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Sectional volleyball: Pioneers win title over Avon Lake

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EATON TWP. — Two teams very familiar with one another advanced to the Division I volleyball district semifinal Wednesday night at Midview. Third-seed Elyria (13-10) got past Avon Lake (9-13) in three very close, competitive games in the first match of the night — 27-25, 25-23, 25-21 — while Brunswick (8-16) upset second-seeded Olmsted Falls Read More…

State golf tournament: Columbia Station’s Krecics helping St. Ed’s

The Krecic brothers, junior Anton, front and senior Joey hail from Columbia Station and have helped St. Edward to its second-straight state tournament appearance in golf. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Watching Joey and Anton Krecic golf, you would never know the Columbia Station residents were brothers. Anton studiously analyzes his next shot, studying the possibilities before addressing the ball while Joey prefers to just step up and let it fly. The results, however, have been equally impressive as the brothers have helped lead the St. Read More…

Sectional volleyball: Elyria Catholic advances after win over Richmond Heights

Elyria Catholic High School senior Brooke Nedrich kills the ball over the fingertips over Richmond Heights High School senior Liarra Camp on Wednesday evening. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — In honor of the ongoing Major League Baseball playoffs, Elyria Catholic broke out its best curveball against Richmond Heights in the Division III sectional finals at Elyria High on Wednesday night. The hard-hitting Panthers used a pre-planned tip game that baffled the Spartans all night, resulting in a 25-8, 25-12, 25-10 win to advance Read More…

Girls state tennis: Westlake doubles duo shining

Paired late in the season, Westlake's doubles team of Lyndsey Golick, left, and Julia Dunbar have flourished all the way to the state tournament. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Prior to the 2013 girls tennis season, and even as the season progressed, longtime Westlake coach Ralph Dunbar didn’t consider pairing two of his best players — his daughter and senior Julia Dunbar and sophomore Lindsey Golick — together as a doubles team for the postseason. “It didn’t even cross our minds until about two Read More…

High school: Ridgeville set to join SWC in 2015

North Ridgeville is reportedly set to join the Southwestern Conference. The Rangers will replace Brecksville-Broadview Heights, which will join the Suburban League. Ridgeville has been a member of the West Shore Conference since the league’s inception in 2005. “It’s exciting for us and a relief at the same time,” North Ridgeville athletic director Matt Yunker Read More…

Browns: Weeden not listening to critics

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden passes Wednesday during practice. Browns fans have been particularly tough on Weeden, who said the criticism is just part of being an NFL quarterback. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — The continual calls for him to lose the starting job. The impractical idea that he should be released. The cutting criticism of every missed receiver and questionable decision. Quarterback Brandon Weeden has been the most popular target of angry Browns fans in the days following the loss to the Detroit Lions. He insists Read More…

Girls soccer sectional: Elyria Catholic routs Columbia, 8-0

ELYRIA — So you’re a high school soccer coach. Your team is on the verge of a Guinness Book record blowout, but you don’t want to run up the score. Kind of awkward, actually. You can’t really tell your players not to score if they get the chance. But you can tell them to work Read More…

Ohio State: Meyer has never had 1,000-yard RB

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde scores over Northwestern safety Traveon Henry on Oct. 5.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has learned to accept the aggravation and quickly counter it. He encounters the question, he says, as much as 200 times a year from recruits, fans and reporters: Why haven’t you ever had a running back rush for 1,000 yards? “I’m tired of hearing that, man,” he said Read More…