August 4, 2015


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


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 

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…

High School Football: Elyria Catholic at Rocky River

Quarterback Jake Kuchta, center, is sacked by Steve Pappadakes, left, and David Cox of Rocky River. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

  ROCKY RIVER — This time, there would be no Elyria Catholic comeback. And because of it, there won’t be a postseason spot for the Panthers. Like North Ridgeville last week, Rocky River ambushed the Panthers for a 28-point lead at halftime. Unlike North Ridgeville — which opened a 27-point lead on EC — the Read More…

Girls soccer: Westlake loses in district finals

Westlake goaltender Lauren Kriaris, right, makes a stop on a Magnificat scoring attack Saturday during the Demons’ district final loss. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Unlike Avon Lake in Tuesday’s Division I district semifinal, Westlake forced the issue in the early going against Magnificat in Saturday’s final, rather than sit back in its defensive third. But like the Shoregals and many other Blue Streaks opponents this year, the Demons’ strategy ended up moot in the end. Magnificat Read More…

High School Football: Olmsted Falls at Avon

Avon's Alec Damasiewicz, right, blocks an extra point attempt by Rickey Castrigano of Olmsted Falls in the third quarter. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

AVON – It sounds simple, of course. But Avon improved to 8-1 Friday night because, as simple as it may sound, the Eagles stayed on the field. Showing now-annual offensive diversity that can keep opponents guessing, the Eagles used a steady dose of Jake Sopko and Zack Torbert in the air and Sonny Cooper on Read More…

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…