April 21, 2015


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…

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…