May 28, 2016

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High school wrestling: Olmsted Falls beats Avon in battle of SWC unbeatens

WESTLAKE — The battle of Southwestern Conference unbeatens Olmsted Falls and Avon almost didn’t happen as billed Thursday night. That’s because host Westlake came within a whisker of pulling off one of the bigger upsets of the season in its last home regular-season duals of the season. The Demons led by 22 points with four Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic’s Dorian Crutcher makes first varsity start memorable with 22 points in win over Columbia

ELYRIA — With junior Doug Taylor Jr. sidelined with an injury, Elyria Catholic coach Phil Kuchta decided to give sophomore Dorian Crutcher a chance. Crutcher, whose father, Nate, was a standout at Elyria West 20 years ago, made his first varsity start Tuesday night. If he continues to play like he did in the Panthers’ Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Avon stays unbeaten in SWC with wins over Midview, North Olmsted

EATON TWP. — Midview had home-mat advantage Thursday in its quest to stake a claim to the runner-up spot in the Southwestern Conference standings. It didn’t matter to unbeaten Avon. The Eagles opened the SWC double dual that also featured Amherst and North Olmsted with a back-and-forth battle with the Middies. But seven wins in Read More…

High school wrestling: Olmsted Falls wins battle of unbeatens, snaps Midview’s 17-meet win streak

NORTH OLMSTED — Olmsted Falls and Midview came into Thursday’s Southwestern Conference double dual riding a wave of momentum. The Bulldogs took second at the prestigious Medina Invitational Tournament last week, while Midview won tiles at the Vermilion Holiday and Brush dual tournaments. Both teams entered the matchup unbeaten. The Middies (17-1, 2-1 SWC) were Read More…

Boys basketball: A Deuce for the win … Clearview slips past Vermilion 74-72 on Deuce Martin’s buzzer-beating layup

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Clearview coach John Szalay said Tuesday’s non-conference game with Vermilion reminded him of another sport. “It was like two boxers staggering each other with big punches, but refusing to go down,” he said. “Fortunately, we had the ball last.” With time winding down and the game tied, Clearview junior Deuce Martin had Read More…

Boys basketball: Oberlin cruises past Open Door

ELYRIA — Open Door was, for the most part, playing at full strength for the first time this season. It didn’t matter. Donald Johnson, Oberlin’s leading scorer, was limited in the second half due to foul trouble and fouled out early in the fourth quarter. It didn’t matter. Open Door senior Ben Slater, who wasn’t Read More…

Wrestling: Lorain downs Amherst in annual rivalry meet

AMHERST — The wrestling teams at Lorain and Amherst have a friendly rivalry. The neighboring schools work out together during the summer, see each other during the postseason and Lorain has assistant coaches with Amherst ties on its staff. Meeting for their annual daytime non-conference dual meet just before the winter break, the Titans — Read More…

Avon’s Gerak commits to play football at Northwestern

As Avon junior center Sam Gerak was getting recruited by many Division I football programs, one aspect he really kept an eye on was the school’s academic reputation. A 4.3 GPA student who scored over 30 on his ACT, Gerak wants to eventually become a doctor after his football career. On Monday, Gerak orally committed Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview boys outshoot shooters in win over Olmsted Falls

EATON TWP. — Olmsted Falls brought its reputation as a good shooting team to Midview’s Kubuski Gymnasium on Friday. Then a funny thing happened: The Middies outshot the shooters. Midview shot 59 percent from the floor (23-for-39) with three 3-pointers and had three players in double figures and four with at least nine points in Read More…

Boys basketball: Firelands hands Buckeye its first loss of year

HENRIETTA TWP. — Being the defending Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division champions and sporting an unbeaten record heading into Tuesday’s divisional showdown with Firelands, Buckeye wasn’t going to go down easily. Twice the Bucks rallied from sizable deficits after the Falcons’ red-hot starts to the first and third quarters and took a one-point lead with Read More…