February 12, 2016


Turning it around: LCCC volleyball team rides midseason surge to return to nationals

The Lorain County Community College volleyball team is headed to the Division III national championship tournament this week. The team includes (front row left to right) Lindsay Eisbrenner, Ali Stanziano, (back row left to right) Haley Looney, Emily Mandoke, Kady Whitsel, Sammie Anderson, Maryssa Kellick, Mikayla Walbom and Stacey Labis.

ELYRIA — Lorain County Community College’s volleyball team had one goal this year — return to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III national championship tournament in Rochester, Minn. It seemed like a tall task for the Commodores with just two members of last year’s national runner-up returning to the team and the squad Read More…

Despite new faces, LCCC volleyball team has sights set on topping last year’s national runner-up performance

ELYRIA — There are a bunch of new faces on the Lorain County Community College women’s volleyball team, but the goal remains the same — national championship or bust. This year’s team has a tough act to follow, however, after the Commodores went 28-10 and finished second in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division Read More…

Volleyball: Amherst’s Deme Morales to play professionally in Denmark

After a standout volleyball career at the University of Wisconsin, Deme Morales has turned pro. The Amherst graduate has agreed to play in Denmark for the Brondby women’s club. The team competes in VolleyLigaen, the most competitive women’s volleyball league in the country. Her contract is for one season and she said she will make Read More…

College Signings: Elyria’s Tyra Darden, Mariah Johnson headed to Cleveland State to play volleyball

Elyria seniors Tyra Darden and Mariah Johnson took different routes, but they reached the same destination Wednesday when they signed letters of intent to continue their volleyball careers at Cleveland State University. Darden, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter, was a four-year starter for the Pioneers. Johnson spent her first two seasons languishing on the freshman and Read More…

Regional volleyball: Amherst coach has Comets back at regionals


AMHERST — Laurie Cogan can be relentless. She has high expectations for the Amherst program, and does not allow her players to settle for anything less. That’s a big reason why the Comets are playing in their seventh regional semifinal match in Cogan’s 23 years in charge. “On the court she can be your worst Read More…

H.S. volleyball: Clearview’s Heather Younkin a force for her team on the court, a rock for her family off it

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Clearview senior middle hitter Heather Younkin is one of those players that thrives in pressure situations. With the game on the line there’s pretty much no one else Clippers coach Dave Dorinski would want at the net, fighting for a critical point. It’s not surprising. With what Younkin has dealt with off the court the Read More…