March 6, 2015

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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

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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…

High School Football: Elyria Catholic at Midview

EC's Justin Rankin escapes Midview's line backer Kyle Troutman. Photo by Ray Riedel

EATON TWP. — The Midview passing attack has been raising eyebrows and dropping jaws all season, but all anyone wanted to talk about Friday night was 5-foot-11, 249-pound running back Brett Zupancic. The senior ran the ball eight times for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns, caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Read More…

High school football: Rindfleisch, Shields have Columbia up and running

Columbia seniors Tristen Rindfleisch, left, and Cody Shields have combined for a rushing attack that has the Raiders sitting at 6-1, eyeing a conference title and closing on a postseason berth. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The Columbia Raiders heard the whispers of doubt. Coach Jason Ward knew critics — and opponents — were salivating when Golden Helmet winner Jay Banyasz donned his graduation cap and gown and said good-bye to high school last summer. But this year’s players have shown that Columbia’s program is built for longevity and the Raiders Read More…

High School Football: North Ridgeville at Avon

Avon # 27 Sonny Cooper makes one of many Avon touchdowns of the night. Amanda K. Rundle

AVON — The Avon Eagles adopted a “next man up” philosophy when Mike Elder took over the program eight years ago, and that way of thinking has paid off handsomely. With star running back Gerett Choat watching from the sidelines the past three weeks, junior Sonny Cooper has picked up the slack … and then Read More…

High School Football: Midview at North Ridgeville

Dimitri Redwood, left, of Midview, catches a pass for a first down against Jason Gramatikos of North Ridgeville last night in the first quarter. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Midview did a lot of the same things other opponents have attempted in an effort to slow down North Ridgeville junior running back Demario McCall — stacking the box, putting two guys on him and stalking him around the field. But the Middies finally found a way to limit the Rangers star, Read More…

H.S. Football: Midview knocks off Avon 49-42 in instant classic


EATON TWP. — It’s hard for two highly touted teams to play a game that lives up to the hype, but Avon and Midview exceeded all expectations Friday night. The Middies struck quickly and twice gained two-touchdown leads, the Eagles scored three straight times to open the second half and Midview finished with two touchdowns Read More…

High School Football: North Ridgeville at Avon Lake

ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLENorth Ridgeville running back DeMario McCall runs the ball up the field for yards slipping away from Avon Lake's Donnie Pate in the first half Friday night at Avon Lake Memorial Stadium.

AVON LAKE — With Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton watching from the sideline, North Ridgeville junior Demario McCall was looking to impress. The Rangers superstar put together a jaw-dropping first-quarter performance, made another last-minute clutch play and North Ridgeville escaped with a 21-14 non-conference victory over AvonLake on Friday night. “He’s got the Read More…

Ohio State vs. Kent State: Three Elyria High grads, one from Elyria Catholic in lineups


COLUMBUS — The city of Elyria may have never been as well represented at Ohio Stadium as it was Saturday afternoon during Ohio State’s 66-0 win over Kent State. Elyria High had three players in the game — Chase Farris was Ohio State’s right tackle for the bulk of the game, Tracy Sprinkle made his Read More…