April 17, 2014

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High school football: Avon overcomes early stumble, rolls over Toledo St. Francis de Sales in postseason opener

Avon sophomore running back Gerret Choat punches in an early touchdown against St. Francis de Sales High School on Friday night, Nov. 8 during playoffs. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — It may be a new cast of characters, but it was the same old postseason show for the Avon Eagles on Friday night. First-year starting quarterback Tommy Glenn threw the ball all over the field, sophomore running back Gerett Choat set up camp in the end zone and the Eagles rolled to a Read More…

Shaun Bennett: Big win just what the Buckeyes needed

COLUMBUS — Ohio State picked a good night to play its best game of the season. With the nation watching on primetime television, the Buckeyes stunned a Penn State team that was coming off a week’s rest and an upset victory over No. 18 Michigan, beating the Nittany Lions 63-14 at Ohio Stadium on Saturday Read More…

H.S. Football: North Ridgeville damages Elyria Catholic’s playoff hopes with 23-15 win

North Ridgeville's Zack Barno blocks the punt by  Elyria Catholic's Casey Izzo, pinning the Panthers deep in their own end of the field. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The message was different during practice for Elyria Catholic and North Ridgeville this week. “All week we stressed how important this (game) was,” Panthers coach Mike Polevacik said. “We knew the playoffs were on the line and we could punch our own ticket if we won. We stressed that we controlled our own Read More…

OSU Commentary: Buckeyes beat Badgers, but blow chance to impress nation

Ohio State wide receiver Corey Brown, left, and defensive back C.J. Barnett celebrate Ohio State's 31-24 win over Wisconsin Saturday. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

The national perception for several years is that Ohio State is simply a big fish in a little Big Ten pond. Many critics believe the Buckeyes make their living feasting on inferior teams and don’t face a quality opponent until they reach a bowl game. So the No. 4 Buckeyes had the perfect opportunity Saturday Read More…

Olympic gymnastics champion Dominique Moceanu to tell her story, meet fans at World Gym reopening

Dominique Moceanu competes on the uneven bars during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Moceanu was a key member of a team dubbed the Magnificent Seven that went on to win the first gold medal in U.S. women's gymnastic history. A Houston, Texas, native, Moceanu is now 31 and lives in Cleveland.

It’s not easy to forget diminutive gymnast Dominique Moceanu, who bounced around the mats in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics and won the world over with a heart — and medal — of gold. The quiet 14-year-old was a member of the “Magnificent Seven” — the first United States women’s team to capture Olympic gold. Read More…

H.S. Football Commentary: Elyria city rivalry ends with Pioneers win, tons of great memories

Two communities sharing one city’s borders came together for the final time Friday night to see Elyria vs. Elyria Catholic football. While the product on the field had its ups and downs during the “Battle of Elyria,” the excitement surrounding the game maintained its fever pitch since the inaugural game in 2010 was announced. “I’ve Read More…

Ohio State’s Jordan Hall more than happy to carry the load after injury-riddled season

COLUMBUS — A lacerated foot cost Jordan Hall his starting spot last year. When he returned, a knee injury knocked him out for the rest of his senior season. Hall applied for and was granted a medical redshirt and a fifth year of eligibility. During Ohio State’s 40-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday, Hall took Read More…

H.S. Football: Sophomore WR Logan Bolin comes up big as Midview edges Lorain

LORAIN — Area football fans know that Midview senior Cody Callaway is one of the top quarterbacks in the state, but he relied heavily on All-Ohio receiver Eric Lauer, who graduated last summer, the past two seasons. So the question going into this season: Who was going to become Callaway’s top target? Meet sophomore Logan Read More…

Lorain County’s star quarterbacks lead programs in air attack

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ELYRIA — The rapid revolutions of a tight spiral are enough to make a physicist’s head spin with excitement. The arc created as the ball travels from the quarterback to his target can send a mathematician scrambling for a compass. Even the average sports fan has to leap from his seat as the ball drifts Read More…

Lorain High School picks two-time state champion and former college standout Mark Moos as next wrestling coach

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If Lorain High was looking for someone with credentials to fill its wrestling coach position, the Titans hit the jackpot in Mark Moos. The former St. Edward star and Lorain resident will be recommended as the next head coach during the school board meeting next Tuesday. For those unfamiliar with Moos’ mat resume, here’s what Read More…