December 21, 2014

Mostly clear

‘Backers to the forefront: Four senior linebackers making sure Avon’s defense continues its dominating ways

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The amount of attention paid to Avon’s defense outside the Eagles locker room is wildly disproportionate to the attention paid to it inside.
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High school football: Avon gets one player back, loses another

Rhys Ratino

AVON — Avon will get one of its top performers back from injury as it faces Medina Highland in a Division II, Region 4 final on Friday, but will be without another. Alex Habeeb, Avon’s second leading tackler and a starter at inside linebacker, will return after missing the Eagles’ first two playoff games. Habeeb Read More…

High school football: Eagles a passing threat in playoffs

When Avon passes, wideouts Braeden Friss, left, and Rhys Ratino are usually on the receiving end. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

When teams game plan for Avon’s potent offense, they must make a choice. Most teams don’t have the personnel to devote extra players to the secondary to limit the Eagles’ passing game and stop the run, as evidenced by Avon’s convincing 38-14 opening-round playoff win over Toledo St. Francis de Sales. The Knights limited Avon’s Read More…

High school football: Perrysburg QB done for season

Avon will face a backup quarterback in Friday’s Division II, Region 4 semifinal in Huron. The Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune reported late Monday that Gus Dimmerling, Perrysburg’s standout junior quarterback, will miss the remainder of the season with two broken ribs suffered in Friday’s 28-21 win over Akron Ellet, the Yellow Jackets’ first playoff win in Read More…

High school football: Glenn following long line of solid Avon QBs

Avon senior quarterback Tommy Glenn has led the Eagles to a 10-0 start in his first year as a starter. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — When a football program is as successful as Avon’s has been recently, future success can be taken for granted and it can go unappreciated. Yes, Avon’s quarterbacks are always good, and coach Mike Elder credits that success to good coaches, a good scheme and a program that begins teaching that scheme — a Read More…

High school girls soccer: Elyria Catholic falls one game short of state

After losing their match to Hawken High School by a single point, the Elyria Catholic Girls Soccer team embraced and comforted one another on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

TWINSBURG — If you’d told Elyria Catholic coach Tony Rozanc before Saturday’s Division III regional final against Hawken that Kat Zalar and Bianca Medancic would be relatively shut down, he’d have liked his chances. The Hawks’ dynamic duo, which had combined for 44 goals entering the game, certainly enjoyed their moments against the Panthers, but Read More…

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…