January 29, 2015


College volleyball: Amherst grads make splash as freshmen for Mount Union


After capturing an Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament title, 12th-ranked Mount Union advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament before falling to No. 4 Wittenberg 3-1 on Friday. While the Purple Raiders would have loved to advance further, the experience will come in handy for a team that graduates seven Read More…

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt dominates Browns offense, even catches touchdown pass

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — J.J. Watt is an unstoppable force, and the Browns had no immovable objects to counter the talented Texan. Houston’s dynamic defensive end forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, had four tackles — three solo, including two for a loss — and sacked Brian Hoyer for a loss of 6 yards in Houston’s 23-7 Read More…

Isiah Pinto’s power keeps Avon running in tough loss

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Avon High School senior running back Isiah Pinto (4) hurdles into the end zone, scoring a touch down against Midview on Friday night, Nov. 14.

NORTH ROYALTON — November in Northeast Ohio means cold temperatures and snowy terrains, perfect weather for a running game. And the Avon Eagles certainly weren’t shy about establishing theirs against Midview during Friday night’s Division II, Region 4, semifinal at North Royalton High School. Despite falling 42-36 in overtime, Avon’s running backs combined for 246 Read More…

Brett Zupancic helps Midview keep its foes on their toes


A little moderation makes most things better. And while Midview has received a reputation as a passing team, the numbers tell a different story. The Middies have racked up 5,223 yards of offense in 11 games, but only 56.6 percent of them have come through the air. And while the passing attack certainly deserves all Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Avon running back returns to carry Eagles to win

Avon's Gerett Choat tries to break from from Highland's Tony Svoboda during the fourth quarter. (RON SCHWANE / CT)

NORTH ROYALTON — With the game tied heading into the fourth quarter, Avon needed to score and milk the clock. Luckily for the Eagles, those just happen to be running back Gerett Choat’s specialties, and he couldn’t have picked a better time to return to action on offense. The junior rushed for 59 of his Read More…

Playoffs preview: Midview brothers enjoy playing with, against each other

Brothers Dimitri, left, and Dante Redwood have helped Midview go unbeaten during the regular season and hope to spark the Middies’ to their first playoff win since 1998. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It’s hard to top an undefeated season. But sharing that season with your brother comes pretty close. Just ask Midview wide receivers Dante and Dimitri Redwood, who were instrumental in the Middies going 10-0 and making the playoffs for the seventh time. “Playing with my brother is awesome,” said Dimitri, a junior. “There’s no other Read More…

College notes: Elyria Catholic grads giving John Carroll volleyball team a boost

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A pair of Elyria Catholic graduates helped John Carroll reach the Ohio Athletic Conference volleyball tournament semifinals Tuesday night. Junior Sara Kaminski had nine digs and sophomore Kit O’Shaughnessy led the team with 35 assists in the Blue Streaks’ 3-0 win over Baldwin Wallace. Kaminski, the 2011 Lorain County Miss Volleyball winner, leads the team Read More…

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…