February 12, 2016

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: North Ridgeville gets late stop, then scores winner in final minute

AMHERST — A twist or a tug. Left foot spot or right foot. After his team’s 18-14 Southwestern Conference victory at Amherst, North Ridgeville coach Luke Durbin pointed out how every inch can make the difference between a win and a loss. The inches didn’t add up for the Comets (0-2, 0-1 SWC), who failed Read More…

Students and athletes: Coach Jay Anderson wants Oberlin’s reputation to be as stellar in football as it is in academics

OBERLIN — Jay Anderson, while respectful of the past, wants to take his Oberlin College football program into a new direction … one he hopes will land it in places it has never seen before. Anderson, who was an assistant under former Yeomen coach Jeff Ramsey for three years, was 2-8 in his first season Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER: Mazzola makes it happen for Avon

AVON — The set pieces weren’t amounting to anything for Avon on Thursday, so senior Nick Mazzola took matters into his own hands. Or, technically, feet. Mazzola tied the score at one in the 57th minute, splitting a pair of  St. Edward defenders and drilling a  left-footed shot past goalkeeper Alex Dudley. Less than two Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Viccarone heir to the air at Columbia

Viccarone-SLIDE

Columbia has joined the premier high school football programs in the area, currently riding a 23-game Patriot Athletic Conference winning streak and looking to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The first two came with Golden Helmet-winning quarterback Jay Banyasz at the helm. Last year the Raiders were led by a pair of Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Late field goal seals St Thomas Aquinas win over Elyria Catholic

"Christy Legeza CT Photo August 28, 2015 - Football - St. Thomas Aquinas at Elyria Catholic - EC's WR Cole Virgin (#1) gets the interception in the 2nd quarter. (#23 Brian Duffield, #15 Zac Thurmon look on)."

ELYRIA — In St. Thomas Aquinas’ season-opening win over Elyria Catholic in 2014, the big play lifted the Knights. This year the little things did in the Panthers. Harris Knowles’ 34-yard field goal in the final minute capped a long drive that lifted the Knights to a 24-22 win at Knights of Columbus Field. Despite Read More…

New homes, new hopes: Area schools feeling optimistic after conference shuffle

The Chronicle’s Shaun Bennett and WEOL’s Tim Alcorn talk about the new conference alignments — among other things — in the inaugural high school football preview for the 2015 season. The shake-up started two years ago when the Northeast Ohio Conference started to fracture and come apart. By the time footballs fill the air this Read More…

High school football 2015: Vermilion wants to win …. now

Vermilion Sailors

VERMILION — The Vermilion Sailors are in the final season of independent purgatory. After the 2012 season, the Sailors left the West Shore Conference and began a two-year period of long trips, unfamiliar opponents and desperate scheduling. With no conference schedule to play, Vermilion had to scramble to fill its 10-game slate the last two Read More…

Moyer becomes boys basketball coach at Brookside

Thomas Moyer

When Brent Schremp resigned as the boys basketball coach at Brookside after eight seasons, athletic director Dave Kerschbaum didn’t have to look too far for his replacement. Thomas Moyer, who spent three seasons as the Cardinals girls basketball coach, has been selected to replace Schremp, who resigned after being named middle school and high school Read More…

High school football 2015: Amherst out to reclaim past glory

AMHERST COMETS

AMHERST — There was a time when Amherst was one of the most feared high school football teams in the area. After four straight losing seasons, the fear is starting to fade. Second-year coach Bill Fishleigh is not used to losing and is looking to put some of that old attitude back into his Comets. Read More…

High school football 2015: Elyria Catholic not worried about offense, but knows it has to improve on other side of the ball

EC Panthers

ELYRIA — After most Elyria Catholic football practices this season, first-year coach Dave Stupka has had a brief and pointed conversation with his squad. “The coaches will back off if you want to be mediocre, or we can work harder,” he has told them. “It’s up to you.” Not a single Panther has asked for Read More…