February 7, 2016

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Boys basketball: Avon Lake fights, still falls to Berea-Midpark

AVON LAKE — On the classic 1960’s comedy espionage series “Get Smart,” bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart used to put his thumb and index finger extremely close together and explain, “Missed it by THAT much.” Much of Avon Lake’s season, despite a 2-16 record and a tie for last in the Southwestern Conference at 1-14, Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls holds on to hold off North Olmsted, pull into first-place tie in Southwestern Conference

Christy Legeza CT Photo January 8, 2016 - North Olmsted at Olmsted Falls - Olmsted Falls' Victor Hitterman drives the lane past North Olmsted's Josh Hufstetler (#0) and Andy Lucien (#41) for the score to end the 1st quarter.

OLMSTED FALLS — It is ironic that basketball players, back in the day, were referred to as cagers, because Friday night’s toe-to-toe showdown between two of the Southwestern Conference’s best teams had all the energy and trappings of a more modern day UFC cage match. When it was over, the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs survived a Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon rally falls short against Strongsville

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AVON — It has been an old American tradition that young women were often sent to finishing school. The Avon Eagles may consider picking up some enrollment forms after their rally faltered in the final seconds of a 53-52 non-conference loss to Strongsville on Wednesday night. It’s not that the Eagles need to work on Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville holds off Avon Lake rally

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — In track and field distance events, runners are set up in a staggered start to compensate for the longer distances of the outer lanes. After opening the game with a 9-0 run, it looked like the host Rangers had relegated visiting Avon Lake to the far outer lane. However, like an Olympic Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone tops Lutheran West in defensive struggle

ROCKY RIVER — Friday night at Wittrock Gymnasium, the host Lutheran West Longhorns and the Keystone Wildcats squared off in an early season Patriot Athletic Conference game that seemed to be in midseason form. Mid-wrestling season! In a physical and defensive hoops battle, the Wildcats emerged with a 49-43 win on a night when both Read More…

Boys soccer: Justin Clark’s goal lifts Columbia past Lutheran West and into Division III district championship game

COLUMBIA STATION — In 160 minutes of soccer this season, the Columbia and Lutheran West boys soccer teams have combined for two goals. The second of those was the difference in the Raiders’ 1-0 win in a Division III district semifinal Tuesday night. The Raiders will meet Independence on Saturday afternoon in the district final Read More…

High school football: North Ridgeville’s Demario McCall makes Avon Lake cry “Uncle”

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — All around the Southwestern Conference, opposing fans and coaches are starting to get tired of Run-D.M.C. No, not the iconic, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame rap and hip-hop musicians, but the equally platinum-performing and nearly unstoppable North Ridgeville Rangers’ offensive philosophy of running the football with phenomenal senior tailback Demario McCall Read More…

High school football: North Olmsted beats Westlake in back-and-forth game

NORTH OLMSTED — In sports, longtime neighborhood rivalries seldom disappoint. Friday’s North Olmsted vs. Westlake game certainly didn’t. On the surface, the matchup may have looked underwhelming since the teams had a 1-5 combined record and were both looking for their first Southwestern Conference win. However, its always better on a perfect, clear, crisp football Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Avon Lake beats league rival Westlake

Avon Lake's Matthew Stanfield breaks Westlake's Micheal Beaver's tackle to move the ball up the field early in the first half. AMANDA K. RUNDLE / CHRONICLE

For more on Friday’s games, see Saturday’s Chronicle. AVON LAKE — It’s not even the middle of September, only the most militant leaves have begun to turn autumn colors, people still use their air conditioning and yet it’s not too soon to be playing a “must win” game. At least not in the new-look, nine-game Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Spencer Linville runs wild as Olmsted Falls beats Westlake

WESTLAKE — In the classic era of “Monday Night Football” telecasts, analyst “Dandy” Don Meredith was fond of advocating for consistent strategy with the phrase, “You dance with the one that brung ya!” Well, the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs think junior fullback Spencer Linville is a great date. Linville all but singlehandedly crafted the Bulldogs’ 35-14 Read More…