August 4, 2015

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Boys basketball: Alan Januzzi leaving Lutheran West for Firelands

Alan Januzzi

Firelands new boys basketball coach won’t need much of an introduction in the community, in Lorain County or around the Patriot Athletic Conference. Alan Januzzi, former Lutheran West coach and one-time Firelands assistant, will take over the Falcons, pending final board of education approval Tuesday. Januzzi said the chance to coach in the school district where Read More…

Boys basketball: Brett Bartlett leaving Firelands to coach Big Walnut

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HENRIETTA TWP. — Brett Bartlett hit the ground running as a first-time head basketball coach at Firelands. The former Keystone basketball standout led Firelands to the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship in his first year and kept the Falcons competitive. But on Friday, Bartlett informed Firelands athletic director Kennie Searight and the board of Read More…

Sectional Baseball: Firelands brings bats, wins title, sends Keystone home

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HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands coach Dan Ransom wanted his team to do one thing against Keystone: Hit the ball hard. The Falcons did that and overcame a late-inning deficit to defeat the Wildcats 9-7 in a Division II sectional final Thursday. The win snapped a string of six consecutive sectional titles for the Wildcats (18-8) Read More…

H.S. Track: Firelands coach Greg Northeim gets PAC title as retirement gift

OBERLIN — Greg Northeim’s final regular-season meet after 25 years as Firelands coach had a little bit of everything — intrigue, controversy and,  most importantly, a Patriot Athletic Conference title. With a win in the final event — the 1,600-meter relay — the Falcons clinched their third consecutive boys PAC championship Thursday, finishing with 131.5 Read More…

High school softball: Third-ranked Keystone finds way to win, slips past Vermilion with unearned run, just two hits

LAGRANGE — Keystone has aspirations of playing softball into the month of June, but Wednesday the Wildcats’ dreams nearly ended in the middle of May. Though the Wildcats (22-5) were able to get just two hits off Vermilion sophomore Becca Oates, they still scratched out a 1-0 win thanks to an unearned run in the Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Firelands earns share of elusive PAC Stars crown with win over Clearview

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HENRIETTA TWP. — The championship drought is over for Firelands. It took the Falcons four innings to get rolling on offense Thursday, but they put up seven runs over the final three innings to post a 7-0 Patriot Athletic Conference crossover win against Clearview to clinch a Stars Division co-championship with Keystone. Both went 13-3 Read More…

High school baseball notes: Firelands getting boost from young pitchers

The Firelands Falcons are in position to win their first conference title in baseball in a decade. Their young arms have played a key role. Freshman right-hander Evan Lacey and sophomores Trevor Damron (left-hander), Dan Hribal (right-hander) and Kyle Wilson (right-hander) have grown up in a hurry, putting up the kind of numbers Falcons coach Read More…

High school softball: Firelands edges Wellington in 9 innings … again

Firelands's Alexis Shick tags out Wellington Hailey Brasee at third base in the second inning of a game April 28. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — Extra-inning softball thrillers may be repetitive for Firelands and Wellington lately. But there’s nothing monotonous about them. On Tuesday, for the second straight day, the Falcons defeated the Dukes in a nine-inning Patriot Athletic Conference game. The score was 7-6, thanks to Hailey Blankenship’s ninth-inning single to the gap in left-center that Read More…

High School Softball: Keystone sweeps Firelands in twin bill

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LAGRANGE — Keystone posted two Patriot Athletic Conference wins over Firelands on Tuesday afternoon at Community Park. The first, which ended after five innings with the Wildcats rolling 15-1, completed a game begun Monday in South Amherst. It was suspended by rain with Keystone batting in the top of the fourth inning. Keystone turned in Read More…

Firelands eyes new middle, high school

Firelands High School. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — A new middle and high school building may be in the works for Firelands Schools. It’s still in its early stages but the basic plan — to construct a new sixth- through 12th-grade building north of the existing high school — was presented at a Board of Education meeting Monday by representatives Read More…