November 24, 2014

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New era in sight for Oberlin College football? Yeomen have high hopes as they prepare to play first game in new stadium

A new coach, a new stadium and, so far, a new start. The Oberlin Yeomen head into their second North Coast Athletic Conference game with a 1-0 conference record, something they haven’t had since they started 3-0 in 2007. That was also the last time Oberlin finished with a .500 record and a winning league Read More…

High school football: Avon Lake shuts out Shaker Heights for first win

SHAKER HEIGHTS — Avon Lake versus Shaker Heights would have been a shootout Saturday afternoon — if football was played on a 60-yard field. But just about every time either team drove inside the 20, despite getting in the red zone consistently with relative ease, it came up empty. The Shoremen, however, managed to figure Read More…

Boys soccer: Avon finally turns shots into goals, pulls away in second half for big win over Elyria Catholic

Avon's Michael LeHoty heads the ball against Elyria Catholic forwards Gage Jarvis, left, and Liam O'Halloran. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Give a team enough chances, and it will usually break through. Avon’s boys soccer team took 26 shots on goal to Elyria Catholic’s seven, and while it took awhile for the Eagles to pile up goals, they eventually scored five in a 20-minute span en route to a 6-2 West Shore Conference win. Read More…

High school football 2014: Olmsted Falls ready to get back to winning ways

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With stability up front and in the pocket, Olmsted Falls is hoping to climb out of the cellar and back into contention. The Bulldogs have 11 playoff appearances to their name — most recently in 2011 when they went 7-3 and lost in the first round. Since then, Olmsted Falls has gone 3-17, including a Read More…

High school football 2014: Lutheran West wants to take next step, make playoffs

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Lutheran West took a step forward each of the last three seasons, going 2-8 in 2011, 5-5 in 2012 and 6-4 a year ago. Next step: playoffs. At least that’s the expectation from a team that returns 13 starters and gains an experienced coach in Frank Petroff to lead them. Petroff is no stranger to Read More…

High school football 2014: North Olmsted hit hard by graduation

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Graduation can be cruel. After going 14-6 the last two seasons, and barely missing out on the playoffs both times, North Olmsted will need to look to a wealth of new faces to keep that momentum going. The program welcomes in 38 new players and will need to replace a total of 13 starters from Read More…

Elyria’s Marques Inman to play baseball for West Virginia

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If Marques Inman’s baseball career continues on the trajectory it’s been on at Elyria, the possibilities are endless in college. The Pioneers’ standout power hitter and first baseman orally committed to continue his playing career at the Division I level with West Virginia on Saturday. The Mountaineers’ commitment to build a new baseball stadium — Read More…

Hot Stove state tournament: Sheffield Venom captures Class EE championship

The Sheffield Venom players celebrate after beating Brimfield for the Hot Stove Class EE state championship Sunday in Alliance. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ALLIANCE — The Sheffield Venom stung Brimfield when it counted Sunday. After its three-run lead was cut to one, Sheffield rattled off five in the fifth and added three in the seventh to secure a Class EE championship at the 2014 Hot Stove state tournament, topping Brimfield 11-5 in the final at Butler Rodman Park. Read More…

Three Lorain County teams make Hot Stove state finals

Sheffield’s Kyle Svenson slides safely into home as Midview relief pitcher Dustin Crum tries to recover the ball Saturday in the Class EE semifinal. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ALLIANCE — At least three teams from Lorain County will play for Hot Stove state championships today at Butler Rodman Park. South Amherst Firelands advanced to the Class E final, Sheffield Venom to the Class EE final and Keystone Houston advanced in Class GG. Nine Lorain County teams competed in state semifinal matchups Saturday with Read More…

Little League baseball: Avon beats rain, blasts Tallmadge

TALLMADGE — Avon’s U11 team must have known the rain was on its way Monday night because it took care of business in the District 3 consolation final just in time. Avon scored eight runs in the bottom of the second inning while its defense limited Tallmadge to just 13 plate appearances in a 13-0 Read More…