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

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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…

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

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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

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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…