May 3, 2015

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High school softball: Katie Lew lifts Westlake past Amherst

Westlake High School pitcher Katie Lew (2) pitches against Amherst on Thursday night, April 30. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — On a chilly and windy Thursday night, junior pitcher Katie Lew and seniors Lainey McCue and Rachel May turned in a baking soda performance for Westlake in a 2-0 win over Amherst. That’s right, they were the arm and hammer for the Demons, who improved to 16-4, 7-2 in the Southwestern Conference. Amherst Read More…

H.S. Track: Avon girls and boys post solid showings at Comet Relays

Medina's Alyssa Acevedo has the longest jump at the Comet Relays in Amherst and her jump relay team won first place. Photo by Ray Riedel

AMHERST — It might have been overlooked in the aftermath, but Avon made some noise at Saturday’s 60th annual Comet Relays. Though no local Division I team finished better than fourth, the Eagles tremendously improved on last year’s 13th-place finishes, with the girls getting fifth with 45.5 points and the boys seventh with 44. A Read More…

High school baseball: Senior Jack Bondy gets chance to start and sparks Avon past Amherst with three runs batted in

Amherst High School pitcher Evan Shawver (6) pitches against Avon High School on Tuesday evening, April 21. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — In a game that was moved from All Pro Freight Stadium to Oberlin College to Avon Middle School, it was no surprise a player not in the original starting lineup was the hero. Jack Bondy drove in three runs, including a pair that tied the game in the fourth inning, as Avon rallied Read More…

H.S. Tennis: Avon Lake cruises to 2nd straight LCAAA title

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AVON LAKE — If it weren’t for the dominance of Avon junior Nico Mostardi, Avon Lake’s road to a second straight Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association boys tennis tournament championship would have been clear sailing. As it was, the Shoremen won four of the five championships en route to a 39-point performance and the team Read More…

Boys tennis: Avon Lake set to defend LCAAA tourney title

Avon Lake surprised itself last year. With the ACT on the same day as the annual Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Tournament, Avon Lake’s lineup took a big hit. Relying on a few call-ups from the junior varsity, the Shoremen stunned the field, sweeping the doubles championships and snagging two other runner-up trophies at second Read More…

H.S. Softball: Westlake’s Katie Lew strikes out 11 in 11-0 win over Olmsted Falls

Westlake's Katie Lew pitches at home against Olmsted Falls on Monday, April 13. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Coach Tom Shiban has made his share of good decisions in 14 years leading the Westlake Demons. On Monday, two of those decisions paid major dividends in an 11-0, five-inning Southwestern Conference win over Olmsted Falls. The first decision was easy. Westlake made the call to move the first pitch from 7 p.m. Read More…

H.S. Track: Six to be inducted Friday into Lorain County Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame

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The Lorain County Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame is about to get larger and faster. The hall will induct its next class of six Friday at its seventh enshrinement. The class will be recognized in a 30-minute ceremony at 4:45 p.m. at Midview High School’s Ed Adelsberg Stadium. The ceremony will be held Read More…

College signing: Amherst’s Ashley Makruski to play volleyball at Kent State

Kent State volleyball coach Don Gromala must like Lorain County. For the second consecutive year, Gromala snapped up one of the top high school players in the county, getting an oral commitment from Amherst junior Ashley Makruski. Makruski, a middle and outside hitter, can sign her letter of intent in the fall. Last year, Gromala Read More…

Boys tennis 2015: Avon’s Nico Mostardi wants to make it back to state … and enjoy it a little more this time

Avon junior Nico Mostardi made it to state last year only to have to retire during his first match due to a back injury. He’s healthy again and ready to try to make it even further this season. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

It should have been a time of pure joy for Nico Mostardi. After all, the Avon tennis player had finally achieved his dream of qualifying for the Division I state tournament last spring. Not only that, he was the first in school history to do so and the first from a Lorain County school to Read More…

High school track: Firelands boys end North Ridgeville’s reign at Howe Invitational; Olmsted Falls wins girls title

HENRIETTA TWP. — Greg Northeim received a nice parting gift Thursday as he enters his final season as Firelands track coach. The Firelands boys team used a balanced attack to snap North Ridgeville’s three-year winning streak at the 30th Nelson Howe Track and Field Invitational at Firelands High School. Firelands clinched the title when sophomore Read More…