February 13, 2016


Double feature: Pair of Avon freshmen gymnasts look to do big things for Magnificat

Avon residents and Magnificat freshmen Emily Connor, left, and Julia Pompeani are great friends on and off the gymnastic mats.

The bond of friendship has carried gymnasts Emily Connor and Julia Pompeani a long way the past nine years as teammates for Great Lakes Gymnastics and classmates at Holy Trinity in Avon. The strong relationship bodes well for the Magnificat High gymnastics program. The Level 9 freshmen bring a wealth of talent to the high Read More…

Referees struggle for respect amid growing hostility

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Jimmy Woods has been a youth official for nearly 30 years, and he’s lost count of how many football games he has refereed and how many times he’s been yelled at, threatened or insulted. Oh, he remembers the details. He has been surrounded by angry parents following games, told he “has no Read More…

LIVE CHAT: Chronicle High School Football Playoffs, Week 2


Live Blog Lorain County High School Football Playoffs, Week 2  

Boys soccer: Westlake beats Berea-Midpark to clinch SWC title

WESTLAKE — With the Southwestern Conference championship on the line on a soggy Thursday night, Westlake didn’t play great. But the Demons played well enough, especially at a pivotal moment late, to eke out a victory and win the league crown, ending Berea-Midpark’s two-year reign atop the SWC. Sophomore Donovan DuBois fired home a left-footed, Read More…

High school roundup: Avon beats Avon Lake in volleyball

AVON LAKE — Erin Gardner’s 27 digs led Avon to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 win over rival Avon Lake in Southwestern Conference volleyball action Tuesday. Domenica Marino added 21 assists for the Eagles (9-3, 7-3). Tate Rybarczyk had 24 digs for the Shoregals (5-6, 4-6). AVON LAKE: Emily Schillinger: nine kills, three kill blocks; Tate Read More…

Volleyball: Olmsted Falls beats Avon in battle of state-ranked teams

Avon's Becca Olach (9) goes for a spike with Olmsted Falls' Katie Edgington (14) ready at the net for the block. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED FALLS — Senior leadership was the difference for Olmsted Falls on Monday night. The Bulldogs took the first two sets against Avon in a Southwestern Conference showdown between state-ranked teams, but dropped their first set of the year in the third and trailed 23-19 in the fourth. That’s when seniors Katie Edgington and Lexi Read More…

High school volleyball: Elyria can’t stop unbeaten Solon

Elyria senior Abigail Elek hits the ball past the block attempts of Solon’s Naeemah Story, center, and Julianna Kruse during the Pioneers’ four-set loss to the unbeaten Comets on Tuesday night in Elyria.

ELYRIA — The Elyria Pioneers knew they had a tough test coming to town for a Greater Cleveland Conference volleyball showdown Tuesday night. The unbeaten Solon Comets didn’t disappoint, and the Pioneers never backed down. Despite surrendering just its second game loss of the season, Solon still managed to turn away the feisty Pioneers for Read More…

Girls soccer: Avon Lake defense stops Elyria Catholic cold

AVON LAKE — It was all about the defense again Monday night for Avon Lake. The Shoregals recorded their fourth shutout of the season with a 2-0 win over Elyria Catholic. Avon Lake (5-1) took the lead in the third minute on a goal from Stephanie Carr, who received the ball off a Lauren Anthony Read More…

High school volleyball: Hearts for Jesus sweeps Open Door


ELYRIA — Hearts for Jesus and Open Door met for the second time in three days and the Guardians took care of business for the second straight match, but Monday night’s meeting had a little more drama than the first. Open Door lost in two at the Western Reserve Tournament and were swept again Monday, Read More…

V is for Vermilion, volleyball, Virgin and victory: Sailors win Rocky River Invitational as Reese Virgin earns MVP honors

ROCKY RIVER — Vermilion was on the ropes in its second match of the day at the Rocky River Volleyball Invitational before pulling out a 25-21, 23-25, 26-24 win over North Olmsted to get to the championship game against the host Pirates. Then the Sailors flipped the switch to attack mode, swamping Rocky River 25-14, Read More…