March 4, 2015


Keystone’s C.J. Conrad wins Golden Helmet award


LAGRANGE — C.J. Conrad’s senior football season was one that players dream about. Conrad began the year by accepting a Division I scholarship and orally committing to play for Kentucky. Then the 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end/linebacker had a fantastic season on the field — both as an individual and as a member of the Keystone Read More…

Midview dominates All-Lorain County football team

Midview quarterback Dustin Crum rushes for a touchdown while defended by Avon's Austin Lewis. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Midview’s dream season came to a halt Friday in the Division II regional championship game. But while the season is over, the accolades continue to pour in for the Middies. Midview — the only Lorain County school to go undefeated during the regular season and reach a regional final — dominated the individual honors in Read More…

High school football: 3 area players, 4 coaches pick up top district honors


Midview has a big football game coming up Friday, but the Middies were able to do some celebrating Wednesday. As were a bunch of area football players and teams thanks to the All-Northeast Ohio District Football Team which was released by The Associated Press. The Middies, who play Nordonia in the regional final Friday night Read More…

Men’s college basketball: Avon grad Jack Poyle scores 26, leads Oberlin past Wittenberg for first time in 36 years

Oberlin’s Jack Poyle drives in for a layup against Wittenberg on Saturday at Oberlin College. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — It had been 36 years and 50 games since Oberlin College’s men’s basketball team defeated Wittenberg. Trailing by 10 at halftime in their season opener, the Yeomen methodically battled back in the second half. And when all was said and done Saturday afternoon at Philips Gym, Oberlin’s raucous student section was ready to Read More…

Frontier League: Crushers unveil 2015 schedule


AVON — The Frontier League 2015 regular season schedule was released this week, and the Lake Erie Crushers got a favorable draw. For the fourth straight year, the Crushers will open the regular season at home. This summer, the Southern Illinois Miners will come to All Pro Freight Stadium for the season-opening three-game series on Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Lorain shows grit, fights until very end

Lorain's Eddie Williamson breaks a tackle and gains 8 yards on a QB keeper deep in Mentor territory with Mentor's Bradie Crandall in pursuit. Photo by Ray Riedel

MENTOR — Lorain’s first playoff game in 30 years was not going so well. With the 13th-seeded Titans trailing by 30 heading into the fourth quarter Saturday night and facing a state-mandated running clock, along with a quarterback who played with a broken right foot, it might have been understandable if they would have lost Read More…

Playoffs preview: Chemistry, hard work turned Lorain’s offensive line into a strength

Lorain’s offensive line went from being a question mark to one of the strengths of the team this season as the Titans have rushed for 2,938 yards. The lineman, from left to right, are right tackle Sly Worthy, right guard Chris Mair, center Roger Jones, left tackle Josh Fenn and left guard Nelson LaBoy. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Dave McFarland knew he had inherited some talented playmakers when he became Lorain’s football coach in January. Quarterback Eddie Williamson, tailback Sherman Saunders, wide receiver-defensive end Rashod Berry and safety-wide receiver Aaron Neal had all established themselves as special players on teams that struggled the previous two seasons. He also knew that without a solid Read More…

Solid foundation: Open Door football in good shape thanks in large part to four seniors who have been there from the start

Dan Stintsman, Jacob Lowe, Dennis Robinson and Zach Davis were among 11 Open Door freshmen who decided to give football a try four years ago. It was the first year of the school’s program, and that was the group the administration and coach Ray Lowe hoped would lay the foundation for something great. Four years Read More…

High School Football: Firelands at Wellington

Firelands # 6 Jacob Rutkowski looks for an open lane to run for Yardage past Wellingtons #81 Ben Link

WELLINGTON — When a fortuitous bounce on a squib kick went Wellington’s way after taking a seven-point lead midway through the fourth quarter Friday night, it appeared the Dukes were in the driver’s seat for their third win of the year. Firelands had other plans. A huge sack by Tyler Allomong forced a punt, which Read More…

High school football: North Olmsted’s Ammons, Starcovic combine for stellar passing attack

North Olmsted junior quarterback Christian Ammons, left, and senior wide receiver Matt Starcovic have put up impressive numbers working together since competing for the same job during the preseason. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

North Olmsted coach Tim Brediger knew he had a decision to make. Three-year starting quarterback Brad Novak graduated and the Eagles had a hole to fill at the most important offensive position. So he let senior Matt Starcovic — a starting wide receiver who served as Novak’s backup last season — and junior Christian Ammons Read More…