July 24, 2014

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Sectional Swimming: Avon freshman Ben Brooks makes history, wins 200 IM

Avon freshman Ben Brooks swims the backstroke during his sectional victory Saturday in the 200-yard individual medley. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

LAKEWOOD — The significance of the moment didn’t escape Ben Brooks, and the Avon freshman didn’t try to hide his excitement as he made school history Saturday at the Division I sectional at Lakewood High School. Brooks won the first boys sectional swim title in the program’s 10-year history. He lived up to his No. Read More…

H.S. Swimming: Avon’s Erin Pettegrew, Rachel Stark relying on experience as postseason begins

Avon’s Erin Pettegrew competes in the butterfly Saturday during the EC Pentathlon at Oberlin College. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Junior Erin Pettegrew and sophomore Rachel Stark of Avon have been through the battles. They understand the stakes. The pair is going through its final tune-up this week for Saturday’s Division I sectional meet at Lakewood High. “Since I have two years behind me going into this I know better what to expect,” said Pettegrew, Read More…

High school bowling: Change works out well for Vermilion, which sweeps Division 2 titles at conference tournament

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A format change for the 11th annual North Shore Bowling Conference Tournament on Sunday made for more winners and more talking points at Brunswick Zone. The NSBC crowned two divisional winners for boys and girls for the first time. Vermilion swept the boys and girls Division 2 titles. It was the first Read More…

H.S. Swimming: Amherst girls finish 2nd at Southwestern Conference meet

Amherst's Allie Thorson swims during the Girl's 200 Yard Freestyle at Westlake Recreation Center Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — The Amherst girls have had a difficult time in the Southwestern Conference since the program’s inception in 1997-98. That changed Saturday at the 33rd annual conference championship meet at Westlake Rec. The Amherst girls finished second behind four-time defending champ Brecksville, 370-245, the Comets’ best-ever finish. Their previous best was a third-place tie Read More…

Girls Basketball: Mistakes costly for Brookside against Fairview

Brookside’s Ally Behrendt tries to shoot over Fairview’s Rachel Malloy during Saturday’s game in Fairview Park. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

FAIRVIEW PARK — Turnovers derailed Brookside’s upset hopes as Fairview broke open a tight game to start the second half Saturday and then held on for a 39-32 victory. Brookside (8-6, 6-3 Patriot Athletic Conference) committed 10 of its 32 turnovers in the third quarter as Fairview (8-3, 6-1) opened the second half with a Read More…

Swimming: Avon, North Olmsted swimmers grab wins at Pentathlon

Avon’s Erin Pettegrew competes in the butterfly Saturday during the EC Pentathlon at Oberlin College. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Winning is one thing. Knocking off the defending champion on the way to winning? It doesn’t get much better than that. Just ask Avon’s Erin Pettegrew and North Olmsted’s Ryan Sara, who did just that to grab wins at Saturday’s fourth annual Elyria Catholic Swim Pentathlon. Pettegrew, a junior, led wire-to-wire in beating Read More…

High school hockey: Avon dominates but has to settle for an unsatisfying tie after Normandy comes up with late goal

Avon's Neal Novotny brings the puck down the ice with pressure from Normandy's Mike Machalak in the second period Sunday afternoon at Serpentini Arena in Lakewood. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LAKEWOOD — Avon’s 2-2 tie with Normandy definitely left the Eagles in a bad mood Sunday at Serpentini Arena. But who could blame them? The Eagles definitely looked like they had a win before having to settle for a tie. The Eagles wasted a 37-6 shot advantage against senior goalie John Schmook. Meanwhile, the Invaders Read More…

Boys Basketball: Devils too much for Pats

Open Door's Will Lovett goes for the shot while sandwiched between #2 Pat Wisnieski, and #5 Mike Marquardt of Independence. Ray Riedel

ELYRIA — Swirling, constant snow made roads treacherous for drivers Saturday night, but that was nothing compared to the tough going Open Door had against Independence. The Patriots (1-3) felt the effects of having two of their top players in foul trouble early, falling 81-51 to the Blue Devils in independent action. Andrew Patterson and Read More…

A floor with no ceiling: Magnificat gymnast and Avon resident Julia Corrao out to make her best event even better

Avon resident Julia Corrao helped Magnificat get back 
to the state meet last year after a one-year absence. Now she wants to improve on last year’s ninth-place finish.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Simply competing for a gymnastics program with the tradition of Magnificat High School comes with a huge sense of responsibility and pride. Julia Corrao learned that early in her high school career. The junior from Avon has been a key to getting the Blue Streaks back on track after their consecutive state tournament appearance streak Read More…

High school swimming: Avon Lake’s Menzer wants another shot at state meet

Brittany Menzer

Brittany Menzer’s efforts last year snapped a long dry spell for the Avon Lake girls swim program. The Shoregals sophomore finished 23rd at the Division I state meet in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:14.39. She’s the first Avon Lake girl to make it to the state meet for a non-diving event since Read More…