November 20, 2014

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Gerett Choat provides a boost for Avon in multiple ways

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Life has a funny way of working itself out sometimes. Gerett Choat can attest. Choat, Avon’s junior running back/slot receiver/cornerback — depending upon the game — suffered a shoulder injury in Week 5, putting a quick halt to a second consecutive impressive season as the Eagles’ lead tailback. What’s worse, the Eagles lost that Week Read More…

Avon vs. Midview Rematch: Eagles in unusual role of underdogs against unbeaten Middies

Midview quarterback Dustin Crum rushes for a touchdown while Avon’s Austin Lewis tries to make the tackle during their meeting in Week 5. Midview won 49-42 that night, but the teams meet again Friday in a Division II regional semifinal at North Royalton. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Avon coach Mike Elder is a master motivator, and he’s using Midview’s No. 1 seed, its unbeaten record and a 49-42 victory over the Eagles in Week 5 to frame his team as the underdog heading into Friday’s Division II, Region 4, semifinal against conference and Lorain County rival Midview. And despite Avon being the Read More…

Playoffs preview: Avon’s Jake Sopko learned the ropes during playoff practices in ’12

Avon starting quarterback Jake Sopko embraced the extra practice time he got during the Eagles’ playoff run in 2012, citing the scout team experience as a boost to his confidence.

Avon coaches have been preaching since the program’s run of postseason appearances began in 2008 about the value the extra playoff practices can offer a team’s younger players. The coaching staff talked to some of those players at the end of Monday’s practice about the responsibility they had for however long this year’s stay lasts. Read More…

High School Football: Elyria Catholic at Rocky River

Quarterback Jake Kuchta, center, is sacked by Steve Pappadakes, left, and David Cox of Rocky River. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

  ROCKY RIVER — This time, there would be no Elyria Catholic comeback. And because of it, there won’t be a postseason spot for the Panthers. Like North Ridgeville last week, Rocky River ambushed the Panthers for a 28-point lead at halftime. Unlike North Ridgeville — which opened a 27-point lead on EC — the Read More…

Girls soccer: Westlake loses in district finals

Westlake goaltender Lauren Kriaris, right, makes a stop on a Magnificat scoring attack Saturday during the Demons’ district final loss. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Unlike Avon Lake in Tuesday’s Division I district semifinal, Westlake forced the issue in the early going against Magnificat in Saturday’s final, rather than sit back in its defensive third. But like the Shoregals and many other Blue Streaks opponents this year, the Demons’ strategy ended up moot in the end. Magnificat Read More…

High School Football: Olmsted Falls at Avon

Avon's Alec Damasiewicz, right, blocks an extra point attempt by Rickey Castrigano of Olmsted Falls in the third quarter. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

AVON – It sounds simple, of course. But Avon improved to 8-1 Friday night because, as simple as it may sound, the Eagles stayed on the field. Showing now-annual offensive diversity that can keep opponents guessing, the Eagles used a steady dose of Jake Sopko and Zack Torbert in the air and Sonny Cooper on Read More…

Boys soccer: Intensity pays off for Westlake

Westlake’s Omar Salem tries to control the ball next to Berea-Midpark’s Mikael Lucas on Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — In a well-played Division I district semifinal against two evenly matched teams, Westlake’s intensity in key moments proved to be the difference. The Demons scored in the 50th minute and, after Berea-Midpark equalized less than two minutes later, responded in the 61st minute in a 2-1 victory over the Titans at Read Field. “Intensity is Read More…

Boys soccer: Young Olmsted Falls dominates Elyria to win big, advance in tourney

Elyria’s Jacob Sherriff, left, controls the ball Wednesday against the defense of Olmsted Falls’ Ryan Klimchak. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — The future appears to be bright for Olmsted Falls, and for at least one game in the Division I tournament, the present looked fine as well. The Bulldogs, behind a sparkplug trio of freshmen and other youngsters, controlled their sectional opener against Elyria from start to finish, scoring three goals in the Read More…

Boys soccer: Westlake drops finale, but has focus on tourney

Bay’s Alec White (18) goes up for a header in a crowd along with teammates Dominic Passalacqua (12) and Mark Comienski (5) and Westlake’s Jesse Valadez. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

BAY VILLAGE — Westlake found itself on the defensive for much of Saturday’s regular-season finale against Bay, one of the top five teams in Ohio’s Division II rankings. And on one of the relatively rare occasions the Demons attacked, they got burned. In the 64th minute, Connor McDonald corralled a Demons turnover and pushed the Read More…

High school football 2014: Westlake could be contender in SWC

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Westlake coach Mark Campo just smiles. He’s told after a Demons scrimmage that a lot of people are talking about his team, about Westlake again challenging for a Southwestern Conference crown, about running back Quan Hardy, about new quarterback Andris Balodis. “Let’s just say that I’m excited to coach them,” he says coyly. “As long Read More…