July 22, 2014


Girls regional soccer: Elyria Catholic advances to title game

EC Girls To Final

MACEDONIA — Danielle Dziak had a sheepish grin on her face Tuesday night, pointing to her right hip. “It hit right here,” she said, “and it still hurts.” After a physical, hard-fought Division III regional semifinal win over Youngstown Cardinal Mooney at Nordonia High School, many Elyria Catholic players are probably hurting this morning. And Read More…

Girls district soccer: Magnificat streaks past Westlake

Westlake's Madison Dunlap tries to keep the ball from Magnificat's Katherine Viancount. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — For the second straight game, Westlake started slowly, this time falling into a deep hole in Saturday afternoon’s Division I district final against Magnificat at Rocky River High School. This time, though, the Demons couldn’t climb out, as they had Tuesday against Amherst. The Blue Streaks blitzed the Demons for four goals Read More…

Division I boys soccer: Avon Lake has another late rally in 10th-straight win

Strongsville High School senior Reid Labbato, left, tries to take the ball away from Avon Lake High School senior Logan DeLong on Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

STRONGSVILLE — Avon Lake kept two streaks alive on a cold Wednesday night in a Division I district semifinal. First, the Shoremen continued to give their best Kardiac Kids impression with another late rally. Second, that rally helped them win their 10th straight game. The Shoremen’s Kyle T. Smith scored in the 75th minute to Read More…

Ohio State: Clearview’s Hitchens coming home as a Hawkeye

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, center, crosses the line of scrimmage between Iowa defenders John Lowdermilk, left, and Anthony Hitchens Saturday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

More important than playing Ohio State today for Anthony Hitchens is playing Ohio State. Bear with us: Growing up in Lorain County and on his way to putting up some of the gaudiest football numbers the county has seen, Hitchens never was a big college football fan or Ohio State fan. He liked the Browns Read More…

H.S. Football: Columbia grinds out victory over Lutheran West to stay unbeaten

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ROCKY RIVER — Hobbled quarterback, stalled offense, costly penalties at inopportune times — Columbia was going to have to earn this win over Lutheran West on Friday night. But earn it the Raiders did, with a whole lot of Jacob Kleinhenz, a timely pass by that hobbled QB and two key takeaways in the fourth Read More…

Girls soccer: Avon Lake shuts out Elyria in Division I sectional opener, snaps tournament drought

Avon Lake players celebrate and an Elyria player reacts in frustration Monday following a Shoregals goal in a Division I sectional opener at Avon Lake High School. The Shoregals won, 2-0. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake needed a break. Winners of just one game entering Monday’s Division I sectional opener against Elyria, the Shoregals just needed something to go right. And boy did it: Avon Lake got on the board — a goal that proved to be the eventual game-winner — on a shot that the Read More…

H.S. Football: Turnovers, penalties sink Avon Lake in loss to Brecksville

Avon Lake's Kyle Kuhar is stopped by Brecksville's Matt Zakelj, left, and Colton Czack. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — No, the focus on FIPs — fumbles, interceptions and penalties — didn’t leave the Avon Lake program when longtime head coach Dave Dlugosz retired after last season. That focus remains — and will be especially intense today when the Shoremen watch the film of Friday night’s key Southwestern Conference game against Brecksville. Read More…

H.S. Football: Avon responds after losing lead, tops Midview 45-28 in key WSC battle

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AVON — It’s easy, of course, to enjoy the spoils of a lead and the big plays that got you there. It’s another thing altogether to respond when that lead — and the momentum it brings — goes away. Avon, facing a stiff challenge to its West Shore Conference supremacy of late, saw a 10-point lead Read More…

Boys soccer: North Olmsted dominates, but Amherst stays tough, holds on for scoreless tie


NORTH OLMSTED — Amherst presented North Olmsted with something the Eagles hadn’t seen much of in their first four games, North Olmsted coach Chris Marsh said. In the team’s three victories, North Olmsted hadn’t had to be perfect in the final third, as the bulk of its goals had come easily, most often after an Read More…

Boys soccer: Late goal allows Avon Lake to pull off tie with St. Edward

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AVON LAKE — It was fitting, after the final whistle blew, that a match as evenly played as Wednesday’s at Memorial Stadium would end in a tie — and take nearly 80 minutes to get there. Avon Lake, despite dictating the pace for much of the match and registering many of the night’s best scoring Read More…