April 18, 2015

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H.S. Football: Big plays rule the day as Elyria beats Elyria Catholic in fun finish to city series

Elyria's Javon Kurtz stretches out to gain an extra yard as he is stopped by Elyria Catholic defenders in the second quarter in the Battle of Elyria game. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — If the fourth chapter of the Elyria-Elyria Catholic football series Friday was indeed the final time the city schools hook up for a game, it certainly left fans, players, coaches and observers exhausted, but wanting more. It was an epic battle won by the Pioneers 48-33, their third in a row after EC Read More…

H.S. Football Commentary: Elyria city rivalry ends with Pioneers win, tons of great memories

Two communities sharing one city’s borders came together for the final time Friday night to see Elyria vs. Elyria Catholic football. While the product on the field had its ups and downs during the “Battle of Elyria,” the excitement surrounding the game maintained its fever pitch since the inaugural game in 2010 was announced. “I’ve Read More…

H.S. Football: Brookside shows poise late, beats Oberlin to snap 15-game skid

Brookside High School senior defense backs Brandon Bellman, left, and Aidan Wonder tackle Oberlin junior tight end DeVonte Hougland.

SHEFFIELD — The losing streak is over. Brookside played with poise after falling behind in the fourth quarter, getting a pair of touchdown passes by Tyler O’Malley to beat Oberlin 31-21 and end a 15-game losing streak in a non-conference game. “It feels amazing and it’s a huge weight lifted off our shoulders,” Cardinals senior Read More…

H.S. Football: Midview beats Amherst, improves to 2-0

Amherst's Joe D'Andera's goes for the ball as Midview's Dante Redwood defends.

EATON TWP. — It took a couple of years, but Midview receiver Dante Redwood was finally able to pay tribute to a friend he lost two years ago. Redwood dedicated his first career varsity touchdown, a 55-yard punt return, to North Ridgeville resident and player Alex Sismour, who passed away in 2011. It was one Read More…

Lorain County politicians undecided on Syria action

Lorain County’s congressional delegation is undecided on supporting President Barack Obama’s call to bomb Syria, with some leaning against it. “The president’s current plan does not meet the threshold for an authorization of military force resolution against Syria,” said U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, in a written statement Wednesday. “Any type of military action must Read More…

Elyria vs. Elyria Catholic 2013: Don’t pass judgment, running game could be difference in series finale

EC Elyria Running

Throw the football. That’s probably on the minds of fans attending tonight’s fourth and final edition of the “Battle of Elyria.” After all, both quarterbacks — Elyria Catholic senior Jeremy Holley and Elyria junior Hunter Parsh — are seasoned passers capable of putting up gaudy numbers. Just don’t forget about either team’s running games. “I Read More…

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…