September 2, 2015

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Boys basketball: Open Door rallies, but falls at The Q

Open Door’s Caleb Crowder controls the ball Tuesday during a loss at Quicken Loans Arena. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Open Door controlled Tuesday night’s game against Youngstown Christian for long stretches, using the Eagles’ aggressive, double-teaming defense to create open shots. But the Patriots didn’t control it long enough. The Eagles rallied twice to stave off a furious Open Door push in the final minutes, beating the Patriots for the second straight Read More…

Boys basketball notes: Midview heading to San Diego for tournament

If you’re like me, and dislike cold, gray Ohio winters, you’re going to be very jealous of the Midview Middies. Coach Troy DiFranco, staff and players flew to San Diego, Calif., this morning for the 24th annual Surf ‘N Slam Hoop Classic, where they’ll play three games — Saturday, Monday and Tuesday — before flying Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon off its game, still finds way to beat Twinsburg

Avon’s Johnny Peganoff whips a pass in Monday night’s non-conference win over Twinsburg. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — No coach will ever be 100 percent satisfied with what their team does on the court, so Avon’s Kevin Sapara mixed in a couple of exasperated chuckles after a rare Monday game. But make no mistake — it’s been a good four days for the Eagles after two fairly disheartening defeats the week Read More…

Boys basketball: Unbeaten North Olmsted no one-man gang in win over Olmsted Falls

North Olmsted’s Matt Starcovic looks to pass under pressure from Olmsted Falls’ Ryan Hanna on Friday. Starcovic went on a fourth-quarter tear to lead the Eagles. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — Good coaches can figure out how to stop a great player. So while, yes, North Olmsted has the luxury of a game-changing, 6-foot-6, inside-outside threat in Andy Lucien, the Eagles will need more to truly make some noise. And it appears they have it. On Friday against Olmsted Falls, more came from Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville uses turnovers, free throws for win over Midview

North Ridgeville’s Demario McCall shoots over Midview’s Logan Bolin during the first half of the Rangers’ 63-59 victory Tuesday night in North Ridgeville. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — In close games, when one or two possessions are the ultimate decider, much attention is paid to the final ones. North Ridgeville certainly benefited from two Midview turnovers and subsequent free throws in the late going during the Rangers’ key early season 63-59 West Shore Conference win Tuesday night. Isa Abdul-Alim, who Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon Lake’s depth does job vs. Columbia

COLUMBIA STATION — This version of the Avon Lake Shoremen does not feature a go-to player the team can count on to score 20 or more points a night. No, these Shoremen must get a team effort from their young group each night to compete — and they did Tuesday. Avon Lake had three guards Read More…

High school hockey: Elyria Catholic holds off Brooklyn

BROOKLYN — They don’t all have to be pretty, as Elyria Catholic learned Thursday night. On the fourth night of an early season, in back-to-back conference games, down a key member of an already thin squad, the Panthers regained momentum long enough to squeeze out a 5-3 win over Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League Read More…

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…