August 28, 2015


High school softball: Elyria Catholic gets off to a fast start, finishes off Wellington in Division III sectional championship


WELLINGTON — You’re the home team, you’re on defense to start the game and you retire the opponent’s first two hitters routinely. Not a desired outcome, then, if you allow a rally that produces enough runs to win the game. But it happened to Wellington on a cold, gloomy Wednesday afternoon at Community Park. With Read More…

High school baseball: Passed balls lead to North Ridgeville win over Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic outfielder Sean Darmafall makes a running catch during a game at North Ridgeville on Wednesday, April 15. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Elyria Catholic sophomore Jeff Spencer took one for the team. After a long afternoon of baseball at Avon on Tuesday, the Panthers’ regular catcher, sophomore Jeremy Smith, had a tired arm and needed a day off. The problem coach Bruce Lisicky faced was that he has no backup catcher on the roster. Read More…

High school baseball: EC downs Vermilion in slugfest

Elyria Catholic's Andrew Abrahamowicz hits an RBI double in second inning of a home game against Vermilion on April 8. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It may have been cold, wet and foggy Wednesday, but Elyria Catholic and Vermilion managed to heat up the field with their bats. The teams took turns battering each other’s pitching staffs and trading the lead four times. Vermilion loaded the bases in the seventh but Elyria Catholic reliever Sean Darmafall (1-0) coaxed Read More…

H.S. Baseball Preview: Following famous relative has its benefits and difficulties, as Amherst’s Rees Rua and EC’s Dominic Piazza can attest

Elyria Catholic's Dominic Piazza, left, and his father Dominic Sr. on April 6. The Piazzas have a long history of success in Lorain County high school baseball and softball. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It isn’t always easy to be a legacy. There are footsteps that must be followed. And a precedent has been set, leaving a standard by which one is measured. When that standard is excellence, the challenge is greater. Amherst center fielder Rees Rua and Elyria Catholic pitcher Dominic Piazza carry expectations that accompany their last Read More…

H.S. Boys Track: EC’s Teddy Achladis revved up and ready for big junior year

Teddy Achladis poses on the Elyria Catholic track. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Teddy Achladis can’t wait. He can’t wait to spin, let go of the discus and watch it fly. Far, far away. Achladis, an Elyria Catholic junior, is revved up for track season, and with good reason. He’s coming off a stellar year and feels even more prepared for this spring. “Everything is really starting to Read More…

H.S. Softball: Leigha Donaghue pitches well, but EC falls 2-1 to Beaumont

Elyria Catholic High School catcher Emily Hastings (22) tags out Beaumont School's Emily Brady (9) at home plate Wednesday, April 1. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — If pitching and defense are good early season indicators of how a team will play over the course of the year, Elyria Catholic and Beaumont had reason to walk away from Wednesday’s non-league game pleased. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Beaumont was also able to put together just enough timely hitting to walk away Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic gets early confidence boost with win over defending district champion St. Edward

Elyria Catholic's Noah Bland returns safe to first base on a scoring play for Elyria Catholic in the first inning Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic could not have asked for a better start to the season. Sophomore starting pitcher Andrew Abrahamowicz recorded seven strikeouts in five innings while allowing just two runs, junior reliever Sean Darmafall struck out the side in the seventh inning to notch the save and the Panthers offense got things started with Read More…

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…