February 28, 2015

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Diving: Avon Lake’s Megan Peepers turned from gymnastics to diving, has reached states as sophomore

Megan Peppers

Megan Peepers recognized the crossroads in her athletics career in eighth grade, made a decision and didn’t second-guess herself. The Avon Lake sophomore followed the tangent from club gymnastics to diving and hasn’t looked back. Peepers will compete in the Division I girls state diving meet at 9 a.m. today in Canton at Branin Natatorium. Read More…

Bowling: Olmsted Falls boys knock off defending champions, claim sectional; North Olmsted girls win, too

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Ian Buchikas has come a long way … and not just because he used to live in Germany. No, the Olmsted Falls senior’s bowling has taken him on a journey, as well, from someone who wasn’t sure he’d even start for the Bulldogs to being a main reason they won a sectional Read More…

Swimming: Ben Brooks heads to state, becomes first Avon boy to win district title

Ben Brooks

BOWLING GREEN — Ben Brooks didn’t just make state Saturday. He made it look easy. The Avon High sophomore led wire-to-wire in winning the Division I 100-yard breaststroke title Saturday at the Northwest Ohio District meet at Bowling Green State University. Brooks, the first Avon High boy to win a district swim championship, clocked a Read More…

Swimming: Avon Lake’s Cat Bruce hopes to continue sectional success at districts

Avon Lake’s Cat Bruce works on her technique during practice. Bruce helped the Shoregals set four school records at last week’s sectional swim meet at Cleveland State. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL SMITH

A head cold couldn’t stop Cat Bruce from swimming out of her mind Saturday. The Avon Lake junior had a hand … and legs and whatever else swimmers need to have working at peak efficiency … in the Shoregals setting four school records on the way to a fourth-place finish at last week’s Division I Read More…

Bowling: Vermilion defends boys, girls Division II sectional titles

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Madison Shreve thought she just might have a chance to one-up boyfriend Dylon Wilson in the first game at Sunday’s Lorain County Division II sectional bowling tournament at Brunswick Zone. She rolled a season-high 268, after all. But Wilson made sure she didn’t beat him by making sure no one could beat Read More…

Swimming: Avon’s Ben Brooks successfully defends 200 title

Avon’s Ben Brooks swims in the backstroke portion of the 200-yard individual medley relay at Saturday’s Division I Northwest sectional swimming championship at Robert F. Busbey Natatorium at Cleveland State University. Brooks successfully defended his title in the event. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Pressure didn’t phase Ben Brooks at Saturday’s Division I Northwest sectional swimming championship. The Avon senior defended his meet title in the 200-yard individual medley, defeating St. Edward junior Mason Beck, 1:58.13 to 2:02.29 at the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium at Cleveland State University. The pressure race was the 100 breast where Brooks Read More…

Swimming: North Olmsted’s Ismary Puente glad she jumped in the pool at an early age

Ismary Puente

Ismary Puente is obviously comfortable in a swimming pool. It’s been that way since she was 6 years old. “I had asthma when I was very young,” Puente said. “Our doctor told my mom (Ruth) that I have to take up swimming or gymnastics. So because I was a girl, I first picked gymnastics. My Read More…

Bowling: Elyria boys finish strong to win first North Shore Bowling Conference Tournament title

MEDINA — There was no shortage of drama at the 12th annual North Shore Bowling Conference Tournament at Medina AMF Lanes on Sunday, even if it was limited to one division. The Elyria boys won their first NSBC Tournament Division I title as it pulled away from Berea-Midpark to win by just 86 pins, 3,573-3,486. Read More…

Swimming: Avon falls short in West Shore Conference title quest

Avon’s Ben Brooks breaks the meet record in the 200-yard freestyle at the West Shore Conference championships at Lakewood High School on Saturday. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

LAKEWOOD — Ben Brooks didn’t mince his words about the outcome of Saturday’s 10th and final West Shore Swimming and Diving Championship. The Avon sophomore was disappointed to say the least. High hopes didn’t translate out as Bay prevailed over the Avon boys, 100-84. Nine-time winner Rocky River (75) didn’t or share the conference title Read More…

High school swimming: Avon sophomore wins Elyria Catholic Pentathlon

Avon High School's Ben Brooks speeds to the finish line in the 50-yard back stroke heat. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — The moment didn’t escape Avon sophomore Ben Brooks Saturday evening after he won the fifth annual Elyria Catholic Pentathlon over Bay senior Trevor Lake. It was no small task. Lake is the reigning Division II state champ in the 50 free and 100 free. Diversity of stroke is what carried Brooks. “It’s a Read More…