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Boys soccer: Avon suffers first loss, 1-0, to top-ranked Copley in Division I regional semifinal

Avon’s Will Sharer (20) and Vithor Reis (2) go for the header Wednesday during a loss to Copley in the Division I regional semifinals. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

MACEDONIA — Copley kept knocking, and when Avon refused to open the door the Indians just broke it down. Avon’s defense played strong for 59 minutes Wednesday night, deflecting attack after attack, but in the 59th minute Copley scored on its fifth corner kick of the second half — seventh for the game — and Read More…

College Notes: Michael Mees sets standard for Heidelberg

Michael Mees

Heidelberg senior quarterback Michael Mees set a school record for touchdown passes when he surpassed Andrew Miller’s mark of 69 against Ohio Northern on Sept. 27. The North Ridgeville graduate entered the game needing one to break the record and ended up throwing five. He then threw a career-high six against Otterbein on Oct. 4 Read More…

Sectional volleyball: Brookside gets by Vermilion

Vermilion’s Rachel Van Curen tries to drop a shot over the net against the defense of Brookside’s Tyller Holley, left, and Emily Tilberg. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

PARMA — An out of rotation call gave Brookside the clinching point in its five-game victory over Vermilion on Thursday night, but the Cardinals had locked up the win long before. Tyller Holley came out in the deciding game on fire — scoring Brookside’s first five points on kills and keeping Vermilion at bay in Read More…

College soccer notes: Amherst’s Alex DeFilippo back to full strength for Notre Dame College

Amherst graduate Alex DeFilippo has succesfully returned to the field for Notre Dame College women’s soccer team after a hip injury. PHOTO PROVIDED

Alex DeFilippo, a junior on the Notre Dame College women’s soccer team, wanted to make a good impression coming off a hip injury. Winning Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Week in her first start back certainly qualifies. The Amherst graduate scored twice in the Falcons’ 3-1 victory over Sheppard University on Sept. 27. She Read More…

Banged-up Browns defense turns in bang-up performance in win over Steelers

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden breaks up a pass in the end zone against Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Browns defense faced an uphill battle Sunday against Pittsburgh. It was down two starters and a key reserve. Two other starters were ailing and two more contributors were lost during the game. It had not played well so far, entering Sunday allowing 421.8 yards — second-worst in the NFL — and 26.2 Read More…

H.S. Football: Columbia’s offense, defense shine in 47-14 victory over Wellington

Columbia wide receiver Jesse Lambert, right, runs out of the reach of Wellington defensive back Jordan Howard on Friday night at Columbia. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — When it needed to swing the game, Columbia’s defense came up with a big play. Wellington scored a touchdown in the final minute of the second quarter, but two plays into its opening drive of the second half, Columbia’s Cullen Nagle picked off Joey Holliday. Three plays later, Cody Shields scored his Read More…

College notes: North Ridgeville graduate nears touchdown pass record

Michael Mees

Heidelberg senior quarterback Michael Mees should have a pretty big school record all to himself soon. The North Ridgeville graduate is tied with Andrew Miller — who played quarterback from 2007-10 —with 69 career touchdown passes. Mees entered the season with 67 and threw two against Alma in a 72-7 win Sept. 6. Coming out Read More…

College Notes: Elyria Catholic grads have hand in John Carroll’s success

Elyria Catholic graduates Kit O’Shaughnessy, (No. 10 at top), and Sara Kaminski, right, have been key cogs in John Carroll’s turnaround. O’Shaughnessy, a setter, was OAC Freshman of the Year last season, while Kaminski leads the team in digs. COURTESY JOHN CARROLL SPORTS INFORMATION

John Carroll is off to a 9-2 start and two Elyria Catholic graduates are a big reason why. Sara Kaminski, the 2011 Lorain County Miss Volleyball winner, leads the team in digs with 200 and through Sept. 14 was 34th in Division III with a 5.69 average. The junior, who raised that average to 5.71 Read More…

Browns special teams stumble badly against Ravens

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson blocks a field goal-attempt by Cleveland Browns kicker Billy Cundiff in the fourth quarter Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — With the game hanging in the balance Sunday, the Browns’ special teams couldn’t tip the scale. Not only did the kicking game not help the Browns, it cost them dearly in a 23-21 loss to the Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium that was decided when Justin Tucker nailed a 32-yard field goal as time Read More…

College football: Oberlin College breaks in new field with first points, then gets steamrolled by Wooster

Oberlin wide receiver Justin Cruz takes a hit from Wooster's Mitchell Czerniak after making a catch as Tyson Vogel closes in during first-half action Saturday night at Oberlin College. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — The Yeomen scored the first points on their new field Saturday, but it was Wooster that turned out the lights on Oberlin College’s first night game on campus. Kicker Erickson Andrews, an Oberlin High graduate, scored the first three points in Bailey Field history with a 24-yard field goal on the opening drive Read More…