August 31, 2015

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VIDEO: Alcorn, Bennett, Bishop talk high school football

Tim Alcorn of WEOL 930 AM talks with the Chronicle’s Shaun Bennett and Bruce Bishop at Cork’s and Stubby’s in Amherst about the upcoming high school football season.

High school volleyball: Freshman setter Megan Spencer gets call, leads Elyria Catholic past Brookside in season opener

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SHEFFIELD — Welcome to the big time, kid. Elyria Catholic freshman setter Megan Spencer, forced into action when junior starter Lauren Evans was injured last week, ran the show like a pro Wednesday night as the Panthers downed Brookside 26-24, 25-17, 25-20 in their season opener. Spencer had 31 assists in helping first-year coach Mary Read More…

High school football 2015: Vermilion wants to win …. now

Vermilion Sailors

VERMILION — The Vermilion Sailors are in the final season of independent purgatory. After the 2012 season, the Sailors left the West Shore Conference and began a two-year period of long trips, unfamiliar opponents and desperate scheduling. With no conference schedule to play, Vermilion had to scramble to fill its 10-game slate the last two Read More…

Girls soccer: Elyria Catholic drops tough opener to Fairview

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ELYRIA — A Final Four finish is good for any Lorain County soccer team. In fact, until Elyria Catholic made it to the state semifinals last fall, it was unprecedented. The 2014 Panthers became the first high school team in the county — boys or girls — to advance so far in the postseason. On Read More…

High school volleyball: Shoregals outlast Eagles in SWC match

AVON — Two young, talented Southwestern Conference volleyball teams stood toe to toe Tuesday night before the Avon Lake Shoregals closed out the Avon Eagles in a five-game match. Avon won the first and third games by identical 25-18 scores but Avon Lake took Game 2 25-20 Game 4 25-16 and clinched it with a Read More…

High school football: North Olmsted looking to take next step

North Olmsted Eagles

NORTH OLMSTED — “The inches we need are everywhere around us.” North Olmsted coach Tim Brediger might use that famous line from the movie “Any Given Sunday” on his team after it finished 7-3 three straight years and missed the postseason by finishing ninth or 10th in its region. Like the two years before, the Read More…

High school volleyball: Elyria makes new coach Jennifer Shouse’s debut a success with sweep of North Ridgeville

ELYRIA — A new era in Elyria volleyball began Saturday night with a familiar result. A win. The Pioneers swept North Ridgeville 25-22, 25-12, 25-17 in non-conference action in coach Jennifer Shouse’s first match. “I felt we had some first-game jitters and our defense is still a work in progress,” said Shouse, clutching the volleyball Read More…

High school football 2015: Black River feeling healthy, confident it can get back to its usual winning ways

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Black River had a very un-Black River-like season in 2014. The Pirates went 4-6, failing to reach .500 for the first time since 2007, while also snapping a five-year streak of winning at least six games. But that record can be deceiving. Black River started 3-2 and won its two cross-division Patriot Athletic Conference games. Read More…

High school football: Firelands looking for second playoff berth

Firelands Falcons

HENRIETTA TWP. — Last season, Firelands was eager to erase the memory of a winless 2013 and the Falcons proved it by winning six games. Now they are thinking back to 2011 when the team made its only playoff appearance with 18 returning starters that also returned from a breakout season, which ended a touchdown Read More…

High school football 2015: Oberlin coach thinks foundation set for future success

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OBERLIN — When coach Michael Law took over the Oberlin football program prior to last season, he knew it would be a long-term rebuilding project to get the Phoenix back to the top of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division. Although the team finished 2-8 in his debut year, it ended the season on a Read More…