May 3, 2015

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

Billy Joe Hewitt

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…

High school volleyball: Karlee Bruck leaves Brookside for Rocky River

Brookside is looking for a new volleyball coach. That is, if it’s playing volleyball in 2015. Brookside athletic director Dick Kerschbaum said Karlee Bruck has accepted a teaching position at Rocky River and will coach the Division I Pirates in the fall. Bruck compiled a 34-13 record in two seasons leading the Cardinals, going 25-7 Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria’s Jones twins excelled … together

Don Jones

Donald and Douglas Jones have been side by side their entire lives. The twin brothers starred together on the Elyria High football team, went to the same tiny college in Arkansas, joined the Air Force together and returned to Elyria to run a business for several decades. So it’s only fitting that the two are Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Rodney Moore overcame a lot to find success on track, happiness in life

Rodney Moore

Rodney Moore’s journey has been filled with difficult obstacles and a series of challenges personally and athletically. He persevered to become an All-Ohio and All-American track athlete and see his son, Chase Farris, become a national champion with the Ohio State football team. His athletic achievements will be commemorated Saturday when he’s inducted into the Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria’s 2002 softball team made memorable run to state championship

The 2002 Elyria High School softball team won a state championship.

Those who saw the winning run score aren’t likely to forget the moment. It was one of the most memorable in Elyria sports history. And for those who weren’t in Ashland’s Brookside Park on that hot June afternoon in 2002, there is The Picture. It appeared in The Chronicle-Telegram the next morning, on June 9, Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria’s Burger was up for big moments

Jon Burger

Jon Burger remembered the high-pressure moment like it was yesterday. Elyria High and Fremont Ross were tied at 21 and Pioneers coach Terry Doan called a timeout with seconds left in the game to allow the junior to attempt a 25-yard field goal. “I remember (Doan) having his arm around me going, ‘You got this, Read More…

H.S. Softball: Early homer by Alex Dick sets tone for Elyria in win over Brunswick

Elyria's Alex Dick hits a two-run home run against Brunswick in the second inning Wednesday.  AARON JOSEFCZYK/CHRONICLE

BRUNSWICK — With the temperature dipping near the freezing mark Wednesday, Elyria’s softball team was looking for one hot bat to get things going against Brunswick. That bat belonged to Alex Dick. The senior smacked a two-run home run over the left-field fence with one out in the second inning to lead the Pioneers to Read More…

Digging history: Students from Elyria, Lorain experience archaeological excavation

Students from the Early College program at Lorain County Community College dig out a section at the dig site on Johnson's Island the home of a former prison camp that held Confederate soldiers. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

MARBLEHEAD — Educators admit it’s tough to capture the attention of today’s technology-engaged youth, but the high school freshmen who spent the day Tuesday on Johnson’s Island really dug it. Ninth-graders from Elyria and Lorain enrolled in the Early College High School program at Lorain County Community College spent the day digging in the dirt Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria suffers 1st loss of year to Walsh Jesuit in Wendy’s bracket final

ASHLAND — The Pioneers are no longer perfect. Elyria lost its first game of the season Saturday afternoon, despite strong pitching by junior right-hander Elizabeth Ellis. The 3-0 defeat came at the hands of Walsh Jesuit in the Black pool bracket final of the 22nd annual Wendy’s Spring Classic at Brookside Park. Earlier in the Read More…

High school baseball: Late rally lifts Amherst over Elyria

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ELYRIA — Ed Piazza hopes his Elyria Pioneers learned something Friday in its 9-8 non-conference loss to Amherst. Despite leading hitter Marques Inman on the bench for violating team rules, the Pioneers raced out to an 8-2 lead after three innings. It wasn’t enough. Behind the strong relief pitching of junior Hunter Kuzak and the Read More…