September 3, 2015


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…

Boys soccer: Young Olmsted Falls dominates Elyria to win big, advance in tourney

Elyria’s Jacob Sherriff, left, controls the ball Wednesday against the defense of Olmsted Falls’ Ryan Klimchak. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — The future appears to be bright for Olmsted Falls, and for at least one game in the Division I tournament, the present looked fine as well. The Bulldogs, behind a sparkplug trio of freshmen and other youngsters, controlled their sectional opener against Elyria from start to finish, scoring three goals in the Read More…

Boys soccer: Westlake drops finale, but has focus on tourney

Bay’s Alec White (18) goes up for a header in a crowd along with teammates Dominic Passalacqua (12) and Mark Comienski (5) and Westlake’s Jesse Valadez. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

BAY VILLAGE — Westlake found itself on the defensive for much of Saturday’s regular-season finale against Bay, one of the top five teams in Ohio’s Division II rankings. And on one of the relatively rare occasions the Demons attacked, they got burned. In the 64th minute, Connor McDonald corralled a Demons turnover and pushed the Read More…

High school football 2014: Westlake could be contender in SWC


Westlake coach Mark Campo just smiles. He’s told after a Demons scrimmage that a lot of people are talking about his team, about Westlake again challenging for a Southwestern Conference crown, about running back Quan Hardy, about new quarterback Andris Balodis. “Let’s just say that I’m excited to coach them,” he says coyly. “As long Read More…

High school football 2014: Avon Lake looking to contend once again

Avon Lake's Jeremiah Campo played wide receiver last season, but will take on the quarterback duties this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AVON LAKE — There are a lot of changes and new faces in store for the Avon Lake football team, but that doesn’t mean the team’s perennial contention for a Southwestern Conference title and playoff berth will change. The Shoremen have a new (old) head coach, a new (old) offensive coordinator and new-ish offensive and Read More…

High school football 2014: Avon has no problem staying hungry

Avon's Gerett Choat finds running room in the Regional Final against Medina Highland last season. Choat had a breakout season as a sophomore and will be back for the Eagles this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Avon winning the West Shore Conference and making a playoff run seemingly have joined death and taxes as life’s only certainties. But on their way out of the WSC — the Eagles will move to the Southwestern Conference next season, along with Lakewood, Midview and North Ridgeville— can any league rival provide an unwelcome parting Read More…

Olmsted Falls’ Asadorian sets Ohio mark for 3-point shooting

Olmsted Falls senior Adam Astorian carefully lines up his signature 3-point shot during a brief practice at Olmsted Falls High School on Thursday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The 2013-14 boys basketball season will be remembered as the year the Olmsted Falls program returned to prominence. The Bulldogs played for the Southwestern Conference title, won 18 games and watched an 11-man rotation mature while wreaking havoc on opponents all season. Now it appears Olmsted Falls’ season will be remembered for more than those Read More…