August 23, 2014

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Boys basketball: Stopper steps up for Raiders

COLUMBIA STATION — Zach Stopper’s night ended far better than it began. Stopper, Columbia’s leading scorer, was charged with his second personal foul with only 1:31 elapsed in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game against Brooklyn. He was removed from the game at that point. He re-entered not long afterward and began scoring. Stopper scored Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic makes run, but Rocky River squashes comeback attempt

ROCKY RIVER — Things looked quite rosy for Elyria Catholic midway through the third quarter of Friday’s West Shore Conference game against Rocky River. The Panthers had trimmed a 12-point deficit to four points when John Sturza scored off a pass from Cory Strasko with 4:46 to go in the period. Even better for EC? Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon’s Brian Kelly starts fast and stays hot as Eagles top Elyria Catholic

AVON — It wasn’t just a game between Avon and Elyria Catholic on Friday night. There was a game within a game between two deadly outside shooters — EC’s Tyler Riddell and Avon’s Brian Kelly. That was the way the game had shaped up by halftime. Riddell had 16 points and Kelly 14. But when Read More…

High school hockey: Numbers add up to a Panthers loss

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ROCKY RIVER — American high school students have been accused of being mathematically challenged, but there’s some arithmetic most prep hockey players know: Twenty is greater than 10. That was the story Thursday night as Elyria Catholic, skating with only 10 players, lost 7-0 to Rocky River, which had 20 players in uniform, in the Read More…

High school hockey: Avon’s Joe Sefchik shines in goal to keep game close against Midview

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NORTH OLMSTED — The rivalry between Midview and Avon got a little closer Sunday afternoon, but not because one team didn’t dominate. Midview defeated Avon 4-2 in a Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League Blue West game. The score was only as close as it was thanks to a mammoth goaltending effort by Avon’s Joe Read More…

High school hockey: EC routs Normandy at the Q

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CLEVELAND — It wasn’t as easy as it was the two other times. Elyria Catholic coach Rick Montgomery didn’t expect it to be. In fact, in the first period it was a little tense for the Panthers. Normandy, a team Elyria Catholic beat 10-0 the first time they met and 11-1 in the Cuyahoga Valley Read More…

Boys basketball: Columbia upends Midview for DiFranco title

EATON TWP. — Columbia found itself in a situation Saturday night it had yet to experience this season. “Not until tonight,” Zach Stopper said when asked if he and his teammates had ever had to end a game without star point guard Jay Banyasz. Banyasz, Columbia’s primary ball handler and one of the Raiders’ most Read More…

High school hockey: Avon edges Olmsted Falls

NORTH OLMSTED — The blizzard outside was nerve-wracking enough. The one inside made things mighty tense for the Avon Holiday Tournament hosts. Avon survived a storm of penalties and managed to hang on to beat Olmsted Falls 4-3 on Wednesday. The Eagles drew 13 penalties and gave Olmsted Falls 11 power-play opportunities. “I won’t criticize Read More…

Girls basketball Open Door Christmas Classic: Warriors win turnover battle

ELYRIA — Both teams were in the holiday mood — giving, giving, giving — during the opening game Thursday of the inaugural Open Door Christmas Classic. Christian Community received more gifts, however, and came away with a 38-21 victory over Kingsway Christian. The Warriors will meet Open Door, which beat First Baptist 40-26 in the Read More…

Avon joins SWC, will make switch in 2015-16 season

AVON — The Southwestern Conference will return to an eight-member association when Avon joins the league in 2½ years. The SWC voted to accept Avon, now a member of the West Shore Conference, as a full conference member for the 2015-16 school year, conference commissioner Michael McCarthy announced in a news release Thursday. “The quality Read More…