January 29, 2015


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


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


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…

High School Football: Columbia at Clearview

Clearview's Tyler Reed is brought down by Columbia's Zavier Tatum-Felder (14) and Mike Jacobucci at Clearview. Photo by Ray Riedel

  SHEFFIELD TWP. — The scenario was simple for the Columbia Raiders — beat Clearview on Friday night and they’d clinch the outright Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division championship and keep their playoff hopes alive. Their chances got a little better as the rain began to fall on Tom Hoch Field — the perfect weather Read More…

High School Football: Elyria Catholic at North Ridgeville

NR's DeMario McCall evades EC's Zac Sudnick. photo by Ray Riedel

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Demario McCall put together the greatest rushing performance in the history of LorainCounty on Friday night. Unfortunately for North Ridgeville, the record-breaking night helped spark Elyria Catholic to a 57-46 come-from-way-behind victory. “I just told (the players) that we were going to be ultra-aggressive,” Panthers coach Mike Polevacik said. “Part of it Read More…

Lorain’s Rashod Berry commits to Ohio State

rashod berry practice.jpg

Rashod Berry has received advice from countless people during his recruiting process, but it was a conversation with one of Lorain’s greatest football players last weekend that sparked a whirlwind week for the Lorain High senior. “I talked to Raymont Harris (last week) at the Rutgers game (in Columbus),” Berry said. “He told me how Read More…