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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…

High school football 2014: Avon Lake looking to contend once again

Avon Lake's Jeremiah Campo played wide receiver last season, but will take on the quarterback duties this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AVON LAKE — There are a lot of changes and new faces in store for the Avon Lake football team, but that doesn’t mean the team’s perennial contention for a Southwestern Conference title and playoff berth will change. The Shoremen have a new (old) head coach, a new (old) offensive coordinator and new-ish offensive and Read More…

High school football 2014: Avon has no problem staying hungry

Avon's Gerett Choat finds running room in the Regional Final against Medina Highland last season. Choat had a breakout season as a sophomore and will be back for the Eagles this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Avon winning the West Shore Conference and making a playoff run seemingly have joined death and taxes as life’s only certainties. But on their way out of the WSC — the Eagles will move to the Southwestern Conference next season, along with Lakewood, Midview and North Ridgeville— can any league rival provide an unwelcome parting Read More…

Olmsted Falls’ Asadorian sets Ohio mark for 3-point shooting

Olmsted Falls senior Adam Astorian carefully lines up his signature 3-point shot during a brief practice at Olmsted Falls High School on Thursday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The 2013-14 boys basketball season will be remembered as the year the Olmsted Falls program returned to prominence. The Bulldogs played for the Southwestern Conference title, won 18 games and watched an 11-man rotation mature while wreaking havoc on opponents all season. Now it appears Olmsted Falls’ season will be remembered for more than those Read More…

Boys Basketball, Regional Preview: Kyle Nader sparks Vermilion with his play, chatter

Vermilion junior point guard Kyle Nadar is not only averaging 14 points in the playoffs, he's the team's best talker. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vermilion point guard Kyle Nader is not the leading scorer for his team, which for the third time in seven years is back in the Division II regional tournament. But he is the leading talker. Nader does a lot of things well for the Sailors, including scoring and taking pressure off Cameron Kuhn, whose success Read More…

Boys basketball: Lutheran West fights back to knock out Elyria Catholic in double overtime

Elyria Catholic's James Tirbaso goes up for a basket against Lutheran West's Greg Kunse during Tuesday's Division III sectional opener at Lutheran West. Tirbaso has a career-high 21 points, while Kunse had 14 as the Longhorns won in double overtime. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Elyria Catholic threatened on many occasions — in each quarter — to run away from Lutheran West in an opening-round matchup in the stacked Garfield Heights Division III district. The Panthers led by as many as eight in the first half, seven in the third quarter and by six early in the Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion’s Boyd defied odds with rapid ACL rehab

Vermilion senior Forrest Boyd managed to come back from an ACL tear in just four months, and now hopes to help the Sailors make some noise in the postseason. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vermilion’s Forrest Boyd had a lot riding on the West Shore Conference opener against Elyria Catholic on Dec. 6. Boyd was on the verge of completing an incredible comeback — a return to game action just over four months after undergoing surgery to replace a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the Sailors’ Read More…