July 31, 2014

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Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls withstands strong Avon Lake third

Avon Lake’s Luke Harris tries to get a shot up over Olmsted Falls’ Kevin Meehan during the Bulldogs’ 46-33 victory Friday night in Avon Lake. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Olmsted Falls had few problems during the first half against Avon Lake, had plenty of them in the third quarter but found a way to right the ship down the stretch. The Bulldogs’ strong perimeter defense limited the Shoremen’s two talented guards — Seth Muck and Christian Jones — early and weathered Read More…

Boys basketball: Columbia hands Lutheran West its first loss

Columbia's Jay Banyasz drives toward the basket against Lutheran West's Peter Koza in the second half Friday night at Columbia High School. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Columbia again proved Friday night why opponents must not take a single possession off against the Raiders, on either end of the floor. Relatively bottled up through the first half of a crucial Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division showdown with unbeaten Lutheran West, the Raiders blitzed the Longhorns in the third quarter Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls uses 11 players to wear down Midview

Olmsted Falls' Adam Asadorian puts in shot over Midview's Logan Bolin. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — Teams facing Olmsted Falls this season must think they’re seeing triple. Three minutes hadn’t yet elapsed in Friday night’s nonconference matchup between the Bulldogs and the Midview Middies, and Olmsted Falls coach Chris DeLisio already had sent three guys to the scorer’s table to check in. In all, the Bulldogs went 11 Read More…

Boys basketball: Westlake speeds up to slow down Amherst

WESTLAKE — Through eight minutes Tuesday night, Amherst frustrated unbeaten Westlake into seven turnovers and a tie score. Then Westlake showed why it will be so difficult to frustrate for extended periods of time this season. The Demons, limited to jump shots against Amherst’s 3-2 zone in the first quarter, turned to its zone press Read More…

‘Backers to the forefront: Four senior linebackers making sure Avon’s defense continues its dominating ways

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The amount of attention paid to Avon’s defense outside the Eagles locker room is wildly disproportionate to the attention paid to it inside.
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High school football: Avon gets one player back, loses another

Rhys Ratino

AVON — Avon will get one of its top performers back from injury as it faces Medina Highland in a Division II, Region 4 final on Friday, but will be without another. Alex Habeeb, Avon’s second leading tackler and a starter at inside linebacker, will return after missing the Eagles’ first two playoff games. Habeeb Read More…

High school football: Eagles a passing threat in playoffs

When Avon passes, wideouts Braeden Friss, left, and Rhys Ratino are usually on the receiving end. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

When teams game plan for Avon’s potent offense, they must make a choice. Most teams don’t have the personnel to devote extra players to the secondary to limit the Eagles’ passing game and stop the run, as evidenced by Avon’s convincing 38-14 opening-round playoff win over Toledo St. Francis de Sales. The Knights limited Avon’s Read More…

High school football: Perrysburg QB done for season

Avon will face a backup quarterback in Friday’s Division II, Region 4 semifinal in Huron. The Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune reported late Monday that Gus Dimmerling, Perrysburg’s standout junior quarterback, will miss the remainder of the season with two broken ribs suffered in Friday’s 28-21 win over Akron Ellet, the Yellow Jackets’ first playoff win in Read More…

High school football: Glenn following long line of solid Avon QBs

Avon senior quarterback Tommy Glenn has led the Eagles to a 10-0 start in his first year as a starter. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — When a football program is as successful as Avon’s has been recently, future success can be taken for granted and it can go unappreciated. Yes, Avon’s quarterbacks are always good, and coach Mike Elder credits that success to good coaches, a good scheme and a program that begins teaching that scheme — a Read More…

High school girls soccer: Elyria Catholic falls one game short of state

After losing their match to Hawken High School by a single point, the Elyria Catholic Girls Soccer team embraced and comforted one another on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

TWINSBURG — If you’d told Elyria Catholic coach Tony Rozanc before Saturday’s Division III regional final against Hawken that Kat Zalar and Bianca Medancic would be relatively shut down, he’d have liked his chances. The Hawks’ dynamic duo, which had combined for 44 goals entering the game, certainly enjoyed their moments against the Panthers, but Read More…