June 24, 2016

Elyria
Sunny
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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…

Girls soccer: Avon Lake ties Westlake, stays in control in SWC

AVON LAKE — Playing against Avon Lake this season has proven to be difficult, as evidenced by the Shoregals’ going unbeaten since an opening loss to Oregon Clay. More difficult? Playing against the Shoregals with a deficit. So while Westlake battled back to tie Monday night’s key Southwestern Conference battle, Avon Lake did enough to Read More…

High school football: Midview stakes claim to front-runner role in Southwestern Conference against Berea-Midpark

BEREA — Midview’s all-state quarterback was on the sideline, bruised not only from last week’s battle with Avon but a hard-hitting first half against Berea-Midpark. The Middies’ top receiver was playing quarterback, and threw a tough-luck interception that led to an immediate touchdown and a halftime deficit. So how did Midview react? Like a really Read More…

Girls soccer: Comets can’t keep up in second half

ROCKY RIVER — Amherst is getting healthy and for 40 minutes Monday night, it showed. The Comets battled their way to a slim 1-0 halftime deficit against Magnificat. But whether those returning players grew tired, Magnificat played better or — more likely — a combination, Amherst’s slim deficit didn’t last. The Blue Streaks came out Read More…

High school football: Bulldogs looking for more bite this year in new SWC

OLMSTED TWP. — Olmsted Falls needed a couple third-down stops against Avon in last season’s Week 9 to position itself for a possible upset. The Bulldogs lost by a touchdown in Week 1 to Bedford, an eventual regional finalist. Olmsted Falls lost to Mayfield, which went 12-2, by 13 in a game that felt closer Read More…

Girls soccer: Avon Lake freshman shine in loss to Oregon Clay

AVON LAKE — If there was any worry about how the new faces on Avon Lake’s roster would fit in after replacing six departed seniors, the Shoregals’ young guns put that worry to rest Friday. The final score wasn’t particularly pretty — a 3-0 loss to Oregon Clay as part the Columbus Crew’s first Friday Read More…

High school football: Avon hopes to erase agony of defeat from last year

AVON — Mike Elder and his Avon Eagles are two weeks from erasing the wild, disappointing end to their 2014 season. Sort of. Oh, they’ll never truly rid that loss from their memories, but at least they’ll see a different uniform in a real, live game Aug. 28 at Strongsville. “It was very disappointing. Any Read More…