May 27, 2015

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Elyria’s Marques Inman named Lorain County Mr. Baseball

VERMILION — All season long, Elyria’s Marques Inman was treated like the best baseball player in Lorain County by opponents who chose to pitch around the power-hitting first baseman-pitcher. On Saturday, Inman got the hardware to match that respect when he was presented with the 2015 Mr. Baseball award in between games of the annual Read More…

Division I district track: Lorain freshman sprinter Zion Cross, Amherst senior distance runner Alexis Szivan have big days

AMHERST — Lorain freshman Zion Cross served notice to not only the area, but to the rest of the state Friday with wins in the100- and 200-meter dashes at the Division I district track meet at Amherst. Meanwhile, Amherst senior Alexis Szivan continued to shine on her home track, winning the 800 and picking up Read More…

‘Determined’ Hardenburg gets scholarship to LCCC

Harrison Hardenburg receives a scholarship from the Elyria Schools and Friends Alumni Association to attend Lorain County Community College during a ceremony Thursday at Elyria High School. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — An Elyria High School student was honored Thursday as the first student with a learning disability to receive a scholarship from the Elyria Schools and Friends Alumni Association. Harrison Hardenburg received a college scholarship for $1,000 to attend Lorain County Community College. He was one of more than 60 students honored during the Read More…

District Softball: Westlake beats Elyria 8-3, snaps Pioneers’ streak of 11 straight district titles

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AVON LAKE — There was a long list of things that might help Westlake end Elyria’s dominance in the Division I district tournament. A quick start could provide a boost. A dominant performance in the pitcher’s circle from Katie Lew wouldn’t hurt. An off day by the Pioneers defense would certainly be welcomed. The Demons Read More…

High school baseball: Midview squeezes past Elyria

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EATON TWP. — Elyria coach Ed Piazza stared out over the field for a couple of seconds, sighed deeply, shook his head and walked out to meet his team. The nonsensical had just ended his team’s season. Midview pulled off the first successful two-out suicide squeeze since “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” when Pioneers first Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria coach Ken Fenik collects 500th win as Pioneers secure at least a share of league title

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NORTH ROYALTON — Elyria shortstop Carly Bachna, facing a 2-and-1 count in the first inning, couldn’t resist the next pitch Wednesday afternoon and crushed it for a grand slam. Bachna’s blast, her second homer of the season, laid the groundwork for a 9-5 Elyria victory over North Royalton and a milestone moment in Elyria sports Read More…

College softball: Cleveland State’s Cynthia Woodard, an Elyria High grad, named Horizon League Player of the Year

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For the second time in four years, a former Elyria High softball star has been named the Division I Horizon League’s Player of the Year. Cleveland State shortstop Cynthia Woodard received the honor Tuesday. Woodard, a former starting outfielder and shortstop at Elyria, was also a first-team All-Horizon League selection for the second straight year. Read More…

High school softball: Elyria downs Medina with 15-run fourth

MEDINA — Elyria softball coach Ken Fenik has been coaching the Pioneers for a long time and can’t remember a half-inning like it. Medina coach Jessica Toocheck has played the game at every level possible and can’t fathom it either. What happened in the fourth inning of a 19-5 win by Elyria on Monday was Read More…

Softball: Elyria sweeps three games at own tournament

ELYRIA — One run, they say, is as good as 100, and it doesn’t matter if you’re the winner or loser. Elyria’s seventh-ranked softball team swept three games in its weekend round-robin invitational, two by a single run. The margin of victory carries no weight when a game enters the win column. The Pioneers sandwiched Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria West football and track coach Billy Joe Hewitt always kept things fun

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Shortly after the announcement of this year’s Elyria Sports Hall of Fame class, Billy Joe Hewitt found himself thumbing through a recent copy of the banquet program. Hewitt, a longtime teacher and coach in the Elyria school system, marveled at the number of athletes he coached and taught along the way. “I think I counted Read More…