October 2, 2014

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H.S. Football: Olmsted Falls beats Westlake in shootout, 51-45

Westlake quarterback Andris Balodis attempts to sneak around the Olmsted Falls defensive line. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Typically a high school football game doesn’t begin with a starter’s gun, but Friday night’s Homecoming track meet between Westlake and Olmsted Falls wasn’t missing much else. While they didn’t flatten the corsages or t-bone the float, the Bulldogs did wreck the football portion of the Demons’ weekend with a rousing 51-45 Southwestern Read More…

High School Football: Twinsburg at Avon

“In the end, it is impossible not to become what others believe you are.” — Julius Caesar AVON — The truth of that adage was on display clearly in Week 3 of the season as the Avon Eagles, a team that both observers and opponents the past several years have perceived as a well-balanced and Read More…

High School Football: Parma at North Ridgeville

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — It took the Rangers just three lightning-shortened quarters to blow away the Parma Redmen, 41-7 on Friday night. It may be time in these parts for the Ohio High School Athletic Association to take a page from the National Weather Service. For example, all of LorainCounty and western CuyahogaCounty would be under Read More…

High School Football: Vermilion at Clearview

Clearview QB Roger Engle keeps the ball. photo by Ray Riedel

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Vermilion and Clearview put on an epic struggle for the ages and by the time the Clippers’ 27-24 victory was complete, it wasn’t clear if the game film should go to the Cleveland Clinic cardiac department, NFL Films or Crime Stoppers. The cardiologists might be in order after the back and forth Read More…

Sectional Softball: Clearview gets revenge for last year’s loss to Firelands

Clearview pitcher Sarah Kaya throws against the Firelands Falcons during a Division II sectional final Friday afternoon. The Clippers won 10-0. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — The recipe for winning playoff softball isn’t especially complicated. Begin with a prime cut of outstanding pitching. Add in a heaping helping of timely hitting and garnish with solid fundamentals. And then add a light drizzle of pure Lorain Country spring rain for good measure. On Friday afternoon, the Clearview Clippers prepared Read More…

Sectional Baseball: Amherst executes squeeze play, beats Midview in 9 innings

Amherst center fielder Rees Rua, left, is congratulated by right fielder Brad Hagerich on Thursday after making a diving catch during the Comets’ 10-9 win in nine innings. KRISTIN/BAUER/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Thanks to the finicky gods of Ohio weather, the Division I sectional baseball final between Midview and Amherst had more fits and starts than a Kardashian wedding. Scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, it was postponed, rescheduled, postponed again, reset dangerously close to proms and the weekend, called off again, reset hours later. But when Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Columbia nips Lutheran West in 9th inning, sweeps back-to-back series

ROCKY RIVER — Baseball people talk about “small ball” or “little ball,” a style of play that relies on strict execution of fundamentals and scraping and scrapping every at-bat for any tiny edge. Thanks to another brilliant Patriot Athletic Conference pitching battle Tuesday, the Lutheran West Longhorns and Columbia Raiders played “micro ball” in the Read More…

High school baseball: Avon can’t keep up with Bay

Avon second baseman Brian Baker dives to tag out Bay Village's Will Wilson during a rundown. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

BAY VILLAGE — It was supposed to be an incredible match up, a clash of the titans between two of the West Shore Conference’s elite teams on a gray and blustery day at Bay’s newly christened ball park Thursday. By the end it was more like a Chuck Wepner prize fight or a Buffalo Bills Read More…

High school baseball: Lutheran West downs Clearview in pitchers duel

Lutheran West’s Eric Szczepinski steals second base during the first inning of the Longhorns’ 4-2 win over Clearview on Wednesday in Rocky River.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Effective pitching in baseball is just like easy-to-market real estate in that it benefits from three important factors — location, location, location. That theory was proven brilliantly Wednesday as Lutheran West defeated Patriot Athletic Conference rival Clearview 4-2 in a thrilling pitchers duel. Like gunslingers in a spaghetti Western, Clearview ace Roger Read More…

High school baseball: Resilient Avon edges North Olmsted

Avon shortstop Jonny Morales and second baseman Brian Baker tag North Olmsted baserunner Brad Novak. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — The ability to take a punch and bounce back quickly isn’t just an essential virtue in boxing, but also a valuable team skill in baseball with its staccato waves of momentum. Avon demonstrated this point Saturday afternoon as they responded to each shot administered by North Olmsted to secure a 6-5 victory in Read More…