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Elyria vs. Elyria Catholic 2013: Disparity in number of students bringing city rivalry to a close

Elyria Catholic fans cheer after a first-half touchdown during the Panthers' win in the inaugural 2010 game.

ELYRIA — Tonight’s fourth edition of the “Battle of Elyria” at Elyria Catholic will be the last one. “It’s run its course,” Elyria athletic director Heather Beck said. “It was nice to have a game so close and it was a good four-year run.” This is the fourth year the schools have played. Elyria Catholic Read More…

College signing: Elyria Catholic’s Dakota Tallman to play football at Eastern Michigan

Dakota Tallman

ELYRIA — Dakota Tallman’s family and friends won’t have to buy a new wardrobe to watch him play football next season. The Elyria Catholic senior will still be wearing green and white next fall after orally committing to continue his football career at Eastern Michigan University. Tallman, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound left tackle-nose guard, was highly Read More…

High school volleyball: Amherst grabs momentum after Madison Cruzado’s great play in Game 1, sweeps Avon Lake

Amherst's Mallory Sliman hits over Avon Lake's Bella Kneidel, left, and Lauren Bakaitis. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — A turning point can come at any time. In Amherst’s three-game sweep of Avon Lake, freshman Madison Cruzado made an early play that seemed impossible at the time she made it, and turned a tight match into an easy 25-23, 25-13, 25-15 victory. Amherst had not defeated the Shoregals in more than two Read More…

$3.2 million spent demolishing ruined homes, Elyria seeking more grant money

A condemned building sots at 1015 Middle Ave.

ELYRIA — The rush to raze dilapidated properties in Lorain County has resulted in the Lorain County Land Bank demolishing 178 properties and exhausting nearly all of the $3.2 million obtained through a state settlement with banks over improper foreclosure lawsuits. Now, as the county agency gears up to fight for more money to fund Read More…

Vermilion graduate Adam Beach shakes off the rust, helps Crushers down Bums, clinch division title

Crushers Beach

AVON — Looking for a local-boy-makes-good story? Look to the Lake Erie Crushers. Needing just one win in their final two games to wrap up the first East Division championship in the five-year history of the franchise, the Crushers turned to Vermilion’s own Adam Beach. And he delivered. Coupled with some big offense in the Read More…

High school football: Elyria coach Kevin Fell won’t have to miss EC game; ejection from Amherst game ruled incorrect

Pioneers coach Kevin Fell.

ELYRIA — Kevin Fell will be on the sidelines Friday at Elyria Catholic after all. The Elyria High football coach, who was ejected from last Friday’s opener at Amherst, was informed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association that the officials at the game incorrectly applied the rule that led to his ouster. Elyria Athletic Read More…

High school girls soccer: Defenses rise to the occasion as Avon and Elyria Catholic battle to scoreless tie

AVON — Elyria Catholic and Avon, two undefeated contenders for the West Shore Conference girls championship, battled to a scoreless tie Wednesday night. As expected, it was a thriller that went down to the wire and had fans on both sides on their feet as time ran down. The goalkeepers, Panthers freshman Stevie Holbrook and Read More…

Boys cross country 2013: Avon’s Austin Fasciana has healthy outlook on senior season, chance to make state a fourth time

Avon's Austin Fasciana on his way to a 17th-place finish at last year's Division I state cross country meet. The senior's time of 15:46 was the fastest ever for a Lorain County athlete. He's looking to make it to a state for a fourth time. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Austin Fasciana understands the highs and lows that come with running. The Avon High senior has experienced the extremes. The highs? That’s an easy one. A three-time state qualifier in cross country, Fasciana took Division I All-Ohio honors last year by finishing in the top 25 at the state meet. His 17th-place finish in 15:46.12 Read More…

Girls cross country 2013: Proof’s in the improving for Amherst junior Alexis Szivan

High expectations can be a burden, but Amherst junior Alexis Szivan doesn’t see it that way. Getting better is her only concern. Szivan set a high standard for herself at last year’s state cross country meet, finishing 49th in the Division I race in 19:00.41. It was a personal best for her by nearly 18 Read More…

High school football: Oberlin bolts out to big lead, then has to hold on to hold off Lutheran East

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS — Oberlin coach Fred Howery had one of those valuable teaching moments Saturday at Lutheran East. Up 25-0 a minute into the fourth quarter, Oberlin suddenly found itself in a ballgame before hanging on for a 25-18 season-opening win. “Second half, it’s 25-0 and we thought we had everything under control,” Howery said. Read More…