March 28, 2015

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Girls regional soccer: Elyria Catholic advances to title game

EC Girls To Final

MACEDONIA — Danielle Dziak had a sheepish grin on her face Tuesday night, pointing to her right hip. “It hit right here,” she said, “and it still hurts.” After a physical, hard-fought Division III regional semifinal win over Youngstown Cardinal Mooney at Nordonia High School, many Elyria Catholic players are probably hurting this morning. And Read More…

Boys regional soccer: Top-shelf defense helps Panthers return to regionals again

EC Boys

ELYRIA — If the Elyria Catholic Panthers played their games on Sesame Street, they would all be brought to you by the letter ‘D,’ as in defense. The Panthers have allowed only 27 goals all season and just three in their last six matches. That is one of the big reasons why Elyria Catholic was the Read More…

Girls regional soccer: Elyria Catholic aiming for state tournament

EC Girls

ELYRIA — In recent years, late October in Elyria usually brings three things — falling leaves, a gaggle of children at doorsteps yelling, “Trick or Treat” and Elyria Catholic winning the girls soccer district championship. The Panthers won their third consecutive Division III district title last week, earning the right to face Youngstown Cardinal Mooney Read More…

Elyria Catholic seniors perform service projects for seniors in community


LORAIN — It was a day to put down the books and pick up brooms, rakes and buckets. It’s not often when a group of high school students are allowed to ditch school, but in this case Elyria Catholic High School was more than willing to not just look the other way, but to chaperone Read More…

Rankin with Elyria Catholic’s best: Panthers junior running back Justin Rankin living up to honor of wearing No. 44


In 1987, Elyria Catholic coach Fred Schmitz assigned the number 44 to junior running back Corey Hodge. It is a hallowed number in the Panthers’ program, worn by the likes of Al McKinney and Bryan Thomas … both among the top names in Elyria Catholic football history. Heading into this season, Hodge was the last Read More…

High school football: Elyria Catholic, Justin Rankin pour it on after lengthy weather delay, blow away Beachwood


ELYRIA — If that’s what it took, Mike Polevacik and his Elyria Catholic Panthers were willing to wait all night to win a football game. A two-hour lightning delay at halftime of Thursday’s EC-Beachwood non-conference game only seemed to rev up the Panthers in general and Justin Rankin in particular as EC beat the Bison 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…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic looks powerful as it beats Midview, advances to 3-0

EC Midview Soccer

EATON TWP. – People are starting to wonder just how good Elyria Catholic is. The undefeated, Division III Panthers routed Division I Midview, 8-1, Wednesday night in a West Shore Conference opener for both. EC (3-0-0, 1-0-0) has defeated its opponents by a combined 21-3. When the Panthers also defeated Wellington, 8-1, last week, eight Read More…

H.S. Football: EC uses balanced attack to get off to fast start

EC's Joe Dempsey goes 52 yards for a touchdown.

ELYRIA – Reloading is always better than rebuilding. Elyria Catholic started the 2011 season Friday night looking like its highly successful 2010 version in a 45-6 rout of Clearview. It was a beautiful night for football at brighter Knights of Columbus Field in front of a near-capacity crowd of 3,000-plus. Last year the Panthers were Read More…

Regina disqualified; EC girls back in

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic girls basketball team is back in the game after the Ohio High School Athletic Association disqualified Regina, the team that defeated Elyria Catholic on Wednesday night. Elyria Catholic now will face Smithsville at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Cuyahoga Falls High School,  which is a suburb of Akron. Eric Rothgery, EC’s coach, Read More…