December 22, 2014

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Browns defense dominates only to stumble late

Browns linebacker Paul Kruger forces Colts QB Andrew Luck to fumble as he and Desmond Bryant combine on a sack in the first quarter. The Browns recovered for a TD. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Browns defense kept the team afloat for 59-plus minutes, forcing Indianapolis’ top-ranked offense into four turnovers and scoring two touchdowns. But it couldn’t stop Andrew Luck when it mattered most. The quarterback led the Colts 90 yards for the winning touchdown, a 1-yard pass to T.Y. Hilton with 32 seconds left Sunday Read More…

Boys basketball: K.J. Williams leads Keystone past Midview to DiFranco tournament title

EATON TWP. — K.J. Williams wreaked havoc on Midview’s defense Saturday, scoring a game-high 26 points to help Keystone to a 67-57 win and its first title in the annual Bob DiFranco Tip-Off Tournament at Midview. Williams scored 18 in the second half and seemed to have an answer every time Keystone needed it. “Our Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview lines up overtime win against Columbia

Columbia's 6' 7" Brandon Heidecker goes up strong for two against Midview's Login Bolin and Dimitri Redwood at Midview. Photo by Ray Riedel

GRAFTON — Midview tightened up the ship after Columbia forced overtime. The Middies did not allow the Raiders to score, forcing them to go 0-for-4 from the field without a trip to the free throw line in a 66-59 season-opening win in the semifinals of the Bob DiFranco 2014 Tipoff Basketball Tournament. Midview, however, didn’t Read More…

High school football: Columbia’s Brandon Heidecker makes first team in Division V

Brandon Heidecker

In the case of Columbia offensive lineman Brandon Heidecker, success breeds success. The senior picked up Division V first-team All-Ohio honors from the Associated Press on Wednesday. It is the second time Heidecker was named to the All-Ohio team, earning second-team honors his junior year. Most athletes would revel in being named All-Ohio, but Heidecker Read More…

Westlake’s Jake Ryan, one of the country’s top linebackers, wants to help Michigan finish strong

Westlake’s Jake Ryan, a St. Ignatius graduate, is tied for second in the Big Ten with 104 tackles this season. PHOTO COURTESY THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Jake Ryan grew up in Westlake and played for St. Ignatius, but left Ohio to go play for that team up north. Turns out the Wolverines didn’t have to work very hard to turn him. “I always rooted for Michigan because of their helmets,” Ryan said. The redshirt senior has been a consistent fixture in Read More…

Amherst’s Cassie Vince shining as cross country star at Calvin College

Amherst grad Cassie Vince, center, had a big sophomore season at Calvin College, winning conference and regional titles while earning All-American status. PHOTO PROVIDED

Cassie Vince has accomplished a lot in two seasons with Calvin’s cross country team. The scary part for Division III is her career is only halfway done. The Amherst graduate is already a two-time All-American, two-time Great Lakes Regional champion and two-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion — most recently finishing third at the Division Read More…

College notes: Amherst’s DeFilippo helps Notre Dame College to first soccer postseason

Alex DeFilippo

Junior Alex DeFilippo punched Notre Dame College’s first ticket to the NCAA Division II women’s soccer tournament Nov. 9. The Amherst graduate scored the only goal of the Mountain East Conference championship game — a 1-0 win over the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. The victory helped avenge a 1-0 loss to the Bobcats in the Read More…

Four-touchdown day helps Ohio State freshman Jalin Marshall leave last week’s problems in the past

Ohio State running back Jalin Marshall, left, celebrates his touchdown against Indiana with teammate Armani Reeves Saturday in Columbus. Ohio State won 42-27. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — Jalin Marshall saw a perfect chance for redemption Saturday. The freshman H-back made the most of it. Marshall scored Ohio State’s final four touchdowns in a 42-27 win over Indiana at Ohio Stadium. First he ignited the Buckeyes with a 54-yard punt return and then caught a 6-yard shuffle pass off of a Read More…

Middies won’t be down long: Returning talent should keep Midview rolling

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE After a loss to Nordonia High School, the Middies walked off the field sadly as their perfect season just came to an end on Friday night, Nov. 21. Senior free safety Cole Franks (17) comforts senior linebacker Brett Zupancic (42) after the loss.

BRUNSWICK — Midview’s trip to the Division II, Region 4, championship game didn’t go as planned Friday night. Nordonia saw to that with a thorough 52-14 defeat. But with a number of sophomores and juniors playing integral roles for the Middies, they look to be in position for sustained success over the next couple of Read More…

Nordonia, Midview offer each other similar challenges

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If Nordonia wore blue and silver uniforms, it would be easy to confuse the Knights with the Midview Middies. Both teams are 12-0, both teams rely on strong quarterback play, both teams run a spread offense employing three to four wide receivers and both teams have speed all over the field. So when the Knights Read More…