September 3, 2015

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Columbia makes declaration over Independence

  COLUMBIA STATION — Firsts are often very important. The first debate in an election. A first date. The first pitch in an at-bat. The first game of a new season. Firsts can set the tone for what is to follow and establish a standard. And if the tone set by the Columbia Raiders on Read More…

High school softball: Katie Lew lifts Westlake past Amherst

Westlake High School pitcher Katie Lew (2) pitches against Amherst on Thursday night, April 30. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — On a chilly and windy Thursday night, junior pitcher Katie Lew and seniors Lainey McCue and Rachel May turned in a baking soda performance for Westlake in a 2-0 win over Amherst. That’s right, they were the arm and hammer for the Demons, who improved to 16-4, 7-2 in the Southwestern Conference. Amherst Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lutheran West fails tough final exam against Bay

ROCKY RIVER — As back-to-back Patriot Athletic Conference champions, the Lutheran West Longhorns seldom face a test they don’t have the answers for, particularly in the friendly confines of Wittrock Gymnasium. But the season ending non-league game Friday night against the West Shore Conference co-champion Bay Village Rockets was enough to break the No. 2 Read More…

Boys basketball: Tough Avon defense vexes Vermilion

AVON — One of the fundamental actions of modern warfare is the no-fly zone. Friday night the Avon Eagles turned the lane and the baseline into a “no sail zone” for the visiting Vermilion Sailors en route to a dominating 61-34 victory in West Shore Conference play. Vermilion struggled from the outset, falling behind 20-8 after Read More…

High School Football: North Olmsted at Olmsted Falls

OLMSTED TWP. — You would think a team that spends all year wearing orange and black would be pretty comfortable taking care of business on Halloween, and the North Olmsted Eagles certainly demonstrated their comfort with a steady and impressive 27-7 win versus rival Olmsted Falls. North Olmsted (7-3, 4-2 Southwestern Conference) entered the night Read More…

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…