February 11, 2016

Elyria
Snow
15°F
 

Boys basketball: Anfernee Smothers’ smothering defense sets the tone as Lorain pounds Maple Heights to stay undefeated

MAPLE HTS. — Lorain’s Anfernee Smothers nearly single-handedly turned a dribble-drive Maple Heights team into a perimeter shooting team Friday night. You can probably guess how that went for the Mustangs. Smothers, the Titans’ unheralded big man, has become a force early this season and set the tone early Friday: He blocked three shots in Read More…

Boys basketball: After trailing most of the game, Lorain dominates fourth quarter to rally past Elyria Catholic

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ELYRIA — It hasn’t happened terribly often, but Lorain has been in a few close games over the last two seasons. And somewhat unexpectedly, the Titans needed to draw on that experience Tuesday night. Elyria Catholic led by as many as 12 points and took a lead into the fourth quarter, but Lorain beat up Read More…

Boys basketball: North Olmsted bench comes up big vs. Bay

BAY VILLAGE — Point guard Kyle Wapshott out for the year. Cleveland State commit Andy Lucien, limited by a sprained ankle, in foul trouble. Ryan Coleman, too. No, things didn’t look good in the season opener for North Olmsted late in the first quarter. But then the Eagles turned to their unheralded supporting cast, and Read More…

High school football: ‘Angry’ Avon rolls over Olmsted Falls

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Avon High School senior wide receiver Jason Santora (11) celebrates a touchdown he scored with teammate senior wide receiver Jake Frombach (10) on Friday night, Oct. 30.

OLMSTED TWP. — Avon played angry last week in its impressive 48-point win over preseason Southwestern Conference front-runner Berea-Midpark. The Eagles, though, started slowly on Friday night — until they got angry again. A peculiar sequence on the Eagles’ second possession — on which Avon was penalized five times inside its 30 — served as Read More…

Boys soccer: Olmsted Falls advances to district final

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BEREA — One of Olmsted Falls’ goals entering this season was to play on Halloween. And by avenging their only loss of the season, the Bulldogs will have to delay their trick-or-treating and costumes a little longer. Falls beat Berea-Midpark 2-1 in a Division I district semifinal Wednesday night, earning revenge for the Titans’ 3-1 Read More…

High school football: Midview overcomes mistakes, Avon Lake

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Midview's Alec Forrer stretches out to gain a few more yards as Avon Lake's Dante Ettore and Carson Toy make the tackle in the first quarter Friday night at Avon Lake Memorial Stadium.

AVON LAKE — Midview hasn’t offered its opponents much in the way of hope this year, winning by an average of 28 points entering Friday night’s game against Avon Lake. The Middies gave the Shoremen an opening — but when the hosts failed to capitalized, Midview closed the window quickly. Dustin Crum and Logan Bolin Read More…

High school soccer: Early goals ignite North Olmsted win over Elyria

NORTH OLMSTED — The battle in the Division I Rocky River district is virtually identical to the Southwestern Conference race. Which is to say, it’s a meatgrinder: With five of the top teams in Northeast Ohio in the both the conference and the district tournament — Westlake, Berea-Midpark, Olmsted Falls, Avon and North Olmsted — Read More…

High school soccer: Westlake girls get revenge, blank Avon Lake in sectionals

AVON LAKE — Two weeks ago, Avon Lake grabbed an early lead against Westlake, then held on for a 1-1 tie that all but clinched the Shoregals’ Southwestern Conference crown. The Demons, though, made Avon Lake work — and remembered that defeat, which resigned them to a second-place conference finish. Westlake pounced in the fifth Read More…

Boys soccer: Westlake beats Berea-Midpark to clinch SWC title

WESTLAKE — With the Southwestern Conference championship on the line on a soggy Thursday night, Westlake didn’t play great. But the Demons played well enough, especially at a pivotal moment late, to eke out a victory and win the league crown, ending Berea-Midpark’s two-year reign atop the SWC. Sophomore Donovan DuBois fired home a left-footed, Read More…

Boys soccer: Olmsted Falls shuts out North Olmsted

OLMSTED TWP. — It’s been a grind in the Southwestern Conference this season, and it’s not going to get any easier. Olmsted Falls beat North Olmsted 2-0 Wednesday night to improve to 5-1-2 in the SWC — good enough for third in the league behind Berea-Midpark and Westlake. The Eagles fell to 3-4-1 in the Read More…