December 21, 2014

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Ohio State defense stops Michigan when it matters most

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, right, is sacked by Ohio State defenders Joey Bosa, left, and Michael Bennett Saturday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State knew offense was not its problem. The Buckeyes were scoring nearly 45 points a game this season, led by freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who set the Big Ten season touchdown record Saturday afternoon and had the school record for total offense. But when Barrett went down with a season-ending fractured ankle Read More…

Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt commits to Cornell wrestling

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Elyria junior Ben Darmstadt has been making a lot of noise on the wrestling mats the last two years. At the same time, he was quietly performing at the highest level in the Elyria High classrooms. The two worlds met in the middle of the volume knob Sunday morning when Darmstadt orally committed to Cornell Read More…

Midview’s season comes to a crushing close

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BRUNSWICK — The magical run felt like it might never end for the Midview Middies, but their hopes disappeared quickly Friday night as unbeaten Nordonia scored early and often en route to a 52-14 victory in the Division II, Region 4 championship. Knights senior quarterback David Murray threw for 305 yards and six touchdowns — Read More…

Shaun Bennett: Midview’s high-powered offense suffers rare off night

Nordonia's Connor Olczakle, left, and Justice Alexander, right, sack quarterback Dustin Crum of Midview. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

There was a long list of things that went wrong for Midview during its Division II regional championship showdown with Nordonia on Friday night, but sitting at No. 1 was the Middies offense. That seems like a stretch when the team surrendered 52 points and gave up 537 yards of total offense during the 52-14 Read More…

Midview’s Logan Bolin putting up big numbers on both sides of the ball

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When the Midview Middies need a big play on offense they often look to junior wide receiver Logan Bolin. When they need an opposing player shut down with a big defensive effort, Bolin’s number is usually called. When they need someone to help out on special teams … you get the idea. “Logan’s a playmaker Read More…

Regional Semifinal: Midview beats Avon in overtime thriller

Heavy snow fell in the first quarter with Avon on offense on the first series against Midview. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

NORTH ROYALTON — It was apparent late in Friday night’s Division II regional semifinal that Midview was going to win the game. Then it wasn’t, and Avon had the game locked up. All of a sudden, the game was the Middies’ again. The back-and-forth momentum changes came at a furious pace down the stretch, and Read More…

Local athletes sign National Letters of Intent

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It’s been a whirlwind month for Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder. Just four weekends ago the Shoregals senior was putting the finishing touches on a Division I state championship at The Ohio State University’s Gray Course. Schroeder signed her letter of intent Wednesday afternoon to play with the Buckeyes for the next four years. “Really this Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Midview gets first playoff win since 1998

Midview quarterback Dustin Crum completes a pass in the second quarter against Walsh Jesuit. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — The first-round beating Midview suffered the last time it was in the postseason was a little tough to swallow, but two years later the Middies have regained their appetite. “I think what was different from my sophomore year to this year is our mentality,” Middies senior running back Brett Zupancic said. “My Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer draws peers’ praise

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel catches a touchdown pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer has had to fight off blitzing linebackers, tricky secondary schemes and a glaring national spotlight on backup Johnny Manziel this season. The Browns starting quarterback even had to battle through boos from the FirstEnergy Stadium crowd Sunday afternoon. But Hoyer continued to do what he’s done since arriving in Cleveland … Read More…

Browns trail Bucs 17-16 after three quarters

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded touchdowns in the third quarter, allowing the Buccaneers to maintain their one-point lead, 17-16, heading into the fourth. The Browns opened with an 11-play, 80-yard drive that took up the first six minutes of the second half. The drive was capped by a 2-yard touchdown Read More…