Stripes Division, came up with the winning run without a Read More…

Elyria Catholic High School group to spend spring break in service

It’s a spring break tradition that started for Elyria Catholic High School students four years ago when a group of eager teenagers and teacher traveled to the small town of Pulaski, Va., after its 10,000 residents were traumatized by two tornadoes that touched down on the same day. Fueled by a desire to help, a Read More…

H.S. Football: Playoffs final scores

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Five local high school teams advanced to the football postseason. Friday’s games: Toledo St. Francis de Sales 14, Avon 38 Preview: Glenn following long line of solid Avon quarterbacks Recap: Avon overcomes early stumble, rolls over Toledo St. Francis de Sales Avon Lake 21, Highland 28 Preview: Opening lopsided loss motivated Avon Lake Recap: Avon Read More…

Columbia voters pass schools’ ‘do-or-die’ operating levy

Adrienne Heidecker, left, and Jennifer Davies, right, react after finding out voters passed the Columbia Schools levy with 51 percent of the vote Tuesday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA – Superintendent Graig Bansek had his cell phone in his hand nearly the entire night Tuesday. He used it to continuously update the Lorain County Board of Election’s website on the phone’s small screen, hoping that each time he hit refresh a new update would greet him. Then, it came – the numbers he Read More…

Columbia Schools outlines cuts if November levy fails

COLUMBIA — Community members with shell-shocked eyes and parents with weary faces listened with astonishment as Columbia Schools Superintendent Greg Bansek used blunt words to describe what would happen to the district if voters failed to pass the upcoming November levy. On the heels of a May failure and after four years of continuous cost Read More…

Lorain County’s star quarterbacks lead programs in air attack


ELYRIA — The rapid revolutions of a tight spiral are enough to make a physicist’s head spin with excitement. The arc created as the ball travels from the quarterback to his target can send a mathematician scrambling for a compass. Even the average sports fan has to leap from his seat as the ball drifts Read More…

District soccer: EC survives shootout against Columbia


ELYRIA — Ryan Medves did something no other player on the Knights of Columbus Stadium field proved capable of doing Tuesday night, breaking the tie between Columbia and Elyria Catholic. Medves’ successful boot in the fourth round of the penalty-kick shootout provided the final margin of victory as the Panthers escaped with a 2-1 win Read More…